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20th Century String Music [CD]

Benjamin Britten , Béla Bartók , Igor Stravinsky , William Walton , Richard Studt , et al. Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Sinfonietta
  • Conductor: Richard Studt
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, William Walton
  • Audio CD (1 Feb 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000141K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Divertimento, BB 118: I. Allegro non troppoRichard Studt 9:32Album Only
Listen  2. Divertimento, BB 118: II. Molto adagioRichard Studt 8:05Album Only
Listen  3. Divertimento, BB 118: III. Allegro assaiRichard Studt 7:22£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Simple Symphony, Op. 4 (use): I. Boisterous BourreeRichard Studt 3:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Simple Symphony, Op. 4 (use): II. Playful PizzicatoRichard Studt 3:17£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Simple Symphony, Op. 4 (use): III. Sentimental SarabandRichard Studt 6:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Simple Symphony, Op. 4 (use): IV. Frolicsome FinaleRichard Studt 2:57£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Film music for Henry V: 2 Pieces for Strings: II. Passacaglia: Death of FalstaffRichard Studt 3:16£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Film music for Henry V: 2 Pieces for Strings: IV. Touch Her Soft Lips and PartRichard Studt 2:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Concerto for Strings in D major: I. VivaceRichard Studt 5:53£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Concerto for Strings in D major: II. AriosoRichard Studt 2:45£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Concerto for Strings in D major: III. RondoRichard Studt 3:36£0.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Bartok: Divertimento, Sz.113; Britten: Simple Symphony, Op.4; Walton: 2 Pieces From Henry V; Stravinsky: Concerto In D Major.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The long-gone Bournemouth Sinfonietta from 1993 24 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent, fairly early, Naxos CD featuring a good selection of twentieth-century works for string orchestra. Recorded some six years before the Bournemouth Sinfonietta (BS) folded in 1999, the disc has four works from Bartok, Britten, Walton, and Stravinsky conducted by Richard Studt. The sonics are fine for these works which are sometimes thought to be at the "difficult" end of the spectrum (though they are not really difficult at all).

First up we have the 1939 Divertimento Sz 113 from Bartok. This is a fairly light work that Bartok wrote in just 15 days whilst living in Switzerland. Neoclassical in style, this is easy to appreciate.

Second, we have Britten's Simple Symphony Op.4. I have to confess that I find Britten hard to enjoy (I have tried several times), but this is one of his most popular works, having been recorded 40+ times; this is a fine performance from the BS.

Third, 2 Pieces from Henry V by Walton in the form of the Passacaglia and "Touch her sift lips and part". Short, quiet and moving.

Finally, we have Stravinsky's Concerto in D Major. One of Stravinsky's neoclassical masterpieces, easy on the ear. Whilst this is a lovely performance, the version recorded by the composer should be heard (best done by buying the ridiculously inexpensive Sony box Works of Igor Stravinsky [22cd]).

This inexpensive Naxos CD provides a very pleasant way to spend almost an hour with the much missed BS and it is recommended to those who have a taste for string orchestra works with a "modernistic tang".
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