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  • A Serenade to Music - Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music ("How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!") for 16 soloists (or soloists & chorus) & orchestra / Elgar: Serenade for strings in E Minor, Op.20 / Britten: Serenade, for tenor, horn, & strings, Op. 31
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A Serenade to Music - Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music ("How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!") for 16 soloists (or soloists & chorus) & orchestra / Elgar: Serenade for strings in E Minor, Op.20 / Britten: Serenade, for tenor, horn, & strings, Op. 31


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listen  1. Serenade To Music (shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice)The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Grayson Hirst, William L. Kuyper & Kenneth Klein13:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Serenade In E Minor, For String Orchestra, Op. 20 - Allegro PiacevoleThe New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Grayson Hirst, William L. Kuyper & Kenneth Klein 3:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Serenade In E Minor, For String Orchestra, Op. 20 - LarghettoThe New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Grayson Hirst, William L. Kuyper & Kenneth Klein 6:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Serenade In E Minor, For String Orchestra, Op. 20 - AllegrettoThe New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Grayson Hirst, William L. Kuyper & Kenneth Klein 3:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Serenade For Tenor, Horn, And Strings, Op. 31 - PrologueThe New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Grayson Hirst, William L. Kuyper & Kenneth Klein 1:28$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Serenade For Tenor, Horn, And Strings, Op. 31 - Pastoral (cotton)The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Grayson Hirst, William L. Kuyper & Kenneth Klein 3:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Serenade For Tenor, Horn, And Strings, Op. 31 - Nocturne (tennyson)The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Grayson Hirst, William L. Kuyper & Kenneth Klein 4:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Serenade For Tenor, Horn, And Strings, Op. 31 - Elegy (blake)The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Grayson Hirst, William L. Kuyper & Kenneth Klein 4:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Serenade For Tenor, Horn, And Strings, Op. 31 - Dirge (anonymous, 15th Century)The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Grayson Hirst, William L. Kuyper & Kenneth Klein 3:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Serenade For Tenor, Horn, And Strings, Op. 31 - Hymn (ben Jonson)The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Grayson Hirst, William L. Kuyper & Kenneth Klein 2:16$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Serenade For Tenor, Horn, And Strings, Op. 31 - Sonnet (keats)The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Grayson Hirst, William L. Kuyper & Kenneth Klein 4:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Serenade For Tenor, Horn, And Strings, Op. 31 - EpilogueThe New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Grayson Hirst, William L. Kuyper & Kenneth Klein 1:41$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Grayson Hirst
  • Orchestra: New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Klein
  • Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (March 28, 1996)
  • Label: Allegretto
  • ASIN: B000001KBC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD is worth looking for as it is a very high quality sensitive reading by Kenneth Klein and The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony. The Vaughan Williams SERENADE TO MUSIC is correctly performed by a 'chorus' of sixteen soloists and the chamber orchestra giving it the intimate immediately accessible context Vaughn Williams preferred to the large-scale performances we too often hear.

Sir Edward Elgar's lushly romantic 'SERENADE in E minor for strings' is given a sterling performance - unhurried, elegant and with fine playing by the orchestra.

Sir Benjamin Britten's SERENADE FOR TENOR, HORN AND STRINGS is one of the best on records. While L. William Kuyper may not be the horn player Brain is, he gives a secure and collaborative performance. Tenor Grayson Hirst (who also sings in the Vaughan Williams) reminds us of the luxury with which he graced many concert stages in the past. His diction, quality of interpretation, and beauty of his clearly focused warm tenor voice make this among the finest of recordings of this penetratingly beautiful song cycle.

The presentation of these three works was produced by the fine mind of John McClure. The overalL effect of this recording is quintessential English - except the forces in these cherished performances are all Americans! Recommended. Grady Harp, February 2005
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 21, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This 1989 recording was originally issued by ASV but is still of good sound quality.
The performances themselves are all very good and are capable of favourable comparison with the best on offer as described below.

The Vaughan Williams is given in the version with 16 soloists and this is much to be preferred to the larger-scale alternative version.
Vaughan Williams originally wrote this with 16 particular soloists in mind and matched the individual part writing to their individual vocal characteristics. Obviously this consideration no longer applies but this performance is as close as we can hope for.

The Britten Serenade was written with Peter Pears and Denis Brain in mind but in this performance there is a seriously good alternative with a pleasing vocal line supplied by Grayson Hirst with secure horn playing from William Kuyper. The interpretation of the text is completely satisfying.

The Elgar is given a sympathetic performance which does not inflate its essential simplicity.

All three items are given a clear and well-balanced recording that still sounds very well. To those for whom the program appeals this makes a very satisfying and recommendable coupling without any compromise as regards interpretation or performance.
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