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

Britten, Benjamin
Buonarroti, Michelangelo, lyricist(s)

  7 Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22
10.   Play with flash player Sonetto XVI: Si come nella penna e nell'inchiostro 00:02:11
11.   Play with flash player Sonetto XXXI: A che più debb'io mai l'intensa voglia 00:01:26
12.   Play with flash player Sonetto XXX: Veggio co' be' vostri occhi un dolce lume 00:03:17
13.   Play with flash player Sonetto LV: Tu sa' ch'io so, signior mie, che tu sai 00:01:53
14.   Play with flash player Sonetto XXXVIII: Rendete a gli occhi miei, o fonte o fiume 00:01:59
15.   Play with flash player Sonetto XXXII: S'un casto amor, s'una pieta superna 00:01:20
16.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player At Day - close in November 00:01:54
18.   Play with flash player Midnight on the Great Western 00:04:46
19.   Play with flash player Wagtail and Baby 00:02:05
20.   Play with flash player The Little Old Table 00:01:18
21.   Play with flash player The Choirmaster's Burial 00:03:56
22.   Play with flash player Proud Songsters 00:01:07
23.   Play with flash player At the Railway Station, Upway 00:02:42
24.   Play with flash player Before Life and After 00:02:52
  If it's ever Spring again
25.   Play with flash player If it's ever Spring again 00:03:00
  The Children and Sir Nameless
26.   Play with flash player The Children and Sir Nameless 00:02:44

Total Playing Time: 01:05:06






Composer(s):
Britten, Benjamin

Lyricist(s):
Buonarroti, Michelangelo; Donne, John; Hardy, Thomas

Artist(s):
Bedford, Steuart; Langridge, Philip

Label: Naxos

Series: English Song Series

Genre: Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557201

Barcode: 0747313220120

Release Date: 03/2004

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