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Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings / Clayton, Watkins, Daunert


Release Date: 04/08/2016 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 478   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lorenzo SoulčsMate SzucsAllan ClaytonRichard Watkins
Conductor:  Markus Daunert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Strings
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Led by violinist Markus Daunert, the ensemble of musicians on this album deliver energized performances of Benjamin Britten’s works for string ensemble. The Aldeburgh Strings ensemble was founded over four decades go by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, so it is fitting that the ensemble records these outstanding works. Featured soloists on this album include Markus Daunert, Richard Watkins, Allan Clayton, Mate Szucs, and Lorenzo Soules.

Review:

Founded in 2010, Aldeburgh Strings bring together advanced students for intensive periods of study. The concentration achieved on the course is evident from the standard of playing here.

Britten's buoyant Young Apollo is expressive and substantial, and
Read more Lorenzo Soulès is a dexterous solo pianist. Angst permeates the string clusters of Lachrymae early on, too (how powerfully the bass notes resound in Snape Maltings' generous acoustic). In this resonant hall the Prelude and Fugue sounds bigger in forces than it really is. All are performances to be recommended.

The poetry in the Serenade is sung with clarity and perception, the 'dark, secret love' in the Blake becoming an inner thought confided to the microphone. Richard Watkins is commanding as the horn soloist and Aldeburgh Strings are again a vivid presence.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Young Apollo, Op. 16 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lorenzo Soulčs (Piano)
Conductor:  Markus Daunert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Strings
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Date of Recording: 04/04/2015 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, UK 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Lachrymae for Viola and Strings, Op. 48a by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Mate Szucs (Viola)
Conductor:  Markus Daunert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Strings
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950/1976; England 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, UK 
Length: 14 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Prelude and Fugue for 18-part String Orchestra, Op. 29 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Markus Daunert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Strings
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, UK 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4.
Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Allan Clayton (), Richard Watkins (French Horn)
Conductor:  Markus Daunert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Strings
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, UK 
Length: 22 Minutes 33 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Young Apollo, Op. 16
Lachrymae, Op. 48a "Reflections on a Song of John Dowland"
Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31: No. 2, Pastoral

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