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Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Suite on English Folk Tunes

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>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite on English folk tunes (A time there was), for orchestra, Op. 90
>Britten, Benjamin : Johnson over Jordan, incidental music for soprano, flute & orchestra
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite on English folk tunes (A time there was), for orchestra, Op. 90
>Britten, Benjamin : Johnson over Jordan, incidental music for soprano, flute & orchestra
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Chandos features a varied selection of orchestral works by Benjamin Britten, performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Richard Hickox, to mark the great composer's centenary year on this re-release. Included works are The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Suite on English Folk Tunes, the Suite from Johnson over Jordan, and Four Sea Interludes.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is exuberant with bright colors, lively rhythms, and plenty of care applied to the characterization of the variations. The flutes are quick, lively, and delightful; the oboes and bassoons yearn, and the clarinets bubble. The violas are especially tender. Sea Interludes is the same approach adapted to the difference in the music. These pieces can easily, and fittingly, sound romantic or impressionist. Here they are slightly lean, well-defined, and modern in style. Hickox's approach works, and the orchestra is with him. Britten wrote his last orchestral work, Suite on English Folk Tunes, in 1974 while recovering from heart surgery. The composer admired Percy Grainger, and it is dedicated to him. An example is his piano score for Johnson over Jordan, a play by JB Priestly (1939) based partly on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, particularly the state of Bardo, where the soul reflects before dying. The play employs music, mime, and dance, as Robert Johnson looks back on his life and appreciates what he accomplished. The sound is excellent, as are the notes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Winter Gardens, Bournemouth (03/18/1993/03/19/1993).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Winter Gardens, Bournemouth (03/18/1993/03/19/1993)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Britten, Benjamin : Suite on English folk tunes (A time there was), for orchestra, Op. 90
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Notes: Winter Gardens, Bournemouth (03/18/1993/03/19/1993)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Britten, Benjamin : Johnson over Jordan, incidental music for soprano, flute & orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Notes: Winter Gardens, Bournemouth (03/18/1993/03/19/1993)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Notes: Winter Gardens, Bournemouth (03/18/1993/03/19/1993)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944