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Britten Song Cycles



Playing time: 63'32"
Tracks: 23
Booklet pages: 4
Reviewer: Robert Anderson
Review of Britten Song Cycles published on 20 April 2011

Listen: Sonnet (track 7, 0:00-0:59)

Benjamin Britten:

Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op 31
1 Prologue
2 Pastorale (Cotton)
3 Nocturne (Tennyson)
4 Elegy (Blake)
5 Dirge (Anon)
6 Hymn (Ben Jonson)
7 Sonnet (Keats)
8 Epilogue

Peter Pears, tenor
Dennis Brain, horn
New Symphony Orchestra of London
Eugene Goossens, conductor

Winter Words, Op 52
9 At day-close in November
10 Midnight on the Great Western, 'The Journeying Boy'
11 Wagtail and Baby, 'A Satire'
12 The Little Old Table
13 The Choirmaster's Burial, 'The Tenor Man's Story'
14 Proud Songsters 'Thrushes, Finches and Nightingales'
15 At the Railway Station, Upway 'The Convict and the Boy with the Violin'
16 Before Life and After

Peter Pears, tenor
Benjamin Britten, piano

Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op 22
17 Sonetto XVI. Si come nella penna e nell' inchiostro
18 Sonetto XXXI. A che più debb'io mai l'intensa voglia
19 Sonetto XXX. Veggio co' bei vostri occhi un dolce lume
20 Sonetto LV. Tu sa' ch'io so, signor mie, che tu sai
21 Sonetto XXXVIII. Rendete a gli occhi miei
22 Sonetto XXXII. S'un casto amor, s'una pietà superna
23 Sonetto XXIV. Spirto ben nato, in cui si specchia e vede

Peter Pears, tenor
Benjamin Britten, piano


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