2013 marks the centenary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten, and this fascinating collection from Channel Classics features a selection of works that demonstrate perfectly his brilliant manner of writing for string orchestra, unique treatment of text and rich palette of musical colors. Amsterdam Sinfonietta, led by Candida Thompson, are joined by soprano Barbara Hannigan, tenor James Gilchrist and horn soloist Jasper de Waal in a program that includes Les Illuminations, the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and the rarely-heard Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal. Recorded in high-resolution surround-sound, this disc presents Britten's music in the finest audio quality available.
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