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great sound, mediocre performances,
This review is from: Britten's Orchestra (Audio CD)
This recording has excellent, wide ranging sound with good dynamic range and excellent imaging (in multichannel SACD). BUT... the performances were smoothed over and under-accented. It dulled the edge of this music. The brass section was weak compared to many other recordings. I'd pick the Hickox recording of Sinfonia da Requiem over this one, and of course the composer's own. There are a number of fine recordings of Young Person's Guide (e.g., Bernstein), some of which have explanatory narration while others don't. As for the Sea Interludes, Bernstein made a fine recording of these for Sony--and of course Britten's recording (excerpted from his complete recording of the opera) is sui generis.