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Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings; Les Illuminations; Nocturne
 
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Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings; Les Illuminations; Nocturne

6 Feb. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 6 Feb. 2012
  • Release Date: 6 Feb. 2012
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:12:44
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  • ASIN: B0074316AO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,802 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ricolas on 27 July 2009
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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.

NB This review is for the Decca label Serenade and Illuminations, both with Peter Pears, Dennis Brain and conducted by Eugene Goosens in November 1953. The Nocturne recording is Pears, Barry Tuckwell and conducted by Britten, in September 1959.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. E. M. Goulder on 22 Jan. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on 16 Dec. 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Peter Croasdale on 6 Jun. 2013
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This has to be "the" recording of Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and strings. It brings back many memories for me from when I used to listen to the original LP as a teenager.
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