Britten: Songs

Britten: Songs

by Ian Bostridge
     
 

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The rather small voice of British tenor Ian Bostridge is not everyone's cup of tea, but even his detractors will likely concede that with the songs of Benjamin Britten he is in his element, and delivers recordings and performances that rival those of the songs' original dedicatee, Peter Pears. Here is a nice mixture of well-known Britten…  See more details below

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The rather small voice of British tenor Ian Bostridge is not everyone's cup of tea, but even his detractors will likely concede that with the songs of Benjamin Britten he is in his element, and delivers recordings and performances that rival those of the songs' original dedicatee, Peter Pears. Here is a nice mixture of well-known Britten songs and a few unusual items, notably the "Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58, for voice and guitar." Britten wrote quite a few song cycles, and songs arguably brought out his best: he loved poetry of many kinds and had an uncanny way of translating it into music. Perhaps the best example here is the set of "Six Hölderlin Fragments, Op. 61," sung in German. Hölderlin's poetry had an elliptical, proto-modern quality which Britten reflected uncannily well, paring down his basic language to a series of economical gestures. The Italian-language "Michelangelo Sonnets, Op. 22," as are expansive as the Hölderlin pieces are terse, and Bostridge adapts smoothly. So it goes throughout, with a wonderful turn through the simply tragic "Winter Words, Op. 52," on texts of Thomas Hardy, and Bostridge is ably accompanied by the similarly sensitive Antonio Pappano. Recommended for any admirer or sampler of Britten's songs.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099943343027
catalogNumber:
334302

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  1. Songs from the Chinese, song cycle for high voice & guitar, Op. 58  - Benjamin Britten  - Ian Bostridge  - Antonio Pappano  - Antonio Pappano  - Wu Ti  - Po Chü-i  - Xuefei Yang  - Lu Yu
  2. Who are these Children?, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 84: No. 11. The Children  - Benjamin Britten  - Ian Bostridge  - Antonio Pappano  - William Soutar  - Xuefei Yang
  3. Who are these Children?, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 84: No. 9. Who are these Children?  - Benjamin Britten  - Ian Bostridge  - Antonio Pappano  - William Soutar  - Xuefei Yang
  4. Who are these Children?, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 84: No. 6. Slaughter  - Benjamin Britten  - Ian Bostridge  - Antonio Pappano  - William Soutar  - Xuefei Yang
  5. Who are these Children?, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 84: No. 3. Nightmare  - Benjamin Britten  - Ian Bostridge  - Antonio Pappano  - William Soutar  - Xuefei Yang
  6. Hölderlin Fragments (6), song cycle, for tenor & piano, Op. 61  - Benjamin Britten  - Ian Bostridge  - Friedrich Holderlin  - Elisabeth Mayer  - Antonio Pappano  - Antonio Pappano  - Peter Pears
  7. Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22  - Benjamin Britten  - Ian Bostridge  - Antonio Pappano  - Antonio Pappano  - Michelangelo Buonarroti
  8. Winter Words, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 52  - Benjamin Britten  - Ian Bostridge  - Thomas Hardy  - Antonio Pappano  - Antonio Pappano

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