Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mark Padmore and Britten Sinfonia: Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Nocturne - Finzi: Dies Natalis

Highly acclaimed tenor Mark Padmore joins with Britten Sinfonia with the end result as some of the most awe inspiring English music for voice and orchestra. The sonic centerpiece being Britten's enlightened evocation of twilight and nightfall, the Serenade including Stephen Bell on horn. The Gerald Finzi song-cycle Dies Natalis is the embodiment of the pure joy and reflective child's wide-eyed wonder at the word. Britten's magnificent and poignant Nocturne completes a stellar program.

Padmore has more than established himself as an artist worthy of high praise his ability is a unification and what was and what will become of classical music in general. Most recently Padmore received the Gramophone Magazine 2010 "Vocal Solo Award" for his first Schubert recording with Paul Lewis: Winterreise. Padmore is far more than a lyrical interpreter but he immerses his soul within a composition with an end result that is at times intimate yet bordering on cinematic in scope. Padmore's lyrical command is renown and is perhaps at its apex with this release.

Stephen Bell has appeared as guest principle horn with many of the finest orchestras throughout Europe. A founding member of the Britten Sonfonia his own lyrical voice adds an additional lyrical sense of purpose as well as an emotive quality that meshes quite well throughout this program.

Britten Sinfonia is a pioneering ensemble. This forward thinking unit is what other classical collectives aspire to become one day. A larger sounding ensemble with the ability to harmonically adapt to new compositions while never forgetting the fundamentals roots from which their music is born.

An enchanting disc well worth one's time and space in ones personal library.