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Britten: Serenade for Tenor

Magazine article Gramophone

Britten: Serenade for Tenor

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Britten

Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op 31 (a). Lachrymae, Op 48a (b). Prelude and Fugue, Op 29. Young Apollo, Op 16 (c) (a) Allan Clayton ten (a) Richard Watkins hn (b) Mate Szucs va (c) Lorenzo Sou 16s pf

Aldeburgh Strings / Markus Daunert Linn (F) CKD478 (55' * DDD * T)

Founded in 2010, Aldeburgh Strings bring together advanced students for intensive periods of study. Their tutors are leading musicians from international orchestras, like Markus Daunert, a founder member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and director for this programme, which is derived from projects undertaken for the Britten centenary in 2013. The concentration achieved on the course is evident from the standard of playing here. 'There is no mobile phone signal at Snape,' says Daunert, 'so we can focus on the music.'

In Britten's buoyant Young Apollo Aldeburgh Strings field a greater weight and range of colour than Rattle's CBSO, making the work sound more expressive and substantial, and Lorenzo Soules is a dexterous solo pianist. Angst permeates the string clusters of Lachrymae early on, too (how powerfully the bass notes resound in Snape Makings' generous acoustic) and Mate Szucs, first principal viola of the Berlin Philharmonic, makes an insightful soloist. …

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