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Britten: Spring Symphony, Sea Interludes / Previn, Baker, Tear


Release Date: 10/24/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 64736   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sheila ArmstrongRobert TearDame Janet Baker
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony ChorusSt. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Previn is splendid at pointing the often witty pay-offs to individual songs in the Spring Symphony, but his reading remains most memorable of all for the darkly intense account of the second movement in which Dame Janet Baker responds with deep involvement to the sentiments of the Auden poem, helped rather than challenged by a speed slower than the composer's own in his superb 1961 Decca recording. The composer's more urgent approach goes with the unique contribution of Sir Peter Pears as tenor soloist, but Previn is even more atmospheric, and the strong, purposeful reading of the Grimes Interludes (this time rather less atmospheric than with the composer) is well worth having as an extra.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone
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The Spring Symphony is expertly performed, with Robert Tear in especially commanding form, and André Previn is commendably alert to the score's varied moods and ambiguities. In particular, he gives the expansive finale, which can easily flag, a strong sense of direction and excitement.

-- Gramophone [4/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Spring Symphony, Op. 44 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sheila Armstrong (Soprano), Robert Tear (Tenor), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 44 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Peter Grimes: Sea Interludes (4), Op. 33a by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1974 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): Introduction: Shine out (Anon. 16th century)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): The merry Cuckoo (E Spencer)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): Spring, the sweet Spring (T Nashe)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): The Driving Boy (G Peele and J Clare)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): The Morning Star (J Milton)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): Welcome, Maids of Honour (R Herrick)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): Waters above! (H Vaughan)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): Out of the lawn lie in bad (W H Auden)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): When will my May come (Barnefield)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): Fair and Fair (G Peele)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): Sound the flute! (W Blake)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): Finale: London, to thee I do present (J Beaumont, J Fletcher & anon. 13th century)
Four Sea Interludes Op. 33a (from Peter Grimes) (1976 Digital Remaster): I. Dawn (Lento e tranquillo)
Four Sea Interludes Op. 33a (from Peter Grimes) (1976 Digital Remaster): II. Sunday Morning (Allegro spiritoso)
Four Sea Interludes Op. 33a (from Peter Grimes) (1976 Digital Remaster): III. Moonlight (Andante comodo e rubato)
Four Sea Interludes Op. 33a (from Peter Grimes) (1976 Digital Remaster): IV. Storm (Presto con fuoco)

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