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

Composer(s):Britten, Benjamin
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category OrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.557205
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


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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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Steuart Bedford brings the keenest intelligence and intuitive feeling to everything here. The anthology spans the whole of Britten’s career. The Temporal Variations of 1936, originally for oboe and piano, are effectively scored for strings by Colin Matthews—as, for that matter is his orchestration of A Charm of Lullabies of 11 years later. The elegiac, valedictory Suite on English Folk Tunes is touching and affecting, and Bedford’s is the finest reading of it in the current catalogue. All the soloists are impeccable and the disc fills an important gap in the Britten discography with real distinction, to say nothing of economy.








 

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