Vaughan Williams, Britten, Delius

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3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0

COMPOSERS: Britten,Delius,Vaughan Williams
LABELS: DG Classikon
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: English Music
WORKS: The Lark Ascending; Fantasia on Greensleeves; Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings; On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring; Summer Night on the River
PERFORMER: Robert Tear (tenor), Dale Clevenger (horn); Chicago SO/ Carlo Maria GiuliniPinchas Zukerman, English Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim
CATALOGUE NO: 439 464-2 ADD (1975/79)
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 Vaughan Williams and Delius readings. Why another incarnation so soon? The only new item here is Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and 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 ’ is particularly chilling), is splendidly supported by Carlo Maria Giulini and Dale Clevenger. Ian Lace