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Aldeburgh Strings and Aldeburgh Winds

Aldeburgh Strings and Aldeburgh Winds

The Aldeburgh Strings and Aldeburgh Winds ensembles are a product of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme which was founded over 40 years ago by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears.



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Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
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Aldeburgh Strings and Aldeburgh Winds

Created in order to provide high-level performance training for the world's best emerging professional musicians, this legacy still lives on today in the shape of residential courses and masterclasses which take place throughout the year in the beautiful surroundings of the Suffolk coast where Britten lived and worked. Young Artists benefit from an exceptional campus of performance spaces and studios which has grown around the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, home of the Aldeburgh Festival. The Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme hosts some of the world's finest performers and teachers who lead, and often participate in, intensive projects which mostly culminate in high-profile performances and recordings.

Since its inception in 2010 Aldeburgh Strings has met for intensive residential courses during which it has explored core chamber repertoire alongside leading artists and tutors, including director Markus Däunert. These tutors are drawn from some of the world's finest orchestras - such as the Berlin Philhamonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra- and direct the ensemble sections from within, in an inspiring dual role of mentor and performer. As well as Britten's music, the ensemble has performed core repertoire by Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Shostakovich, Elgar, Vaughan-Williams and Bartók as well as John Woolrich's Capriccio for violin and strings. This recording is the conclusion of projects celebrating Britten's centenary in 2013, at which Aldeburgh Strings performed the closing concert.

The Aldeburgh Winds ensemble was inspired by Aldeburgh Strings and was formed in 2015 for a week-long residency and performance at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. The ensemble was directed by oboist and conductor, Nicholas Daniel with the tutorage of Richard Watkins, former principal horn of the Philharmonia and Richard Hosford, principal clarinet of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Aldeburgh Winds is made up of musicians from eight different countries, including the UK, Brazil, Taiwan and Hungary, all of whom are alumni or current members of the Britten-Pears Orchestra. During this residency, the ensemble recorded and performed a selection of wind ensemble repertoire by Strauss, Stravinsky and Britten.

 

FonoForum
'Under the direction of two experienced musicians, the two young teams deliver musically very brave, but perfect craftsmanship.'
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Crescendo
4½ Stars
'These metamorphoses are passionately interpreted by Aldeburgh Strings'
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MusicWeb International
'The playing of Daniels’ wind ensemble is beyond reproach...'
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Classical Source
4 Stars
'The Serenade is beguilingly expressive...the music-making is exemplary.'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'...glorious...the superior sound of these recordings enhances our pleasure in hearing the performances.'
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Financial Times
4 Stars
'The young musicians of Aldeburgh Strings and Aldeburgh Winds capture the former’s melancholy and the buoyant joy of the latter with equal skill.'
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All Music
4 Stars
'Linn's sound from Snape Maltings is excellent, allowing the dense Metamorphosen room to breathe...'
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The Scotsman
'Their shaping of Strauss' Serenade in E flat is glowing in nuance, paving the way for a scintillating representation of the Symphony for Wind Instruments.'
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Classical CD Choice
'The real triumph here is Strauss’s beguiling Symphony for Wind Instruments...'
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Gramophone
'Daniel's feeling for Strauss's longrange ebb and flow is one of the great attractions of this disc...'
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Pizzicato
'An interesting and coherent coupling, excellent performances, good sound!'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'...a fine performance of the much later Symphony for wind instruments...It’s a fine recording.'
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Klassiker Welt
'Enjoyment of the highest quality.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'Their sound is lithe and rich...It’s a sophisticated performance. '
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Hi-Fi News
4½ Stars
'a new version of the Serenade with the young British tenor Allan Clayton is the real draw of this download...'
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American Record Guide
'This recording has the advantage of firstrate sound, a superb horn player who is at least the equal of Brain or Tuckwell with an even greater range of tonal nuance, and a singer who simply has a more pleasant sound than Pears.'
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Fanfare
'...the ensemble is particularly impressive in the hushed sections, playing with exquisite beauty and control...'
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Crescendo
4 Stars
'superbe'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'...extraordinary performances, aided by top-notch soloists..few recordings satisfy as much as this one, with deliberate, but intense, readings...'
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Forum Opera
4 Stars
« Le piano de Lorenzo Soulès en offre une interprétation étincelante...Le raffinement de Britten est servi en maître dans ce jalon d'une musique. »
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'In the following Tennyson song, "Nocturne", aided by the Aldeburgh Strings' splendidly evocative playing, Clayton sounds suitably heroic at the final "Blow, bugle, blow"...Lorenzo Soules plays Young Apollo's glittering piano part with charismatic dash...'
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Voix des Arts
Recording of the Month: 'Clayton establishes himself as a triumphantly worthy successor to Pears...Clayton's voice is both more beautiful and more secure throughout the range than Pears's, but the forthrightness with which he limns the distress of lines like ‘O rose, thou art sick' recalls Pears's interpretive perspicuity.'
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Pizzicato
'..the soloists are one and all excellent, as are the exceptionally good Aldeburgh Strings.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'urgent, vibrant and punchy'
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The Sunday Times
'These performances by the Aldeburgh-inspired ensemble vividly affirm Britten's genius.'
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Gramophone
'All are performances to be recommended.'
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MusicWeb International
'One is struck by the beauty and security of their quiet playing - a virtue which comes to the fore also in the gorgeously lyrical Prelude. The accompanying Fugue, meanwhile, is a contrapuntal tour de force, and tossed off here with notable verve and aplomb.'
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Der neue Merker
'Britten's short but magnificent tone poem…bursts with radiant vitality, rises in iridescent tones before us...'
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Daily Mail
4 Stars
'The Aldeburgh Strings give an exceptional performance of Britten's the Serenade For Tenor, Horn And Strings.'
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Classic FM
'...the playing of the hornist Richard Watkins is also truly exceptional...a performance so worth treasuring.'
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