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Britten, Benjamin: Lachrymae op. 48a (1948, orch.1976) 15'
for solo viola and strings

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Originally written for violist William Primrose, Britten’s arrangement for string orchestra was completed in the last year of his life. The Dowland song on which it is based, Come, heavy sleep, appears only at the very end, rounding off a work of wistful, touching poignancy.

Recommended Recording

Maxim Rysanov, viola
BBC Symphony Orchestra / Edward Gardner
Chandos CHAN 10671

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