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Britten: Songs / Ian Bostridge, tenor; Antonio Pappano, piano; Xuefei Yang, guitar

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Winter Words, Op. 52
>Britten, Benjamin : Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22
>Britten, Benjamin : Holderlin Fragments (6), song cycle, for tenor & piano, Op. 61
>Britten, Benjamin : Songs from the Chinese, song cycle for high voice & guitar, Op. 58
>Britten, Benjamin : Four English Songs from "Who are these Children"
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Notes & Reviews:

Ian Bostridge is one of the only few tenors who specialist in lieder. Known for his distinctive voice and performance style who finds the essence of music, Bostridge is not only a vocalist who inspires passionate debate but also divides opinions. English composer Benjamin Britten was one of the most prolific song composers of the 20th century. His song cycles were an important part of his body of work. In celebration of Britten's 100th birthday anniversary Ian Bostridge releases a recital disc devoted to the composer's lieder - Britten: Songs. Supporting Bostridge iin this recording are Antonio Pappano playing piano, and Xuefei Yang playing guitar.

Financial Times, 20th April 2013
An intoxicating contribution to the composer's centenary.

Sunday Times, 19th May 2013
The English tenor has brought special qualities to Britten on disc: his cut-glass diction and an individuality of timbre that echoes the singer for whom the composer wrote most of his songs, his life partner, Peter Pears, without remotely resembling him...here he proves as compelling as this music's creator.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
Besides his usual intelligence and personality, Bostridge has acquired a richness of timbre that, combined with his control of vibrato, is invaluable in the Six H÷lderlin Fragments...[Songs from the Chinese] becomes an unexpected highlight.

The Guardian, 30th May 2013
All of these are very fine performances, which at least match and in some cases better Pears's own recordings with Britten. Bostridge and Antonio Pappano define the sharply different characters of the three great cycles here quite superbly.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2013
[Bostridge] has surely done nothing finer than this immaculately recorded new release. He is superbly partnered by Antonio Pappano, whose balancing of textures and beauty of touch sometimes surpass - dare it be said? - Britten's own recordings...an essential addition to the Britten discography.

International Record Review, June 2013
[in Winter Words] the singer seizes every opportunity the words offer for brilliant characterization...Such fine attentional is characteristic of the entire recital...Yang is, like Pappano, no mere accompanist but an admirable partner to Bostridge...as a contribution to the Britten centenary this indispensable disc may conceivably be equalled - but it will certainly not be bettered.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Winter Words, Op. 52
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Britten, Benjamin : Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Britten, Benjamin : Hölderlin Fragments (6), song cycle, for tenor & piano, Op. 61
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Britten, Benjamin : Songs from the Chinese, song cycle for high voice & guitar, Op. 58
  • Performers: Xue Yang (Guitar); Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Britten, Benjamin : Four English Songs from "Who are these Children" :: Nightmare
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Four English Songs from "Who are these Children" :: Slaughter
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Four English Songs from "Who are these Children" :: Who are these children?
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Four English Songs from "Who are these Children" :: The Children
  • Performer: Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971