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Benjamin Hulett (tenor) & Alexander Soddy (piano) - Departures (Lennox Berkeley, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Quilter, Swayne) Travelling is part of human nature: ever since our first steps out of Africa travel is a source of inspiration for many. It is also the theme of the new CD of the British tenor Benjamin Hulett, who made a personal choice from the works of British composers and also commissioned 'Joys of Travel' by Giles Swayne, performed here as a world premiere. The young British tenor Benjamin Hulett makes a very powerful statement with this new album. He uses the term 'Departures' in several ways: the start of a journey, the cd as a new beginning for him and pianist Alexander Soddy. Another meaning is found in the theme of the composer setting texts in a language not his own a linguistic departure. This combination of repertoire and theme is new and daring. Hulett also commissioned a new work to complete the theme of the programme. The Joys of Travel Op. 124 was composed in 2009 by the British composer Giles Swayne and is performed here as world premiere. Hulett's strongpoint, apart from his impressive vocal qualities, is the way he brings together the various works in an organic sounding programme. Together with pianist Alexander Soddy, with whom he has an obvious close musical relationship, he forms a remarkably harmonious and balanced duo.


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  2. Lennox Berkeley: Tombeaux Op. 4
  3. Roger Quilter: Four Songs Of Mirza Schaffy Op. 2
  4. Giles Swayne: The Joys Of Travel Op. 124
  5. Benjamin Britten: Quatre Chanson Francaises
  6. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs Of Travel
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