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benjamin britten:
Les Illuminations -
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge -
Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings


Scottish Ensemble
directed by Clio Gould
Toby Spence - tenor
Martin Owen - horn

CKD226


Benjamin Britten studied with Frank Bridge as a boy.   The Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge is an early work with a high personal definition. Britten moved to the USA in 1939 with Peter Pears where he wrote Les Illuminations.   He later returned to the UK and, partly stimulated by Purcell, started to concentrate on English verse.   He wrote the Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings in 1943.

The Scottish Ensemble is a dynamic group of 12 string players with outstanding violinist Clio Gould as Artistic Director.   The group undertakes varied radio and television broadcasts, and makes regular live recordings for BBC Radio 3.   The group's film work includes the 1999 release Orphans and the award-winning film and album of Follow the Moonstone.

Toby Spence is a world-class tenor renowned for his operatic roles as well as on the concert platform.   Toby Spence has established strong links with both English National Opera and the Paris Opera. He will perform with both companies in 2005 as well as at the Wigmore Hall with the Scottish Ensemble.   He will be touring with Emmanuelle Haim and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in February 2005; he will be tenor soloist in the Missa Solemnis with Joseph Swensen and the SCO in May; and reprising his acclaimed Tamino in the Magic Flute at ENO in September and October 2005.

Martin Owen, Principal Horn of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is widely regarded as one of the country's leading players appearing as both guest principal horn with many London Orchestras, and those further afield, including the Berlin Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and soloist / chamber musician in some of the leading music festivals around the world.

    This disc contains the program in these formats
    • Direct Stream Digital
    TM Multi-Channel Suround Sound
    • Direct Stream Digital
    TM 2-Channel Stereo
    • CD Standard Stereo [HDCD]

Les Illuminations, Op 18
Toby Spence ~ tenor
  1. Fanfare - 2.01
  2. Villes - 2.22
  3. Phrase - 0.58
  4. Antique - 2.09
  5. Royaute - 1.36
  6. Marine - 1.00
  7. Interlude - 2.49
  8. Being Beauteous - 3.45
  9. Parade - 2.44
10. Depart - 2.43

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10
11. Introduction and Theme - 1.48
12. Adagio - 2.40
13. March - 1.06
14. Romance - 1.13
15. Aria Italiana - 1.20
16. Bourree Classique - 1.27
17. Wiener Walzer - 2.41
18. Moto Perpetuo - 1.12
19. Funeral March - 3.47
20. Chant - 1.30
21. Fugue and Finale - 7.34

Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op.31
Toby Spence ~ tenor
Martin Owen ~ horn
22. Prologue - 1.26
23. Pastoral - 3.04
24. Nocturne - 3.52
25. Elegy - 4.27
26. Dirge - 3.25
27. Hymn - 2.03
28. Sonnet - 3.58
29. Epilogue - 1.43

TOTAL PLAYING TIME : 72.45


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