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Benjamin Britten

November 22, 1913 - December 4, 1976
born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, composed during the Modern period
With the arrival of Benjamin Britten on the international music scene, many felt that English music gained its greatest genius since Purcell. A composer of wide-ranging talents, Britten found in the human voice an especial source of inspiration, an affinity that resulted in a remarkable body of work, ranging from operas like Peter Grimes (1944-1945) and Death in Venice (1973) to song cycles like the Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings (1943) to the massive choral work War Requiem (1961). He also produced much music for orchestra and chamber ensembles, including symphonies, concerti, and chamber and solo works. Britten's father was a prosperous oral surgeon in the town of Lowestoft, Suffolk; his mother was a leader in the local choral society. When Benjamin's musical aptitude became evident, the family engaged composer Frank Bridge to supervise his musical education. Bridge's tutelage was one of the formative and lasting influences on Britten's compositional development; Britten eventually paid tribute to his teacher in his Op. 10, the Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge (1937). Britten's formal training also included studies at the Royal College of Music (1930-1933).

Upon graduation from the RCM, Britten obtained a position scoring documentaries (on prosaic themes like "Sorting Office") for the Royal Post Office film unit. Working on a tight budget, he learned how to extract the maximum variety of color and musical effectiveness from the smallest combinations of instruments, producing dozens of such scores from 1935 to 1938. He rapidly emerged as the most promising British composer of his generation and entered into collaborative relationships that exerted a profound influence upon his creative life. Among the most important of his professional associates were literary figures like W.H. Auden, and later, E.M. Forster. None, however, played as central a role in Britten's life as the tenor Peter Pears, who was Britten's closest intimate, both personally and professionally, from the late '30s to the composer's death. Pears' voice inspired a number of Britten's vocal cycles and opera roles, and the two often joined forces in song recitals and, from 1948, in the organization and administration of the Aldeburgh Festival.

A steadfast pacifist, Britten left England in 1939 as war loomed over Europe. He spent four years in the United States and Canada, his compositional pace barely slackening, as evidenced by the production of works like the Sinfonia da Requiem (1940), the song cycle Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo (1940), and his first effort for the stage, Paul Bunyan (1940-1941). Eventually, the poetry of George Crabbe drew Britten back to England. With a Koussevitzky Commission backing him, the composer wrote the enormously successful opera Peter Grimes (1944-45), which marked the greatest turning point in his career. His fame secure, Britten over the next several decades wrote a dozen more operas, several of which -- Albert Herring (1947), Billy Budd (1951), The Turn of the Screw (1954), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1960), Death in Venice (1973) -- became instant and permanent fixtures of the repertoire. He also continued to produce much vocal, orchestral, and chamber music, including Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (1965), the three Cello Suites (1961-1964) and the Cello Symphony (1963), written for Mstislav Rostropovich, and the Third String Quartet (1975).

Britten suffered a stroke during heart surgery in 1971, which resulted in something of a slowdown in his creative activities. Nonetheless, he continued to compose until his death in 1976, by which time he was recognized as one of the principal musical figures of the twentieth century. ~ Michael Rodman, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Britten Choral Music: Corydon Singers/ Westminster Cathedral Choir/ Best

Title: Rejoice In The Lamb, Festival Cantata For Trumpet, Atb Soloists, Chorus & Organ, Op. 30
Title: A Wedding Anthem, For Soprano, Tenor, Chorus & Organ, Op. 46
Title: Festival Te Deum, For Trumpet, Chorus & Organ, Op. 32
Title: A Boy Was Born, Choral Variations For Mixed Voices, Op. 3
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Track List: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Britten, London SO

Disc 1
Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Introduction...over Hill, over Dale

2. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Oberon Is Passing...ill Met by Moonlight

3. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Well, Go Thy Way

4. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: How Now, My Love?

5. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: (Be It on Lion...)...i Love Thee Not

6. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Welcome, Wanderer!...i Know a Bank

7. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Is All Our Company Here?

8. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Fair Love, You Faint with Wand'ring

9. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Through the Forest Have I Gone

10. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Stay, Tho' Thou Kill Me, Sweet Demetrius

11. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Come, Now a Roundel, and a Fairy Song

12. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: You Spotted Snakes

13. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: What Thou Seest When Thou Dost Wake

14. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Introduction

15. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Are We All Met?

16. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: I See Their Knavery

17. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Be Kind and Courteous

18. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Hail, Mortal, Hail!

19. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: I Have a Reas'nable Good Ear in Music

20. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: How Now, Mad Spirit

Disc 2

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Flower of This Purple Dye

2. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Puppet? Why So?

3. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: This Is Thy Negligence

4. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Up and Down

5. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: On the Ground, Sleep Sound

6. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Introduction...My Gentle Robin

7. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Helena!-hermia!

8. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: When My Cue Comes, Call Me

9. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Have You Sent to Bottom's House?

10. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Orchestral March...now, Fair Hippolyta

11. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: If We Offend, It Is Our Good Will

12. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Gentles, Perchance You Wonder at This Show

13. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: In This Same Interlude

14. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: O Grim-look'd Interlude

15. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Full Often Hast Thou Heard My Moans

16. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: You Ladies, You

17. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: This Lanthorn Doth the Horned Moon Present

18. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Sweet Moon, I Thank Thee for Thy Sunny Beams

19. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Asleep, My Love? What, Dead, My Dove?

20. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Come, Your Bergomask

21. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera, Op. 64: Now the Hungry Lion Roars

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Track List: Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd

Disc 1
Title: Billy Budd, opera, Op. 50
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: Benjamin Britten: Spring Symphony; Welcome Ode; Psalm 150

Title: Spring Symphony, For Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Boys' Chorus, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 44
Title: Welcome Ode, For Young People's Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 95
Title: Psalm 150, For Children's Chorus & Instruments, Op. 67
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Track List: Britten - Billy Budd / Keenlyside · Langridge · John Tomlinson · LSO · Hickox

Disc 1
Title: Billy Budd, opera, Op. 50
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: Britten Conducts Britten

Disc 1
Title: Piano Concerto In D Major, Op. 13
Title: Violin Concerto In D Minor, Op. 15
Disc 2
Title: Cello Symphony, For Cello & Orchestra, Op. 68
Title: Sinfonia Da Requiem, For Orchestra, Op. 20
Title: Cantata Misericordium, For Tenor, Baritone, Chorus, String Quartet, Strings, Piano, Harp & Tympani, Op. 69
Disc 3
Title: Prelude & Fugue, For 18 Strings, Op. 29
Title: Simple Symphony, For String Orchestra, Op. 4
Title: Variations On A Theme By Frank Bridge, For Strings, Op. 10
Title: Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra (Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of Purcell), For Speaker Ad Lib & Orchestra, Op. 34
Disc 4
Title: The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57

1. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Act One: Prelude

2. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The Fool And The Dwarf

3. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The Emperor: March

4. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Gavotte

5. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The Four Kings

6. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The King Of The North

7. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The King Of The East

8. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The Kiing Of The West

9. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The King Of The South

10. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Belle Epine

11. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Belle Rose

12. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The Kings And Belle Rose

13. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Triumph Of Belle Epine

14. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Rage Of The Kings

15. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The Four Frogs

16. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Act Two, Scene I: Air

17. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Water

18. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Fire

19. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Act Two, Scene II: Belle Rose In Pagoda Land

20. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The Pagaodas

21. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The Salamander

22. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The Prince And Belle Rose

Disc 5

1. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Belle Epine As Empress

2. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The Old Emperor

3. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Belle Rose And The Salamander

4. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Transition

5. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: The Pagoda Ballet

6. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Pas De Six

7. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Variation 1

8. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Variation 2

9. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Variation 3

10. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Pas De Trois

11. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Pas De Deux

12. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Variation 4

13. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Variation 5

14. The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57: Finale

Title: Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21

15. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: Theme

16. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: Recitative

17. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: Romance

18. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: March

19. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: Arabesque

20. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: Chant

21. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: Nocturne

22. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: Badinerie

23. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: Burlesque

24. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: Variation Ixa -Toccata I

25. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: Toccata II

26. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: Adagio

27. Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21: Tarantella

Title: Sonnets (7) Of Michelangelo, For Voice & Piano, Op. 22

28. Sonnets (7) Of Michelangelo, For Voice & Piano, Op. 22: Sonetto XVI

29. Sonnets (7) Of Michelangelo, For Voice & Piano, Op. 22: Sonetto XXXI

30. Sonnets (7) Of Michelangelo, For Voice & Piano, Op. 22: Sonetto XXX

31. Sonnets (7) Of Michelangelo, For Voice & Piano, Op. 22: Sonetto LV

32. Sonnets (7) Of Michelangelo, For Voice & Piano, Op. 22: Sonetto XXXVIII

33. Sonnets (7) Of Michelangelo, For Voice & Piano, Op. 22: Sonetto XXXII

34. Sonnets (7) Of Michelangelo, For Voice & Piano, Op. 22: Sonetto XXIV

Disc 6
Title: The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35

1. The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35: I. Oh My Blacke Soule!

2. The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35: II. Batter My Heart

3. The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35: III. Oh Might Those Sighes and Teares

4. The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35: IV. Oh, to Vex Me

5. The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35: V. What If This Present

6. The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35: VI. Since She Whom I Loved

7. The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35: VII. At The Round Earth's Imagin'd Corners

8. The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35: VIII. Thou Hast Made Me

9. The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35: IX. Death Be Not Proud

Title: Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74

10. Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74: I. The Pride Of The Peacock...London

11. Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74: II. Prisons Are Built...the Chimney Sweeper

12. Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74: III. The Bird A Nest...A Poison Tree

13. Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74: IV. Think In The Morning...The Tyger

14. Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74: V. The Tygers Of Wrath...The Fly

15. Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74: VI. The Hours Of Folly...Ah, Sun-flower

16. Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74: VII. To See A World...Every Night & Every Morn

Title: Winter Words, Song Cycle For Tenor & Piano, Op. 52

17. Winter Words, Song Cycle For Tenor & Piano, Op. 52: At Day-close In November

18. Winter Words, Song Cycle For Tenor & Piano, Op. 52: Midnight On The Great Western

19. Winter Words, Song Cycle For Tenor & Piano, Op. 52: Wagtail And Baby

20. Winter Words, Song Cycle For Tenor & Piano, Op. 52: The Little Old Table

21. Winter Words, Song Cycle For Tenor & Piano, Op. 52: The Choirmaster's Burial

22. Winter Words, Song Cycle For Tenor & Piano, Op. 52: Proud Songsters

23. Winter Words, Song Cycle For Tenor & Piano, Op. 52: At The Railway Station, Upway

24. Winter Words, Song Cycle For Tenor & Piano, Op. 52: Before Life And After

Title: Tit For Tat, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano

25. Tit For Tat, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: A Song Of Enchantment

26. Tit For Tat, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Autumn

27. Tit For Tat, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Silver

28. Tit For Tat, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Vigil

29. Tit For Tat, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano: Tit For Tat

Disc 7
Title: Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31

1. Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31: Prologue

2. Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31: Pastoral

3. Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31: Nocturne

4. Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31: Elegy

5. Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31: Dirge

6. Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31: Hymn

7. Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31: Sonnet

8. Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31: Epilogue (Off Stage)

