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Britten: Complete Songs Vol 1 [Double CD]

Malcolm Martineau Audio CD
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  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: B. Britten
  • Audio CD (26 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Onyx
  • ASIN: B004UVCP44
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Fish in the Unruffled Lakes: To Lie Flat on the BackJames Geer, Malcom Martineau 2:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Fish in the Unruffled Lakes: Night Covers Up the Rigid LandJames Geer, Malcom Martineau 2:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. A DirgeJames Geer, Malcom Martineau 1:14£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Virtue in Deeds not WordsCaryl Hughes, Malcom Martineau 1:11£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. PritheeAndrew Tortoise, Malcom Martineau 1:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. LucyBen Johnson, Malcom Martineau 1:25£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Canticle IAndrew Tortoise, Malcom Martineau 7:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Um MitternachtJames Geer, Malcom Martineau 4:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sechs Hölderlin-FragmenteJames Geer, Malcom Martineau 1:22£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sechs Hölderlin-FragmenteJames Geer, Malcom Martineau 2:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sechs Hölderlin-FragmenteJames Geer, Malcom Martineau 2:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sechs Hölderlin-FragmenteJames Geer, Malcom Martineau 1:59£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sechs Hölderlin-FragmenteJames Geer, Malcom Martineau 2:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sechs Hölderlin-FragmenteJames Geer, Malcom Martineau 2:29£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Holy Sonnets of John Donne: Oh My Blacke Soule!Ben Johnson, Malcom Martineau 3:43£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Holy Sonnets of John Donne: Batter My HeartBen Johnson, Malcom Martineau 1:17£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Holy Sonnets of John Donne: Oh Might Those Sighes and TearesBen Johnson, Malcom Martineau 3:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Holy Sonnets of John Donne: Oh, to Vex MeBen Johnson, Malcom Martineau 1:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The Holy Sonnets of John Donne: What If This PresentBen Johnson, Malcom Martineau 3:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. The Holy Sonnets of John Donne: Since She Whom I LovedBen Johnson, Malcom Martineau 3:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. The Holy Sonnets of John Donne: At the Round Earth's Imagined CornersBen Johnson, Malcom Martineau 2:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. The Holy Sonnets of John Donne: Thou Hast Made MeBen Johnson, Malcom Martineau 1:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen23. The Holy Sonnets of John Donne: Death, Be Not ProudBen Johnson, Malcom Martineau 4:04£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Cabaret Songs: CalypsoCaryl Hughes, Malcom Martineau 2:13£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Cabaret Songs: Tell Me the Truth About LoveCaryl Hughes, Malcom Martineau 5:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Cabaret Songs: JohnnyCaryl Hughes, Malcom Martineau 5:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Cabaret Songs: Funeral BluesCaryl Hughes, Malcom Martineau 2:51£0.89  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Tit for Tat: A Song of EnchantmentMalcom Martineau, Philip Smith 2:39£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tit for Tat: AutumnMalcom Martineau, Philip Smith 1:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tit for Tat: SilverMalcom Martineau, Philip Smith 1:54£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tit for Tat: VigilMalcom Martineau, Philip Smith 2:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tit for Tat: Tit for TatMalcom Martineau, Philip Smith 1:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beware!: Beware!Malcom Martineau, Philip Smith 1:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beware!: Oh That I Had Ne'er Been MarriedMalcom Martineau, Nicky Spence 1:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beware!: Epitaph: The ClerkMalcom Martineau, Philip Smith 1:12£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. LilianMalcom Martineau, Philip Smith 3:00£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Joy of GriefKatherine Broderick, Malcom Martineau 1:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Poet's Echo: EchoKatherine Broderick, Malcom Martineau 2:54£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Poet's Echo: My HeartKatherine Broderick, Malcom Martineau 1:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Poet's Echo: AngelKatherine Broderick, Malcom Martineau 2:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Poet's Echo: The Nightingale and the RoseKatherine Broderick, Malcom Martineau 4:11£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Poet's Echo: EpigramKatherine Broderick, Malcom Martineau0:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Poet's Echo: Lines Written During a Sleepless NightKatherine Broderick, Malcom Martineau 4:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Winter Words: At Day-Close in NovemberMalcom Martineau, Robin Tritschler 1:53£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Winter Words: Midnight on the Great WesternMalcom Martineau, Robin Tritschler 4:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Winter Words: Wagtail and BabyMalcom Martineau, Robin Tritschler 2:03£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Winter Words: The Little Old TableMalcom Martineau, Robin Tritschler 1:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Winter Words: The Choirmaster's BurialMalcom Martineau, Robin Tritschler 4:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Winter Words: Proud SongstersMalcom Martineau, Robin Tritschler 1:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Winter Words: At the Railway StationMalcom Martineau, Robin Tritschler 3:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Winter Words: Before Life and AfterMalcom Martineau, Robin Tritschler 3:00£0.89  Buy MP3 


