Benjamin Britten: Song Cylces
Peter Pears; Helen Watts; Benjamin Britten; London Symphony Orchestra
HTGCD 162 – 5060332662616
With the exception of Winter Words, this recording focusses on the lesser-known song cycles of Benjamin Britten. Our Hunting Fathers and On This Island set texts by Auden, Charm of Lullabies a selection of different texts on the theme of night and sleep and Winter Words finds inspiration in the writings of Thomas Hardy. Stellar performances from Peter Pears and Helen Watts with Benjamin Britten accompanying on the piano and conducting the LSO.
Our Hunting Fathers, Op. 8
On This Island, Op. 11
Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41
Winter Words, Op. 52
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‘Peter Pears has perhaps never done anything finer than his performance of Winter Words……Britten’s genius for accompaniment is well known; and the recording quality is of the very highest quality.’ Gramophone