Birthday Hansel, A


by Benjamin Britten

Song-cycle for high voice and harp
Burns R (Author)
Countertenor, Tenor
Robert Burns

Written at the special wish of Her Majesty the Queen for her mother's 75th birthday, 4 August 1975

First Performance
1st public perf: 9.1.76, Schloss Elmau, Germany: Peter Pears/Osian Ellis

Score 0-571-50537-6 on sale

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'A Birthday Hansel' reviews

'...perfectly measured to Pear's voice...The Scottish traits in the work are indeed pervasive. Gaelic humour is firmly underlines in the two comic songs and 'Leezie Lindsay;, the finale, goes with something of a highland fling. But the pick of the bunch is the least Scots number, 'Afton Water', for its simple melodic charm. Each song, however, and each linking harp interlude has its touches of mastery.' The Daily Telegrpah, 20 March 1976 Read more

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