Title: Les Illuminations, Song Cycle For High Voice & Strings, Op. 18

9. Les Illuminations, Song Cycle For High Voice & Strings, Op. 18: I. Fanfare

10. Les Illuminations, Song Cycle For High Voice & Strings, Op. 18: II. Villes

11. Les Illuminations, Song Cycle For High Voice & Strings, Op. 18: III. Phrase

12. Les Illuminations, Song Cycle For High Voice & Strings, Op. 18: IV. Antique

13. Les Illuminations, Song Cycle For High Voice & Strings, Op. 18: V. Royaute

14. Les Illuminations, Song Cycle For High Voice & Strings, Op. 18: VI. Marine

15. Les Illuminations, Song Cycle For High Voice & Strings, Op. 18: VII. Interlude

16. Les Illuminations, Song Cycle For High Voice & Strings, Op. 18: VIII. Being Beauteous

17. Les Illuminations, Song Cycle For High Voice & Strings, Op. 18: IX. Parade

18. Les Illuminations, Song Cycle For High Voice & Strings, Op. 18: X. Depart

Title: Nocturne, For Tenor, 7 Instruments & Strings, Op. 60

19. Nocturne, For Tenor, 7 Instruments & Strings, Op. 60: On A Poet's Lips I Slept ...

20. Nocturne, For Tenor, 7 Instruments & Strings, Op. 60: Below The Thunders Of The Pper Deep ...

21. Nocturne, For Tenor, 7 Instruments & Strings, Op. 60: Encintured With A Twine Of Leaves

22. Nocturne, For Tenor, 7 Instruments & Strings, Op. 60: Midnight's Bell Goes Ting, Ting, Ting, Ting

23. Nocturne, For Tenor, 7 Instruments & Strings, Op. 60: But That Night When On My Bed I Lay ...

24. Nocturne, For Tenor, 7 Instruments & Strings, Op. 60: She Sleeps On Soft, Last Breaths; But No Ghost Looms ...

25. Nocturne, For Tenor, 7 Instruments & Strings, Op. 60: What Is More Gentle Than A Wind In Summer ...

26. Nocturne, For Tenor, 7 Instruments & Strings, Op. 60: When Most I Wink, Then Do Mine Eyes Best See ...

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Track List: Britten Songs

Title: Winter Words, Song Cycle For Tenor & Piano, Op. 52
Title: Sonnets (7) Of Michelangelo, For Voice & Piano, Op. 22
Title: Hölderlin Fragments (6), Song Cycle, For Tenor & Piano, Op. 61
Title: Who Are These Children?, Song Cycle For Tenor & Piano, Op. 84
Title: Songs From The Chinese, Song Cycle For High Voice & Guitar, Op. 58
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Track List: Britten: A Ceremony of Carols

Title: A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28

1. A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28: I. Procession

2. A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28: II. Wolcum Yole!

3. A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28: III. There Is No Rose

4. A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28: IV. That Yonge Child

5. A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28: V. Babulalow

6. A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28: VI. As Dew in Aprille

7. A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28: VII. This Little Babe

8. A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28: VIII. Interlude

9. A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28: IX. in Freezing Winter Night

10. A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28: X. Spring Carol

11. A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28: XI. Adam Lay I, Bounden

12. A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28: XII. Recession

Title: Missa Brevis, For Boys' Chorus & Organ In D Major, Op. 63

13. Missa Brevis, For Boys' Chorus & Organ In D Major, Op. 63: I. Kyrie

14. Missa Brevis, For Boys' Chorus & Organ In D Major, Op. 63: II. Gloria

15. Missa Brevis, For Boys' Chorus & Organ In D Major, Op. 63: III. Sanctus and Benedictus

16. Missa Brevis, For Boys' Chorus & Organ In D Major, Op. 63: IV. Agnus Dei

Title: A Hymn To The Virgin, For Double Chorus

17. A Hymn To The Virgin, For Double Chorus: A Hymn to the Virgin

Title: Hymn of St. Columba (Regis regum rectissimi), for chorus & organ

18. Hymn of St. Columba (Regis regum rectissimi), for chorus & organ: A Hymn of St. Columba

Title: Deus in adjutorium meum, motet for chorus (from "This Way to the Tomb")

