Benjamin Britten – Serenade for tenor horn & strings – Aldeburgh Strings (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Benjamin Britten – Serenade for tenor horn & strings – Aldeburgh Strings (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:08:43 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Classical
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This recording is the conclusion of projects celebrating Britten’s centenary in 2013, at which Aldeburgh Strings performed the closing concert in Britten’s musical home of Snape Maltings.

The recording opens with Young Apollo, a radiant, expressive, characterful and dramatic work, featuring pianist Lorenzo Soulès. The Lachrymae subtitled ‘reflections on a song of Dowland’ explores the viola’s intensely mellow sonorities; Máté Szücs (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) is the soloist. The Prelude and Fugue finds Britten indulging in the exuberant technical wizardry of his youthful period whilst recalling Bach’s sophisticated contrapuntal textures.

To close, one of the great masterpieces of Britten’s cannon: the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. The award-winning tenor Allan Clayton and horn player Richard Watkins are the soloists, the latter reprising his role 30 years after first performing it with Peter Pears.

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