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Letters to Lindbergh

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Since he has a gift for memorable, quintessentially English melody and an instinctive lyric responsiveness to English poetry, Bennett has been able to produce a distinctive, highly attractive and varied and consistently imaginative body of choral work over a period of almost 50 years. Moreover his extensive knowledge of English lyric poetry has enabled Bennett to choose a wide and often fascinating range of texts for appropriate setting. Renowned for his practicality and ability to adapt to any level or idiom, Bennett has been able to produce many works for children and young performers, as the works on this disc eloquently demonstrate. Though they encompass a wide range of texts and approaches, they are all marked by perfect adaptation of words to music, an attractive melodic appeal, wit, humour, pathos and notable economy of means.

One of Bennett’s most immediately attractive works in this vein is Letters to Lindbergh, composed in 1982 as a cantata for high voices and piano duet. The poems by Martin Hall quote whimsically from a selection of the many letters supposed to have been received by the first solo Atlantic aviator, Charles Lindbergh, during his non-stop solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927. His correspondents include Scott of the Antarctic, the rusting hulk of the Titanic and the Walt Disney cartoon dog, Pluto.

from notes by Malcolm MacDonald © 2012


Bennett (RR): Letters to Lindbergh & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD325Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: Prelude
No 2: The letter from Scott of the Antarctic  Dear Sir, I write to you this day
Track 2 on SIGCD325 [5'04] Download only
No 3: The letter from the Titanic  My dear Mr Lindbergh, I just had to write
Track 3 on SIGCD325 [4'21] Download only
No 4: The letter from Pluto  Well, old pal, it looks like you're in heaven!
Track 4 on SIGCD325 [3'01] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD325 track 2

The letter from Scott of the Antarctic
Recording date
29 April 2012
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Recording producer
Alexander Van Ingen
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Richard Bland
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  1. Bennett (RR): Letters to Lindbergh & other choral works (SIGCD325)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: March 2013
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