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  Linn Records -
  CKD 329
  Leighton: Earth, Sweet Earth, Britten: Winter Words - Gilchrist, Tilbrook
  Leighton: Earth, Sweet Earth Op. 94, Britten: Winter Words Op. 52

James Gilchrist (tenor)
Anna Tilbrook (piano)
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  Classical - Vocal
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Review by JJ December 23, 2010 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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This recording is devoted to two great figures in 20th century British music: Benjamin Britten, so familiar to us today, and Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988), who is poorly known nowadays. The latter taught and composed, but was also a pianist. His catalog includes works of various genres, most notably pieces for organ, keyboard, and piano; concertos for cello, piano, organ, and violin; symphonies; and vocal music with orchestra, a cappella, and with piano. And that happens to be the case for the work proposed here: “Earth, sweet earth…Laudes Terrae,” a cantata for tenor and piano dating from 1986. “Winter Words” Opus 52 by Britten is a series of eight poems in which humor intertwines with a certain delicacy of hand. To our great pleasure, James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook repeat the superb success of their Ralph Vaughn-Williams album. Under their auspices, these pages take on a human dimension that is remarkable for its intensity and fervor. This SACD, in a perfect sound recording, is a must.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Benjamin Britten - Winter Words, Op. 52
Kenneth Leighton - Earth, Sweet Earth (Laudes Terrae), Op. 94