19. Deus in adjutorium meum, motet for chorus (from "This Way to the Tomb"): Deus in Adjutorium Meum...

Title: Jubilate Deo, for chorus & organ in E flat major

20. Jubilate Deo, for chorus & organ in E flat major: Jubilate Deo in E Flat

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Track List: Britten: Cello Suites Nos. 1 & 2

Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72

1. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: I. Canto Primo

2. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: II. Fuga: Andante Moderato

3. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: III. Lamento: Lento Rubato

4. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: IV. Canto Secondo

5. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: V. Serenato: Allegretto Pizzicato

6. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: VI. Marcia: Alla Marcia Moderato

7. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: VII. Canto Terzo

8. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: VIII. Bordone: Moderato Quasi Recitativo

9. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: IX. Moto Perpetuo E Canto Quarto: Presto

Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80

10. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: I. Declamato: Largo

11. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: II. Fuga: Andante

12. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: III. Scherzo: Allegro Molto

13. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: IV. Andante Lento

14. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: V. Ciaccona: Allegro

Title: Sonata For Cello & Piano In C Major, Op. 65

15. Sonata For Cello & Piano In C Major, Op. 65: I. Dialogo

16. Sonata For Cello & Piano In C Major, Op. 65: II. Scherzo (Pizzicato)

17. Sonata For Cello & Piano In C Major, Op. 65: III. Elegio

18. Sonata For Cello & Piano In C Major, Op. 65: IV. Marcia

19. Sonata For Cello & Piano In C Major, Op. 65: V. Moto Perpetuo

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Track List: Britten: Cello Suites Nos. 1-3

Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72

1. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: I. Canto Primo

2. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: II. Fuga: Andante Moderato

3. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: III. Lamento: Lento Rubato

4. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: IV. Canto Secondo

5. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: V. Serenato: Allegretto Pizzicato

6. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: VI. Marcia: Alla Marcia Moderato

7. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: VII. Canto Terzo

8. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: VIII. Bordone: Moderato Quasi Recitativo

9. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: IX. Moto Perpetuo E Canto Quarto: Presto

Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80

10. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: I. Declamato: Largo

11. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: II. Fuga: Andante

12. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: III. Scherzo: Allegro Molto

13. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: IV. Andante Lento

14. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: V. Ciaccona: Allegro

Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87

15. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: I. Introduzione: Lento

16. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: II. Marcia: Allegro

17. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: III. Canto: Con Moto

18. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: IV. Barcarolla: Lento

19. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: V. Dialogo: Allegretto

20. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: VI. Fuga: Andante Espressivo

21. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: VII. Recitatico: Fantastico

22. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: VIII. Moto Perpetuo: Presto

23. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: IX. Passacaglia: Lento Solenne

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Track List: Britten: Folk Song Arrangements

Disc 1
Title: Folksong Arrangements, Vol. I "British Isles", For Voice & Piano
Title: Tom Bowling And Other Song Arrangements, For Voice & Piano
Title: Folksong Arrangements, Vol. III "British Isles", For Voice & Piano
Title: Tom Bowling And Other Song Arrangements, For Voice & Piano
Title: Folksong Arrangements, Vol. V "British Isles", For Voice & Piano
Title: Tom Bowling And Other Song Arrangements, For Voice & Piano
Disc 2
Title: Folksong Arrangements, Vol. IV "Moore's Irish Melodies", For Voice & Piano
Title: Folksong Arrangements, Vol. II "France", For Voice & Piano
Title: Folksong Arrangements, Vol. VI "England", For Soprano Or Tenor & Guitar
Title: Tom Bowling And Other Song Arrangements, For Voice & Piano
Title: Work(s)
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Track List: Britten: Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 2

