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Britten: Curlew River, Op.71

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  • Performer: Mark Milhofer, Gywn Hughes-Jones, Matthew Hargreaves, Mark Evans
  • Orchestra: Guildhall Chamber Choir, Guildhall Chamber Ensemble
  • Conductor: David Angus
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (24 Jan. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Schwann
  • ASIN: B000001STU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. Curlew River, Op. 71: Te Lucis Ante
  2. Curlew River, Op. 71: I am the Ferryman
  3. Curlew River, Op. 71: I Come From the Westland
  4. Curlew River, Op. 71: But First May I Ask You
  5. Curlew River, Op. 71: Clear as a Sky Without a Cloud
  6. Curlew River, Op. 71: Near the Black Mountains
  7. Curlew River, Op. 71: A Thousand Leagues May Sunder
  8. Curlew River, Op. 71: Ignorant Man! You Refuse a Passage
  9. Curlew River, Op. 71: I Beg Your Pardon
  10. Curlew River, Op. 71: Curlew River, Smoothly Flowing
  11. Curlew River, Op. 71: Today is an Important Day
  12. Curlew River, Op. 71: Look! While You Were Listening to My Story
  13. Curlew River, Op. 71: Ferryman, Tell Me, When Did it Happen
  14. Curlew River, Op. 71: Hoping, I Wandered On
  15. Curlew River, Op. 71: He Whose Life Was Full of Promiose
  16. Curlew River, Op. 71: The Moon Has Risen
  17. Curlew River, Op. 71: Go Your Way in Peace, Mother
  18. Curlew River, Op. 71: Good Souls, We Have Shown You Here

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This is a lovely performance, warts and all - it's a recording of a live performance, after all. There are some subtle differences of timing and alignment of the different parts between this and the old Decca recording (also available on CD), which can be attributed to the timing conventions that Britten introduced with this particular work. (For anyone with access to a rehearsal score, listen to the passage between rehearsal marks 43 and 44 and you'll see what I mean.) This performance feels to me as if it stays closer to a "literal" reading of the score than does the one on the Decca recording. For me, though, the performance on the Decca recording has more tension and drama. At the end of the day, I decided that I liked both the Decca and the Koch recordings, but for different reasons. If you are not on a budget, buy them both: you'll find something uniquely beautiful in each of them. If you're intending to buy only one recording, I'd advise going for Britten's performance on Decca in preferance to the Koch, because it is overall a fuller emotional experience.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8eab06cc) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x8eab0f24) out of 5 stars Haunting, Chilling, Amazing 23 Sept. 1998
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This rendition of Britten's _Curlew River_ sounds, at first, strange and unattractive, but after repeated listenings, the force of the performance takes over and sweeps you off your feet. The emotion that is built up and then released (in some of the most affecting music these ears have ever happened across) is so true and palpable that you can't help walking away from the piece with a more complete understanding of what Britten is trying to say. And, as always with any of Britten's pieces, this work operates on so many different levels that virtually anyone can feel a relation to what is going on. A madwoman, a lost son, a world that is both frightening and secure, both uncaring and tender, and also a reuniting. I think it is that sense of completion to the work that makes it so wonderful, the idea that, yes there is great pain and suffering, but there is also happiness and love. All of this (and so much more) is increasingly evident in the work if only you allow yourself to be lost in this excellent recording and slowly find your way back out again.
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HASH(0x8eab82f4) out of 5 stars Eh? What d'you say? 14 May 2000
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This recording is such that the text is virtually undeciferable. I love Britten operas, but without holding the libretto to figure out what's being sung, only the rarest tidbit of the story comes through here. Not recommended at all.
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