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Britten: Songs, Vol. 2 / Clayton, Johnston, Spence, Hulett et al.; Malcolm Martineau, piano

Audio Samples

>Britten, Benjamin : Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22
>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, symphonic suite for tenor (or oboe) & orchestra, Op. 53a
>Britten, Benjamin : Chamber Music V, song for soprano or tenor & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41
>Britten, Benjamin : The Birds, for medium voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Songs (2) by Thomas Hardy, for voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Dawtie's Devotion, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
>Britten, Benjamin : The Gully, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
>Britten, Benjamin : Tradition, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
>Britten, Benjamin : Of a' the airts the wind can blaw, song for voice & piano (juvenilia)
>Britten, Benjamin : Who are these Children?, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 84
>Britten, Benjamin : A Poison Tree, for medium voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : When you're feeling like expressing your affection, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Not even summer yet, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : The Red Cockatoo, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Wild with passion, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : If thou wilt ease thine heart, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Cradle Song
>     Sleep, my darling, sleep, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Birthday Song for Erwin, for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : The Sun Shines Down, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : What's in your mind?, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Song ("Take, o take those lips away"), song for voice & piano (juvenilia)
>Britten, Benjamin : Fish in the Unruffled Lakes, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Underneath the Abject Willow, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Oh why did e'er my thoughts aspire, song for voice & piano (juvenilia)
>Britten, Benjamin : Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74
>Britten, Benjamin : Dans les bois, song for voice & piano (juvenilia)
>Britten, Benjamin : On this Island, Op. 11

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22
>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, symphonic suite for tenor (or oboe) & orchestra, Op. 53a
>Britten, Benjamin : Chamber Music V, song for soprano or tenor & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41
>Britten, Benjamin : The Birds, for medium voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Songs (2) by Thomas Hardy, for voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Dawtie's Devotion, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
>Britten, Benjamin : The Gully, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
>Britten, Benjamin : Tradition, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
>Britten, Benjamin : Of a' the airts the wind can blaw, song for voice & piano (juvenilia)
>Britten, Benjamin : Who are these Children?, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 84
>Britten, Benjamin : A Poison Tree, for medium voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : When you're feeling like expressing your affection, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Not even summer yet, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : The Red Cockatoo, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Wild with passion, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : If thou wilt ease thine heart, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Cradle Song
>Britten, Benjamin : Birthday Song for Erwin, for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : The Sun Shines Down, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : What's in your mind?, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Song ("Take, o take those lips away"), song for voice & piano (juvenilia)
>Britten, Benjamin : Fish in the Unruffled Lakes, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Underneath the Abject Willow, song for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Oh why did e'er my thoughts aspire, song for voice & piano (juvenilia)
>Britten, Benjamin : Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74
>Britten, Benjamin : Dans les bois, song for voice & piano (juvenilia)
>Britten, Benjamin : On this Island, Op. 11
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

As before, on the second volume of Onyx's highly praised survey of all Britten's songs for voice and piano, the great song cycles rub shoulders with individual songs and early works. Pianist Malcolm Martineau teams up with the cream of young British singers for a benchmark recording that will be as eagerly awaited and successful as the first volume in the series. Philip Reid's incisive booklet notes provide a rare insight to Britten's song writing - a form of composition that occupied the composer from his earliest compositions through to his last year.

"Listening to this music leaves one in no doubt that Britten ranks among the very greatest song composers, blessed with an unerring instinct for matching word to note and the creation of poetic atmosphere, as well as producing some gloriously singable melodic lines." -The Daily Telegraph

"All the singers are supported by Malcolm Martineau's wonderfully characterised accompaniments...Allan Clayton and Elizabeth Atherton give superb accounts of the declamatory Michelangelo Sonnets and the settings of Auden's On This Island respectively, but Nicky Spence seems slightly self-conscious in the Scots dialect of the Soutar songs, and Benedict Nelson doesn't always summon sufficient weight of tone for the Blake cycle." -The Guardian

"It is fortuitous that such a range of talented young tenors is on hand...Whoever he is accompanying, pianist Malcolm Martineau is an expert guide. Though other individual recordings may be preferable, this second volume of Britten songs is again greater than the sum of its parts." -Gramophone

The Telegraph
Listening to this music leaves one in no doubt that Britten ranks among the very greatest song composers, blessed with an unerring instinct for matching word to note and the creation of poetic atmosphere, as well as producing some gloriously singable melodic lines.

