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BRITTEN: 7 Sonnets of Michelangelo / Holy Sonnets of J. Donne / Winter Words (English Song, Vol. 7)

Composer(s)Britten, Benjamin
Artist(s) Bedford, Steuart, piano • Langridge, Philip, tenor
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.557201
Label / Series Naxos / English Song Series
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Britten’s song cycles form a substantial and important part of his work. The Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo belong to the period when Britten had begun to set foreign languages in an attempt to broaden his musical horizons. It is his first work composed exclusively for Peter Pears and deals with various aspects of love. Written in August 1945, soon after Britten had returned from a tour of German concentration camps with Yehudi Menuhin, The Holy Sonnets of John Donne captures some of the bleak intensity of that experience. In the eight settings of Thomas Hardy, Winter Words, written in 1953, there is no less abundance of the musical invention and imagery found in the earlier cycles, but the textures are generally leaner and more economical.

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BRITTEN: 7 Sonnets of Michelangelo / Holy Sonnets of J. Donne / Winter Words (English Song, Vol. 7) 1:05:06   
  The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35          
      Sonnet VI: Oh my blacke Soule! 3:41       
      Sonnet XIV: Batter my heart 1:15       
      Sonnet III: O might those sighes and teares 3:04       
      Sonnet XIX: Oh, to vex me 1:02       
      Sonnet XIII: What if this present 2:46       
      Sonnet XVII: Since she whom I lov'd 3:40       
      Sonnet VII: At the round earth's imagin'd corners 1:22       
      Sonnet I: Thou hast made me 1:22       
      Sonnet X: Death, be not proud 3:52       
  7 Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22          
      Sonetto XVI: Si come nella penna e nell'inchiostro 2:11       
      Sonetto XXXI: A che piu debb'io mai l'intensa voglia 1:26       
      Sonetto XXX: Veggio co' be' vostri occhi un dolce lume 3:17       
      Sonetto LV: Tu sa' ch'io so, signior mie, che tu sai 1:53       
      Sonetto XXXVIII: Rendete a gli occhi miei, o fonte o fiume 1:59       
      Sonetto XXXII: S'un casto amor, s'una pieta superna 1:20       
      Sonetto XXIV: Spirto ben nato, in cui si specchia e vede 4:32       
  Winter Words, Op. 52          
      At Day-close in November 1:54       
      Midnight on the Great Western 4:46       
      Wagtail and Baby 2:05       
      The Little Old Table 1:18       
      The Choirmaster's Burial 3:56       
      Proud Songsters 1:07       
      At the Railway Station, Upway 2:42       
      Before Life and After 2:52       
  If it's ever Spring again 3:00       
  The Children and Sir Nameless 2:44       
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