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The English Song Series 9 - Britten

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle I
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle II, Op. 51 "Abraham and Isaac"
>Britten, Benjamin : The Heart of the Matter, for tenor, narrator, horn & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still Falls the Rain"
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle IV
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle V
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Notes & Reviews:

Britten's five 'Canticles' are marvelously vivid, intensely dramatic works. Although they were not designed to be performed together - they span virtually his whole career, from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s, and were composed for a variety of forces and singers.



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>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle I :: My Beloved Is Mine, for high voice & piano, Op. 40
  • Performers: Steuart Bedford (Piano); Philip Langridge
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London / Floating Earth (03/19/1996-03/20/1996)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle II, Op. 51 "Abraham and Isaac" :: Abraham and Isaac, for alto, tenor & piano, Op. 51
  • Performers: Steuart Bedford (Piano); Philip Langridge
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London / Floating Earth (03/19/1996-03/20/1996)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1952

>Britten, Benjamin : The Heart of the Matter, for tenor, narrator, horn & piano
  • Performers: Steuart Bedford (Piano); Philip Langridge; Frank Lloyd (Horn)
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London / Floating Earth (03/19/1996-03/20/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still Falls the Rain" :: Still Falls the Rain, for tenor, horn & piano, Op. 55
  • Performers: Steuart Bedford (Piano); Philip Langridge; Frank Lloyd (Horn)
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London / Floating Earth (03/19/1996-03/20/1996)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Britten, Benjamin : The Heart of the Matter, for tenor, narrator, horn & piano
  • Performers: Steuart Bedford (Piano); Philip Langridge; Frank Lloyd (Horn)
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London / Floating Earth (03/19/1996-03/20/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle IV :: The Journey of the Magi, for countertenor, tenor, baritone & piano, Op. 86
  • Performers: Steuart Bedford (Piano); Gerald Finley; Philip Langridge; Derek Ragin (Countertenor)
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London / Floating Earth (03/19/1996-03/20/1996)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle V :: The Death of St Narcissus, for tenor & harp, Op. 89
  • Performers: Osian Ellis (Harp); Philip Langridge
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London / Floating Earth (03/19/1996-03/20/1996)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1974