Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo;
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne;
Folksong arrangements by Britten, Copland & Grainger
Benjamin Britten & Peter Pears
HTGCD 229 – 5013993891796
Britten and Pears early collaborations for HMV display an infectious vigour. Britten’s own works, the Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 and the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35. are given definitive readings. Also included are folk song settings by Britten, Grainger and Copland and the programme concludes with two of Schubert’s most famous songs ‘Im Fruhling’ and ‘Auf der Bruck’. Essential listening for fans of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears.