2020-10-05 01:10:30 UTC
Britten: Violin Concerto;
Double Concerto for Violin and Viola (edited by Colin Matthews);
Lachrymae ("Reflections on a Theme of Dowland") for Viola
Orchestra (first written or viola and piano)
Recorded on Hyperion, 2011, with Anthony Marwood (violin), Lawrence
Power (viola), Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
The violin concerto is a terrific work, given an excellent performance.
The other two works were new to me. According to the notes, Britten
was ambivalent about the double concerto, and it was not performed
during his litetime. But it is well worth hearing, and much of it
(when it is not indulging in semi-bombastic fanfares) seems to me
to be quite fine (especially the second-movement "Rhapsody"). Lastly,
the Lachrymae, a set of variations, much of it in Britten's
wonderfully quirky mode, was for me a great find, All recommended.