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A fascinatingly studied performance,
This review is from: Britten: Curlew River, Op.71 (Audio CD)
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.