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BRITTEN: Simple Symphony / Temporal Variations / Suite on English Folk Tunes

Composer(s)Britten, Benjamin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category OrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.557205
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

The works on this recording cover the entire span of Britten’s published output – from the Simple Symphony of 1934, to the string orchestral arrangement of Lachrymae completed in the last year of his life. Britten always retained a special affection for his childhood efforts and in the Simple Symphony reworked his earliest compositions making them ‘more fit for general consumption’. In contrast there is a special poignancy about the works of his final three years, composed after Britten’s unsuccessful heart operation. In its earthy treatment of the folk-song material, the Suite on English Folk Tunes, his last purely orchestral work, is at the furthest remove from the sentimentality often associated with the


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Work/Track Title Time
BRITTEN: Simple Symphony / Temporal Variations / Suite on English Folk Tunes 1:58:21   
  Simple Symphony, Op. 4          
      Boisterous Bourree 3:21       
      Playful Pizzacato 2:59       
      Sentimental Sarabande 6:34       
      Frolicsome Finale 3:03       
  Temporal Variations (orch. C. Matthews)          
      Theme 1:54       
      Oration 1:38       
      March 1:13       
      Exercises 0:59       
      Commination 1:21       
      Chorale 2:19       
      Waltz 1:34       
      Polka 1:09       
      Resolution 1:43       
  A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews)          
      A Cradle Song 2:59       
      The Highland Balou 2:03       
      Sephestia's Lullaby 1:57       
      A Charm 2:02       
      The Nurse's Song 4:44       
  Lachrymae, Op. 48a          
      Theme 1:53       
      Variation 1: Allegretto, andante molto 0:54       
      Variation 2: Animato 1:29       
      Variation 3: Tranquillo 1:53       
      Variation 4: Allegro con moto 0:45       
      Variation 5: Largamente 0:39       
      Variation 6: Appasionato 0:53       
      Variation 7: Alla valse moderato 0:58       
      Variation 8: Allegro marcia 0:45       
      Variation 9: Lento 0:50       
      Variation 10: L'istesso tempo 3:31       
  Suite on English Folk Tunes, Op. 90, "A time there was..."          
      Cakes and Ale 2:30       
      The Bitter Withy 2:32       
      Hankin Booby 2:06       
      Hunt the Squirrel 1:20       
      Lord Melbourne 5:17       
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