Sheet Music – £ – Boosey edition number: HPS In later life, however, the only piece that exists for solo viola is the beautiful Lachrymae where it is accompanied by piano. It was composed for the Scottish violist. Benjamin Britten concentrated mostly on composing works of operatic or symphonic proportion after the initial success of Peter Grimes in

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Wigmore Hall, London, Tuesday 4 December With thanks to Hyperion: Load More… Follow on Instagram. This time the subject is not Purcell, but the celebrated John Dowland song If my complaints could passions movepublished in the First Booke of Songes or Ayres in Fairy-tales work on multiple levels, they tell delightful yet moral stories, but they also enable us to examine deeper issues. Among musicians, however, Dowland has been particularly admired for his subtle command of harmony.

Although contemporary accounts show that socially he was engaging and positive nritten mood and outlook, his music is known for its sadness, particularly for sadness at rejection or inconstancy by a lovely lady. While working on Billy BuddBritten returned to his first instrument.

My last visit of the year to Wigmore Hall also proved to be one of the best of Britten himself was only 26 at the time of composition, but it is clear that he already had an ear lachryame French idioms and rhythm. Sexy Trippy All Moods.

In later life, however, the only piece that exists for solo viola is the beautiful Lachrymae where it is accompanied by piano. Hen harrier c Lachryame Catley, whose rather wonderful blog Pewit can be found here Lachrymae: Also written in In the last year of his life Brittenthough seriously ill, kept a promise made to Cecil Aronowitz lschrymae, the long-time violist of the English Chamber Orchestra and close friend, and wrote a version of Lachrymae with an outstanding arrangement for string orchestra accompaniment.

Opera Today : Britten’s Lachrymae at Wigmore Hall

Twenty-five years later, in the last ladhrymae of his life, Britten orchestrated the piano part for strings to create a concertante piece, Op 48a, for Cecil Aronowitz, another distinguished violist and close professional colleague. Stravinsky and Berio Were there any justice in this fallen world, serial Stravinsky — not to mention Webern birtten would be played on every street corner, or at least in every concert hall.


Fittingly, for the work received its world premiere in the Wigmore Hall inthe concert concluded with the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. This site uses cookies. There is no rose: It is once again to lachryjae theme and variations form that Britten turns, for he could work within this framework with great fluency. Dowland – was one of the great composers of lute songs.

The Tallis Scholars Hodie Christus natus est. During the brittfn four years, there have been many musical and artistic centenary commemorations of the terrible human tragedies, lwchrymae and utter madness of the First World War, but there can have been few that have evoked the turbulence and trauma of war – both past and present, in the abstract and in the particular – with such terrifying emotional intensity as this recital by Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano at the Barbican Hall. The story goes that Britten promised Primrose a new piece, partly to persuade the player to perform at the Aldeburgh Festival, brltten all about it then composed it overnight following a telephone reminder from Primrose.

The Nash Ensemble strings were superb throughout, and Brabbins tempi were unfailingly well-judged. Twitter Thank you to everyone who visited The Red House this year.

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Britten also refers to a second Dowland song, Flow my tearsin the course of the piece. The sudden outburst from the piano in left hand octaves which begins the sixth reflection Appassionato is proof positive of this, as is the eerie sound of the cold right hand of the piano slowly chiming with the harmonics of the viola in the tenth reflection, marked Lento.

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The site is also available in several languages. However, Dowland’s original theme breaks off at the end of its first part, as the harmonies of the song begin to generate Britten ‘s variations.

Reflections on a song of John Dowland op. Other recordings available for download.


This was an almost overwhelmingly intense rendering, both soloists — tenor John Mark Ainsley and horn player Richard Watkins — performing from memory. No year goes by without multiple opportunities to see it; few years now go by without my taking at least one of those opportunities. Lachryae to a friend Send a link to this article to a friend with an optional message.

Sonoro at Kings Place The initial appeal of this festive programme by the chamber choir, Sonorowas the array of unfamiliar names nestled alongside titles of familiar favourites from the carol repertoire.

From the shadowy opening of the Lento, with its muffled tremolos and muted una corda playing, the piece built in intensity. Explore more Bridge and Britten.

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In either version, Lachrymae is one of the outstanding viola compositions of Britten ‘s century. Listening to Britten — Lachrymae, Op. Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods briten the twelfth century to the twenty-first. Lachrymae, Op 48a composer. However the one readily available version, part of a disc from Krzysztof Chorzelski and Katya Apekisheva that includes works for viola and piano by Schumann and Shostakovich, is lachrmyae passionate performance.

Benjamin Britten – Lachrymae

If I were to admit to one small misgiving it would be that the Epilogue, delivered by Watkins from the gallery at the back of the Hall, seemed to have too much presence, too much solidity. Fragments of the melody are also heard, though Britten ‘s concern with the harmonies leads him recreate something like Dowland’s sensitivity to harmonic progression and devices in twentieth-century terms. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.

Don’t show me this message again. Spotify The viola and piano original of Lachrymae can be found on this album of 20th century works for viola and pianoperformed by Milhail Sarbu and James Creitz.