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Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49
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'Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano' (CDH55154)
Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano
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No 1: Pan, who played upon the reed pipe which was Syrinx, his beloved
Track 6 on CDH55154 [1'54] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
No 2: Phaeton, who made upon the chariot of the sun for one day and was hurled into the river Padus by a thunderbolt
Track 7 on CDH55154 [1'29] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
No 3: Niobe, who, lamenting the death of her fourteen children, was turned into a mountain
Track 8 on CDH55154 [2'12] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
No 4: Bacchus, at whose feast is heard the noise of gaggling women's tattling tongues and shouting out of boys
Track 9 on CDH55154 [1'57] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
No 5: Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image and became a flower
Track 10 on CDH55154 [2'20] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
No 6: Arethusa, who, flying from the love of Alpheus the river god, was turned into a fountain
Track 11 on CDH55154 [2'39] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service

Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49
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A gap of fifteen years separates the somewhat experimental exuberance of Temporal Variations from the assured mastery of the Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, written for performance by Joy Boughton on the Meare at Thorpeness on 14 June 1951 during the Fourth Aldeburgh Festival. Like pieces of statuary in some classically conceived garden, these perfect miniatures catch the spirit of ancient Greece with playfulness, humour, compassion and tenderness. The sly languor of Pan, the ill-advised daring of Phaeton, the sad immobility of Niobe, the tipsy revelries of Bacchus and his troop of boys, Narcissus contemplating his own image, the tumbling fountain of Arethusa—all are caught in a perfectly conceived outdoor music that must have yielded pure enchantment at its first performance over the waters on that June afternoon.

from notes by Eric Roseberry © 1995

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Details for CDH55154 track 7
Phaeton, who made upon the chariot of the sun for one day and was hurled into the river Padus by a thunderbolt
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ISRC
GB-AJY-95-77607
Duration
1'29
Recording date
23 June 1995
Recording venue
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano (CDA66776)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: October 1995
    Deletion date: July 2003
    Superseded by CDH55154
  2. Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano (CDH55154)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: July 2003
    Deletion date: March 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
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