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Britten: Canticles Nos 1-5

Benjamin Britten Audio CD
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  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (5 Jun 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: London
  • ASIN: B00000E45E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Canticle I, My beloved is mine Op.40 - Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten
2. Canticle II, Abraham and Isaac, Op.51 - John Hahessy, Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten
3. Canticle III, Still falls the rain, Op.55 - Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell, Benjamin Britten
4. Canticle IV - Journey of the Magi, Op.86 - Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, James Bowman, Benjamin Britten
5. Canticle V - The Death of Saint Narcissus, Op.89 - Peter Pears, Osian Ellis
6. A Birthday Hansel, Op.89 - Peter Pears, Osian Ellis
7. Sweeter Than Roses - James Bowman, Benjamin Britten

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeter than roses 24 Jan 2011
By Lulu VINE VOICE
Peter Pears, John Hahessy, James Bowman and John Shirley-Quirk accompanied by Barry Tuckwell, Osian Ellis and Benjamin Britten himself; the recordings made between 1961 and 1976 at the old Kingsway Hall and the Maltings; a delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sublime Britten and Pears 10 Jan 2007
By J. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Begun in 1947 after returning to England, Canticles was composed over a twenty-five year period. Some have remarked on the complexities of the score, but to sit and listen to these sublime expressions of love, rendered by the intrepid Peter Pears, is a rich experience. Canticle I, w/17th c. meditation by Quarles, opens the piece with a handsome flowing from beginning to end. Other text sources include Edith Sitwell and Eliot, the setting of whose Death of St Narcissus could be Britten's finest achievement in a huge output of vocal writing. Pears is nothing short of stupendous throughout, singing with intensity and the virginal vocal texture that's his alone. A real plus is the piano playing of Britten himself, proving again what a pianist he was - assured and richly musical, and of course deep in his own music. He consistently enriches a towering score with remarkable pianism! It's just wonderful in every way. The recording was made in three sessions over a period of fifteen years, from 1961-76. If you've never heard this masterpiece, now is the time and this the recording to check out. Burns' A Birthday Hansel, completed in '75 for the birthday of the Queen Mother, is a fitting ending to a wonderful musical encounter. Few Britten recordings do I treasure more.
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