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Work: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, song cycle, Op.31

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ComposerBritten, Benjamin (1913-1976)
Period20th century
Year1943
Work typeVocal
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A dream team of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra directed by Pekka Kussisto, with Allan Clayton and Alec Frank-Gemmill astonish with two modern icons: Clyne’s Within Her Arms and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

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Round the horn with the Philharmonia

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The Philharmonia marked the start of its 75th anniversary year with an absorbing portrait of the French horn in solo and orchestral guises.

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Stephenson's Une Saison en Enfer lights up Aurora Orchestra

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Aurora Orchestra prove too muscular for accompanying voices in Wigmore Hall, but Stephenson's setting of Rimbaud's poetry is impressive.
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Themes, variations and serenades from BBC Scottish

John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Themes and Variations from Brahms and Dvořák, haunting Britten with Stuart Jackson and Alberto Menéndez Escribano, John Wilson standing in to conduct at City Halls, Glasgow. 
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“Blow, bugle, blow”: Evocative Britten

Composed for Peter Pears and Dennis Brain, Britten's Sereande for Tenor, Horn and Strings presents fearsome challenges for performers. Mark Padmore and Katy Woolley met those challenges superbly.
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