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Britten: Les Illuminations; Simple Symphony; Frank Bridge Variations - Franziska Hirzel (soprano); Kiev Chamber Orchestra; Roman Kofman (conductor)
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  1. Simple Symphony, for string orchestra, Op. 4
  2. Les illuminations, song cycle for high voice & strings, Op. 18
  3. Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op. 10
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Although Roman Kofman and the Kiev Chamber Orchestra have a broad repertoire that they have brilliantly performed around the world, their choice of Benjamin Britten's music for their 2004 debut on MDG may be somewhat surprising. Yet this esteemed Ukrainian ensemble's specialization in great music for string orchestra inevitably must lead to British composers, and Britten's works for this combination are outgrowths of an English fondness for string serenades, as shown by Elgar, Holst, Vaughan Williams, and others. Britten, ...