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

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>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

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.

The Strad
[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