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BRITTEN: Canticles Nos. 1-5 / The Heart of the Matter (English Song, Vol. 9)

Composer(s)Britten, Benjamin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.557202
Label / Series Naxos / English Song Series
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

Britten’s five Canticles are marvellously vivid, intensely dramatic works. Although they were not designed to be performed together – they span virtually his whole career, from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s, and were composed for a variety of forces and singers – they form a remarkably effective sequence. Each is in some way inspired by religion and takes the form of an extended song, scena, miniature cantata or even, in the case of Abraham and Isaac, virtually a mini opera. All five were composed for the tenor voice of Peter Pears, and chart the personal and creative relationship between Britten and his most important muse.

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Work/Track Title Time
BRITTEN: Canticles Nos. 1-5 / The Heart of the Matter (English Song, Vol. 9) 1:06:49   
  Canticle I, Op. 40: My Beloved is mine 7:11       
  Canticle II, Op. 51: Abraham and Isaac 16:10       
  The Heart of the Matter (rev. P. Pears, 1983)          
      Prologue - Fanfare: Where are the seeds of the Universal Fire 2:50       
      Reading: The earth of my heart was broken and gaped low - Fanfare 1:04       
      Reading: In the hour when the sapphire of the bone 0:47       
      Song: We are the darkness in the heat of the day 1:22       
      Reading: In such a heat of the earth 2:44       
      Canticle III, Op. 55: Still Falls the Rain 11:31       
      Reading: I see Christ's wounds weep in the Rose on the wall 1:59       
      Epilogue - Fanfare: So, out of the dark 2:42       
  Canticle IV, Op. 86: Journey of the Magi 10:50       
  Canticle V, Op. 89: The Death of Saint Narcissus 7:39       
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