Michael Walsh
December 14, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

Les Illuminations; Serenade; Nocturne

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Richard Hickox, Martyn Hill
Producers
Virgin Classics
genre
Classical

We gave it a B

Benjamin Britten composed two of the 20th century’s greatest song cycles: Les Illuminations, based on the enigmatic poetry of Rimbaud, and the magisterial Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. I am less enthusiastic about the third song cycle, the Nocturne, but two out of three ain’t bad. Tenor Hill delivers all of the music solidly, with able support from Hickox & Co. A real discovery for those who don’t already know Britten’s vocal works. B

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