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Britten: Simple Symphony, etc / Bedford, et al

> Simple Symphony, Op. 4 - Boisterous Bourree
> Simple Symphony, Op. 4 - Playful Pizzacato
> Simple Symphony, Op. 4 - Sentimental Sarabande
> Simple Symphony, Op. 4 - Frolicsome Finale
> Temporal Variations (arr. C. Matthews) - Theme
> Temporal Variations (arr. C. Matthews) - Oration
> Temporal Variations (arr. C. Matthews) - March
> Temporal Variations (arr. C. Matthews) - Exercises
> Temporal Variations (arr. C. Matthews) - Commination
> Temporal Variations (arr. C. Matthews) - Chorale
> Temporal Variations (arr. C. Matthews) - Waltz
> Temporal Variations (arr. C. Matthews) - Polka
> Temporal Variations (arr. C. Matthews) - Resolution
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews) - A Cradle Song
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews) - The Highland Balou
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews) - Sephestia's Lullably
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews) - A Charm
> A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews) - The Nurse's Song
> Lachrymae, Op. 48a - Theme
> Lachrymae, Op. 48a - Variation 1: Allegretto, andante molto
> Lachrymae, Op. 48a - Variation 2: Animato
> Lachrymae, Op. 48a - Variation 3: Tranquillo
> Lachrymae, Op. 48a - Variation 4: Allegro con moto
> Lachrymae, Op. 48a - Variation 5: Largamente
> Lachrymae, Op. 48a - Variation 6: Appasionato
> Lachrymae, Op. 48a - Variation 7: Alla valse moderato
> Lachrymae, Op. 48a - Variation 8: Allegro marcia
> Lachrymae, Op. 48a - Variation 9: Lento
> Lachrymae, Op. 48a - Variation 10: L'istesso tempo
> Suite on English Folk Tunes, Op. 90, "A time there was …" - Cakes and Ale
> Suite on English Folk Tunes, Op. 90, "A time there was …" - The Bitter Withy
> Suite on English Folk Tunes, Op. 90, "A time there was …" - Hankin Booby
> Suite on English Folk Tunes, Op. 90, "A time there was …" - Hunt the Squirrel
> Suite on English Folk Tunes, Op. 90, "A time there was …" - Lord Melbourne

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4
>Britten, Benjamin : Temporal Variations, for oboe & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41
>Britten, Benjamin : Lachrymae, reflections on a song of Dowland, for viola & string orchestra, Op. 48a
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite on English folk tunes (A time there was), for orchestra, Op. 90
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The works on this recording cover the entire span of Britten's published output - from the 'Simple Symphony' of 1934, to the string orchestral arrangement of 'Lachrymae' completed in the last year of his life. Britten always retained a special affection for his childhood efforts and in the 'Simple Symphony' reworked his earliest compositions, making them 'more fit for general comsumption'.

TimesOfMalta.com
This CD should appeal mainly to Britten admirers, but those who like to experiment in off-the-beaten-track repertoire should find much to enjoy. Performances and sonics are first-rate.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4
  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Gosforth, Newcastle, England (07/16/1998-07/17/1998)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1934

>Britten, Benjamin : Temporal Variations, for oboe & piano
  • Performer: Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Gosforth, Newcastle, England (07/16/1998-07/17/1998)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Britten, Benjamin : A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41
  • Performer: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Alto)
  • Conductor: Robert Burns
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Gosforth, Newcastle, England (07/16/1998-07/17/1998)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Britten, Benjamin : Lachrymae, reflections on a song of Dowland, for viola & string orchestra, Op. 48a
  • Performer: Philip Dukes (Viola)
  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Gosforth, Newcastle, England (07/16/1998-07/17/1998)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1976

>Britten, Benjamin : Suite on English folk tunes (A time there was), for orchestra, Op. 90
  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Gosforth, Newcastle, England (07/16/1998-07/17/1998)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966