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Britten The Performer 1 - Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rossini


Release Date: 04/13/1999 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 8001   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyGioachino Rossini
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerHeather HarperClaudio ArrauPeter Pears,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Given the exceptional and varied musical talent that gathered each summer for Benjamin Britten's Aldeburg Festival concerts, it's no surprise that these performances resulted in rare and often magical collaborations, many of which, fortunately for us, were recorded by the BBC. The main attraction here is the Liebeslieder Waltzes Op. 52--part of a 1968 concert titled "Four Voices and Four Hands"--featuring six such outstanding artists, including Britten himself at the piano. But the real surprises are found in the lovely and rarely heard Tchaikovsky duets, performed with absolute ease and engaging style by the incomparable Heather Harper and Janet Baker, and in the charming Rossini songs,
Read more all of which is complemented by Britten's equally masterful accompaniment. Highlights include some of Pears' most endearing and lyrical singing in "Nicht wandle, mein Licht" and Harper's sublime rendition of Rossini's "La promessa". You'll barely notice the very polite audience during the performances.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Heather Harper (Soprano), Claudio Arrau (Piano),
Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano), Thomas Hemsley (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1869; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/14/1968 
Venue:  Live  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 23 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Duets (6), Op. 46: no 4, In the garden, near the ford by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano), Benjamin Britten (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/16/1971 
Venue:  Live  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Duets (6), Op. 46: no 1, Evening by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano), Benjamin Britten (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/16/1971 
Venue:  Live  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Duets (6), Op. 46: no 3, Tears by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Heather Harper (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/16/1971 
Venue:  Live  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Duets (6), Op. 46: no 6, Dawn by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Heather Harper (Soprano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/16/1971 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Les soirées musicales: no 10, La pesca by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830-1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/16/1971 
Venue:  Live  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Les soirées musicales: no 1, La promessa by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Heather Harper (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830-1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/16/1971 
Venue:  Live  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Les soirées musicales: no 9, La regata veneziana by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Heather Harper (Soprano), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830-1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/16/1971 
Venue:  Live  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Les soirées musicales: no 3, La partenza by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830-1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/16/1971 
Venue:  Live  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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 Glorious! May 6, 2013 By Patrick S. (Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire) See All My Reviews "One does hope that this magnificent compilation will shortly be restored to the CD catalogue in this Britten's centenary year and Dame Janet Baker's 80th!" Report Abuse
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