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Temporal Variations
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'Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano' (CDH55154)
Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano
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Movement 1: Theme: Andante rubato
Track 12 on CDH55154 [1'26] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 2: Oration: Lento quasi recitativo
Track 13 on CDH55154 [1'39] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 3: March: Alla marcia
Track 14 on CDH55154 [1'09] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 4: Exercises: Allegro molto e fuoco
Track 15 on CDH55154 [1'03] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 5: Commination: Adagio con fuoco
Track 16 on CDH55154 [1'14] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 6: Chorale: Molto lento
Track 17 on CDH55154 [1'37] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 7: Waltz: Allegretto rubato
Track 18 on CDH55154 [1'21] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 8: Polka: Tempo di Polka – Allegro
Track 19 on CDH55154 [1'12] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 9: Resolution: Maestoso, ma non troppo lento
Track 20 on CDH55154 [1'56] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service

Temporal Variations
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Britten had already written his deft Two Insect Pieces for oboe and piano in 1935 when in the following year he returned to the medium with something more substantial. The next work to be completed after Our Hunting Fathers, the Temporal Variations are based on a lean and hungry funeral march ‘theme’ that seems unable to escape from its semitonal point of departure. The theme is as much a kind of wordless recitative as anything resembling a melody as such, and Britten exploits this loose shape in a number of free variations which ennoble or parody it according to the chosen character. In its mixture of menace and gay abandon, beauty and the grotesque, seriousness and slapstick humour we may glimpse something of the appeal which Shostakovich was to make to Britten when he encountered that composer’s music for the first time in his opera Lady Macbeth in London the following year. And if Britten steals unashamedly from Mahler, Bartók, Ravel and Schoenberg in these Variations of 1935 it is interesting that the March (III) was to provide the source for a striking bit of self-borrowing when he came to write the Marcia fourth movement of his Sonata for cello and piano in 1961. It is fascinating also to catch a glimpse in Oration (II) of the gleaming fanfare imagery of ‘Let the florid music praise’ in the forthcoming Auden cycle, On this Island, a type of imagery more thoroughly to be exploited in the cyclic process of Les Illuminations.

from notes by Eric Roseberry © 1995

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Details for CDA66776 track 19
Polka: Tempo di Polka – Allegro
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ISRC
GB-AJY-95-77619
Duration
1'12
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 19
    Release date: October 1995
    Deletion date: July 2003
    Superseded by CDH55154
  2. Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano (CDH55154)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: July 2003
    Deletion date: March 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
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