Britten: Phaedra - A Charm of Lullabies - Lachrymae - Two Portraits - Sinfonietta
 
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Britten: Phaedra - A Charm of Lullabies - Lachrymae - Two Portraits - Sinfonietta

3 May 2011

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  Song Title Artist
Time
Popularity  
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Phaedra, Op. 93 Sarah Connolly
15:09
2
A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews): A Cradle Song Sarah Connolly
2:24
3
A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews): The Highland Balou Sarah Connolly
1:49
4
A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews): Sephestia's Lullaby Sarah Connolly
1:56
5
A Charm Sarah Connolly
1:51
6
A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews): The Nurse's Song Sarah Connolly
4:23
7
Lachrymae, Op. 48a Maxim Rysanov
15:40
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2 Portraits: No. 1. David Layton: Poco presto Maxim Rysanov
9:05
9
2 Portraits: No. 2. E.B.B.: Poco lento Maxim Rysanov
6:11
10
Sinfonietta, Op. 1: I. Poco presto ed agitato BBC Symphony Orchestra
4:14
11
Sinfonietta, Op. 1: II. Variations BBC Symphony Orchestra
6:21
12
Sinfonietta, Op. 1: III. Tarantella BBC Symphony Orchestra
4:11


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 May 2011
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Chandos
  • Total Length: 1:13:14
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  • ASIN: B004WXSC3S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,143 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 23 Jan 2014
By Nico W
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I saw sarah Connelly and young Mr Gardner perform both Phaedra and A Charm of Lullabies at the Barbican and at the time I found both performances captivating. I was very excited, therefore when this recording appeared, and I waited several months to buy it from Amazon at a slighlty cheaper price. I really wish I liked it more than I do.
There is no question that Sarah Connelly is one of the finest singers around, but in Phaedra, she does not sound at her best. To me, anyway. She over-characterises, bending the vocal line out of shape to underline a dramatic point, and this makes the sound sometimes forced and unpleasant. If you want high drama, this performance will be for you, but if you value beauty of tone, then you should definitely go for the wonderful performance by Dame Janet Baker, for whom the piece was written,and whose singing is both dramatic and beautiful. And moving. Connelly doesn't, for me, find any of the tragedy in the last section, something Baker does with seemingly no effort and no need to overstate. Baker's Phaedra is reticent and dignified, and all the more hesartbreaking when she faces her death. Connelly is distraught, and a little mad, and much less moving in the final moments. Baker's performance is, however, only available as a 'filler' on her recording of Britten's under-rated Rape of Lucretia, but as this, too, is an unsurpassed performance, it is worth paying out for both. As for the work itself, Phaedra is a masterpiece, a condensed opera for one singer written at the very end of Britten's life. It is fierce, dramatic, and in the final section, ravishingly beautiful. Anyone who cares even a little for Britten's music should have this in their collection (and there are a number of recordings).
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5.0 out of 5 stars SENSATIONAL SARAH CONNOLLY 18 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
THOSE WHO WERE LUCKY TO SEE SARAH CONNOLLY PERFORM PHAEDRA AT CADOGAN HALL WILL NEVER FORGET IT.SHE WORE A STUNNING RED DESIGNER GOWN AND SHE SUNG THE PIECE THAT MUST BE DESCRIBED AS MAGICAL .SHE WAS SENSATIONAL.
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