Britten - Sinfonia da Requiem, Violin Concerto, Young Personís Guide | Barbirolli Society SJB1104

Britten - Sinfonia da Requiem, Violin Concerto, Young Personís Guide

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Label: Barbirolli Society

Cat No: SJB1104

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 14th May 2021

Contents

Artists

Ralph Holmes (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Halle Orchestra

Conductor

John Barbirolli

Works

Britten, Benjamin

Sinfonia da Requiem, op.20
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34
Violin Concerto in D minor, op.15

Artists

Ralph Holmes (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Halle Orchestra

Conductor

John Barbirolli

About

When war in Europe erupted in September 1939, Barbirolli was not the only notable British musician then resident in the United States. The 26-year-old Benjamin Britten was living in New York. Then in 1942 Britten returned to England, but the three years he spent in America had proved greatly significant for the brilliant young composer. During that time, Britten had received a number of important commissions and had enjoyed notable premieres, including those of the first two works in our collection Ė Sinfonia da Requiem and the Violin Concerto Ė which were first performed by the New York Philharmonic under John Barbirolli.

Brittenís Violin Concerto was premiered on 29 March 1940. Praise is certainly due to Barbirolli for accepting this masterly score for performance; it had been turned down by Serge Koussevitsky in Boston and Eugene Goossens in Cincinnati. Thirty years later, at the Royal Festival Hall in London, the conductorís command of the score remained absolute. This Ďliveí recording features the soloist Ralph Holmes who plays the final 1958 edition of the solo part. In the final moments, one can just make out Barbirolli saying quietly to his soloist, Ďbravoí.

Barbirolliís acceptance of the Violin Concerto, and the care he had taken over the premiere, led Britten to ask him to consider giving the first performance of the Sinfonia da Requiem in 1941, with the New York Philharmonic. The work so impressed Barbirolli that the Sinfonia da Requiem was the one work of Britten that he conducted more than any other. For Barbirolli, the Sinfonia da Requiem was truly Ďhisí work. The powerful performance on this CD is from the 1967 Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Our collection is completed with The Young Personís Guide to the Orchestra, subtitled Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell. It was conceived in 1945 to form the major part of an educational film about the instruments of the modern symphony orchestra, yet Brittenís complete finished score is also a continuous original composition, fulfilling the original purpose as well as forming a separate concert work. The Young Personís Guide inhabits the opposite emotional tenor from the Violin Concerto and the Sinfonia da Requiem: pleasant, outward-looking, educational, enjoyable and profoundly musical: a guide to the orchestra for listeners of all ages, as we hear in Barbirolliís affectionate account of this quite masterly score. This recording with the Hallť Orchestra is from 1967.

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