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BRITTEN, B.: Scottish Songs (Complete) - A Birthday Hansel / Who are these Children? / 4 Burns Songs (Wilde, Wakeford, Norris)

Composer(s):Britten, Benjamin
Artist(s) Wakeford, Lucy, harp • Norris, David Owen, piano • Wilde, Mark, tenor
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.572706
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Steeped in an atmosphere of ancient Scottish musical tradition, Benjamin Britten’s setting of texts by Robert Burns in A Birthday Hansel was his final song-cycle. Who are these children? is another late cycle to poems by William Soutar, combining darkly dramatic musical depictions of wartime life with protest songs which hark back to the composer’s youth. Acclaimed Scottish tenor Mark Wilde’s sensitivities embrace both the vibrantly dramatic and “gently mellifluous” (Manchester Evening News) qualities in this deeply expressive repertoire.


Review By Stephen Eddins,,October 2011

[Mark Wilde] excels in bringing sharp characterization to the songs, which these pieces—art songs with roots in folk culture—require in order not to sound precious. He is also effective in singing with unmannered naturalness. Pianist David Owen Norris and harpist Lucy Wakeford provide sensitive accompaniments. Naxos’ sound is clean, present, and well-balanced.


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