Title: Folksong Arrangements (8), For High Voice & Harp
Title: The Holly And The Ivy, Folksong Arrangement For Chorus
Title: King Herod And The Cock, For Unison Chorus & Piano
Title: The Twelve Apostles, For Tenor, Unison Voices & Piano
Title: The Bitter Withy, Folk Song For Tenor, Boys' Chorus & Piano (unfinished)
Title: French Folk Songs (5), For Baritone & Orchestra
Title: The Salley Gardens, Folk Song For High Voice & Strings
Title: Little Sir William, Folk Song For High Voice & Orchestra
Title: The Bonny Earl O' Moray, Folk Song For High Voice & Orchestra
Title: O Can Ye Sew Cushions?, Folk Song For High Voice & Orchestra
Title: Oliver Cromwell, Folk Song For High Voice & Orchestra
Title: The Plough Boy, Folk Song For High Voice & Orchestra
Title: O Waly, Waly, Folk Song For High Voice & Strings
Title: Come You Not From Newcastle?, Folk Song For High Voice & Orchestra
Title: The Salley Gardens, Folk Song For High Or Medium Voice, Bassoon Or Cello, Harp Or Piano & Strings
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Track List: Britten: Holy Sonnets, Billy Budd, etc. / Britten, Glossop, Pears, et al

Disc 1
Title: The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35
Title: Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74
Title: Billy Budd, opera, Op. 50
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: Britten: Peter Grimes

Disc 1
Title: Peter Grimes, Opera, Op. 33
Disc 2
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Track List: Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings; Nocturne; Phaedra

Title: Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31

4. Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31: Elegy

Title: Nocturne, For Tenor, 7 Instruments & Strings, Op. 60
Title: Phaedra, Dramatic Cantata For Mezzo-soprano, String Orchestra, Percussion & Harpsichord, Op. 93
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Track List: Britten: Sinfonia Da Requiem

Title: Gloriana, Symphonic Suite For Tenor (or Oboe) & Orchestra, Op. 53a
Title: Sea Interludes (4) From Peter Grimes, For Orchestra, Op. 33a
Title: Passacaglia, For Orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes")
Title: Sinfonia Da Requiem, For Orchestra, Op. 20
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Track List: Britten: Still Falls The Rain

Title: The Heart Of The Matter, For Tenor, Narrator, Horn & Piano
Title: Canticle Iii:still Falls The Rain, For Tenor, Horn & Piano, Op. 55
Title: The Heart Of The Matter, For Tenor, Narrator, Horn & Piano
Title: A Birthday Hansel, Song Cycle For Tenor & Harp, Op. 92
Title: Canticle V: The Death Of St Narcissus, For Tenor & Harp, Op. 89
Title: British Folksongs (8), For Voice & Harp
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Track List: Britten: Suites For Solo Cello

Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72

1. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: I. Canto Primo

2. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: II. Fuga: Andante Moderato

3. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: III. Lamento: Lento Rubato

4. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: IV. Canto Secondo

5. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: V. Serenato: Allegretto Pizzicato

6. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: VI. Marcia: Alla Marcia Moderato

7. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: VII. Canto Terzo

8. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: VIII. Bordone: Moderato Quasi Recitativo

9. Suite For Solo Cello No. 1, Op. 72: IX. Moto Perpetuo E Canto Quarto: Presto

Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80

10. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: I. Declamato: Largo

11. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: II. Fuga: Andante

12. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: III. Scherzo: Allegro Molto

13. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: IV. Andante Lento

14. Suite For Solo Cello No. 2, Op. 80: V. Ciaccona: Allegro

Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87

15. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: I. Introduzione: Lento

16. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: II. Marcia: Allegro

17. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: III. Canto: Con Moto

18. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: IV. Barcarolla: Lento

19. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: V. Dialogo: Allegretto

20. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: VI. Fuga: Andante Espressivo

21. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: VII. Recitatico: Fantastico

22. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: VIII. Moto Perpetuo: Presto

23. Suite For Solo Cello No. 3, Op. 87: IX. Passacaglia: Lento Solenne

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Track List: Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; Simple Symphony

Title: Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra (Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of Purcell), For Speaker Ad Lib & Orchestra, Op. 34
Title: Simple Symphony, For String Orchestra, Op. 4
Title: Variations On A Theme By Frank Bridge, For Strings, Op. 10
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Track List: Britten: War Requiem

Title: War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66

1. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Requiem Aeternam

2. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: What Passing Bells For These Who Die As Cattle?

3. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Dies Irae (I)

4. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Bugles Sang

5. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Liber Scriptus Proferetur

6. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Out There

7. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Recordare Jesu Pie

8. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Be Slowly Lifted Up

9. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Dies Irae (II)

10. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Lacrimosa Dies Illa

11. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Him Into The Sun

12. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Domine Jesu Christe

13. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: So Abram Rose

14. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Santus, Santus, Santus

15. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: After The Blast Of Lightning

16. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: One Ever Hangs

17. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Libera Me, Domine

18. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: It Seemed That Out Of Battle I Escaped

19. War Requiem, For Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Boys' Voices, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra & Organ, Op. 66: Let Us Sleep Now...in Paradisum

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Track List: Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra / Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia (Peter Grimes), etc

Title: Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra (Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of Purcell), For Speaker Ad Lib & Orchestra, Op. 34
Title: Sea Interludes (4) From Peter Grimes, For Orchestra, Op. 33a
Title: Soirées Musicales (Rossini Suite 1), Suite For Orchestra, Op. 9
Title: Matinées Musicales (Rossini Suite No.2), For Orchestra, Op. 24
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Track List: Gloriana: A Celebration Of Benjamin Britten

Title: Psalm 150, For Children's Chorus & Instruments, Op. 67
Title: Hymn To St. Cecilia, For Chorus, Op. 27
Title: Choral Dances (6) From Gloriana, For Chorus (Or Tenor, Chorus & Harpsichord), Op. 53
Title: Missa Brevis, For Boys' Chorus & Organ In D Major, Op. 63
Title: A Boy Was Born, Choral Variations For Mixed Voices, Op. 3
Title: A Ceremony Of Carols, For Treble Voices (Or Chorus) & Harp, Op. 28
Title: Friday Afternoons, Children's Songs (12) For Children's Chorus & Piano, Op. 7
Title: Rejoice In The Lamb, Festival Cantata For Trumpet, Atb Soloists, Chorus & Organ, Op. 30
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Track List: The Best Of Britten [Australia]

Title: Simple Symphony, For String Orchestra, Op. 4
Title: Variations On A Theme By Frank Bridge, For Strings, Op. 10
Title: Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra (Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of Purcell), For Speaker Ad Lib & Orchestra, Op. 34
Title: Sea Interludes (4) From Peter Grimes, For Orchestra, Op. 33a

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dingleduff
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As a lover of music, anything is good, depending on how you perceive the notes you are hearing.
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lkgrebnel
always like Britten
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Claire, the bio didn't mislead me a bit. It made it obvious enough for any but the most obtuse (and I'm not the most obtuse knife in the drawer).
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sacredfun6
claireburnie : I think the more subtle description in the bio is a little more classy...
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claireburnie
Referring to Peter Pears as an intimate in both the personal and professional realms seems to be a bit misleading. They were lovers, and as it isn't so much speculation as fact, I think it is appropriate to indicate it as such.
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dscripted
Variations on a Theme is one of my favorite symphonies. I've made a station based on this song. It's both calming and stirring at the same time.
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One of my first introduction s to music was Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," which is still a favorite (or 'favourite' if you're English) ;-)
But there's nothing that can compare with the Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes."
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tcole265
B B is one of the best ever!
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tim.the.ench a n t e r . b r o o k s
I haven't heard much of Britten's music before this (Peter Grimes, Sea Interludes). . . i t ' s so deep, and satisfying. His orchestratio n is absolutely fantastic. Most British music I'm not fond of...but this...wow.
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woah... this is like thinking music. It gets wheels in your head to turn that you never knew you had, and yet you don't know or even care to know why!
At least, that is how I feel.
Just wanna let them keep going, doing what they do...
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