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06 October 2017
"The horn is then also the connecting instrument to the other titles of the recording."Operalounge, 21-2-2019
Benjamin Britten is one most important British composers from the second half of the twentieth century. Remarkably, he focused on opera, a dying genre, at least in its current form. Britten's contributions however, among which Peter Grimes, The Rape of Lucretia, Gloriana, The Turn of the Screw, and Death in Venice, managed to remain core repertoire for opera companies to this day. Many of these productions included a role for his artistic partner and life companion Peter Pears. Britten also wrote a number of lieder for this tenor, among which his Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra. Yet, Britten excelled in many more genres. He wasn't even 20 years old when he composed his brilliant Phantasy for hobo quartet and his friendship with the legendary cellist Rostropovich led to a Cello sonata, three Suites for cello solo and a Symphony for Cello and orchestra in the 1960s.
Britten never became Master of the Queen's Music, yet he surely had feeling for public sentiments. For example, as a pacifist, he taught his people about world peace through his War Requiem from 1962. Britten was an excellent interpreter of his own work, just like Bartók and Stravinsky. Many of his recordings have been matched, but never exceeded.
The horn is then also the connecting instrument to the other titles of the recording.
The fact that this CD is a matter of the heart of the three musicians cannot be overheard ... and the expectations ... are certainly fully fulfilled.
DAS ORCHESTER, 07-9-2018
Tenor, horn and piano - that was a combination that was made for the Romantics!...a small but attractive selection.
...the works are more than just curiosities with horn, the sound of this "heavy" wind instrument provides an exciting grounding, all the more because here everything sounds all of a piece.
Fono Forum, 23-4-2018
Prégardien, the horn player Olivier Darbellay and the pianist Michael Gees manage this difficult balance excellently.
Darbellay emphatically comes forward. The horn player sings a full-fledged song. I do not think that is a crazy choice. It gives an enormous power of expression. This without the horn dominating. Both Gees on the piano and tenor Prégardien offer more than enough counterweight.
Ivan Fischer, Christoph Prégardien, Kuijken Piano Quartet, Marc Albrecht
Classic Voice, 02-1-2018
Prégardien sings these songs with an unfailing, subtle sense of the meaning of each word. His bright, exceptionally beautiful and expressive tenor comes into its own in this anthology.