Music for Voice & Guitar by Britten, Walton, Seiber / Peter Pears, tenor; Julian Bream, guitar

Audio Samples

>Britten, Benjamin : Songs from the Chinese, song cycle for high voice & guitar, Op. 58
>Britten, Benjamin : Master Kilby, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
>Britten, Benjamin : Folksong Arrangements, Set 6 "England"
>     The Shooting of his Dear
>Britten, Benjamin : Sailor-boy, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol 6)
>Britten, Benjamin : I will give my love an apple, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
>Britten, Benjamin : The soldier and the sailor, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, suite, Op. 53a
>     The Second Lute Song of the Earl of Essex
>Walton, William : Anon in Love, song cycle for tenor & guitar or orchestra
>Seiber, Matyas : French Folk Songs (4) for voice & guitar
>Fricker, Peter Racine : O Mistress Mine
>Britten, Benjamin : Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. 70

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Songs from the Chinese, song cycle for high voice & guitar, Op. 58
>Britten, Benjamin : Master Kilby, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
>Britten, Benjamin : Folksong Arrangements, Set 6 "England"
>Britten, Benjamin : Sailor-boy, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol 6)
>Britten, Benjamin : I will give my love an apple, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
>Britten, Benjamin : The soldier and the sailor, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, suite, Op. 53a
>Walton, William : Anon in Love, song cycle for tenor & guitar or orchestra
>Seiber, Matyas : French Folk Songs (4) for voice & guitar
>Fricker, Peter Racine : O Mistress Mine
>Britten, Benjamin : Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. 70
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This album brings together composers and musicians who stood at a nexus of excellence in British musical life in the 1950s and 60s. They are all linked by the impresario-like gifts of Benjamin Britten, who did so much to re-energize British music in the postwar period.

"Peter Pears gives the words their full due, and sings with sensitive mastery, while Julian Bream plays with unfailing affection His folk-song arrangements are delightful, and at least one of them has a guitar part of formidable difficulty. The Seiber arrangements of French folk-songs are simpler in style, but lovely to hear, and the Fricker setting of O Mistress mine, is delightful.enthralling music and superb performances and splendid quality makes this out-of-the-way record a joy." -Gramophone

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This disc is not merely recommended, but shoots to the top of my Want List for the year.



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>Britten, Benjamin : Songs from the Chinese, song cycle for high voice & guitar, Op. 58
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Notes: Kenwood House, London, England (03/13/1963/09/??/1963)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Britten, Benjamin : Master Kilby, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Notes: Kenwood House, London, England (03/13/1963/09/??/1963)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Folksong Arrangements, Set 6 "England" :: The Shooting of his Dear
  • Performers: Julian Bream (Guitar); Peter Pears
  • Notes: Kenwood House, London, England (03/13/1963/09/??/1963)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Britten, Benjamin : Sailor-boy, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol 6)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Notes: Kenwood House, London, England (03/13/1963/09/??/1963)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : I will give my love an apple, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Notes: Kenwood House, London, England (03/13/1963/09/??/1963)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : The soldier and the sailor, for high voice & guitar (Folk Songs, Vol. 6)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Notes: Kenwood House, London, England (03/13/1963/09/??/1963)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, suite, Op. 53a :: The Second Lute Song of the Earl of Essex
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Notes: Kenwood House, London, England (03/13/1963/09/??/1963)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Walton, William : Anon in Love, song cycle for tenor & guitar or orchestra
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Notes: Kenwood House, London, England (03/13/1963/09/??/1963)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Mátyás Seiber (1905 - 1960) : French Folk Songs (4) for voice & guitar
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Notes: Kenwood House, London, England (03/13/1963/09/??/1963)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Fricker, Peter Racine : O Mistress Mine
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Notes: Kenwood House, London, England (03/13/1963/09/??/1963)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. 70
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963