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Track(s) taken from CDA66823

This way to the tomb

First line:
The red fox, the sun, tears the throat of the evening
completed October 1945; incidental music to the 'masque and anti-masque'; first published in 1988
author of text

Ian Bostridge (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: June 1995
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1995
Total duration: 4 minutes 26 seconds

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Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)


'Bostridge is in the royal line of Britten's tenor interpreters … heard here in a veritable cornucopia of, by and large, unfamiliar, and even unknown songs … all performed with full understanding and innate beauty … thoughtfully interpreted and beautifully sung … [a] richly satisfying issue' (Gramophone)

'The advent of Ian Bostridge has been one of the most heartening occurrences in British musical life in recent years. Here is a tenor with a wonderful voice and brains and sensitivity to match' (The Sunday Telegraph)

`Here is a tenor who possesses an exceptionally sweet and beautiful voice, and a fine musician and a thinker too … inspired performances' (The Guardian)

'La voz es bella y espressiva … y el apoyo de Graham Johnson es, como siempre, magnifico' (Scherzo, Spain)
The triptych ‘Evening’, ‘Morning’ and ‘Night’ (first published in 1988) originally formed part of the incidental music Britten composed in 1945 for the Masque and Anti-Masque of This Way to the Tomb, a play by Ronald Duncan, who in the following year went on to provide the libretto for Britten’s opera The Rape of Lucretia.

from notes by Arnold Cooke © 2010

À l’origine, le triptyque «Evening», «Morning» et «Night» (paru pour la première fois en 1988) faisait partie de la musique de scène que Britten composa en 1945 pour le Masque et l’Anti-Masque de This Way to the Tomb, une pièce de Ronald Duncan—lequel lui fournira, l’année suivante, le livret de son opéra The Rape of Lucretia.

extrait des notes rédigées par Mervyn Cooke © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Das zuerst 1988 veröffentlichte Triptychon von „Evening“, „Morning“ und „Night“ gehörte ursprünglich zu der von Britten 1945 komponierten Zwischenmusik für die Masque und Anti-Masque des Theaterstücks This Way to the Tomb von Ronald Duncan, der im folgenden Jahr das Libretto für Brittens Oper The Rape of Lucretia lieferte.

aus dem Begleittext von Mervyn Cooke © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber

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