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Britten: Suites for Solo Cello nos. 1-3 / Philip Higham, cello

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  1. Britten — Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: I. Canto primo. Sostenuto e largamente $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Britten — Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: II. Fuga. Andante moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Britten — Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: III. Lamento. Lento rubato $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Britten — Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: IV. Canto secondo. Sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Britten — Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: V. Serenata. Allegretto. Pizzicato $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Britten — Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: VI. Marcia. Alla marcia moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Britten — Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: VII. Canto terzo. Sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Britten — Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: VIII. Bordone. Moderato quasi recitativo $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Britten — Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72: IX. Moto perpetuo e Canto quarto. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Britten — Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80: I. Declamato. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Britten — Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80: II. Fuga. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Britten — Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80: III. Scherzo. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Britten — Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80: IV. Andante lento $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Britten — Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80: V. Ciaccona. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Britten — Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: I. Introduzione. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Britten — Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: II. Marcia. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Britten — Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: III. Canto. Con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Britten — Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: IV. Barcarola. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Britten — Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: V. Dialogo. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Britten — Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: VI. Fuga. Andante espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Britten — Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: VII. Recitativo. Fantastico $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Britten — Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: VIII. Moto perpetuo. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Britten — Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87: IX. Passacaglia. Lento solenne $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for solo cello no 1, Op. 72
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for solo cello no 2, Op. 80
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for solo cello no 3, Op. 87
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Notes & Reviews:

Britten's meeting with Rostropovich in 1960 was a watershed, with the great Russian cellist becoming the primary collaborator of his later years and inspiring a whole series of masterworks. Among them are the three suites for solo cello, written as a conscious homage to those of Bach (there were originally to have been six). Intriguingly, the Britten scholar Paul Kildea sees the first as a coda to the War Requiem, the second as a snapshot of a lifetime of musical obsessions, and the third as reaching back to much earlier works and suffused with primordial Russian melody. Young virtuoso Philip Higham brings a youthful vigor and deep intelligence to these seminal masterpieces, resulting in performances of commanding authority and intensity.

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[Philip Higham has] all the qualities of a world-class artist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Broughton St. Mary's Parish Church, Edinburgh (09/03/2012-09/05/2012).



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>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for solo cello no 1, Op. 72
  • Performer: Philip Higham (Cello)
  • Notes: Broughton St. Mary's Parish Church, Edinburgh (09/03/2012-09/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for solo cello no 2, Op. 80
  • Performer: Philip Higham (Cello)
  • Notes: Broughton St. Mary's Parish Church, Edinburgh (09/03/2012-09/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for solo cello no 3, Op. 87
  • Performer: Philip Higham (Cello)
  • Notes: Broughton St. Mary's Parish Church, Edinburgh (09/03/2012-09/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971