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Fascinating or historical? Look at the works of Benjamin Britten
Britten is most certainly one of the most amazing contemporary composers from the early part of the 20th century. This disc focuses on music that he wrote for Radio and Theatre which needless to say is rather a different medium than one encounters in a traditional symphonic setting. However, this medium and its requirements gives unique insights into the snippets of sounds and concepts that form a composer?s toolbox of go-to musical building blocks, and the disc is fascinating in that respect.
The first piece, ?The Ascent of F6?, is the most atonal of the three and definitely provides insight into Britten?'s musical language when certain melodic constraints are not of paramount importance. Stark contrast is provided by ?An American in England?, written for a six part series broadcast in 1942 to inform the American public about conditions and the wartime effort in England. This features much patriotic and charming sounding music reminiscent of that period of time, and shows the versatility of Britten'?s ability in the medium.
A short piece called ?Roman Wall Blues? follows, featuring gorgeous vocal lines from Mary Carewe (mezzo-soprano) that for this listener was worth the price of the disc all by itself. ?On the Frontier?, which follows next, is music for a play that also keeps the wartime theme. The musical selections are generally in the 1 to 2 minute time range, and Britten definitely grabs the listener?'s attention even given that short period of time. The last piece, called ?Where do we go from here?? again features Mary Carewe?'s lovely voice.
The liner notes are predominately historical in nature, and are a fascinating read. In fact, this single CD with liner notes is one of the most informative that I possess in my collection. If you are interested at all in the works and melodic evolution of Britten, I would definitely recommend this recording.more....
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