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'a new version of the Serenade with the young British tenor Allan Clayton is the real draw of this download...'
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'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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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
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The Guardian
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Gramophone
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The Sunday Times
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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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'...the playing of the hornist Richard Watkins is also truly exceptional...a performance so worth treasuring.'
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Aldeburgh Strings - Britten: Serenade - Daily Mail


27 March 2016
Daily Mail
David Mellor
4 Stars

Next month Linn has a well-recorded album out deriving from performances given at the Aldeburgh Festival between October 2012 and April 2015. It's only 55 minutes long but any reservations should be set aside because of the exceptional performance here of the Serenade For Tenor, Horn and Strings, one of the greatest masterpieces of British music.

The opening phrase of the Pastoral makes clear that the young British tenor Allan Clayton is blessed with the same kind of high tenor voice as Peter Pears, Britten's partner, for whom the piece was written. But Clayton's vocal production is much better controlled, smooth and mellow, and entirely without the sort of strangulated, drowning-the-cat timbre that, if truth be told, so often put off all but Pears's most dedicated admirers.


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