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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and revealing recording, 27 July 2009
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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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Initial post: 27 Mar 2013 11:37:31 GMT
mckavitt says:
Others say the horn player is Barry Tuckwell, not Dennis Brain, & that Britain is indeed conducting. Now, which is it? I have this already if Tuckwell is playing & the horn extract certainly doesn't sound like Brain.

Thanks for Illumination :-) on this.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 11:54:47 GMT
Ricolas says:
The Serenade and Illuminations are both with Peter Pears, Dennis Brain and conducted by Eugene Goosens in November 1953.

The Nocturne recording is indeed Pears, Barry Tuckwell and conducted by Britten, in September 1959.

(Information from the sleeve notes.)

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2013 22:19:22 GMT
mckavitt says:
Thanks so much for blowing the hair out of my eyes. I was really confused. You're very kind.

I just love it that it's the Britten Centenial, except it means, just as his death did way before this, that i can never meet & know the man.

Shucks. Love him so much.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 14:08:20 BDT
Big John says:
Stupidly, Amazon has shared this review across different CDs, and there is no way of knowing which CD it originally applied to. The one I'm looking at is most certainly Tuckwell & Britten, but you may be looking at a different CD. Good old Amazon! It's funny how internet companies only seem to get worse as they try to improve.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2014 18:15:41 BDT
Ricolas says:
That is very annoying, Big John. To clarify, it is the Peter Pears/Dennis Brain recording, conducted by Eugene Goosens.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2014 09:14:19 BDT
Big John says:
You've missed the point entirely. Amazon have duplicated your excellent review across any products that sound similar! I found your review attached to product B00000IO61 which is the Tuckwell/Britten recording. Now do you see the cause of confusion?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2014 10:00:55 BDT
Ricolas says:
I quite understand the problem, which is why I clarified which recording it was to you. However I ought to edit the original review to clarify it there too to at least negate some of the effect of having the wrong review applied to the wrong product.

Of course, what Amazon has done is idiotic; presumably it is a system that applies across different editions of the same book which they have applied blindly to classical music where of course it does not work.
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