[ Chandos / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 26 April 2019
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Bennett had a gift for human relationships - family, partners, friends, and fellow artists. Occasionally, his personal loyalty could become an obstacle to his creativity but overwhelmingly, his relationships were an inspiration.
Each of the four works recorded here has connections to a significant individual in his life. The composition of his First Symphony coincided with the arrival in his life of Dan Klein, who would become his long-term partner. Zodiac is dedicated to the composer Elisabeth Lutyens, whose music and personality Bennett cherished throughout his life, despite her often caustic manner. A History of the Thé Dansant sets poems by his older sister, the poet Meg Peacocke, and doubles as a perceptive but unsentimental memoir of their long-dead parents. And Reflections on a Sixteenth Century Tune is dedicated to the conductor John Wilson, with whom Bennett shared a musical connection that deepened into a true and lasting friendship.
Recorded in Surround Sound SACD
Symphony No.1 (1965)
A History of the Thé Dansant (2011) *
Three songs for mezzo-soprano and small orchestra
Arranged from an original version for mezzo-soprano and piano (1994)
With words by M.R. Peacocke
To Margaret Douglas-Home
Reflections on a Sixteenth Century Tune (1999)
for string orchestra
To John Wilson
Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano *