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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD of Benjamin Britten's orchestral music
The cover of this disc of Britten's music highlights the `Young Persons' Guide to the Orchestra' which is a set of variations on a tune by Henry Purcell, each variation designed to demonstrate particular orchestral instruments, and EMI have reproduced the various instrumental sounds convincingly. The `cellos and double basses have swopped places with the 2nd violins, so...
Published on 12 Mar 2009 by John Sheldon

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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mistake
I mistakenly thought that this would include the spoken word! Received the item, in excellent condition, promptly and well packaged
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by LG


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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD of Benjamin Britten's orchestral music, 12 Mar 2009
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John Sheldon (Herefordshire, England) - See all my reviews
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The cover of this disc of Britten's music highlights the `Young Persons' Guide to the Orchestra' which is a set of variations on a tune by Henry Purcell, each variation designed to demonstrate particular orchestral instruments, and EMI have reproduced the various instrumental sounds convincingly. The `cellos and double basses have swopped places with the 2nd violins, so the lower strings are heard from your LH speaker. I am still not convinced by this seating arrangement for recordings, but in the violins' variation you hear the 1st violins to your left, the 2nd violins to your right, which may actually be what the composer wanted. The recording is pure music, without the spoken commentary sometimes used.
Although this CD is marketed highlighting the `Guide' it contains other pieces at least as interesting and possibly in the long run more rewarding; and they all demonstrate Britten's brilliant use of orchestral instruments again clearly recorded by EMI. The Canadian Carnival is a colourful, often lively romp using Canadian folk tunes and the American Overture is equally vibrant but with a wider emotional range. The English Folk Tune Suite has superb use of orchestral instruments in a more intimate setting. The Sinfonia da Requiem is the weightiest work on the disc, its wide dynamic range kept user friendly for domestic use by EMI, but without losing the drama and emotional intensity that Rattle draws from the CBSO.
This disc is recommended as a good performance and recording of a variety of pieces, which despite their differences explore and celebrate the sounds of the orchestra.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good, 31 May 2010
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I'm not really a Rattle fan but this record deserves to be celebrated. The Young Person's Guide receives a colourful and effective performance and the smaller orchestral pieces are interesting and welcome. The surprise for me was the Sinfonia da Requiem - Rattle's account is really first rate and very much the one to have. A well packed record and an excellent price.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recordings don't get any better than this, 27 July 2001
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This recording of the Young person's guide to the orchestra takes you right into the concert hall, the excitment, invigoration and sheer power of the recording leaves you breathless.
The transition of music from live performance onto disc is not an easy one and only a handful of recordings achieve it - but this is one of them
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational, 27 May 2013
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I bought this CD for a 10 year old boy so that he could recognise different instruments in the orchestra. He loves it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great britten, 1 Feb 2012
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Bought this for my daughter she loved it. Great introduction into the working of an orchestra. Would recommend it to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Britten/Purcell, 15 Oct 2010
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Mrs. Rp Meinke "Rachel" (Guernsey, Channel Islands) - See all my reviews
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The original theme that Benjamin Britten used in this has lasted and been loved for 300 plus years.
What Britten did with it was genius - using various parts of the orchestra in each variation on the themes.
It was instrumental (!) in my great love of music when I was a child.
I have never till now owned a copy, but now I am very happy, especially with this recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good music, 4 Jun 2013
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this is a high quality recording of as great favourite, an excelent introduction to the world of orchestration a great stat for all young musicians well woth the m,oney
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mistake, 26 Oct 2011
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I mistakenly thought that this would include the spoken word! Received the item, in excellent condition, promptly and well packaged
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good buy, 18 Mar 2013
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