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This first volume of Britten's complete original songs for voice and piano introduces a series devised,cast and beautifully accompanied by Malcolm Martineau.It's likely to become a valuable documentary survey;and it should also provide calling cards for the young singers in these performances. Performance**** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Aug'11

The five world premiere recordings make this a must for Britten fans,while pieces such as the playful Cole porter-inspired Four Cabaret Songs with words by Auden,will doubtless also appeal to many passers-by. **** --Classic fm Magazine,Aug'11

This series promises to be a major addition to the Britten discography. --Gramophone,Sept'11

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Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente - Holy Sonnets of John Donne - Cabaret Songs - Tit for Tat - Beware!... / Caryl Hughes - Andrew Tortise - James Greer - Ben Johnson - Katherine Broderick · Nicky Spence - Robin Tritschler - Philip Smith - Malcolm Martineau, piano

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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These are discs where the whole is much more than the sum of the parts. For one thing, this (with its companion Vol.2) is a complete collection of Britten's songs with piano. It includes a lot of juvenilia and odd occasional songs which never acquired opus numbers. It is very strict in its remit; we get Canticle 1 but none of the other Canticles which include other voices and/or instruments. We get none of the late songs, such as the Birthday Hansel, which were written for harp accompaniment (for Osian Ellis, in fact) when Britten was too sick to play piano accompaniments himself. And there are none of the Folk Song arrangements either. That said, there is a wealth of material here, some of it totally new to disc - well over 4 hours of it together with Volume 2.

The second great thing in this issue's favour is that it brings together a collection of some of the finest of the new generation of British singers, culled from the Pears-Britten Young Artists Programme and recorded in Britten's own Snape Maltings.

Of course you can probably find more central performances of the major works elsewhere, not least from the singers for whom they were written (mostly Pears, but also Fischer-Dieskau and Vishnevskaya). Nevertheless, there are many first rate performances here and nothing falls below a very high standard. Stand-outs for me on this volume include a fine Canticle 1 (My Beloved is Mine) from Andrew Tortise, really excellent Holderlin Fragments from James Greer (why are they so seldom done?) and a great set of Winter Words from Irishman Robin Tritschler. Ben Johnson is perhaps inclined to make the Donne Sonnets a little over-dramatic, but he sings Since She Whom I First Loved, the real gem of the cycle, quite beautifully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETE COLLECTION OF BRITTEN'S SONGS WITH PIANO 16 Feb 2012
By Klingsor Tristan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These are discs where the whole is much more than the sum of the parts. For one thing, this (with its companion Vol.2) is a complete collection of Britten's songs with piano. It includes a lot of juvenilia and odd occasional songs which never acquired opus numbers. It is very strict in its remit; we get Canticle 1 but none of the other Canticles which include other voices and/or instruments. We get none of the late songs, such as the Birthday Hansel, which were written for harp accompaniment (for Osian Ellis, in fact) when Britten was too sick to play piano accompaniments himself. And there are none of the Folk Song arrangements either. That said, there is a wealth of material here, some of it totally new to disc - well over 4 hours of it together with Volume 2.

The second great thing in this issue's favour is that it brings together a collection of some of the finest of the new generation of British singers, culled from the Pears-Britten Young Artists Programme and recorded in Britten's own Snape Maltings.

Of course you can probably find more central performances of the major works elsewhere, not least from the singers for whom they were written (mostly Pears, but also Fischer-Dieskau and Vishnevskaya). Nevertheless, there are many first rate performances here and nothing falls below a very high standard. Stand-outs for me on this volume include a fine Canticle 1 (My Beloved is Mine) from Andrew Tortise, really excellent Holderlin Fragments from James Greer (why are they so seldom done?) and a great set of Winter Words from Irishman Robin Tritschler. Ben Johnson is perhaps inclined to make the Donne Sonnets a little over-dramatic, but he sings Since She Whom I First Loved, the real gem of the cycle, quite beautifully. Caryl Hughes is a little arch for the Auden Cabaret Songs, but Katherine Broderick succeeds in sounding a little like Vishnevaskaya in the Russian Pushkin settings, even to the touch of something Slavic in her voice - Pushkin's sleepless night comes off particularly well. Martineau, too, is mesmerising in this song with its lonely wandering solo line and the steady ticking of the clock.

Malcolm Martineau is at the heart of this set, very much his project. Throughout - from juvenilia to maturity - he plays Britten's often exposed piano part quite wonderfully, often matching Britten himself in intensity, than which there can be no higher praise.
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