BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings; Les Illuminations; Nocturne
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 16.1 x 14.61 x 0.99 cm; 117.93 Grams
- Manufacturer : LHUJW
- Manufacturer reference : 028947684701
- Original Release Date : 2006
- Label : LHUJW
- ASIN : B000FIHMH6
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 8,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
- Customer Reviews:
The three orchestral song cycles collected here are central to the Britten canon of recorded repertoire and whereas Pears' other recordings of the Serenade and Les Illuminations (with Boyd Neel and Benjamin Britten as conductors) have been in circulation, this mono recording with Goossens receives its first and much-anticipated release on CD. All three recordings date from the 1950s and catch Pears in full vocal flight.
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The sound is excellent. The performances are so authentic.It sounds just right.
I am not a great fan of Classical song but these are so good they transcend the genre.
It shows what a great composer Britten was , even though I am not a fan of opera or vocal music as such.
It is so good to have his own performances on record, just like Stravinsky's.
I would not be without this CD in my collection.
The other recordings on this disc are if not as historically important, equally well performed and recorded.
Recommended to all Britten fans.
NB This review is for the Decca label Serenade and Illuminations, both with Peter Pears, Dennis Brain and conducted by Eugene Goosens in November 1953. The Nocturne recording is Pears, Barry Tuckwell and conducted by Britten, in September 1959.