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Britten: Suites for Solo Cello

Philip Higham , Benjamin Britten , . Audio CD
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  • Conductor: .
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (14 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delphian
  • ASIN: B00AN99CWU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Suite for Cello No. 1, Op. 72: Canto primo: Sostenuto e largamente: Canto primo: Sostenuto e largamente 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Suite for Cello No. 1, Op. 72: Lamento: Lento rubato: Lamento: Lento rubato 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Suite for Cello No. 2, Op. 80: Declamato: Largo 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen12. Suite for Cello No. 2, Op. 80: Scherzo: Allegro molto 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Suite for Cello No. 2, Op. 80: Andante lento 5:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Suite for Cello No. 2, Op. 80: Ciaccona: Allegro 6:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Suite for Cello No. 3, Op. 87: Introduzione: Lento 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen18. Suite for Cello No. 3, Op. 87: Barcarolla: Lento 1:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen23. Suite for Cello No. 3, Op. 87: Passacaglia: Lento solenne 8:56£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Britten s meeting with Rostropovich in 1960 was a watershed, the great Russian cellist becoming the primary collaborator of his later years, and inspiring a whole series of masterworks. Among them are the three suites for solo cello, written as a conscious homage to those of Bach (there were originally to have been six). Intriguingly, the Britten scholar Paul Kildea sees the first as a coda to the War Requiem, the second as a snapshot of a lifetime of musical obsessions, and the third as reaching back to much earlier works and suffused with primordial Russian melody. The young virtuoso Philip Higham brings a youthful vigour and deep intelligence to these seminal masterpieces, resulting in performances of commanding authority and intensity. Philip Higham is rapidly emerging as one of the most prominent young cellists from the UK. In 2010 he won 2nd prize in the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann Competition in Berlin, making him the first British cellist in generations to have won top prizes at three major international competitions, including 1st Prize in the 2008 Bach Leipzig and 2009 Lutoslawski Competitions. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2009. Born in Edinburgh in 1985, Philip studied cello with Ruth Beauchamp at St Mary's Music School and continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Emma Ferrand and Ralph Kirshbaum. He graduated in 2007 with First class Honours and was immediately selected as an International Artist Diploma student. In 2010 he was one of the first artists invited to take part in the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme with Steven Isserlis.

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just listen to the clarity and accuracy of the hair-raising passagework in the final movement [No.1] ... His mastery of pace. Phrasing and colour ensures that the Lament perfectly reflects the title ... the Second Suite is a towering achievement ... a gripping experience. I have heard no more convincing performance of the Second Suite than this one ... very special. --William Hedley, International Record Review April 2013

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and exuberant 28 Jun 2013
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I've always thought the Cello Suites were a young mans music and this disc demonstrates that. Philip Higham plays these pieces with vigour and exuberance, but also with sensitivity. Beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Oct 2013
By Bruce
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Although I know most of Britten's music, somehow the solo cello suites had slipped through. In this centenary year it was time this was put right, and I do not regret buying this excellent recording. Although written for Rostropovich (Britten promised him 6 to mirror those of Bach, but he did not live long enough to fulfil the promise) these performances sound extremely good to my ears and the recording is clear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Britten in good hands 26 Jan 2014
By Hektor
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A new generation of cellists is upon us in whose hands great music is safe. If you do not already have a recording of these works, I can recommend this new one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Britten 'cello suites 5 Feb 2013
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An achingly beautiful recording of wonderful music. The complexity of the pieces are mastered, allowing the emotion to shine, with delicacy and power.
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