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>Britten, Benjamin : Les Illuminations
>Britten, Benjamin : Phrase, for voice & orchestra (sketch for Les Illuminations, Op. 18; orchestration by C. Matthews)
>Britten, Benjamin : Aube, for voice & orchestra (sketch for Les Illuminations, Op. 18; orchestration by C. Matthews)
>Britten, Benjamin : A une raison, for voice & orchestra (sketch for Les Illuminations, Op. 18; orchestration by C. Matth
>Britten, Benjamin : Rondo Concertante, for piano & strings (incomplete)
>Britten, Benjamin : In Memoriam Dennis Brain, for 4 horns & strings (sketch)
>Britten, Benjamin : Untitled Fragment, for strings
>Britten, Benjamin : Variations for piano (incomplete)
>Britten, Benjamin : Movements for a Clarinet Concerto, for clarinet & strings (realization of sketches by C. Matthews)

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Les Illuminations
>Britten, Benjamin : Phrase, for voice & orchestra (sketch for Les Illuminations, Op. 18; orchestration by C. Matthews)
>Britten, Benjamin : Aube, for voice & orchestra (sketch for Les Illuminations, Op. 18; orchestration by C. Matthews)
>Britten, Benjamin : A une raison, for voice & orchestra (sketch for Les Illuminations, Op. 18; orchestration by C. Matth
>Britten, Benjamin : Rondo Concertante, for piano & strings (incomplete)
>Britten, Benjamin : In Memoriam Dennis Brain, for 4 horns & strings (sketch)
>Britten, Benjamin : Untitled Fragment, for strings
>Britten, Benjamin : Variations for piano (incomplete)
>Britten, Benjamin : Movements for a Clarinet Concerto, for clarinet & strings (realization of sketches by C. Matthews)
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
All the performances are superb. Sandrine Piau's stylish and imaginative interpretation of Les illuminations is one of the best soprano versions on disc, in fact. Michael Collins's easy virtuosity in the Clarinet Concerto is a joy. And throughout, Thomas Zehetmair elicits razor-sharp, sensitively shaped playing from the Northern Sinfonia. In short, this is one of the most important Britten recordings in many a year.

Andrew McGregor, bbc.co.uk
Sandrine Piau makes a superb soloist - impeccable French, or course, but she brings so much more to bear with her cool, clear sound, and often seriously beautiful phrasing, floating ethereally to the centre of Rimbaud's poetry...Buy this for Les Illuminations, but savour it for so many new discoveries.

The Guardian
This performance, taken from a Northern Sinfonia concert with Sandrine Piau as the delightfully idiomatic soloist, includes as an appendix three further Rimbaud settings that Britten omitted from the final cycle and left in piano score, which have been ¬orchestrated by Colin Matthews...lots of little ¬insights into Britten's musical world.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Les Illuminations
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Notes: Hall One, The Sage Gateshead (01/14/2009-01/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Britten, Benjamin : Phrase, for voice & orchestra (sketch for Les Illuminations, Op. 18; orchestration by C. Matthews)
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Notes: Hall One, The Sage Gateshead (01/14/2009-01/15/2009)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Aube, for voice & orchestra (sketch for Les Illuminations, Op. 18; orchestration by C. Matthews)
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Notes: Hall One, The Sage Gateshead (01/14/2009-01/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : A une raison, for voice & orchestra (sketch for Les Illuminations, Op. 18; orchestration by C. Matth
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Notes: Hall One, The Sage Gateshead (01/14/2009-01/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Rondo Concertante, for piano & strings (incomplete)
  • Performer: Rolf Hind (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Notes: Hall One, The Sage Gateshead (05/22/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : In Memoriam Dennis Brain, for 4 horns & strings (sketch)
  • Performers: Chris Griffiths (Horn); Michael Thompson (Horn); Peter Francomb (Horn); Richard Watkins (Horn)
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Notes: Hall One, The Sage Gateshead (05/22/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1958

>Britten, Benjamin : Untitled Fragment, for strings
  • Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
  • Notes: Hall One, The Sage Gateshead (05/22/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Britten, Benjamin : Variations for piano (incomplete)
  • Performer: Rolf Hind (Piano)
  • Notes: Hall One, The Sage Gateshead (05/22/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1965

>Britten, Benjamin : Movements for a Clarinet Concerto, for clarinet & strings (realization of sketches by C. Matthews)
  • Performer: Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Thomas Sehetmair
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1942