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Richard Rodney Bennett

Publisher: Novello & Co

Spells (1974)
commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with funds from the Gulbenkian Foundation
Text Writer
Kathleen Raine
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
1974
Duration
36 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Language
English
Soloist
soprano
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  • Ensemble
    Bach Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Jane Manning, soprano
    Conductor
    Sir David Willcocks
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It's a beautifully constructed sequence that moves steadily in its choice of poems from the universal to the personal, with spiraling soprano lines and choral writing that never lapses into the lingua franca of 20th-century British choral music. At times it suggests an unlikely fusion between Britten and Boulez, but Bennett was identifiably himself, whatever he did.
Andrew Clements, The Guardian,27/11/2016
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