A Portrait of Britten

This generous programme of Britten's works encompasses the whole of the composer's distinguished career. The first disc centres around string works, and includes the Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge; Prelude and Fugue for 18-part strings as well as the perennial 'Young Persons' Guide'. The second disc features 'Sea Interludes' from Peter Grimes, an opera that has become legendary for re-establishing the credentials of English music-theatre. The final disc documents three superlative vocal works performed by American tenor Jerry Hadley.


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"This is a useful Britten compendium. I would even go as far as saying that at its price, it could be the ideal starter pack for anyone ready to discover Britten in honest-to-goodness performances recorded with typical Nimbus spontaneity."  Gerald Fenech, Musicweb-international

"This inexpensive bargain box will seem to many collectors an admirable way of collecting Britten's key orchestral works plus the three major song-cycles. In the latter, Jerry Hadley, is a dramatic and involving soloist; his is not far short of an operatic approach...Les Illuminations is strikingly fresh and spontaneous, and in the Nocturne, which opens magnetically and evocatively, the orchestral playing is full of tension. Antony Halstead's horn contribution in the Serenade is hardly less impressive. William Boughton shows himself a fine Britten advocate throughout. The recording is outstandingly rich and resonant in a characteristic Nimbus way. Excellent value."  The Penguin Guide

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