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Britten The Performer - Complete Decca Recordings


Release Date: 10/22/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001922102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachHenry PurcellWolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Joseph Haydn,   ... 
Performer:  Adrian ThompsonJohn TobinJenny HillRobert Tear,   ... 
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraWandsworth School Boys' ChoirWandsworth School Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 27 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 27-CD set brings together for the first time Britten's complete Decca recordings as pianist and conductor in which he performs music by other composers - an astonishing variety of music that ranges from large-scale choral works by Bach and Purcell to Schumann and Elgar, as well as orchestral works by Mozart, Haydn and Schubert. Solo vocal repertory is generously represented with important works by Schubert and Schumann and early twentieth-century English song. Chamber music features Britten the pianist in partnership with two of Britten's closest collaborators: Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter.

During the research and preparation for this set a major discovery was made. The existence of a few unpublished
Read more Schubert songs was already known and a few works which had never appeared on CD already ensured their inclusion at the planning stage. However the discovery of an unpublished tape containing almost 50 minutes of Mozart (including Symphony No.40) with the London Symphony Orchestra recorded in Kingsway Hall in December 1963 was a genuine once in a lifetime discovery.

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It says something about Britten’s ability as a performer of other composers’ music that most of these performances have been highly regarded and have remained in print since they were first issued. Many, especially the song recitals with Peter Pears (including Schubert’s Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin), the Mozart 20th and 27th Piano Concertos with Clifford Curzon, the two piano and four-hand pieces by Mozart, Schubert, and Debussy with Sviatoslav Richter, various cello works with Rostropovich, and Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, still stand as reference recordings, or at the very least classic performances.

As a result, there is little here that will be unfamiliar to most serious collectors among these twenty-seven discs. Decca has included two bonus discs, featuring a song recital boasting some numbers by the legendary (in both senses of the term) Kathleen Ferrier, and a program consisting of Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day (with QEII in the audience), plus a wonderful series of Mozart pieces: the Overture to Così fan tutte, the Masonic Funeral Music, a couple of arias sung by Pears, and an additional recording of the 40th Symphony.

Britten was a splendid conductor of music of the Baroque and Classical period. His St. John Passion (in English), Brandenburg Concertos, The Fairy Queen, and Haydn and Mozart Symphonies may not follow later period orthodoxy, but they have a musicality and freshness that makes such considerations irrelevant. His official recording of Mozart’s great G minor Symphony is one of the few modern recordings that gets away with taking all the repeats in the slow movement. The second performance omits it, but it remains a gripping interpretation nonetheless.

Comparison of the two first movements reveals how Britten characterizes the music differently, but equally powerfully, in both versions: the first swifter with larger contrasts between loud and soft, the second a touch slower but more rhythmically trenchant. Both are excellent. Other highlights include a remarkably unsticky performance of Elgar’s potentially annoying The Dream of Gerontious, and an unforgettable collection of Grainger folk song arrangements.

As collectors of the BBC’s “Britten the Performer” series will know, the works here represent only a fraction of Britten’s active concert repertoire. Perhaps that collection will be boxed up and released at some point as well. Until then, this remains an astonishing tribute to one of the 20th century’s musical geniuses, a true all-around musician in every respect.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1. Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Adrian Thompson (Tenor), John Tobin (Tenor), Jenny Hill (Soprano),
Robert Tear (Tenor), Alfreda Hodgson (Alto), Gwynne Howell (Bass),
John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Russell Burgess (Tenor), Peter Pears (Tenor),
Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1971 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, England 
Length: 130 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt, BWV 151 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Helen Watts (Alto), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Choir
Written: 1725 
3. Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben, BWV 102 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Peter Pears (Tenor), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Aldeburgh Festival Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
4. Celebrate this festival, Z 321 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Heather Harper (Soprano), Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano),
James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
5. Fairy Queen, Z 629 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Norma Burrowes (Soprano), Mary Wells (Soprano), Ian Partridge (Tenor),
Charles Brett (Counter Tenor), James Bowman (Counter Tenor), Alfreda Hodgson (Mezzo Soprano),
John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Owen Brannigan (Bass), Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano),
Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
6. Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
7. Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
8. Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
9. Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
10. Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
11. Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
12. Concerto for Piano no 12 in A major, K 414 (385p) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh 
13. Symphony no 55 in E major, H 1 no 55 "The Schoolmaster" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh 
14. Symphony no 45 in F sharp minor, H 1 no 45 "Farewell" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh 
15. Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, H 7b no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1761-1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
16. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
17. Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
18. Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966 
19. Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
20. Si mostra la sorte, K 209 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
21. Per pietà, non ricercate, K 420 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
22. Symphony no 25 in G minor, K 183 (173dB) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1773 
23. Serenade no 6 in D major, K 239 "Serenata notturna" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
24. Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1774 
25. Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
26. Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
27. Così fan tutte, K 588: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
28. Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
29. Si mostra la sorte, K 209 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
30. Per pietà, non ricercate, K 420 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
31. Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K 477 (479a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
32. Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
33. Scenes from Goethe's Faust by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor),
John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844-1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1972 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 117 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
34. Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1969 
35. Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Emanuel Hurwitz (Violin), José Luis Garcia (Violin), Cecil Aronowitz (Viola),
Bernard Richards (Cello)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; England 
Date of Recording: 1969 
36. Aquarelles (2) by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Date of Recording: 1969 
37. Sir Roger de Coverley, H 155 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Date of Recording: 1969 
38. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Peter Pears (Tenor), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; England 
Language: English 
39. Shepherd's Hey by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
40. My Robin is to the greenwood gone by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
41. Lisbon by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
42. Willow, Willow by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1898-1911; England 
Language: English 
43. Duke of Marlborough Fanfare by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
44. I'm Seventeen Come Sunday by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1912 
Language: English 
45. Scotch Strathspey and Reel by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1911; England 
Language: English 
46. The Lost Lady Found by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1910; England 
Language: English 
47. Bold William Taylor by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 
Language: English 
48. Shallow Brown by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; England 
Language: English 
49. There was a pig went out to dig by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Language: English 
50. Lord Maxwell's Goodnight by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1912 
Language: English 
51. Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow "Faeroe Island Dance" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Viola Tunnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
52. Pretty Maid Milkin' her Cow by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
53. Sprig of thyme by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907/1920; England 
Language: English 
54. Fantasy for Piano 4 hands in F minor, D 940/Op. 103 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
55. Variations (8) on an original theme for Piano 4 hands in A flat major, D 813/Op. 35 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
56. Sonata for Piano 4 hands in C major, D 812/Op. 140 "Grand Duo" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
57. Sonata for Piano 4 hands in C major, K 521 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966 
58. Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K 448 (375a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1967 
59. