Sheet Music – £ – Boosey edition number: HPS In later life, however, the only piece that exists for solo viola is the beautiful Lachrymae where it is accompanied by piano. It was composed for the Scottish violist. Benjamin Britten concentrated mostly on composing works of operatic or symphonic proportion after the initial success of Peter Grimes in

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Lachrymae, Op 48a (Britten) – from CDA – Hyperion Records – MP3 and Lossless downloads

Inwhile Benjamin Britten was on tour in the United States, he met the outstanding viola virtuoso William Primrosewho agreed to come to the edition of Britten ‘s own Aldeburgh Festival, which, after two successful editions in andwas already established as one of England’s major summer musical events. But then Messiah is a Lenten brittten, and yet. In either version, Lachrymae is one of the outstanding viola compositions of Britten ‘s century.

Yet rather than use the nritten order of stating the theme first, he works the variations out beforehand and finishes with the theme itself. The songs of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov lie at the heart of the Romantic Russian art song repertoire, but in this duo recital at Wigmore Hall it was the songs of Nikolay Medtner – three of which were framed by sequences by the great Russian masters – which proved most compelling and intriguing.


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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. With first-rate sound and balance throug However, Dowland’s original theme breaks off at the end of its first part, as the harmonies of the song begin to generate Britten ‘s variations.

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It is once again to the theme and variations form that Britten turns, for he could work within this framework with great fluency. Don’t show me this message again. Lachrymar was an almost overwhelmingly intense rendering, both soloists — tenor John Mark Ainsley and horn player Richard Watkins — performing from memory.

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We hope you loved your time with us discovering Britten’… https: Load More… Follow on Instagram. Claire Seymour Sandrine Piau: Britten ‘s variations throughout the piece tend to be concise: Fragments of the melody are also heard, though Britten ‘s concern with the harmonies leads him recreate something like Dowland’s sensitivity to harmonic progression and devices in twentieth-century terms.

The Art of the Viola. Explore more Bridge and Britten. And briten they come. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Also written in Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge. The site is also available in several languages. Lachrymae, Op 48a composer.

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In that sense Lachrymaeas well as being a profoundly emotional utterance, becomes a masterly reinterpretation of a very familiar form. Stanford’s The Travelling Companion: Fairy-tales work on multiple levels, they tell delightful yet moral stories, but they also enable us to examine deeper issues. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The sudden outburst from the piano in left hand octaves which begins the sixth reflection Appassionato is proof positive of brittten, as is the eerie sound of the cold right hand of the piano slowly chiming with the harmonics of the viola in the tenth reflection, marked Lento.


Britten ‘s title for this composition reflects the general classical listening audience’s image of Dowland by lachry,ae title, which means “Tears. Hen harrier c Graham Catley, whose rather wonderful blog Pewit can be found here. Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

However the one readily available version, part of a disc from Krzysztof Chorzelski and Katya Apekisheva that includes works for viola and piano by Schumann and Shostakovich, is a passionate performance.