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Britten: Les Illuminataions, etc /Barbirolli, Pears, Britten

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Les illuminations, Op. 18
>Britten, Benjamin : Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
>Britten, Benjamin : Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, Op. 22
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Britten's only rival as an interpreter of his own music on record is Stravinsky, yet in his Aspen Award speech of 1964, he stated that "the loudspeaker is the principal enemy of music". His objection was that, with recordings, listening became too superficial, and the triangle of composer, performer and listener was lost. The sound is quite poor on these recordings; the performances are magical.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Les illuminations, Op. 18
  • Performer: Peter Pears (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1939
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1940
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, Op. 22
  • Performers: Benjamin Britten (Piano); Peter Pears (Tenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1940
  • Studio/Live: Studio