Peter Pears – The Decca Premieres


Peter Pears – The Decca Premieres
Peter Pears
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4805055
Barcode
00028948050550
Format
1-CD
About
TRACK LISTING / ARTISTS

BRITTEN
1-8 Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
Dennis Brain, horn
Boyd Neel Orchestra
Benjamin Britten

Folksong Settings:
The Salley Gardens
Little Sir William; Oliver Cromwell
The Ash Grove
The Bonny; Earl O’Moray
Heigh ho! Heigh hi!
Sweet Polly Oliver
There’s none to soothe
Benjamin Britten, piano

Folksong Settings (bonus)
16 La belle est au jardin d’amour
17 Le roi s’en va-t’en chasse
18 Voici le printemps
19 La fileuse
20 Quand j’étais chez mon père
Sophie Wyss, soprano
Benjamin Britten, piano

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
On Wenlock Edge
Zorian String Quartet
Benjamin Britten,
piano

WARLOCK
22 Corpus Christi
Ann Wood, contralto
BBC Chorus
Leslie Woodgate

Peter Pears, tenor

Recording information

Recordings: Thames Street Studios, London, 24 June 1936 (Corpus Christi); Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, 26 May 1943 (Britten: French folksong settings), 4 January 1944 (The Salley Gardens, Little Sir William, Oliver Cromwell), 25 May & 8 October 1944 (Serenade), 18 June 1945 (The Bonny Earl O’Moray, Heigh ho! Heigh hi!), 2-3 July 1945 (On Wenlock Edge), 15 January 1946 (Sweet Polly Oliver, There’s none to soothe)

Reviews

‘a most lovely piece of singing … ‘[his] clear diction and sense of word values ensures that justice is done to both poetry and music’ (Vaughan Williams) Gramophone

‘[it] is performed by them with a perfection that must have made the composer feel that his every intention has been realised. Dennis Brain’s tone is ravishingly beautiful, and – one out of many points of superb technical skill – the way he plays the high note near the end of the Prologue and Epilogue leaves one speechless with admiration’ … ‘Dennis Brain – well, he was incomparable, that’s all’ (Britten: Serenade) Gramophone