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Track(s) taken from CKD404
Recording details: March 2011
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 2012
Total duration: 7 minutes 30 seconds

'An honesty put to the test by the exposed acoustic and a fine artistic imagination are held in a near-perfect equilibrium' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Gilchrist's rather English sound fits music that was conceived for Pears's equally English style very well, whether in the unbuttoned declarations of love of the Michelangelo songs, or the much darker introspection of the Donne Sonnets' (The Guardian)

'Gilchrist sings wonderfully while pianist Tilbrook is with him every step of the way … this is a terrific production from Linn' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

Canticle I 'My beloved is mine and I am his', Op 40
First line:
Ev'n like two little bank divided brooks
composer
1947; for the memorial service for Dick Sheppard
author of text
A Divine Rapture, quoting from The Song of Songs

Other recordings available for download
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Britten’s five Canticles were composed across a period of some twenty-five years and each is concerned, to a varying extent, with religious themes. Their extended, multi-sectional form derives from the dramatic songs and Divine Hymns of Purcell, many realizations of which Britten had made before writing his first Canticle, 'My beloved is mine', in September 1947. It is a setting of a text by Francis Quarles, characteristic of much mystical poetry since The Song of Songs in its quasi-erotic imagery, which is beautifully caught in Britten’s cantata-like setting – a sequence of barcarolle, recitative, scherzo and lento coda. Writing in 1952, Peter Pears was of the opinion that Canticle I was ‘Britten’s finest piece of vocal music to date’ and it still compares well with almost anything he wrote later. Much of its quality derives from the expressive and sometimes highly melismatic freedom of vocal writing.

from notes by John Evans © 1986


Other albums featuring this work
'Britten: The Five Canticles' (CDH55244)
Britten: The Five Canticles
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55244  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets & Winter Words' (CDH55067)
Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets & Winter Words
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55067  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  

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