Les Illuminations; Serenade; Nocturne (1990) 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… Richard Hickox Martyn Hill City of London Sinfonia Classical
Music Review

Les Illuminations; Serenade; Nocturne (1990)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performances: Richard Hickox, Martyn Hill and City of London Sinfonia; Genre: Classical

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

Originally posted Dec 14, 1990 Published in issue #44 Dec 14, 1990 Order article reprints