The three orchestral song cycles collected here are central to the Britten canon of recorded repertoire and whereas Pears` other recordings of the `Serenade` and `Les Illuminations` (with Boyd Neel and Benjamin Britten as conductors) have been in circulation, this mono recording with Goossens receives its first and much-anticipated release on CD. All three recordings date from the 1950s and catch Pears in full vocal flight.
Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31*
Les Illuminations, Op. 18*
Nocturne for tenor, seven obbligato instruments & strings, Op. 60
Peter Pears, tenor
Dennis Brain, horn
New Symphony Orchestra*
* First Release on CD