Related Reviews
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...'
more >>
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.'
more >>
Fanfare
'...the ensemble is particularly impressive in the hushed sections, playing with exquisite beauty and control...'
more >>
Crescendo
4 Stars
'superbe'
more >>
AllMusic
4½ Stars
'...extraordinary performances, aided by top-notch soloists..few recordings satisfy as much as this one, with deliberate, but intense, readings...'
more >>
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. »
more >>
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...'
more >>
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.'
more >>
Pizzicato
'..the soloists are one and all excellent, as are the exceptionally good Aldeburgh Strings.'
more >>
Gramophone
'All are performances to be recommended.'
more >>
The Sunday Times
'These performances by the Aldeburgh-inspired ensemble vividly affirm Britten's genius.'
more >>
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.'
more >>
Der neue Merker
'Britten's short but magnificent tone poem…bursts with radiant vitality, rises in iridescent tones before us...'
more >>
Daily Mail
4 Stars
'The Aldeburgh Strings give an exceptional performance of Britten's the Serenade For Tenor, Horn And Strings.'
more >>
Classic FM
'...the playing of the hornist Richard Watkins is also truly exceptional...a performance so worth treasuring.'
more >>

Aldeburgh Strings - Britten: Serenade - The Guardian


12 May 2016
The Guardian
Erica Jeal
4 Stars

"Blow, bugle, blow," sings Allan Clayton, and it's not as if horn player Richard Watkins needs any encouragement. The Aldeburgh Strings' urgently communicative performance of the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings is the icing on this four-layer Britten cake. Clayton pushes his robust but airy tenor in all the right places, eking out the tension in the texts. Watkins is superb. There is vibrant, punchy playing from three incarnations of Aldeburgh Strings, one of the training ensembles continuing the composer's work of developing young artists, with everything directed from the violin by Markus Däunert. The serenade was recorded in 2013; from the previous year, there's the Dowland-inspired Lachrymae, the viola solo powerfully taken by the Berlin Philharmonic's Máté Szücs, and the Op 29 Prelude and Fugue, its whirling intricacy electrifyingly clear. Leading everything off is a zingy 2015 recording of Young Apollo featuring pianist Lorenzo Soulès.


Bookmark and Share


Related Links

Aldeburgh Strings and Aldeburgh WindsAldeburgh Strings and Aldeburgh Winds
Allan ClaytonAllan Clayton
Lorenzo SoulesLorenzo Soules
Markus DaunertMarkus Daunert
Mate SzucsMate Szucs
Richard WatkinsRichard Watkins
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and stringsBritten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and StringsBritten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings