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Let Beauty Awake

Composer Benjamin Britten
Rebecca Clarke
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer Bengt Forsberg
Ellen Nisbeth
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2182 SACD
EAN 7318599921822
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jul 2017
Total time 80'18

English viola music
The Strad Recommends, October 2017
Recording of the month, MusicWeb International

Despite her youth, Ellen Nisbeth has received acclaim both in her native Sweden and abroad and is one of the Rising Stars selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2017/2018 season. A former student of London's Royal College of Music, she hails from a family of Scottish origin and feels a particular affinity for the landscapes of Scotland, and for the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson.&&&

For her first recital disc Ellen Nisbeth has devised an all-British programme which includes her own transcriptions of selected songs from Songs of Travel – Ralph Vaughan Williams's settings of poems by Stevenson. The songs intersperse the remainder of the programme, and one of them – Let Beauty Awake – has also lent its title to the entire disc. Together with the eminent pianist and chamber musician Bengt Forsberg, Nisbeth goes on to perform the impassioned Viola Sonata composed in 1919 by Rebecca Clarke – a well-known piece among viola-players, but deserving of a wider audience.

The centrepiece of this amply filled disc is Benjamin Britten’s Third Suite for Cello, transcribed for viola by Ellen Nisbeth herself – composed for Mstislav Rostropovich, the suite is based on Russian themes which Britten only presents in full towards the end of the substantial work. The same method is used in Lachrymae, here in the original version for viola and piano, where John Dowland’s song If my complaints could passions move is presented in full at the very end of the piece.
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  Ralph Vaughan Williams
  from Songs of Travel 12'48
01 The Vagabond. Allegro moderato (alla marcia) 3'01
  Ralph Vaughan Williams
  Romance for Viola and Piano
02 Romance for viola and piano 6'29
  Ralph Vaughan Williams
  from Songs of Travel 12'48
03 Let Beauty Awake. Moderato 1'47
  Rebecca Clarke
  Sonata for Viola and Piano 23'24
04 I. Impetuoso 8'10
05 II. Vivace 3'39
06 III. Adagio - Agitato 11'35
  Ralph Vaughan Williams
  from Songs of Travel 12'48
07 The Roadside Fire. Allegretto 2'02
  Benjamin Britten
  Third Suite for Cello (transcribed for viola) 21'54
08 I. Introduzione. Lento 2'30
09 II. Marcia. Allegro 1'39
10 III. Canto. Con moto 1'22
11 IV. Barcarola. Lento 1'44
12 V. Dialogo. Allegretto 1'40
13 VI. Fuga. Andante espressivo 2'32
14 VII. Recitativo. Fantastico 1'20
15 VIII. Moto perpetuo. Presto 0'52
16 IX. Passacaglia - Mournful Song - Autumn - Street Song - Grant Repose together with the Saints 8'15
  Ralph Vaughan Williams
  from Songs of Travel 12'48
17 Youth and Love. Andante sostenuto 3'28
  Benjamin Britten
18 Lachrymae, Op.48, for viola and piano 13'55
  Ralph Vaughan Williams
  from Songs of Travel 12'48
19 The Infinite Shining Heavens. Andante sostenuto 2'30
  Album total 80'18
ComposerBritten, Benjamin
Clarke, Rebecca
Vaughan Williams, Ralph
ViolaNisbeth, Ellen
PianoForsberg, Bengt

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