Benjamin Britten -
'... outstanding performances.'
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.
Copyright © 4 January 2006
Ron Bierman, San Diego, USA