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BRITTEN: Canticles Nos. 1-5 / The Heart of the Matter (English Song, Vol. 9)


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BRITTEN: Canticles Nos. 1-5 / The Heart of the Matter (English Song, Vol. 9)

Britten’s five Canticles are marvellously vivid, intensely dramatic works. Although they were not designed to be performed together – they span virtually his whole career, from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s, and were composed for a variety of forces and singers – they form a remarkably effective sequence. Each is in some way inspired by religion and takes the form of an extended song, scena, miniature cantata or even, in the case of Abraham and Isaac, virtually a mini opera. All five were composed for the tenor voice of Peter Pears, and chart the personal and creative relationship between Britten and his most important muse.

Britten, Benjamin
Quarles, Francis, lyricist(s)

  Canticle I, Op. 40: My Beloved is mine
1.   Canticle I, Op. 40: My Beloved is mine 00:07:11

Britten, Benjamin

  Canticle II, Op. 51: Abraham and Isaac
2.   Canticle II, Op. 51: Abraham and Isaac 00:16:10

Britten, Benjamin
Sitwell, Edith, lyricist(s)
Pears, Peter, arranger(s)

  The Heart of the Matter (rev. P. Pears, 1983)
3.   Prologue - Fanfare: Where are the seeds of the Universal Fire 00:02:50
4.   Reading: The earth of my heart was broken and gaped low - Fanfare 00:01:04
5.   Reading: In the hour when the sapphire of the bone 00:00:47
6.   Song: We are the darkness in the heat of the day 00:01:22
7.   Reading: In such a heat of the earth 00:02:44
8.   Canticle III, Op. 55: Still Falls the Rain 00:11:31
9.   Reading: I see Christ's wounds weep in the Rose on the wall 00:01:59
10.   Epilogue - Fanfare: So, out of the dark 00:02:42

Britten, Benjamin
Eliot, Thomas Stearns, lyricist(s)

  Canticle IV, Op. 86: Journey of the Magi
11.   Canticle IV, Op. 86: Journey of the Magi 00:10:50
  Canticle V, Op. 89: The Death of Saint Narcissus
12.   Canticle V, Op. 89: The Death of Saint Narcissus 00:07:39

Total Playing Time: 01:06:49

Britten, Benjamin

Eliot, Thomas Stearns; Quarles, Francis; Sitwell, Edith

Pears, Peter

Bedford, Steuart; Ellis, Osian; Finley, Gerald; Langridge, Philip; Lloyd, Frank; Ragin, Derek Lee; Rigby, Jean

Dench, Judi

Label: Naxos

Series: English Song Series

Genre: Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557202

Barcode: 0747313220229

Physical Release: 11/2004

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