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Discussion: Britten: Frank Bridge Variations etc - Terje Tønnesen

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Post by Kal Rubinson October 7, 2013 (1 of 3)
Could be fine but I have been completely over-satiated with Simple Symphony. I used to really like it.

Post by wehecht October 9, 2013 (2 of 3)
For me Britten's music has always been as difficult to love as it is easy to admire. I've just finished my first listen through and whatever one may think of the Simple Symphony (not much in my case) the disc is excellent. The Frank Bridge Variations and Lachrymae are fine and not over recorded pieces (though surprisingly this is the 4th sacd release of the former, one would think it's a Mahler symphony), and the Elegy for Strings, written when the composer was 14 years old, is a world premiere recording. Committed playing, vivid recording.

Post by Jon Benger October 18, 2013 (3 of 3)
This is the sort of recording which reminds me how good SACD can be as a format. Even on my very modest multi-channel set up, and in less than ideal listening conditions it gives me a clear, detailed and smooth sound with a very solid sound stage and natural-sounding ambient acoustics. Like earlier posters, I have been perhaps over exposed to the Simple Symphony. The interpretation here however has a bit of dramatic "edge" to it which makes it worth listening to. The Bridge variations feel slightly more compelling than my other recording (which I think is on the same label). The new piece is the work of a young Britten (and rather obviously so when one listens), but it's a worthy addition to the collection.