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Benjamin Britten’s

Song Catalogue

The Red Cockatoo and other songs

High voice

Audio extract courtesy of Onyx Classics. Benjamin Hulett (tenor) and Malcolm Martineau (piano).

A collection of single songs stretching across the period 1935-1962, and first published in 1994. They are settings of poets from a typically eclectic group, including Britten's contemporaries Auden, Louis MacNeice and Peter Burra along with a translation of the 9th century Chinese poet Po-Chü-i and a German-language setting of Goethe's 'Mitternacht'. There is also an early setting of Williams Blake's 'The Poison Tree', which much later found its way - in an entirely different musical guise - into the Songs and Proverbs of William Blake.

Audio extracts courtesy of Onyx Classics: A poison tree, Not even summer yet, The red cockatoo, Wild with passion, If thou wilt ease thine heart and Birthday song for Erwin - Benjamin Hulett (tenor), Malcolm Martineau (piano). Um Mitternacht - James Geer (tenor), Malcolm Martineau (piano). Audio extract courtesy of NMC: When you're feeling like expressing your affection - Mary Carewe (soprano), Malcolm Wilson (piano).

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