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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.   Play with flash player Canticle I, Op. 40: My Beloved is mine 00:07:11

Britten, Benjamin

  Canticle II, Op. 51: Abraham and Isaac
2.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player Prologue - Fanfare: Where are the seeds of the Universal Fire 00:02:50
4.   Play with flash player Reading: The earth of my heart was broken and gaped low - Fanfare 00:01:04
5.   Play with flash player Reading: In the hour when the sapphire of the bone 00:00:47
6.   Play with flash player Song: We are the darkness in the heat of the day 00:01:22
7.   Play with flash player Reading: In such a heat of the earth 00:02:44
8.   Play with flash player Canticle III, Op. 55: Still Falls the Rain 00:11:31
9.   Play with flash player Reading: I see Christ's wounds weep in the Rose on the wall 00:01:59
10.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player Canticle IV, Op. 86: Journey of the Magi 00:10:50
  Canticle V, Op. 89: The Death of Saint Narcissus
12.   Play with flash player Canticle V, Op. 89: The Death of Saint Narcissus 00:07:39

Total Playing Time: 01:06:49






Composer(s):
Britten, Benjamin

Lyricist(s):
Eliot, Thomas Stearns; Quarles, Francis; Sitwell, Edith

Arranger(s):
Pears, Peter

Artist(s):
Bedford, Steuart; Ellis, Osian; Finley, Gerald; Langridge, Philip; Lloyd, Frank; Ragin, Derek Lee; Rigby, Jean

Reader(s):
Dench, Judi

Label: Naxos

Series: English Song Series

Genre: Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557202

Barcode: 0747313220229

Release Date: 11/2004

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