The Guardian
All the singers are supported by Malcolm Martineau's wonderfully characterised accompaniments...Allan Clayton and Elizabeth Atherton give superb accounts of the declamatory Michelangelo Sonnets and the settings of Auden's On This Island respectively, but Nicky Spence seems slightly self-conscious in the Scots dialect of the Soutar songs, and Benedict Nelson doesn't always summon sufficient weight of tone for the Blake cycle.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2012
It is fortuitous that such a range of talented young tenors is on hand...Whoever he is accompanying, pianist Malcolm Martineau is an expert guide. Though other individual recordings may be preferable, this second volume of Britten songs is again greater than the sum of its parts.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2012
It's good to hear four quite different tenors responding to the song-cycles written for Peter Pears, and recreating each one in a totally distinctive way. Allan Clayton's feisty tenor takes on the Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, his voice both heroic and intimate. Nicky Spence's 'Who are these Children?' is the outstanding performance of this volume: he really sells these wonderful settings of the pacificist poet William Soutar, characterising their compassion.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, symphonic suite for tenor (or oboe) & orchestra, Op. 53a
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Britten, Benjamin : Chamber Music V, song for soprano or tenor & piano
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Britten, Benjamin : A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41
  • Performers: Jennifer Johnston (Alto); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Britten, Benjamin : The Birds, for medium voice & piano
  • Performers: Jennifer Johnston (Alto); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Britten, Benjamin : Songs (2) by Thomas Hardy, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Robin Tritschler (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Britten, Benjamin : Dawtie's Devotion, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : The Gully, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Tradition, song for voice & piano (discarded from "Who are these Children," Op. 84)
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Of a' the airts the wind can blaw, song for voice & piano (juvenilia)
  • Performers: Malcolm Martineau (Piano); Nicky Spence (Flute)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 11/28/1926

>Britten, Benjamin : Who are these Children?, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 84
  • Performers: Nicky Spence (Flute); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : A Poison Tree, for medium voice & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Hulett (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Britten, Benjamin : When you're feeling like expressing your affection, song for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Hulett (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Britten, Benjamin : Not even summer yet, song for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Hulett (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Britten, Benjamin : The Red Cockatoo, song for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Hulett (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Britten, Benjamin : Wild with passion, song for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Hulett (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : If thou wilt ease thine heart, song for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Hulett (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : Cradle Song :: Sleep, my darling, sleep, song for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Hulett (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : Birthday Song for Erwin, for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Hulett (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : The Sun Shines Down, song for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Hulett (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Britten, Benjamin : What's in your mind?, song for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Benjamin Hulett (Voice); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Britten, Benjamin : Song ("Take, o take those lips away"), song for voice & piano (juvenilia)
  • Performers: Robin Tritschler (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 11/12/1926

>Britten, Benjamin : Fish in the Unruffled Lakes, song for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Robin Tritschler (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Britten, Benjamin : Underneath the Abject Willow, song for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Robin Tritschler (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Britten, Benjamin : Oh why did e'er my thoughts aspire, song for voice & piano (juvenilia)
  • Performers: Benedict Mason (Electronics); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 01/04/1929

>Britten, Benjamin : Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74
  • Performers: Benedict Mason (Electronics); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Britten, Benjamin : Dans les bois, song for voice & piano (juvenilia)
  • Performers: Elizabeth Atherton (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/18/1928

>Britten, Benjamin : On this Island, Op. 11
  • Performers: Elizabeth Atherton (Soprano); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937