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Britten: Sinfonia Da Requiem, Etc / Bedford, London So


Release Date: 05/17/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557196   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All of Steuart Bedford's Britten recordings are excellent, and this one is no exception. The most important item here is the suite from Gloriana, a beautiful and moving piece that for some reason has never quite caught on. Bedford captures the bravura and pageantry of the opening and Courtly Dances, as well as that bitter edge that so surprised the opera's first audience. There are more exciting performances of the Four Sea Interludes available (including the composer's own), though Bedford's are never less than very good--but the Sinfonia da Requiem is terrific, aided by some virtuoso playing in the second movement by the LSO brass section and by a rich recording that gives those pounding timpani and bass drum strokes in the opening Read more movement great power. Originally recorded for Collins Classics, at Naxos prices this is a bargain of the first magnitude. [6/14/2005]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
2.
Gloriana: Symphonic Suite, Op 53a by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
3.
Peter Grimes: Sea Interludes (4), Op. 33a by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
4.
Peter Grimes: Passacaglia, Op. 33b by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; England 

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