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BRITTEN: Simple Symphony / Temporal Variations / Suite on English Folk Tunes


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BRITTEN: Simple Symphony / Temporal Variations / Suite on English Folk Tunes

The works on this recording cover the entire span of Britten’s published output – from the Simple Symphony of 1934, to the string orchestral arrangement of Lachrymae completed in the last year of his life. Britten always retained a special affection for his childhood efforts and in the Simple Symphony reworked his earliest compositions making them ‘more fit for general consumption’. In contrast there is a special poignancy about the works of his final three years, composed after Britten’s unsuccessful heart operation. In its earthy treatment of the folk-song material, the Suite on English Folk Tunes, his last purely orchestral work, is at the furthest remove from the sentimentality often associated with the English pastoral tradition.

Britten, Benjamin

  Simple Symphony, Op. 4
1.   Boisterous Bourree 00:03:21
2.   Playful Pizzacato 00:02:59
3.   Sentimental Sarabande 00:06:34
4.   Frolicsome Finale 00:03:03

Britten, Benjamin
Matthews, Colin, arranger(s)

  Temporal Variations (orch. C. Matthews)
5.   Theme 00:01:54
6.   Oration 00:01:38
7.   March 00:01:13
8.   Exercises 00:00:59
9.   Commination 00:01:21
10.   Chorale 00:02:19
11.   Waltz 00:01:34
12.   Polka 00:01:09
13.   Resolution 00:01:43
  A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (arr. C. Matthews)
14.   A Cradle Song 00:02:59
15.   The Highland Balou 00:02:03
16.   Sephestia's Lullaby 00:01:57
17.   A Charm 00:02:02
18.   The Nurse's Song 00:04:44

Britten, Benjamin

  Lachrymae, Op. 48a
19.   Theme 00:01:53
20.   Variation 1: Allegretto, andante molto 00:00:54
21.   Variation 2: Animato 00:01:29
22.   Variation 3: Tranquillo 00:01:53
23.   Variation 4: Allegro con moto 00:00:45
24.   Variation 5: Largamente 00:00:39
25.   Variation 6: Appasionato 00:00:53
26.   Variation 7: Alla valse moderato 00:00:58
27.   Variation 8: Allegro marcia 00:00:45
28.   Variation 9: Lento 00:00:50
29.   Variation 10: L'istesso tempo 00:03:31
  Suite on English Folk Tunes, Op. 90, "A time there was..."
30.   Cakes and Ale 00:02:30
31.   The Bitter Withy 00:02:32
32.   Hankin Booby 00:02:06
33.   Hunt the Squirrel 00:01:20
34.   Lord Melbourne 00:05:17

Total Playing Time: 01:58:21

Britten, Benjamin

Matthews, Colin

Bedford, Steuart

Northern Sinfonia

Daniel, Nicholas; Dukes, Philip; Wyn-Rogers, Catherine

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral; Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557205

Barcode: 0747313220526

Physical Release: 12/2004

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