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  Britten - Amsterdam Sinfonietta
  Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Les Illuminations Op. 18, Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge Op. 10, Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (1943), Serenade Op. 31 for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Barbara Hannigan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), Jasper de Waal (Horn)
Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Candida Thompson
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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  Digital converters - Grimm Audio AD DSD converter
Pyramix / Merging Technologies
Van de Hul - exclusive use of Van de Hul 3T cables
Recorded, October 2010, October 2011, April 2012 Holland

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Review by JJ November 3, 2013 (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
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With this generous album (nearly 80 minutes) devoted to Benjamin Britten, we touch the young English composer’s creative sap, which made him of the greatest artists of the past century. The recording opens with “Illuminations” Op.18 for soprano and string orchestra, from 1939, then the celebrated score “Variations on a Them by Frank Bridge” Op.10 for string orchestra, dating from 1937. The “Seranade” Op.31 for tenor, horn and string orchestra, from 1943, once again offers the perfect example of his undeniable vocal savoir-faire. The program then concludes with “Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal” for tenor, horn, and string orchestra, again from 1943. All the artists here present are praiseworthy, as is the pure DSD sound recording, which is of great refinement, opening the acoustic space in a natural perspective, without artifice. In short, once again here is an SACD of the first order signed by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Benjamin Britten - Les Illuminations, Op. 18
Benjamin Britten - Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (1943) for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Benjamin Britten - Serenade For Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31
Benjamin Britten - Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10