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Letters: Songs for Voice and Guitar by Britten, Argento, Duarte / Scot Weir, tenor; Volker Niehusmann, guitar

Audio Samples

  1. Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": III. Master Kilby $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": I. I will give my love an apple $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": IV. The Soldier and the Sailor $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. VI. "England": VI. The Shooting of his Dear $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": II. Sailor-Boy $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": V. Bonny at Morn $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: I. The Big Chariot $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: II. The Old Lute $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: III. The Autumn Wind $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: IV. The Herd-Boy $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: V. Depression $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: VI. Dance Song $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Letters from Composers: I. Frederic Chopin to a Friend $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Letters from Composers: II. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to his Father $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Letters from Composers: III. Franz Schubert to a Friend $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Letters from Composers: IV. Johann Sebastian Bach to the Town Council $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Letters from Composers: V. Claude Debussy to a Friend $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Letters from Composers: VI. Giacomo Puccini to a Friend $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Letters from Composers: VII. Robert Schumann to his Fiancee $0.99 on iTunes
  20. 5 Quiet Songs, Op. 37: I. Dirge in Woods $0.99 on iTunes
  21. 5 Quiet Songs, Op. 37: II. Silence $0.99 on iTunes
  22. 5 Quiet Songs, Op. 37: III. An Epitaph $0.99 on iTunes
  23. 5 Quiet Songs, Op. 37: V. The Birds $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Folksong Arrangements, Vol. VI "England," for soprano or tenor & guitar
>Britten, Benjamin : Songs from the Chinese, song cycle for high voice & guitar, Op. 58
>Argento, Dominick : Letters from Composers, for voice & guitar
>Duarte, John W. : Quiet Songs (5) for voice & guitar, Op. 37
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Notes & Reviews:

This production of Britten's most important song cycles for guitar and voice is released on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Britten wrote all these works for his longtime partner, Peter Pears, and the exceptionally talented guitarist Julian Bream. The works are heard here in a superb interpretation on this recording.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The performances are very fine. I would have guessed from the sound of his voice that American-born lyric tenor Scott Weir is British; his voice is so similar to some of the best UK tenors in the tradition of Martyn Hill or Philip Langridge. Argento's songs give him a great opportunity to use his broad range of vocal technique to excellent advantage. After listening repeatedly to this recording, I found everything about his singing to be highly commendable. Niehusmann is also excellent as his collaborator.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Casa Redonda de Los Brazos, New Mexico (08/30/2004-09/02/2004).



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>Britten, Benjamin : Folksong Arrangements, Vol. VI "England," for soprano or tenor & guitar
  • Performers: Volker Niehusmann (Guitar); Scot Weir (Tenor)
  • Notes: Casa Redonda de Los Brazos, New Mexico (08/30/2004-09/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Britten, Benjamin : Songs from the Chinese, song cycle for high voice & guitar, Op. 58
  • Performers: Volker Niehusmann (Guitar); Scot Weir (Tenor)
  • Notes: Casa Redonda de Los Brazos, New Mexico (08/30/2004-09/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Argento, Dominick : Letters from Composers, for voice & guitar
  • Performers: Volker Niehusmann (Guitar); Scot Weir (Tenor)
  • Notes: Casa Redonda de Los Brazos, New Mexico (08/30/2004-09/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Duarte, John W. : Quiet Songs (5) for voice & guitar, Op. 37
  • Performers: Volker Niehusmann (Guitar); Scot Weir (Tenor)
  • Notes: Casa Redonda de Los Brazos, New Mexico (08/30/2004-09/02/2004)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern