Britten Serenade for Tenor solo, horn and strings
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Cooke’s Tour 16: Britten Serenade for Tenor solo, horn and strings
Richard Cooke’s introduction

“It was written for Britten’s lover from 1939 to the end of his life, Peter Pears, and the horn player Dennis Brain. I was lucky (and stupid) enough as a student to have had the opportunity to conduct this work with Peter Pears in 1973. I shudder now at how little I must have known and how embarrassingly inexperienced I was. The Serenade had made a great impression on me since I first heard it, and Pears responded favourably to my out-of-the-blue letter inviting him. …”
Richard Cooke


Youtube recordings 
Robert Tear, tenor, Alan Civil, horn.  Neville Marriner, ASMF

ALBUM: Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Winter Words, Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo


Canterbury Choral Society Music Director, Richard Cooke, is sharing his favourite works to give some musical nourishment in these difficult, isolated times. ‘Cooke’s Tour’ is a weekly musical voyage (not necessarily choral music) that music lovers can enjoy without leaving home. You can see his introductory video on Royal Choral Society YouTube channel.

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As well as Canterbury Choral Society, Richard Cooke is Music Director of Royal Choral Society and University of Essex Choir.