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Britten: Les Illuminations

Scottish Ensemble

Britten: Les Illuminations

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1
Les Illuminations, Op.18: Fanfare

Les Illuminations, Op.18: Fanfare

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor
2:01 Play $1.70
2
Les Illuminations, Op.18: Villes

Les Illuminations, Op.18: Villes

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor
2:22 Play $1.70
3
Les Illuminations, Op.18: Phrase

Les Illuminations, Op.18: Phrase

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor
0:57 Play $1.70
4
Les Illuminations, Op.18: Antique

Les Illuminations, Op.18: Antique

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor
2:09 Play $1.70
5
Les Illuminations, Op.18: Royaute

Les Illuminations, Op.18: Royaute

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor
1:36 Play $1.70
6
Les Illuminations, Op.18: Marine

Les Illuminations, Op.18: Marine

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor
1:00 Play $1.70
7
Les Illuminations, Op.18: Interlude

Les Illuminations, Op.18: Interlude

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor
2:49 Play $1.70
8
Les Illuminations, Op.18: Being Beauteous

Les Illuminations, Op.18: Being Beauteous

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor
3:44 Play $1.70
9
Les Illuminations, Op.18: Parade

Les Illuminations, Op.18: Parade

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor
2:45 Play $1.70
10
Les Illuminations, Op.18: Depart

Les Illuminations, Op.18: Depart

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor
2:53 Play $1.70
11
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Introduction and Theme

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Introduction and Theme

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
1:48 Play $1.70
12
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation I. Adagio

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation I. Adagio

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
2:40 Play $1.70
13
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation II. March

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation II. March

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
1:06 Play $1.70
14
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation III. Romance

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation III. Romance

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
1:13 Play $1.70
15
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation IV. Aria Italiana

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation IV. Aria Italiana

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
1:20 Play $1.70
16
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation V. Bourree classique

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation V. Bourree classique

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
1:28 Play $1.70
17
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation VI. Wiener Walzer

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation VI. Wiener Walzer

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
2:41 Play $1.70
18
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation VII. Moto perpetuo

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation VII. Moto perpetuo

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
1:12 Play $1.70
19
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation VIII. Funeral March

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation VIII. Funeral March

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
3:47 Play $1.70
20
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation IX. Chant

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation IX. Chant

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
1:30 Play $1.70
21
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation X. Fugue and Finale

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation X. Fugue and Finale

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
7:43 Play $3.40
22
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Prologue

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Prologue

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor, Martin Owen - horn
1:26 Play $1.70
23
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Pastoral

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Pastoral

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor, Martin Owen - horn
3:03 Play $1.70
24
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Nocturne

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Nocturne

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor, Martin Owen - horn
3:52 Play $1.70
25
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Elegy

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Elegy

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor, Martin Owen - horn
4:28 Play $1.70
26
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Dirge

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Dirge

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor, Martin Owen - horn
3:24 Play $1.70
27
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Hymn

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Hymn

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor, Martin Owen - horn
2:03 Play $1.70
28
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Sonnet

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Sonnet

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor, Martin Owen - horn
3:57 Play $1.70
29
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Epilogue

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op. 31: Epilogue

Composer Benjamin Britten
Conductor Clio Gould
Soloist Toby Spence - tenor, Martin Owen - horn
1:48 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 73 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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This recording brings together three youthful masterworks all composed by Benjamin Britten before his 30th birthday.

Originally released in 2005 Britten: Les Illuminations has been re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.

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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten, was an English composer, conductor, and pianist.
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Scottish Ensemble

Scottish Ensemble

Versatile and vibrant string ensemble who are as much at home with contemporary music as the Baroque, who deliver consistently high quality performances.
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Toby Spence

Toby Spence

Toby Spence is a British tenor active internationally on the concert platform, in the opera house and in recordings across a wide range of classical music.
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4 starsMartin Owen's horn solo is assured and eloquent. An irresistible recording.’ The Independent

4 stars ‘Toby Spence brings a radiance of timbre and a searching eloquence to the song cycle.’ The Sunday Times

4 stars ‘There's no shortage of excellent recordings…but this has the quality and insight to stand proud with the best of them.’ BBC Music Magazine

These are highly insightful performances, widely considered to be modern reference versions to set next to Britten's own. Clio Gould and the ensemble demonstrate playing of impressive unanimity of purpose, joyous intensity and clarity of detail. The ensemble is joined by the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2012 ‘Singer of the Year’ Toby Spence, for two of Britten’s most popular song cycles. Toby Spence’s voice is ideally suited to the wide-ranging demands that Britten makes on it; his tonal freshness and acutely observed articulation of the words are absorbing. Martin Owen, whose horn playing has drawn comparisons with Dennis Brain, is equal to every one of the near-impossible tasks set him by Britten in the Serenade.

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Crescendo
« Scottish Ensemble, qui a été fondé en 1969 et qui est, sans conteste, un des meilleurs orchestres à cordes européens (son enregistrement des Illuminations de Benjamin Britten est superbe). »


Hi-Fi Choice
4½ Stars
The Scottish Ensemble produces a recording of 'massive range of dynamics and colours'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars

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HighFidelityReview.com
Toby Spence is simply mesmerizing
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Classique
Dellee et fantasque, mordant or rêveuse, l'interpretation elegiaque de Toby Spence ne s'affranchit pas moins de tout modèle comme de tout heritage.
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Gramophone
the music positively glitters
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BBCi
dramatic and evocative performances
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The Sunday Times
4 Stars
Owen's playing is a luxury for the ear
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Inverness Courier
immaculate and beautifully round-toned horn-playing
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ClassicsToday.com
5 Stars
essential listening for all Britten fans
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The Sunday Telegraph
a disc that no Brittten enthusiast should overlook
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Independent on Sunday
4 Stars
An irresistable recording
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The Daily Telegraph
plenty of chamber-like transparency to the text
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The Herald
spectacularly well performed and recorded
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The Sunday Herald
a breathtaking array of intense, precision playing
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International Record Review
how they glitter
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Atlanta Audio Society
a beautifully honed, rich sounding, dynamic ensemble
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Musicweb-International.com
this disc [is] in a class of its own
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Soundstage.com
5 Stars
Named Best Multichannel SACD of the Year
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Classic FM
5 Stars
This is 21st-century Britten
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ClassicalCDReview.com
first rate performances and stunning sonics
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
spacious, warm sound
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The Scotsman
this disc screams "go out and buy me"
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Music Week
a richly coloured performance of Les Illuminations
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The Guardian
a robustness and sense of adventure
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Nairnshire Telegraph
From the extraordinary opening Fanfare to the concluding DÈpart, we were exposed to a series of highly individual sound worlds...
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The Herald
A nicely balanced programme on paper materialised under the direction of Clio Gould as an occasion to savour the inventiveness of Benjamin Britten's contribution to musical life -...
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Aberdeen Press and Journal
There was exquisitely beautiful playing from Clio Gould and the Scottish Ensemble...
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