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Benjamin Britten: My Beloved is Mine - songs / James Gilchrist, tenor; Anna Tilbrook, piano

Audio Samples

>Britten, Benjamin : On this Island, Op. 11
>Britten, Benjamin : Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35
>Britten, Benjamin : Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle I
>     My Beloved Is Mine, for high voice & piano, Op. 40

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : On this Island, Op. 11
>Britten, Benjamin : Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35
>Britten, Benjamin : Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle I
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Notes & Reviews:

The greatly sought-after tenor James Gilchrist pairs with pianist Anna Tilbrook to continue his highly acclaimed exploration of British song with a new recording of Benjamin Britten works. As stated by the times following his work with Finzi, Leighton, Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Bliss, and Herbert, "As an interpreter of English song, Gilchrist is often in a class by himself."

The Guardian, August 2012
His immaculate diction - in Italian as well as English - is more than ample compensation for a slight feeling that sometimes the vocal lines are treated with just a little too much respect...But Gilchrist's restraint also proves to be the perfect counterpart to Tilbrook's piano playing, which relishes every bit of the athleticism that Britten built into accompaniments that he wrote to play himself.

Sunday Times, August 2012
Gilchrist is a greatly sensitive interpreter, his tone liquid yet urgent, his diction immaculate and august, his choices admirable.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
Gilchrist, well matched by by Anna Tilbrook's clean-cut playing, offers gentle sensitivity and words that are crystal clear...Well recorded, with a duo that is perfectly matched, this recital has its virtues. Even so, my preference is for a singer with richer vocal resources.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
Gilchrist is as agile as his pianist and evidently attuned to the importance of her role...the mysitc union of ground-bass piano with confident vocal line in the concluding 'Death, be not proud' set this interpretation of The Holy Sonnets on a footing with that of tenor Peter Pears and Britten...It's in the most introspective moments...the simple-seeming 'Nocturne' in On This Island, for instance...that Gilchrist's unique artistry is heard to best advantage.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
For an anthology of Britten songs, this is a terrific release. Succinct and illuminating notes by Gilchrist add to an appreciation of this music. The glorious SACD sound puts you in the front row. Unless you insist on the readings of these works by Pears and Britten, you really can't go wrong with this.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK (03/08/2011-08/10/2011).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : On this Island, Op. 11
  • Performers: Anna Tilbrook (Piano); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK (03/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Britten, Benjamin : Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35
  • Performers: Anna Tilbrook (Piano); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK (03/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22
  • Performers: Anna Tilbrook (Piano); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK (03/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle I :: My Beloved Is Mine, for high voice & piano, Op. 40
  • Performers: Anna Tilbrook (Piano); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, UK (03/08/2011-08/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947