© 2009 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2009 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Double Concerto for Violin & Viola publisher: Oxford University Press.
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 10
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Les Illuminations
publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited. Recorded live at
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 23 April 2008.
Total playing time 70:37
Booklet text in English and German
Released March 2009
CD: Vladimir Jurowski conducts Britten
Britten Double Concerto for Violin and Viola (edited by Colin Matthews)
Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10
Britten Les Illuminations, Op. 18
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Sally Matthews soprano
Pieter Schoeman violin
Alexander Zemtsov viola
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Boris Garlitsky leader (4-24)
Giulio Plotino leader (1-3)
This live recording conducted by the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s highly acclaimed Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, brings together three of Britten’s early works. Written just before his published Opus 1, the Double Concerto for Violin and Viola was never performed during Britten’s lifetime, but already demonstrates his mature style. The memorable way that the string orchestra depicts different characteristics of Britten’s composition teacher in the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge led it to become Britten’s first popular classic. Les Illuminations sets Rimbaud’s poetry in vividly realised musical images, making it the crowning masterpiece of Britten’s early years.