Review links

Here are some links for Britten works that I have reviewed, either in concert or on CD, for Classical Source and musicOMH.

Concerts

Film music: Men Behind the Meters; Coal Face; God’s Chillun; Night Mail; Peace of Britain; The Tocher; Sixpenny Telegram; The King’s Stamp; The Way To The Sea Ronan Busfield (tenor), City of London Sinfonia / Michael Collins (clarinet), 29 September 2013, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op.31; Clarinet Concerto Ronan Busfield (tenor), City of London Sinfonia / Michael Collins (clarinet), 27 September 2013, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente Op.61; 5 Folksong Arrangements Robin Tritschler (tenor), Iain Burnside (piano), 23 September 2013, Wigmore Hall

The Prodigal Son, Op.81;
The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77; Curlew River, Op.71
Soloists, Mahogany Opera, Jubilee Opera and members of the Aurora Orchestra, 4-5 July 2013, Southwark Cathedral

String Quartet no.2 in C major Op.36 Brodsky Quartet, 10 June 2013, Wigmore Hall

Cello Suite no.3 Op.87 Natalie Clein (cello), 13 May 2013, Wigmore Hall

6 Metamorphoses after Ovid Op.49; Tema ‘Sacher’, Suite for harp, Op.83 Members of the Britten Sinfonia, 3 April 2013, Wigmore Hall

Holiday Diary Op.5 Richard Uttley (piano), 5 March 2013, Wigmore Hall

Reflection for viola and piano; Three Divertimenti for String Quartet Members of the Britten Sinfonia, 13 February 2013, Wigmore Hall

Canticle III, ‘Still Falls The Rain Op.55 Mark Padmore (tenor), Richard Watkins (horn) and Huw Watkins (piano), 23 January 2013, Wigmore Hall

Phantasy Quartet Op.2; Sinfonietta Op.1 Members of the Britten Sinfonia, 5 December 2012, Wigmore Hall

String Quartets: no.1 in D major Op.25; no.2 in C major Op.36; no.3 Op.94 Takács Quartet, 2 December 2012, Wigmore Hall

Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente Op.61; Cabaret Songs; Who Are These Children? Op.84; 2 Folksong Arrangements Mark Padmore (tenor), Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano), 3 December 2012, Wigmore Hall

Three Folksong arrangements Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano), 8 October 2012, Wigmore Hall

Temporal Variations; Six Metamorphoses after Ovid Op.49 François Leleux (oboe), Emmanuel Strosser (piano), 11 June 2012, Wigmore Hall

Cello Sonata Op.65 Johannes Moser (cello), Paul Rivinius (piano), 21 May 2012, Wigmore Hall

Night Mail London Chamber Orchestra / Rosemary Furniss, 22 March 2012, Cadogan Hall

War Requiem Op.66 Sabina Cvilak (soprano), Ian Bostridge (tenor), Simon Keenlyside (baritone), Eltham College Choir Trebles, London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda, 9 October 2011, Barbican Hall

Three Divertimenti for String Quartet Hera Quartet, 24 May 2011, Wigmore Hall

Canticle I, ‘My Beloved Is Mine’ Op.40; Winter Words Op.52 John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano), May 16 2011, Wigmore Hall

Cello Suite no.2 Op.80 Miklós Perényi (cello), 18 April 2011, Wigmore Hall

On This Island Op.11 Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Roger Vignoles (piano), 31 January 2011, Wigmore Hall

Sinfonia da Requiem Op.20 BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Thierry Fischer, July 22 2010, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

Les illuminations Op.18 Mark Padmore (tenor), Britten Sinfonia / Pekka Kuusisto, February 8 2010, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Cello Sonata Op.65 Alban Gerhardt (cello), Steven Osborne (piano), October 26 2009, Wigmore Hall

String Quartet no.2 Op.36 Belcea Quartet, August 3, 2009, BBC Proms Chamber Music at the Cadogan Hall

arrangement of Bridge: There Is A Willow Grows Aslant A Brook Maxim Rysanov (viola), Katya Apekisheva (piano), November 3 2008, Wigmore Hall

Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge Op.10 Kensington Symphony Orchestra / Russell Keable, October 20 2008, St John’s, Smith Square

8 Songs Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Philip Langridge (tenor), Malcolm Martineau (piano), February 25 2008, Wigmore Hall

Cello Sonata Op.65 Pieter Wispelwey (cello), Dejan Lazic (piano), February 5 2007, Wigmore Hall

Cello Sonata Op.65 Charles Watt (cello), Nathan Williamson (piano), January 11 2007, Purcell Room

Lachrymae Op.48 – arrangement for viola and harp Reiad Chibah (viola), Sally Pryce (harp), December 5 2006, Wigmore Hall

Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Op.22; Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente Op.61; Winter Words Op.52 Mark Padmore (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano), December 4 2006, Wigmore Hall

Les illuminations Op.18 Nicole Cabell (soprano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Sir Andrew Davis, August 2 2006, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

Temporal Variations Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe), Lidija Bizjak (piano), May 8 2006, Wigmore Hall

Cello Suite No.1 Op.72 Han-na Chang (cello), February 27 2006, Wigmore Hall

Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op.33a BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Rumon Gamba, September 5, 2005, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

CDs

Cello Symphony Op.68; Cello Sonata Op.65; Cello Suites – no.1 Op.72; no.2 Op.80; no.3 Op.87; Tema SACHER Alban Gerhardt (cello), Steven Osborne (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Manze (Hyperion)

Cello Sonata Op.65; Cello Suites – no.1 Op.72; no.2 Op.80; Cello Symphony Op.68 Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), English Chamber Orchestra / Benjamin Britten (piano and conductor) (Decca)

Cello Sonata Op.65 Jamie Walton (cello), Daniel Grimwood (piano) (Signum Classics)

Cello Suites no.1 Op.72; no.2 Op.80; no.3 Op.87 Daniel Müller-Schott (cello) (Orfeo)

Gloriana – Suite Op.53a, Cello Symphony Op.68, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes Op.33a Paul Watkins (cello), BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Gardner (Chandos)

Cello Symphony Op.68, Cello Suite no.1 Op.72 Pieter Wispelwey, Flanders Symphony Orchestra / Seikyo Kim (Onyx)

arr. of Mahler: What the Wild Flowers tell me from Symphony no.3 in D minor Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Järvi (Virgin Classics)

Cello Symphony Op.68 Jamie Walton (cello), Philharmonia Orchestra / Alexander Briger (Signum Classics)

I hope you enjoy what you read and gain something from it – and if you have any feedback on anything whatsoever, please get in touch on goodmorningbritten[at)gmail.com.

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