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Britten, Berkeley: Complete Works For Voice And Guitar


Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 779   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin BrittenLennox Berkeley
Performer:  Ian PartridgeJukka Savijoki
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the most beautiful of records; if the repertoire appeals it will be pretty useless to await a better performance or production of it than this.

One of the most beautiful of records; if the repertoire appeals it will be pretty useless to await a better performance or production of it than this.

There are tenors who not only could but would scream any guitarist into inaudibility. Ian Partridge is not one of them, indeed I would never hope to hear a gentler, more affecting style applied to the repertoire concerned. I was not familiar with the Finnish guitarist Jukka Savijoki, but I know now that he is among the most sensitive of accompanists, as well as a soloist of great skill, style and artistry. Read more />
Much of the record's programme is indeed written for solo guitar, exploited with great skill by Britten and a little less expectedly, but no less convincingly, by Lennox Berkeley. The combined skills of both performers and writers (whether composing or arranging) offer continuous delight to any listener who is not positively antipathetic to the repertoire concerned. Or perhaps even if he is, but is prepared to be won over by the shared magic of the combined performers and composers.

The magic is conveyed by a faultless recording and helped along by a most informative booklet. The spelling of the ''dear'' who was shot is, I believe, quite correct: not the animal, but the loved human, in a sense that survives, still, in the now rather dated usage ''my dear''.

-- Gramophone [1/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1. Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Jukka Savijoki (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Language: English 
2. Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jukka Savijoki (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
3. Theme and Variations, Op. 77 by Lennox Berkeley
Performer:  Jukka Savijoki (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; England 
4. Sonatina for Guitar, Op. 52 no 1 by Lennox Berkeley
Performer:  Jukka Savijoki (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
5. Songs of the Half-light, Op. 65 by Lennox Berkeley
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Jukka Savijoki (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; England 
Language: English 
6. Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 1, I will give my love an apple by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Jukka Savijoki (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection includes 6 settings. 
7. Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 2, Sailor-boy by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Jukka Savijoki (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Language: English 
8. Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 3, Master Kilby by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Jukka Savijoki (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Language: English 
9. Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 4, Bonny at morn by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Jukka Savijoki (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Language: English 
10. Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 5, The soldier and the sailor by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Jukka Savijoki (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Language: English 
11. Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 6, The Shooting of his Dear by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Jukka Savijoki (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1958; England 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: No. 1. The Big Chariot
Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: No. 2. The Old Lute
Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: No. 3. The Autumn Wind
Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: No. 4. The Herd-Boy
Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: No. 5. Depression
Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: No. 6. Dance Song
Theme and Variations, Op. 77: Theme: Moderato -
Theme and Variations, Op. 77: Variation 1: Allegro - Meno vivo -
Theme and Variations, Op. 77: Variation 2: Allegretto -
Theme and Variations, Op. 77: Variation 3: Lento -
Theme and Variations, Op. 77: Variation 4: Andante -
Theme and Variations, Op. 77: Variation 5: Allegro - Un poco largamente - Tempo I -
Theme and Variations, Op. 77: Variation 6 [Epilogue]: Lento
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": The Soldier and the Sailor
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": The Shooting of his Dear
Guitar Sonatina, Op. 52, No. 1: I. Allegretto
Guitar Sonatina, Op. 52, No. 1: II. Lento
Guitar Sonatina, Op. 52, No. 1: III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
8 Folk Song Arrangements: Bonny at morn
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": Master Kilby
Songs of the Half-Light, Op. 65: No. 1. Rachel
Songs of the Half-Light, Op. 65: No. 2. Full Moon
Songs of the Half-Light, Op. 65: No. 3. All That's Past
Songs of the Half-Light, Op. 65: No. 4. The Moth
Songs of the Half-Light, Op. 65: No. 5. The Fleeting
Nocturnal after John Dowland: Reflections on Come, heavy sleep, Op. 70: I. Musingly
Nocturnal after John Dowland: Reflections on Come, heavy sleep, Op. 70: II. Very agitated
Nocturnal after John Dowland: Reflections on Come, heavy sleep, Op. 70: III. Restless
Nocturnal after John Dowland: Reflections on Come, heavy sleep, Op. 70: IV. Uneasy
Nocturnal after John Dowland: Reflections on Come, heavy sleep, Op. 70: V. March-like
Nocturnal after John Dowland: Reflections on Come, heavy sleep, Op. 70: VI. Dreaming
Nocturnal after John Dowland: Reflections on Come, heavy sleep, Op. 70: VII. Gently rocking
Nocturnal after John Dowland: Reflections on Come, heavy sleep, Op. 70: VIII. Passacaglia
Nocturnal after John Dowland: Reflections on Come, heavy sleep, Op. 70: IX. Slow and quiet
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": I Will Give My Love an Apple
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": Sailor-boy

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