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Excellent and revealing recording
, 27 July 2009
This review is from: BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings; Les Illuminations; Nocturne (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.
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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