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Britten: The Five Canticles / Padmore, Davies, Farnsworth, Drake

Release Date: 12/03/2013 
Label:  Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog #: 64   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Julius DrakeMark PadmoreLucy WakefordMarcus Farnsworth,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A masterclass in producing expressively direct and unaffected Britten" was the Guardian’s verdict on the sold-out Wigmore Hall concert on 30th November 2012 featuring all five of the composer’s Canticles. British tenor Mark Padmore’s sweet and round timbre is central to these works, five focal points of the composer’s output which subtly blend religious and secular themes with his distinctive sound-world to captivating effect.

Pianist Julius Drake brings his carefully considered and sensitive playing to the stage and his close artistic partnership with Padmore is wonderfully displayed in the first Canticle. Countertenor Iestyn Davies, renowned for his charming and insightful interpretations, joins them for a
Read more performance of spine-chilling purity in ‘Abraham and Isaac’. The disc then features the enchanting sonority of Lucy Wakeford’s harp accompaniment for the fifth Canticle, before continuing with an intoxicating blend of voices when Marcus Farnsworth joins Padmore and Davies for ‘Journey of the Magi’. The disc concludes with the third Canticle, which received its world première at Wigmore Hall in 1955. Another fine tribute to Benjamin Britten in his centenary year.
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Works on This Recording

Canticle V, Op. 89 "The Death of St Narcissus" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Lucy Wakeford (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; England 
Canticle IV, Op. 86 "The Journey of the Magi" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Marcus Farnsworth (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; England 
Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still Falls the Rain" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Richard Watkins (French Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; England 
Canticle I, Op. 40 "My beloved is mine" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
Canticle II, Op. 51 "Abraham and Isaac" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; England 

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