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Benjamin Britten: Canticles III & IV; Heart of the Matter; A Birthday Hansel; Folksong arrangements / Nicholas Phan, tenor

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : The Heart of the Matter, for tenor, narrator, horn & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still Falls the Rain"
>Britten, Benjamin : A Birthday Hansel, song cycle for tenor & harp, Op. 92
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle V
>Britten, Benjamin : Folk Song Arrangements (8), for high voice & harp
>Britten, Benjamin : Greensleeves, folksong arrangement for high voice & piano
>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Nicholas Phan follows up last year's successful solo debut with Still Falls the Rain, focusing on works inspired by Britten's key collaborators including Dennis Brain, Osian Ellis, and poet Edith Sitwell. The rarely recorded "The Heart of the Matter" includes a narration of Sitwell's poems by Scottish actor Alan Cumming.

NPR
A total pleasure on all fronts ... an artist who must be heard.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
American tenor Phan (pronounced Pahn) has chosen music of a serious nature. Even the folksong arrangements tend to the slow side. Phan sounds authentically English, lovely in voice, but these slow tempos bother me. Hornist Montone turns out a big, blatty performance when forte, more romantic and soaring in the quieter passages. There is brilliance and a certain aggressiveness to the harp-playing of Magen. Huang's piano accompaniments are subdued, but not reticent.



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>Britten, Benjamin : The Heart of the Matter, for tenor, narrator, horn & piano
  • Performers: Jennifer Montone (Horn); Nicholas Phan (Tenor); Myra Huang (Piano)
  • Notes: Cava Sound Studios, Glasgow, Scotland (01/06/2012/01/14/2012); Recital Hall of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase, NY (01/06/2012/01/14/2012); Cava Sound Studios, Glasgow, Scotland (06/29/2012); Recital Hall of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase, NY (06/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still Falls the Rain" :: Still Falls the Rain, for tenor, horn & piano, Op. 55
  • Performers: Jennifer Montone (Horn); Nicholas Phan (Tenor); Myra Huang (Piano)
  • Notes: Cava Sound Studios, Glasgow, Scotland (01/06/2012/01/14/2012); Recital Hall of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase, NY (01/06/2012/01/14/2012); Cava Sound Studios, Glasgow, Scotland (06/29/2012); Recital Hall of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase, NY (06/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Britten, Benjamin : The Heart of the Matter, for tenor, narrator, horn & piano
  • Performers: Jennifer Montone (Horn); Nicholas Phan (Tenor); Myra Huang (Piano)
  • Notes: Cava Sound Studios, Glasgow, Scotland (01/06/2012/01/14/2012); Recital Hall of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase, NY (01/06/2012/01/14/2012); Cava Sound Studios, Glasgow, Scotland (06/29/2012); Recital Hall of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase, NY (06/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Britten, Benjamin : A Birthday Hansel, song cycle for tenor & harp, Op. 92
  • Performers: Sivan Magen (Harp); Nicholas Phan (Tenor)
  • Notes: Recital Hall of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase, NY (01/06/2012/01/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle V :: The Death of St Narcissus, for tenor & harp, Op. 89
  • Performers: Sivan Magen (Harp); Nicholas Phan (Tenor)
  • Notes: Recital Hall of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase, NY (01/06/2012/01/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1974

>Britten, Benjamin : Folk Song Arrangements (8), for high voice & harp
  • Performers: Sivan Magen (Harp); Nicholas Phan (Tenor)
  • Notes: Recital Hall of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase, NY (01/06/2012/01/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Britten, Benjamin : Greensleeves, folksong arrangement for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Nicholas Phan (Tenor); Myra Huang (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase, NY (01/06/2012/01/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1941

>Traditional, Christmas : The Holly and the Ivy (English)
  • Performers: Nicholas Phan (Tenor); Myra Huang (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase, NY (01/06/2012/01/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1710