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Benjamin Britten -
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'... outstanding performances.'

Britten Violin Concerto; Canadian Carnival Overture. © 2005 Naxos Rights International Ltd

This is a re-release of a recording originally issued by Collins Classics in 1990. It's an outstanding bargain at the Naxos price. The Collins release received strongly favorable reviews and a coveted Penguin rosette.

Though all three works were written by Britten when he was in his 20s, they contain a diverse cross-section of styles and moods because rebellion against his own nationalist influences was leading him to experiment with the music of other nations. Conversations with Aaron Copland and a visit to Canada clearly affected the Carnival Overture. It even features the folksy energy of a hoedown [listen -- track 1, 2:37-3:29] and Frere Jacque variations.

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Copyright © 4 January 2006 Ron Bierman, San Diego, USA


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