Britten/Delius/Vaughan Williams

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3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0

COMPOSERS: Britten/Delius/Vaughan Williams
LABELS: DG Classikon
WORKS: Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings; Two Pieces for Small Orchestra; The Lark Ascending; Fantasia on Greensleeves
PERFORMER: Robert Tear (tenor), Dale Clevenger (horn), Pinchas Zukerman (violin)Chicago SO/Carlo Maria Giulini; ECO/Daniel Barenboim
CATALOGUE NO: 439 464-2 ADD (1979/75)
Only last year I reviewed over half the contents of this CD (on DG Galleria 439 529-2), giving a three-star rating to the RVW and Delius readings. Why another incarnation so soon? The only new item here is Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings. Although it does not quite match the subtlety and eloquence of the classic Decca recording with Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell and Britten conducting, this is nevertheless a worthy contender. Robert Tear, showing a strong expressive range (his ‘Dirge’ is particularly chilling), is splendidly supported by Giulini and Clevenger. Ian Lace