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Matthew Barley - Around Britten (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Matthew Barley - Around Britten (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Gavin Bryars (b1943), Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
Artist: Matthew Barley
Title: Around Britten
Genre: Classical
Label: © Signum Records
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:12:29
Recorded: Canterbury Cathedral, 30-31 July 2012


Matthew Barley adds to his reputation as one of the UK's most innovative and creative performers with the new programme and CD Around Britten – celebrating the centenary of Britten's birth with a selection of his works, including the Third Cello Suite and pieces by Sir John Tavener and Gavin Bryars. The release coincides with the start of a tour of 100 events taking Britten's music to a kaleidoscopic variety of venues around the UK, reaching a huge cross section of British society. As well as concerts in conventional concert halls, Matthew will play in galleries, a cafe, a woodland in Devon, a number of cathedrals (including Canterbury), around 12 different National Trust properties and Britten's library at the Red House in Aldeburgh. The events will be featured across the year in BBC Music Magazine, and one concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


This disc is a distillation of the pieces Matthew Barley is taking on his 100-date tour this year to celebrate Britten's 100th birthday. Although it doesn't include the pieces he has commissioned from James MacMillan and Dai Fujikura, it nevertheless centres round a single piece in the same way the concerts will—Britten's Third Cello Suite.
As always, Barley's playing is fearless. The disc is a voyage around the cello as well as around Britten, and one that never becomes relentless. In his Improvisation, there is skilfully woven reference to the profusion of styles in which he plays: Ukrainian folksong, jazz and, of course, tonal experimentation of the type that is so noticeable in the Britten suite and that plays such an important role in its final movement, the 'Kontakion' which, alongside the pieces Threnos and Chant by John Tavener, reflects on the death of close friends. There are five tracks that are Barley's own arrangements of accompanied pieces, which he multitracked at home. Particularly well chosen for this purpose, and beautiful in its execution, is the choral dance 'Concord' from Britten's opera Gloriana a movement whose need for sustained sound and line has overpowered many a choir (professional as well as amateur) and which sounds new-born here with the warmth of the cello. The high point, though, is Barley's arrangement of Britten's setting for voice and piano of John Donne's poem Since she whom I loved. Even without the words, Barley has managed to capture—and further amplify—its great sadness and isolation. --Caroline Gill, Gramophone



Tracklist:
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Cello Suite No 3 Op 87
1 Movement 1: Introduzione: Lento[2'10]
2 Movement 2: Marcia: Allegro[1'49]
3 Movement 3: Canto: Con moto[1'19]
4 Movement 4: Barcarola: Lento[1'33]
5 Movement 5: Dialogo: Allegretto[1'42]
6 Movement 6: Fuga: Andante espressivo[2'55]
7 Movement 7: Recitativo: Fantastico[1'07]
8 Movement 8: Moto perpetuo: Presto[0'57]
9 Movement 9a: Passacaglia: Lento solenne[4'25]
10 Movement 9b: Passacaglia: Mournful Song[0'33]
11 Movement 9c: Passacaglia: Autumn[0'19]
12 Movement 9d: Passacaglia: Street Song[0'26]
13 Movement 9e: Passacaglia: Depart in peace, with the saints[2'42]
Anonymous - traditional, arr. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) & Matthew Barley (b1965)
14 Greensleeves[2'06]
15 The Salley Gardens[2'33]
Gavin Bryars (b1943)
Tre Laude Dolce
16 I. [6'26]
17 II. [5'18]
18 III. [5'47]
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), arr. Matthew Barley (b1965)
19 Since she whom I love hath payd her last debt (No 6 of The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op 35)[3'28]
Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
20 Threnos[7'12]
21 Chant[4'25]
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), arr. Matthew Barley (b1965)
22 Concord (No 2 of Choral dances from Gloriana, 1954 version)[2'26]
Matthew Barley (b1965)
23 Improvisation[9'52]
Anonymous - traditional, arr. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) & Matthew Barley (b1965)
24 Oliver Cromwell[0'49]


Personnel:
Matthew Barley, cello


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