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Britten: Five Canticles, Purcell Realisations /Rolfe-Johnson

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle I
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle II, Op. 51 "Abraham and Isaac"
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still Falls the Rain"
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle IV
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle V
>Britten, Benjamin : Let the dreadful engines of eternal will, song for baritone or tenor & continuo (Purcell Realization
>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Harmonia Sacra
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Rolfe Johnson is in superb voice...this disc is an outstanding example of his artistry." -Gramophone

'A superlative Hyperion disc' (Daily Telegraph)

'Rolfe Johnson is in superb voice ... this disc is an outstanding example of his artistry' (Gramophone)

'Un superbe disque d'approfondissement de la musique de Britten' (Ecouter, Voir, France)

'Most notable is the Hyperion team presided over by Anthony Rolfe Johnson, whose 1991 recording has become one of the jewels in the record label's crown ... Rolfe John's pairing with countertenor Michael Chance in Abraham and Isaac is deeply moving as they enact what is essentially a miniature drama, and the tenor's mellifluous singing is a joy throughout this disc.' (Daily Telegraph)



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>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle I :: My Beloved Is Mine, for high voice & piano, Op. 40
  • Performers: Anthony Rolfe Johnson; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, England (04/26/1991-04/29/1991)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 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: Michael Chance; Anthony Rolfe Johnson; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, England (04/26/1991-04/29/1991)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1952

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still Falls the Rain" :: Still Falls the Rain, for tenor, horn & piano, Op. 55
  • Performers: Anthony Rolfe Johnson; Michael Thompson (Horn); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, England (04/26/1991-04/29/1991)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle IV :: The Journey of the Magi, for countertenor, tenor, baritone & piano, Op. 86
  • Performers: Michael Chance; Alan Opie; Anthony Rolfe Johnson; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, England (04/26/1991-04/29/1991)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle V :: The Death of St Narcissus, for tenor & harp, Op. 89
  • Performers: Anthony Rolfe Johnson; Sioned Williams (Harp)
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, England (04/26/1991-04/29/1991)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1974

>Britten, Benjamin : Let the dreadful engines of eternal will, song for baritone or tenor & continuo (Purcell Realization
  • Performers: Alan Opie; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, England (04/26/1991-04/29/1991)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Harmonia Sacra :: Divine Hymns (2) and Alleluia, for soprano (or tenor) & pi
  • Performers: Anthony Rolfe Johnson; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, England (04/26/1991-04/29/1991)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1959

>Britten, Benjamin : Purcell Realizations from Harmonia Sacra :: Divine Hymns (3), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael Chance; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, England (04/26/1991-04/29/1991)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1945