Despite being an excellent pianist himself, Britten wrote very few solo piano works in his maturity (though there are dozens of sonatas and suites from his childhood years). Holiday Diary was composed in 1934 and evokes the experience of an English seaside holiday: funfairs, still nights, and bracing dips into the sea.
Featuring world première recordings of the Preludes Op. 33 and 34 and the Variations Op. 37, find out more about the music of this wonderful and unjustly neglected English composer. The CD is available to buy on the shop.
With Rosanne Philippens (violin), Hannah Strijbos (viola), James Barralet (cello) and Benjamin Griffiths (double bass) at the Whittington International Chamber Music Festival, May 2014.
Delius arr. Komachi | To be sung of a Summer Night on the Water
In 1917, Delius composed the part-song 'To be sung of a Summer Night on the Water' for unaccompanied chorus. Originally written without words, Delius's transcending vision is expressed through this heartfelt melody and colourful harmony. With Midori Komachi (violin), recorded in Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh.