Notes & Reviews:
A unique release filling out britten's voluble performances of the brandenburg concertos with the english chamber orchestra with the very rare lp issued by decca of 'the 1953 aldeburgh festival opening concert'. It contains the much sought-after sellinger's round (variations on an elizabethan theme) conducted by britten, as well as odes and anthems by purcell and arne, featuring alfred deller and sir peter pears, conducted by imogen holst. The disc ends with four 'bonus tracks' that comprised a decca ep: sir adrian boult conducting bach's air from the orchestral suite no. 3 and bantock's arrangement of 'sheep may safely graze' plus britten conducting clarke's trumpet voluntary and his own, very beautiful arrangement of god save the queen. A true collector's item! Artists: alfred deller (countertenor), peter pears (tenor). Conductors: sir adrian boult, benjamin britten, imogen holst.