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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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  • Performer: Barbara Hannigan (soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor), Jasper de Waal (horn)
  • Orchestra: Amsterdam Sinfonietta
  • Conductor: Candida Thompson
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (February 12, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Channel Classics
  • ASIN: B00ABQM3VM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I am not a natural Britten admirer-in fact my enjoyment of his music does not extend beyond the earliest of his compositions, more or less stopping with the 4 Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (but not the opera itself.) Having said that, I really do enjoy the pieces on this collection and have a wide selection of recordings already of them all except the recently discovered "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal."
I also have a complete antipathy to the voice of the late Peter Pears-it makes me cringe literally with its pinched nasal tone. This is of course a personal reaction and I fully respect the views of the myriads who feel differently. It rules out for me the highly praised performances conducted by Britten himself where Pears features-which is pretty well all of them!
I would venture to suggest that the works on this superb recording have never sounded so well-performance and recording are beyond praise. The Amsterdam Sinfonietta under Candida Thompson cover themselves in glory, with refulgent string tone which shines and shimmers in perfect balance, and which is caught in a beautiful acoustic both in stereo and SACD. The performances are vital and sensitive in equal measure. The singing of Barbara Hannigan in Les Illuminations is so accomplished that it brings a tear to my eye-she has the perfect tone for these exquisite songs, tremulous in the French manner when required and with crystalline steady tone overall. The work is transformed by casting a soprano rather than the usual tenor, and I for one will only want to hear the soprano version in future
I am struck by how redolent of Ravel's Scheherazade the work is and none the worse for that.
The Frank Bridge Variations are played with vigour and are perfectly judged, but the real joy is the Serenade.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Altschuler on April 7, 2013
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I don't know "Illuminations" very well but the soprano here, Barbara Hannigan, sounds marvelous.
The other works on this CD I know and love. The recording quality (heard in 2-channel SACD) and performances are wonderful. The editor put up to 8 seconds between sections; too much time IMO. With these variations, like Brahms' St. Anthony Var., over 3 seconds leaves the listener hanging. Not a huge problem.
After needing to crank up the volume for the Variations, the horn and tenor in the Serenade op. 31 were bellowing a bit. Once the volume was turned down I could enjoy the rest of this wonderful work. I have little sensitivity to (or patience for) poetry, but somehow I found this work very effective from the first time I heard it 35 years ago. I prefer James Gilchrist to more "reedy" Brit tenors like Bostridge or Pears. He is a bit too slow in parts. When the voice is at its softest it cannot be heard over the horn. The last word ("me") in the last track is basically inaudible. But he has thought through his role and I never lost interest.
General conclusion: Fine performances; excellent sound quality, generous 79" timing. Some listeners might prefer other performances in some respects, but I cannot imagine anybody not enjoying this... a lot. It is not one of those CD purchases that will be heard only once.
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