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Britten: Serenade/Les Illuminations/Nocturne [CD]

English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (8 Jun 1993)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: London
  • ASIN: B00000IO61
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - PrologueBarry Tuckwell 1:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Pastoral - The Day's Grown OldLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Nocturne - The Splendour Falls on Castle WallsLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Elegy - O Rose, Thou Art SickLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Dirge - This Ae NightLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Hymn - Queen and Huntress Chaste and FairLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Sonnet - O Soft Embalmer of the Still MidnightLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - EpilogueBarry Tuckwell 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - I. FanfareBenjamin Britten 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - II. VillesBenjamin Britten 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IIIa. PhraseBenjamin Britten0:57£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IIIb. AntiqueBenjamin Britten 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IV. RoyautéBenjamin Britten 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - V. MarineBenjamin Britten 1:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - VI. InterludeBenjamin Britten 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - VII. Being beauteousBenjamin Britten 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - VIII. ParadeBenjamin Britten 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IX. DépartBenjamin Britten 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Britten: Nocturne for tenor, 7 obligato instruments & strings, Op.60 - 1. On a poet's lips I sleptAlexander Murray 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Britten: Nocturne for tenor, 7 obligato instruments & strings, Op.60 - 2. Below the thunders of the upper deepAlexander Murray 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Britten: Nocturne for tenor, 7 obligato instruments & strings, Op.60 - 3. Encintured with a twine of leavesAlexander Murray 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Britten: Nocturne for tenor, 7 obligato instruments & strings, Op.60 - 4. Midnight's bell goes ting, ting, tingAlexander Murray 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Britten: Nocturne for tenor, 7 obligato instruments & strings, Op.60 - 5. But that night when on my bed I layAlexander Murray 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Britten: Nocturne for tenor, 7 obligato instruments & strings, Op.60 - 6. She sleeps on soft, last breathsAlexander Murray 4:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Britten: Nocturne for tenor, 7 obligato instruments & strings, Op.60 - 7. What is more gentle than a wind in summer?Alexander Murray 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Britten: Nocturne for tenor, 7 obligato instruments & strings, Op.60 - 8. When most I wink, then do mine eyes best seeAlexander Murray 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and revealing recording 27 July 2009
By Ricolas
Format:Audio CD
The original performers of Serenade re-unite to perform again, with the maturity and insight gained into the work that ten years of performances had provided. Brain and Pears are on fine form here, and the performance is more settled and revealing than the first recording of the piece. Despite Britten not conducting this performance, his oversight of the recording ensure that the piece is performed as he conceived it, albeit with the original rather extreme tempo markings ignored (as Britten himself would do later.)
The other recordings on this disc are if not as historically important, equally well performed and recorded.
Recommended to all Britten fans.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 25 April 2010
By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a must have record!

Firstly, the three pieces here - if you don't know them - are essential and central masterpieces of Britten's and even alone they could stand to declare him to be one of the greatest (if not the greatest) 20th century composer (but of course he wrote many other masterpieces as well). Song cycles made up of settings of great poetry from earlier ages play an especially important part in his output. Through his settings we hear great poetry through his ears and are further educated in their beauty and power to move. The Serenade is perhaps the most popular and well-known of the three and is perhaps the greatest piece in the solo horn repertoire. It is extraordinarily powerful and still sounds thoroughly contemporary as well as being entirely approachable, memorable, hum-able .. . Les Illuminations - settings of Rimbaud - is equally striking: it is exhilerating and astingent and ... fresh. The Nocturne is less famous and perhaps the least of the three but it is full of marvelous things and the sound world of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the opera he was working on at the time of its composition.

The performances are definitive - thrilling, beautiful, affecting - with Peter Pears in fine voice (and what a wonderful tenor he was!) and Barry Tuckwell's wonderful and never bettered account of the horn part amongst other delights. Britten was a very notable conductor and a brilliant exponent of his own work - so brilliant, one suspects, that conductors might fear to follow him. The sound is excellent. If you only buy one Britten disk make it this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both clasic and historic 22 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These three haunting works have long been admired. Indeed they were key to establishing Britten's global reputation, and for good reason: his skill at setting words to music stands above that of pretty well any other 20th century composer. The pieces also provide a fascinating insight into the Britten-Pears relationship. Here we get the extraordinary chance to listen to this, both for the works in themselves as compositions and for the interaction of composer as conductor and muse as tenor.
Picky buyers may pause at the thought that the sound quality here is not as pristine as other versions recorded more recently, but nobody will ever match the authenticity of Pears himself singing music so completely written for him.
This disc should be a must, for it is both a historic and a classic recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Britten's serenade for horn, strings and tenor 16 Dec 2012
By Patrick
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Most wonderful! The poetry is classic and the settings are and will remain universal. Pears is perfection. Go for it!
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