|'I am overjoyed, then, to have this superb new recording to remind me how deeply moving this work is. The first recording was the Britten on Decca, made a month after the filming of the opera. One might suppose that it would be definitive, since the work was written for the performers who recorded it. As it happens, Hickox’s recording is in every way the equal of the original... The Hickox set comes with fine notes, artist bios, full text in three languages, and the usual fine Chandos finish... it is most highly recommended'