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Duilio Meucci & Marcello Nardis - Britten: Complete Music with Guitar & Voice (2021) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

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Duilio Meucci & Marcello Nardis - Britten: Complete Music with Guitar & Voice (2021) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

Duilio Meucci & Marcello Nardis - Britten: Complete Music with Guitar & Voice (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 57:43 minutes | 554 MB
Classical, Vocal | Label: Brilliant Classics, Official Digital Download

The guitar music of eminent 20th-century British composer Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) comprises three works, all of them written with the great guitarist Julian Bream in mind. Two of these are sets of songs for high voice, for which Britten’s vocal model was of course the famous English tenor – and Britten’s long-time personal and professional partner – Peter Pears.

The “Songs from the Chinese”, a cycle of six songs on poems translated from the original Chinese by Arthur Waley (1889–1966), were written in 1957 and premiered the following year by the duo of Pears and Bream. By the late 50s Bream was a lutenist and guitarist of great renown and had accompanied Pears in works by Dowland and other early music of the British Isles, concerts that inspired Britten to write for the duo some music of his own. His cycle naturally invited comparison with another great set of songs from the Chinese, Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde”, and the reception at the time was favourable: “as a whole, they make a statement about life (and particularly the transience of youth and beauty) as poignant and personal as Mahler’s” (critic Jeremy Noble in Tempo,1959).

The sixth instalment of Britten’s lifelong project of folksong arrangements was published in November of 1961 in a second wave along with volumes four and five, which followed some 12 years after the first three volumes were issued in the 1940s. Volume Six contains six English folksongs and is the only one of the sets that he scored for voice and guitar. These folksong arrangements are as much a product of Britten’s admiration for Bream as are the “Songs from the Chinese”. In fact, when Pears and Bream premiered Britten’s song cycle at the Aldeburgh Festival (17 June 1958), they performed three of these folksongs on the same concert.

Britten wrote the guitar solo “Nocturnal” after John Dowland in 1963 for Bream, who premiered it the following year (12 June 1964). The nine movements of the work are a “variations & theme”, progressing opposite to the usual order of a theme and variations. The model, “Come, Heavy Sleep” from the First Book of Songs by John Dowland (1563–1626), is only revealed at the end, with the variations leading up to it hinting at the song with treatments of various thematic fragments.

Marcello Nardis and Duilio Meucci complete this album with three additional works by Dowland including the original “Come, Heavy Sleep” on which Britten based his Nocturnal, another well-known song, “Flow my tears”, and the lute solo “A Dream”.

Tracklist:
01. Britten: Folksongs Arrangements, Vol. 6: I. I Will Give My Love an Apple
02. Britten: Folksongs Arrangements, Vol. 6: II. Sailor-Boy
03. Britten: Folksongs Arrangements, Vol. 6: III. Master Kilby
04. Britten: Folksongs Arrangements, Vol. 6: IV. The Soldier and the Sailor
05. Britten: Folksongs Arrangements, Vol. 6: V. Bonny at Morn
06. Britten: Folksongs Arrangements, Vol. 6: Vi. The Shooting of His Dear
07. Dowland: The First Booke of Song of Ayres: XX. Come, Heavy Sleep
08. Britten: Nocturnal After John Dowland, Op. 70
09. Dowland: A Dream
10. Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: I. The Big Chariot
11. Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: II. The Old Lute
12. Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: III. The Autumn Wind
13. Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: IV. The Herd-Boy
14. Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: V. Depression
15. Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: VI. Dance Song
16. Dowland: The First Booke of Song of Ayres: VIII. Flow My Tears

foobar2000 1.4.1 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2021-09-21 19:30:02

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Analyzed: Duilio Meucci & Marcello Nardis / Britten: Complete Music with Guitar & Voice
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -3.70 dB -18.50 dB 1:20 01-Britten: Folksongs Arrangements, Vol. 6: I. I Will Give My Love an Apple
DR12 -1.32 dB -16.73 dB 1:56 02-Britten: Folksongs Arrangements, Vol. 6: II. Sailor-Boy
DR11 -1.70 dB -16.25 dB 1:49 03-Britten: Folksongs Arrangements, Vol. 6: III. Master Kilby
DR12 -1.56 dB -17.13 dB 2:36 04-Britten: Folksongs Arrangements, Vol. 6: IV. The Soldier and the Sailor
DR12 -0.62 dB -17.39 dB 2:43 05-Britten: Folksongs Arrangements, Vol. 6: V. Bonny at Morn
DR12 -1.88 dB -18.29 dB 2:50 06-Britten: Folksongs Arrangements, Vol. 6: Vi. The Shooting of His Dear
DR12 -1.71 dB -17.91 dB 4:53 07-Dowland: The First Booke of Song of Ayres: XX. Come, Heavy Sleep
DR16 -2.91 dB -24.73 dB 19:56 08-Britten: Nocturnal After John Dowland, Op. 70
DR13 -8.70 dB -25.17 dB 5:11 09-Dowland: A Dream
DR11 -1.00 dB -17.44 dB 1:56 10-Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: I. The Big Chariot
DR12 -0.10 dB -18.16 dB 2:46 11-Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: II. The Old Lute
DR12 -0.12 dB -16.41 dB 1:15 12-Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: III. The Autumn Wind
DR10 -2.08 dB -16.96 dB 1:23 13-Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: IV. The Herd-Boy
DR11 -2.31 dB -18.39 dB 1:33 14-Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: V. Depression
DR11 -0.54 dB -16.09 dB 1:07 15-Britten: Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58: VI. Dance Song
DR12 -2.46 dB -18.00 dB 4:28 16-Dowland: The First Booke of Song of Ayres: VIII. Flow My Tears
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Number of tracks: 16
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 48000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1417 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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