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Britten: Serenade For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Les Illuminations, Nocturne

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31
>Britten, Benjamin : Les Illuminations
>Britten, Benjamin : Nocturne, Op. 60
Performers Conductors Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

The three orchestral song cycles collected here are central to the Britten canon of recorded repertoire and whereas Pears' other recordings of the Serenade and Les Illuminations (with Boyd Neel and Benjamin Britten as conductors) have been in circulation, this mono recording with Goossens receives its first and much-anticipated release on CD. All three recordings date from the 1950s and catch Pears in full vocal flight.

MusicWeb International
Unless one is allergic to the mono sound, at Eloquence price anyone can afford this disc - either as a first foray into this repertoire or as a complement to other versions.

Penguin Guide
Dennis Brain's horn playing is magical...with Peter Pears superb in both these works, fresher than in the famous stereo versions under the direction of the composer. Goossens's conducting cannot be faulted - it is highly sensitive and strikingly alert - and the Decca sound is exceptionally good for its period.



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>Britten, Benjamin : Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31
  • Performers: Dennis Brain (Horn); Peter Pears
  • Conductor: Eugene Goossens
  • Running Time: 23 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : Les Illuminations
  • Performers: Dennis Brain (Horn); Peter Pears
  • Conductor: Eugene Goossens
  • Running Time: 20 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Britten, Benjamin : Nocturne, Op. 60
  • Performers: Denis Blyth (Timpani); Gervase de Peyer (Clarinet); Osian Ellis (Harp); Alexander Murray (Flute); Peter Pears; Barry Tuckwell (Horn); Willie Waters (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Running Time: 25 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958