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This release by British cellist Matthew Barley serves admirably as a solo cello recording that doesn't bog down over the course of 70-plus minutes, and there's more to recommend it as well. The album consists mostly of music by Britten himself, with examinations of his influence in two different directions represented by Gavin Bryars and John Tavener. Barley picks fairly obscure works by Britten that seem to illuminate the essentially personal nature of his work. The highlight is the Third Suite for cello, Op. 87, composed ...

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  1. Suite for solo cello No. 3, Op. 87
  2. Greensleeves, folksong arrangement for high voice & piano
  3. The Salley Gardens, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. I)
  4. Tre Laude Dolce, for cello
  5. The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35: Since she whom I loved
  6. Thrinos, for cello
  7. Chant, for cello
  8. Gloriana, opera, Op. 53: Concord
  9. Improvisation for cello
  10. Oliver Cromwell, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. I)
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Around Britten
2013, Signum Classics

UPC: 635212031827


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