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Benjamin Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Suite on English folk Tunes; Johnson over Jordan
Benjamin Britten, Richard Hickox, Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Benjamin Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Suite on English folk Tunes; Johnson over Jordan
Genre: Classical
 
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Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra has another name that you should know: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, and though you can buy it with narration, as a piece of music it's vastly preferable withou...  more »

     
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Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra has another name that you should know: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, and though you can buy it with narration, as a piece of music it's vastly preferable without. The work really does speak for itself in the clearest possible way. The Four Sea Interludes have rapidly become the most famous "water music" since Debussy's La Mer. They are wholly marvelous, especially the evocative "Sunday Morning" music. The other two pieces are relative rarities--the Suite was one of Britten's last completed compositions. Everything here is very well performed and recorded. --David Hurwitz
 

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David Brooks | Spruce Grove, AB Canada | 03/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" is more than an educational piece, although it does the job of introducing the instruments extremely well without or without narration. There are so many recordings of this enormously popular work that it's quite difficult drawing an opinion on which is the best, it's usually coupled with Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" with most recordings going without narration. This disc in particular with Richard Hickox conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has some benefits over others because it does a extremely good job of introducing lesser known works of Britten, Hickox has always been a good interpreter of British music and this disc is no exception.The premiere of the opera Peter Grimes was a landmark in Britten's career and 20th century British music, along side his opera Britten composed four vivid Sea Interludes which have become a concert piece in their own right. These evocative pieces paint the atmosphere of Suffolk and the region's coastal land and sea."The Suite on English Folk Tunes" was Britten's last orchestral work and is a masterwork of scoring. The two violins in "Hunt the Squirrel" that are alone and unacompanied are literally chasing one another. The highlight being "Lord Melbourne", it's a movement of haunting, poignant beauty."Johnson over Jordan" was an ambitious experimental play in which music, mime and dance were intregral to the drama. It's concept was influenced by the Tibetan Book of the Dead with Johnson the central figure, after he dies goes through a series of dreamlike episodies with people and incidents from his past."