Aldeburgh Festival, 1953

Aldeburgh Festival, 1953
Various vocal soloists; Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra - Benjamin Britten, cond.; Aldeburgh Festival Choir and Orchestra - Imogen Holst, cond.
Decca LXT 2798 [LP, mono, Europe]
London LL 808 [LP, mono, USA]

Contents:

    Byrd: Variations on an Elizabethan theme: "Sellenger's round"
  1. Theme

  2. Oldham: Variations on an Elizabethan theme: "Sellenger's round"
  3. Variation I - Allegro non troppo

  4. Tippett: Variations on an Elizabethan theme: "Sellenger's round"
  5. Variation II - Lament

  6. Berkeley: Variations on an Elizabethan theme: "Sellenger's round"
  7. Variation III - Andante

  8. Britten: Variations on an Elizabethan theme: "Sellenger's round"
  9. Variation IV - Quick and gay

  10. Searle: Variations on an Elizabethan theme: "Sellenger's round"
  11. Variation V - Nocturne

  12. Walton: Variations on an Elizabethan theme: "Sellenger's round"
  13. Variation VI - Finale

  14. ----
    Thomas Arne: Alfred (masque)
  15. Ode in honor of Great Britain: "Rule Britannia"

  16. Henry Purcell
  17. Verse anthem: "O Lord, grant the Queen a long life"

  18. Thomas Arne: The Fairy Prince (masque)
  19. Duet for two sopranos: "Now all the air shall ring"

Performers:
[1]-[6] Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra - Benjamin Britten, dir.
[7] Peter Pears (tenor), Aldeburgh Festival Choir and Orchestra - Imogen Holst, dir.
[8] Alfred Deller (counter-tenor), Peter Pears (tenor), Norman Lumsden (bass), Aldeburgh Festival Choir and Orchestra - Imogen Holst, dir.
[9] Arda Mandikian (soprano), Gladys Whitred (soprano), Aldeburgh Festival Choir and Orchestra - Imogen Holst, dir.

Recording site and date:
Aldeburgh [06/1953];
Rel.: 1953

Reviewed in:
Gramophone (Vol./#-p.): 31/365-154 (Oct 1953)

Comments:
Information from LP.
Recorded at the festival's opening concert, June 20, 1953.

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Pierre-F. Roberge