Mark Padmore - Britten Sinfonia - Jacqueline Shave Benjamin Britten : Serenade for tenor, horn & strings - Nocturne - Gerald Finzi : Dies Natalis

Benjamin Britten : Serenade for tenor, horn & strings - Nocturne - Gerald Finzi : Dies Natalis

Mark Padmore - Britten Sinfonia - Jacqueline Shave

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Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on May 8, 2012 by harmonia mundi

Main artist: Mark Padmore

Genre: Classical > Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred)

Distinctions: Diapason d'or (June 2012) - Hi-Res Audio (May 2012)

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Album : 1 disk - 21 tracks Total length : 01:20:29

    Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 (Benjamin Britten)
  1. 1 I. Prologue

    Mark Padmore, ténor - Britten Sinfonia - Direction Jacqueline Shave Copyright : 2012 harmonia mundi usa

  2. 2 II. Pastoral

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  3. 3 III. Nocturne

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  4. 4 IV. Elegy

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  5. 5 V. Dirge

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  6. 6 VI. Hymn

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  7. 7 VII. Sonnet

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  8. 8 VIII. Epilogue

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  9. Nocturne for tenor, seven obbligato instruments & strings, Op.60
  10. 9 I. On a poet's lips I slept

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  11. 10 II. Below the thunders of the upper deep

    Mark Padmore, ténor - Britten Sinfonia - Direction Jacqueline Shave Copyright : 2012 harmonia mundi usa

  12. 11 III. Encinctured with a twine of leaves

    Mark Padmore, ténor - Britten Sinfonia - Direction Jacqueline Shave Copyright : 2012 harmonia mundi usa

  13. 12 IV. Midnight's bell goes ting, ting, ting

    Mark Padmore, ténor - Britten Sinfonia - Direction Jacqueline Shave Copyright : 2012 harmonia mundi usa

  14. 13 V. But that night when on my bed I lay

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  15. 14 VI. She sleeps on soft, last breaths

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  16. 15 VII. What is more gentle than a wind in summer?

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  17. 16 VIII. When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see

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  18. Dies Natalis, Op.8 (Gerald Finzi)
  19. 17 I. Intrada

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  20. 18 II. Rhapsody: Recitativo stromentato

    Mark Padmore, ténor - Britten Sinfonia - Direction Jacqueline Shave Copyright : 2012 harmonia mundi usa

  21. 19 III. The Rapture: Danza

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  22. 20 IV. Wonder: Arioso

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  23. 21 V. The Salutation: Aria

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About

Tenor Mark Padmore has an ideal voice for these two Britten song cycles written for Peter Pears. He has the kind of musical sensitivity and attentiveness to textual subtleties that characterized Pears' singing. His voice is essentially light in the way that Pears' was, but his is infinitely more attractive. Its tone is clear and pure, with none of Pears' nasal quality, and can be sweet without sounding precious. Padmore's technique seems absolutely secure and while his instrument is not large, he can produce an impressive range of dynamics. He and horn player Stephen Bell deliver a terrific performance of the Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings, and Jacqueline Shave's leadership of the Britten Sinfonietta is energetic and nuanced. Padmore's phrasing is shapely and expressive and he can spin out the seamless legato most of these songs require. In "Hymn," he and Bell sing and play with nimble fleetness that seems thrillingly close to the edge of spinning out of control but that ultimately lands safely. The performance of "Dirge" is charged with darker-than-usual sinister energy; the running string figures that follow the canon seem here more like a demonic dance than a dirge, to wonderful, scary effect. There is no lack of topnotch recordings of the Serenade, but this is a version that anyone who loves the piece will want to hear. In Nocturne, Padmore again excels in bringing intelligent and sensitive, sometimes soaring musicality to the songs. Finzi's cycle Dies Natalis is something of a novelty, but it fits well with the Britten. His harmonic language is eloquently post-Romantic, solidly in the English pastoral tradition, and his text setting relatively conventional, but the cycle is a lovely, lyrical, entirely successful exemplar of that tradition. Serenade, written about five years after Dies Natalis, demonstrates by contrast the daring individuality of Britten's handling of texts and the rich originality of his melodic gift. The sound of Harmonia Mundi's SACD is immaculate and detailed, with a gripping sense of presence.

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