De Banfield: Lord Byron’s Love Letter

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COMPOSERS: Berg,De Banfield
LABELS: Naxos
WORKS: De Banfield: Lord Byron’s Love Letter; Berg: Wozzeck, Op. 7 (excerpts)
PERFORMER: Varnay, Ribla, Carruba, Carlin; Academy SO of Rome/Rescigno
CATALOGUE NO: 8.111362 (1958/47)

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1950s rarity (on a libretto by Tennessee Williams), provides a vehicle for sopranos Astrid Varnay and Gertrude Ribla – who’s also impressive in a pioneering recording of excerpts from Berg’s Wozzeck. Anthony Burton