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Britten: Still Falls the Rain

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Britten: Still Falls the Rain
Britten: Still Falls the Rain


'Still Falls the Rain' is the second solo recording by American tenor Nicholas Phan, whose debut Winter Words was internationally acclaimed. Anticipating Britten's centenary in 2013, the follow up features The Heart of the Matter with Scottish actor Alan Cumming narrating.

'Winter Words', last year's solo debut album by American tenor Nicholas Phan, was one of the most lauded releases of the year. Phan (pronounced pahn) follows up with Still Falls the Rain, another intelligently devised album of Britten's songs, this time focusing on works inspired by the composer's key collaborators including horn player Dennis Brain, harpist Osian Ellis and poet Edith Sitwell. As with Winter Words, Phan successfully intersperses great song cycles with popular folk song arrangements. The rarely recorded The Heart of the Matter includes the narration of Sitwell's poems by Scottish actor Alan Cumming.

Personnel: Nicholas Phan (tenor), Myra Huang (piano), Jennifer Montone (horn), Sivan Magen (harp), Alan Cumming (narrator)

Critical acclaim for Nicholas Phan:

"A star in the making...exquisitely artful." - The Sunday Times

"Phan has both introspection and power...what wins this disc its five stars is the spacious, deeply moving delivery." - BBC Music Magazine

"A total pleasure on all marks Phan's entry as an artist who must be heard." - National Public Radio


  1. Name
  2. The Heart of the Matter: Prologue - Fanfare: Where are the seeds of the Universal Fire
  3. Reading: The earth of my heart was broken and aped low...
  4. Fanfare
  5. Reading: In the hour when the sapphire of the bone..
  6. Song: We are the darkness in the heat of the day
  7. Reading: In such a heat of the earth
  8. Canticle III - Still Falls the Rain, Op. 55
  9. Reading: I see Christ's wounds weep in the Rose on the wall
  10. Epilogue - Fanfare: So, out of the dark.
  11. A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92
  12. Canticle V - The Death of Saint Narcissus, Op. 89
  13. 8 Folksong Arrangements for Voice and Harp: Lord! I married me a wife
  14. She's like the swallow
  15. Bonny at morn
  16. Lemady
  17. Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn
  18. Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  19. The False Knight upon the Road
  20. Bird Scarer's Song
  21. 2 Folksong Arrangements for Voice and Piano: Greensleeves
  22. The Holly and the Ivy
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