Stravinsky, Britten

COMPOSERS: Britten,Stravinsky
LABELS: Naxos
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: 20th-Century String Music
WORKS: Concerto in D; Simple Symphony
PERFORMER: Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Richard Studt
CATALOGUE NO: 8.55079 DDD
In expanding its admirable catalogue Naxos seems to have missed the economic point here. Why cut off such a compilation at less than an hour? But what is offered comes with flair. Bartók’s Divertimento shows how brilliantly Bournemouth’s strings can respond to a gifted conductor. Through all four works the technical recording excites with an almost tactile impact of bow on string. Arthur Jacobs

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