Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Candida Thompson – artistic leader
Barbara Hannigan – soprano
James Gilchrist – tenor
Jasper de Waal – horn

Les Illuminations opus 18
Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge opus 10
Serenade opus 31


“Barabara Hannigan bringing that Upshaw like flexibility and clarity, and plenty of theatricality as well to Brittens writing, and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, directed frm the violin by Candida Thompson brings a brilliance of it’s own. An excellent contribution to the Britten anniversary.”

BBC Radio 3 – CD Review MARCH 2013

“Hannigan brings to the text the dramatic energy she has to burn in her championship of Ligeti and Boulez, while the conductorless orchestra and soloist (herself sometimes a conductor) sound a natural fit…[in the Serenade] both soloists play their parts quite straight…An enjoyable and carefully balanced CD”

Gramophone MARCH 2013

“wonderfully alert readings by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta”

Financial Times

“Gilchrist’s Serenade, with Jasper de Waal the stupendous horn soloist, is one of the best things the English tenor has done on disc — Pears-like in its intensity and crystalline diction. The Sinfonietta’s strings have a whale of a time as a band of wannabe Paganinis in the Aria Italiana of the Bridge Variations.”

Sunday Times MARCH 2013

BRITTEN: Les Illuminations; Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge; Serenade; Now sleeps the Crimson Petal – Barbara Hannigan, sop./ James Gilchrist, tenor/ Jasper de Waal, horn/ Amsterdam Sinfonietta/ Candida Thompson – Channel Classics
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