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Work: On this Island for soprano or tenor and piano, Op.11

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ComposerBritten, Benjamin (1913-1976)
Period20th century
Year1937
Work typeVocal
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OxfordOxford Lieder / Song at Wolfson: Anna Cavaliero & Sholto Kynoch

Oxford Lieder / Song at Wolfson: Anna Cavaliero & Sholto Kynoch
Britten, Korngold, Poulenc, Bartók, Walton
Anna Cavaliero; Sholto Kynoch

LondonAnna Caterina Antonacci, Donald Sulzen

Respighi, Boulanger, Britten, Poulenc
Anna Caterina Antonacci; Donald Sulzen
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Superb Britten Gala opens Wigmore season

Louise Alder © Gerard Collett
I wanted to hear more from Louise Alder, but that was true of each of the four singers.
*****
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Sumptuous Strauss from Louise Alder

Louise Alder © Gerard Collett
We anticipated a Ukrainian barihunk singing Tchaikovsky, but ended up with an English rose singing Strauss.
****1
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Boy Donne good: Toby Spence at Snape Maltings

Julian Milford and Toby Spence © Sam Murray-Sutton
Spence sounds confident in an evening of Tippett and Britten at Snape, culminating in a spinetingling account of John Donne's Holy Sonnet X
***11
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Lammermuir Festival: Literary Britten

Haddington’s 1815 Holy Trinity Church stands on the site of a thirteenth-century Franciscan friary. It is set back on the deceptively narrow Church Street which terminates at the Nungate Bridge, as did the dangling lives of many criminals in bygone eras. This elegantly simply venue housed an imaginative centenary celebration programme entitled “Literary Britten”.
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Louise Kemeny and Rupert Compston

Recital of songs/ arias by Britten/ Bellini/ Donizetti/ Schubert/ DebussyLouise Kemeny brings a level of intellect and thoughtfulness to sung texts which is probably unique among young singers. She has to her name both a Masters degree in renaissance literature, and a scholarly article about newly-installed Oxford Poetry Professor Geoffrey Hill.