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BRITTEN: 7 Sonnets of Michelangelo / Holy Sonnets of J. Donne / Winter Words (English Song, Vol. 7)


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BRITTEN: 7 Sonnets of Michelangelo / Holy Sonnets of J. Donne / Winter Words (English Song, Vol. 7)

Britten’s song cycles form a substantial and important part of his work. The Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo belong to the period when Britten had begun to set foreign languages in an attempt to broaden his musical horizons. It is his first work composed exclusively for Peter Pears and deals with various aspects of love. Written in August 1945, soon after Britten had returned from a tour of German concentration camps with Yehudi Menuhin, The Holy Sonnets of John Donne captures some of the bleak intensity of that experience. In the eight settings of Thomas Hardy, Winter Words, written in 1953, there is no less abundance of the musical invention and imagery found in the earlier cycles, but the textures are generally leaner and more economical.

Britten, Benjamin
Donne, John, lyricist(s)

  The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35
1.   Sonnet VI: Oh my blacke Soule! 00:03:41
2.   Sonnet XIV: Batter my heart 00:01:15
3.   Sonnet III: O might those sighes and teares 00:03:04
4.   Sonnet XIX: Oh, to vex me 00:01:02
5.   Sonnet XIII: What if this present 00:02:46
6.   Sonnet XVII: Since she whom I lov'd 00:03:40
7.   Sonnet VII: At the round earth's imagin'd corners 00:01:22
8.   Sonnet I: Thou hast made me 00:01:22
9.   Sonnet X: Death, be not proud 00:03:52

Britten, Benjamin
Buonarroti, Michelangelo, lyricist(s)

  7 Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22
10.   Sonetto XVI: Si come nella penna e nell'inchiostro 00:02:11
11.   Sonetto XXXI: A che più debb'io mai l'intensa voglia 00:01:26
12.   Sonetto XXX: Veggio co' be' vostri occhi un dolce lume 00:03:17
13.   Sonetto LV: Tu sa' ch'io so, signior mie, che tu sai 00:01:53
14.   Sonetto XXXVIII: Rendete a gli occhi miei, o fonte o fiume 00:01:59
15.   Sonetto XXXII: S'un casto amor, s'una pieta superna 00:01:20
16.   Sonetto XXIV: Spirto ben nato, in cui si specchia e vede 00:04:32

Britten, Benjamin
Hardy, Thomas, lyricist(s)

  Winter Words, Op. 52
17.   At Day - close in November 00:01:54
18.   Midnight on the Great Western 00:04:46
19.   Wagtail and Baby 00:02:05
20.   The Little Old Table 00:01:18
21.   The Choirmaster's Burial 00:03:56
22.   Proud Songsters 00:01:07
23.   At the Railway Station, Upway 00:02:42
24.   Before Life and After 00:02:52
  If it's ever Spring again
25.   If it's ever Spring again 00:03:00
  The Children and Sir Nameless
26.   The Children and Sir Nameless 00:02:44

Total Playing Time: 01:05:06

Britten, Benjamin

Buonarroti, Michelangelo; Donne, John; Hardy, Thomas

Bedford, Steuart; Langridge, Philip

Label: Naxos

Series: English Song Series

Genre: Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557201

Barcode: 0747313220120

Physical Release: 03/2004

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