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BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings; Les Illuminations; Nocturne

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  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (23 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000FIHMH6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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These three haunting works have long been admired. Indeed they were key to establishing Britten's global reputation, and for good reason: his skill at setting words to music stands above that of pretty well any other 20th century composer. The pieces also provide a fascinating insight into the Britten-Pears relationship. Here we get the extraordinary chance to listen to this, both for the works in themselves as compositions and for the interaction of composer as conductor and muse as tenor.
Picky buyers may pause at the thought that the sound quality here is not as pristine as other versions recorded more recently, but nobody will ever match the authenticity of Pears himself singing music so completely written for him.
This disc should be a must, for it is both a historic and a classic recording.
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I have both versions by Peers and Britten. One with Tuckwell and this one, I love them both. These pieces of music introduced me to Britten and I've never looked back. Absolutely wonderful even though the recording is less than perfect the atmosphere more than makes up for it.
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A wonderful cd, specially for the excellent intervencion of Peter Pears in a great artistic and vocal state. Pears was a tenor without a magnificence voice but for this repertoire his refined manners and musicallity are in common sense with the the Britten works, and not properly with the vocal line ,specially designed for him, than with his spirit. Pears and Brtitten, had been a good partneships with this too.Perhaps Pears sings more brilliant than Brittten conducts. One cd that I have no doubt to recommend. The recording was made around 50 years ago, but we can understand everithing.
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