Britten: Still Falls The Rain / Phan

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2258
Format: CD

Nicholas Phan, tenor with Myra Huang, piano; Jennifer Montone, horn; Sivan Magen, harp; Alan Cumming, narrator

Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
The Heart of the Matter (rev. P. Pears 1983)
Prologue
Reading "The earth of my heart..."
Fanfare
Reading "In the hour when the Sapphire..."
Song
Reading "In such a heat of the earth...
Canticle III - Still Falls the Rain
Reading "I see Christ's wounds weep...
Epilogue
8 Folksong Arrangements for Tenor and Harp
Canticle V - The Death of St. Narcissus
A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92




Winter Words, last year’s solo debut album by American tenor Nicholas Phan, was one of the most lauded releases of the year. Phan (pronounced not final cover art pahn) follows up with Still Falls the Rain, another intelligently devised album of Britten’s songs, this time focusing on works inspired by the composer’s key collaborators including horn player Dennis Brain, harpist Osian Ellis and poet Edith Sitwell. As with Winter Words (AV 2238), Phan successfully intersperses great song cycles with popular folk song arrangements. The rarely recorded The Heart of the Matter includes the narration of Sitwell’s poems by Scottish actor Alan Cumming.

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