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Divine Musick - The Late Works Of Benjamin Britten / Wiliford, Swartz

Britten / Wiliford / Swartz
Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2623   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William CroftPelham HumphreyJeremiah ClarkeJohn Blow,   ... 
Performer:  Lawrence WilifordJennifer Swartz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For his first solo ATMA recording, acclaimed Canadian tenor Lawrence Wiliford sings late works for voice and harp by Benjamin Britten, accompanied by Jennifer Swartz, Principal harpist with Montreal Symphony Orchestra. This CD features vocal pieces by Britten with harp instead of the usual piano accompaniment. The Five Songs from Harmonia Sacra, a collection of 17th-century sacred song, have an intensity which is characteristic for a composer’s late works. This is the first time these works have been recorded with harp. Much more light-hearted are some folk song arrangements. Six of them appear here, and had became a regular part of the unique repertory of legendary tenor Peter Pears and harpist Osian Ellis which this recording Read more commemorates. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Hymn on Divine Musick by William Croft
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Benjamin Britten. 
2.
Lord! I have sinned by Pelham Humphrey
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Notes: Arranger: Benjamin Britten. 
3.
A Hymne to God the father "Wilt thou forgive that sin" by Pelham Humphrey
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; England 
Notes: Arranger: Benjamin Britten. 
4.
Blest be these sweet regions by Jeremiah Clarke
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Benjamin Britten. 
5.
O that mine eyes would melt into a flood by John Blow
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranger: Benjamin Britten. 
6.
Folksongs (7), Volume 1: no 6, Ash Grove by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
7.
Folksongs (8) with Harp/Guitar: no 2, She's like a swallow by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; England 
8.
Folksongs (8) with Harp/Guitar: no 1, Lord! I married me a wife by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1976 
9.
Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: no 2, Greensleeves by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
10.
Folksongs (10), Volume 4: no 3, How sweet the answer by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
11.
Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 4, Bonny at morn by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
12.
Suite for Harp, Op. 83 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; England 
13.
A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; England 
14.
Canticle V, Op. 89 "The Death of St Narcissus" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lawrence Wiliford (Tenor), Jennifer Swartz (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; England 

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