Breathtaking virtuosity flows seamlessly with expansive lyrical passages and fiendish passagework in this commanding performance by Arabella Steinbacher of the restless and technically demanding violin concertos of Britten and Hindemith in this new release from PENTATONE, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
Glyndebourne has a proud association with the operas of Benjamin Britten, however until 2010 had never staged Billy Budd. The all-male opera with a libretto co-written by E.M. Forster, is based on the battle between pure good and blind evil, and is set on a British man-‘o-war ship. Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, chose this work to make his long-awaited operatic debut. Sir Mark Elder returned to conduct, marking the 100th opera production in his illustrious career.
Formed by members of the Britten Sinfonia, the Britten Oboe Quartet makes its debut on disc with a collection dedicated to the memory of Janet Craxton, who died in 1981, at the age of 52. She was a prominent figure in British contemporary music in the 60s and 70s and one of the founding members of the London Sinfonietta. She was also a distinguished teacher whose pupils included the quartet’s oboist, Nicholas Daniel.
David Britten - Whale Song (1997). Since time eternal the Majesty of the Whale has fascinated and enchanted our senses with its wide range of voices and songs. Over thousands of miles of ocean these peaceful giants communicate with each other using bass notes so low that we could only feel their power as vibrations. Throught time their songs have inspired a natural musical form from which many famous composers have sought inspiration.
The musical experience on this album combines the natural Songs of the Whales, the power of the sea and the sounds of nature which blends them with specially composed music inspired by these undisputed keepers of the oceans. This tranquill musical experience will take you on untold journeys that will leave you feeling relaxed an renewed…