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Britten Les Illuminations - Classic FM


07 February 2005
Classic FM
Philip Clark
5 Stars

It's good to hear Clio Gould's Scottish Ensemble putting more of an internationalist spin on these masterpieces and rescuing them from stuffy 'Englishness'. The Frank Bridge Variations has rarely sounded so driven and manic. The Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings too becomes less concerned with outmoded pastoralism and more with locating new meaning within the score. This is 21st-century Britten.


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