Britten: Phaedra; A Charm of Lullabies; Lachrymae / Sarah Connolly

> Phaedra, Op. 93 - Phaedra, Op. 93
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews) - A Cradle Song
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews) - The Highland Balou
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews) - Sephestia's Lullably
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews) - A Charm
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews) - The Nurse's Song
> Lachrymae, Op. 48a - Lachrymae, Op. 48a
> 2 Portraits - No. 1. David Layton: Poco presto
> 2 Portraits - No. 2. E.B.B.: Poco lento
> Sinfonietta, Op. 1 - I. Poco presto ed agitato
> Sinfonietta, Op. 1 - II. Variations
> Sinfonietta, Op. 1 - III. Tarantella

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Phaedra, Op. 93
>Britten, Benjamin : A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41
>Britten, Benjamin : Lachrymae, reflections on a song of Dowland, for viola & string orchestra, Op. 48a
>Britten, Benjamin : Two Portraits, for strings
>Britten, Benjamin : Sinfonietta, for chamber orchestra, Op. 1
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The repertoire on this CD is written across a period of more than 45 years, beginning the year Britten entered the Royal College of Music at age 16, to the last year of his life. Artists include Sarah Connolly - one of the foremost British mezzo-sopranos, Violist Maxim Rysanov - an up-and-coming star, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra led by Edward Gardner. Included are the earliest of his works: Two Portraits for strings (pub. posthumously, 1997); and Phaedra, written just before his death in 1976.

"Her plush mezzo is in prime condition. This is the highlight of an unusual programme of five works spanning more than 40 years of Britten’s career...The prodigious Sinfonietta, which Britten was proud to call his Op 1, completes this surprisingly successful collection of his short works." -The Sunday Times

"Gardner’s sympathy for the music of Britten is fully displayed in a programme ranging from juvenilia to the late Phaedra, a short cantata with the force of an opera. But the dominating artist is the mezzo Sarah Connolly, compelling as Racine’s heroine in the grip of a tragic passion. In a quieter mood, Maxim Rysanov’s viola shines in the melancholic reflections of Lachrymae." -The Times

"Sarah Connolly is tremendous is this new recording...her diction is impeccable and her sense of dramatic involvement is enormously impressive. She is also accompanied with exceptional sensitivity, attention to detail and theatrical flair by Edward Gardner and members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra...This disc, part of a series that clearly deserves the most serious attention from Britten collectors, is very strongly recommended." -International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Maida Vale Stodio No. 1, London, England (09/23/2010-09/25/2010).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Phaedra, Op. 93
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly; Elizabeth Burley (Harpsichord); Susan Monks (Cello)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Maida Vale Stodio No. 1, London, England (09/23/2010-09/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1975

>Britten, Benjamin : A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41
  • Performer: Sarah Connolly
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Maida Vale Stodio No. 1, London, England (09/23/2010-09/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Britten, Benjamin : Lachrymae, reflections on a song of Dowland, for viola & string orchestra, Op. 48a
  • Performer: Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Maida Vale Stodio No. 1, London, England (09/23/2010-09/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1976

>Britten, Benjamin : Two Portraits, for strings
  • Performer: Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Maida Vale Stodio No. 1, London, England (09/23/2010-09/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Britten, Benjamin : Sinfonietta, for chamber orchestra, Op. 1
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Maida Vale Stodio No. 1, London, England (09/23/2010-09/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1932