Birthday Hansel, A

(1975)

by Benjamin Britten

Description
Song-cycle for high voice and harp
Duration
17
Genres
Counter Tenor, Tenor
Text
Robert Burns
Instrumentation
Languages
English
Commission
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
Availability
Score 0571505376 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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