My Beloved is Mine
Song cycles by Benjamin Britten
Britten wrote his setting of John Donne’s Holy Sonnets in 1945 and the composer himself attributed the dark, despairing mood of the songs to a visit to the Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Violinist Yehudi Menuhin and Britten had played for survivors during a ten-day tour of Germany.
This performance of the songs from tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook was given five stars in the November issue of BBC Music Magazine. Our critic David Nice says: ‘Gilchrist is as agile as his pianist and evidently attuned to the importance of her role… the mystic union of ground-bass piano with confident vocal line in ‘Death be not proud’ set this interpretation on a footing with that of tenor Peter Pears and Britten’
My Beloved is Mine: Song Cycles by Benjamin Britten
On This Island, Op. 11
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22
James Gilchrist (tenor), Anna Tilbrook (piano)
Linn CKD 404 62:16 mins
Audio clip: from The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, 'Death, be not proud'