Category Archives: Songs with orchestra

Listening to Britten – Phaedra, Op.93

Phaedra by Alexandre Cabanel (1880). Image used courtesy of Wikipedia Phaedra, Op.93 – Dramatic cantata for mezzo-soprano and small orchestra (July – 12 August 1975, Britten aged 61) Dedication for Janet Baker Text Robert Lowell, after Phèdre by Jean Racine … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Nocturne, Op.60

Moonrise on the Yare (?) by John Crome. Photo (c) Tate Nocturne for tenor, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra, Op.60 (August – September 1958, Britten aged 44) 1 Promethus unbound (excerpt) (Percy Bysshe Shelley) (strings) 2 The kraken (Alfred, … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op.31

(c)Brian Hogwood Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op.31 (March – April 1943, Britten aged 29) Prologue 1 Pastoral (Charles Cotton) 2 Nocturne (Alfred, Lord Tennyson) 3 Elegy (William Blake) 4 Dirge (Anon, 15th century) 5 Hymn (Ben Jonson) 6 … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Les illuminations, Op.18

(c)Brian Hogwood Les illuminations, Op.18 – songs for high voice and orchestra (March – 25 October 1939, Britten aged 25) 1 Fanfare 2 Villes 3a Phrase 3b Antique (‘To K.H.W.S.’) 4 Royauté 5 Marine 6 Interlude (‘To E.M.’) 7 Being … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Our Hunting Fathers, Op.8

(c) Brian Hogwood Our Hunting Fathers, Op.8 – symphonic cycle for high voice and orchestra (13 May – 23 July 1936, Britten aged 22) Prologue (W.H. Auden) 1 Rats away! (anon) 2 Messalina (anon) 3 Dance of death (Thomas Ravenscroft) … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Quatre chansons françaises

(c)Brian Hogwood Quatre chansons françaises – songs for high voice and orchestra (June – August 1928, Britten aged 14; edited by Colin Matthews and published 1982) 1 Nuits de juin (Hugo) Lento e molto rubato 2 Sagesse (Verlaine) Lento ma … Continue reading

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