Divine Musick: The Late Works of Benjamin Britten

Audio Samples

>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. 1)
>Britten, Benjamin : She's like the swallow, folksong for voice & harp (8 Folk Song Arrangements)
>Britten, Benjamin : 8 British Folksongs
>     Lord! I married me a wife
>Britten, Benjamin : Greensleeves, folksong arrangement for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : How sweet the answer, folksong for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 4)
>Britten, Benjamin : Bonny at morn, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
>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
>     The Death of St Narcissus, for tenor & harp, Op. 89

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. 1)
>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. 4)
>Britten, Benjamin : Bonny at morn, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
>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
  • Written: 16th Century

>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. 1)
  • 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. 4)
  • 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. 6)
  • 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