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Divine Musick: The Late Works of Benjamin Britten

Audio Samples

  1. Britten — A Hymn on Divine Musick (arr. B. Britten) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Britten — Lord! I have sinned (arr. B. Britten) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Britten — Hymn to God the Father (arr. B. Britten) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Britten — A Divine Hymn (arr. B. Britten) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Britten — Oh! that mine eyes would melt (arr. B. Britten) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Britten — Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles": No. 6. The Ash Grove $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Britten — 8 Folk Song Arrangements: No. 1. Lord! I married me a wife $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Britten — Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: No. 2. Greensleeves $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Britten — Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": No. 5. Bonny at Morn $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Britten — Suite, Op. 83: I. Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Britten — Suite, Op. 83: II. Toccata $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Britten — Suite, Op. 83: III. Nocturne $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Britten — Suite, Op. 83: IV. Fugue $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Britten — Suite, Op. 83: V. Hymn (St. Denio) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Britten — A Birthday Hansel , Op. 92: No. 1. Birthday Song $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Britten — A Birthday Hansel , Op. 92: No. 2. My Early Walk $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Britten — A Birthday Hansel , Op. 92: No. 3. Wee Willie Gray $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Britten — A Birthday Hansel , Op. 92: No. 4. My Hoggie $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Britten — A Birthday Hansel , Op. 92: No. 5. Afton Water $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Britten — A Birthday Hansel , Op. 92: No. 6. The Winter $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Britten — A Birthday Hansel , Op. 92: No. 7. Leezie Lindsay $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Britten — Canticle V, Op. 89: The Death of Saint Narcissus $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Croft, William : A Hymn on Divine Musick
>Humfrey, Pelham : Lord! I have sinned
>Humfrey, Pelham : A Hymne to God the father "Wilt thou forgive that sin"
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Blest Be These Sweet Regions
>Blow, John : Oh! that mine eyes would melt into a flood
>Britten, Benjamin : The ash grove, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. I)
>Britten, Benjamin : She's like the swallow, folksong for voice & harp (8 Folk Song Arrangements)
>Britten, Benjamin : 8 British Folksongs
>Britten, Benjamin : Greensleeves, folksong arrangement for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : How sweet the answer, folksong for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. IV)
>Britten, Benjamin : Bonny at morn, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. VI)
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for harp in C major, Op. 83
>Britten, Benjamin : A Birthday Hansel, song cycle for tenor & harp, Op. 92
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle V
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Notes & Reviews:

"Light-voiced, mellifluous, pleasing, Wiliford makes easier listening than Pears could sometimes be in the twilight of his career...The balance between voice and harp is excellent throughout." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québe (11/21/2009-11/23/2009).



Reviews

works for voice and harp
For his first solo ATMA recording, acclaimed Canadian tenor Lawrence Wiliford sings late works for voice and harp by Benjamin Britten, accompanied by Jennifer Swartz, Principal harpist with Montreal Symphony Orchestra. This CD features vocal pieces by Britten with harp instead of the usual piano accompaniment. The Five Songs from Harmonia Sacra, a collection of 17th-century sacred song, have an intensity which is characteristic for a composerís late works. This is the first time these works have been recorded with harp. Much more light-hearted are some folk song arrangements. Six of them appear here, and had became a regular part of the unique repertory of legendary tenor Peter Pears and harpist Osian Ellis which this recording commemorates.
Submitted on 11/19/10 by JAMES R. OESTREICH, The New York Times 
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Works Details

>Croft, William : A Hymn on Divine Musick
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Humfrey, Pelham : Lord! I have sinned
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Humfrey, Pelham : A Hymne to God the father "Wilt thou forgive that sin"
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1688

>Clarke, Jeremiah : Blest Be These Sweet Regions
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Oh! that mine eyes would melt into a flood
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Britten, Benjamin : The ash grove, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. I)
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Britten, Benjamin : She's like the swallow, folksong for voice & harp (8 Folk Song Arrangements)
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1976

>Britten, Benjamin : 8 British Folksongs :: Lord! I married me a wife
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Britten, Benjamin : Greensleeves, folksong arrangement for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1941

>Britten, Benjamin : How sweet the answer, folksong for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. IV)
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1960

>Britten, Benjamin : Bonny at morn, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. VI)
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for harp in C major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Britten, Benjamin : A Birthday Hansel, song cycle for tenor & harp, Op. 92
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle V :: The Death of St Narcissus, for tenor & harp, Op. 89
  • Performers: Jennifer Swartz (Harp); Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor)
  • Notes: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, St-Irénée, Québec, Canada (11/21/2009-11/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1974