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Britten: Spring Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem, The Young Person's Guid – LSO Live

Britten: Spring Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

  • Catalogue Number LSO0830
    UPC 0822231183020

    Released 19 April 2024

    Andrew Cornall & Jonathan Stokes

    Classic Sound Ltd

    September 2018 (Spring Symphony), May 2019 (Sinfonia da Requiem), May 2021 (The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra) in the Barbican Hall, London

    1 SACD hybrid disc in a jewel case
    Booklet in English, French & German

    Compatible with all CD players

  • ‘Britten’s orchestration is wonderfully inventive and the LSO brings out all the colour and illustrative detail in an ideal fashion.’
    — Music Web International

    ‘Rattle, the LSO, and their terrific singers give about as effective an account as one could ask. All of the delicate little sensations of text and setting come through. A feast for the ears.’
    — Classical Candor

    ‘These performances, captured live at Barbican Hall in London, reveal an orchestra and conductor well acquainted with this music that nonetheless still inject within it a sense of occasion and discovery.’
    — Classical Music Sentinel

    Performance ★★★★★ Sonics ★★★★ 1⁄2
    — HR Audio.net

    Performance ★★★★★ Recording ★★★★★
    — BBC Music Magazine


Sir Simon Rattle

London Symphony Orchestra 

Celebrating the work of Benjamin Britten, this album combines three of the composer’s enduringly popular, yet vastly distinctive works. Sir Simon Rattle leads us on an unexpected journey through this diverse collection of masterpieces.

Written shortly after the outbreak of World War II, Sinfonia da Requiem meditates in part on the political populism which had, for the second time in just a few decades, plunged the world in to an existential crisis. In this piece, Britten’s rich, yearning harmonies reveal a sombre and dramatic warning of the cost of conflict.

From the darkness of war, we move towards the light with Britten’s choral Spring Symphony. With its mysterious reimagining of traditional English folk song and verse, the work depicts the gradual reawakening of the natural world when winter ebbs away, and spring begins to triumph.

Britten let his imagination catch fire in The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. This brilliantly original showpiece is one of the composer’s best-known pieces, and draws the album to a close.

Benjamin Britten
Sir Simon Rattle
London Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Alice Coote (mezzo-soparano), Allan Clayton (tenor), London Symphony Chorus, Tiffin Boys’ Choir, Tiffin Children’s Chorus, The Tiffin Girls’ School Choir

Track list

Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20

  1. I. Lacrymosa. Andante ben misurato
  2. II. Dies irae. Allegro con fuoco – Alla marcia
  3. III. Requiem aeternam. Andante molto tranquillo

Spring Symphony, Op. 44

  1. Part I. Introduction. Shine out (chorus)
  2. Part I. The Merry Cuckoo (tenor)
  3. Part I. Spring, the Sweet Spring (soprano, alto, tenor, chorus)
  4. Part I. The Driving Boy (soprano, children’s chorus)
  5. Part I. The Morning Star (chorus)
  6. Part II. Welcome, Maids of Honour (alto)
  7. Part II. Waters above (tenor)
  8. Part II. Out on the Lawn I lie in Bed (alto, chorus)
  9. Part III. When will my May come (tenor)
  10. Part III. Fair and Fair (soprano, tenor)
  11. Part III. Sound the Flute (chorus, children’s chorus)
  12. Part IV. Finale. London, to Thee I do Present (soprano, alto, tenor, chorus, children’s chorus)

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

  1. I. Theme. Allegro maestoso e largamente
  2. II. Variations A-D, Woodwinds. Presto – Lento – Moderato – Allegro alla marcia
  3. III. Variations E-H, Strings. Brillante, alla polacca – Meno mosso – Cominciando lento ma poco a poco accelerando
  4. IV. Variation I, Harp. Maestoso
  5. V. Variations J-L, Brass. L’istesso tempo – Vivace – Allegro pomposo
  6. VI. Variation M, Percussion. Moderato
  7. VII. Fugue. Allegro molto - Animato

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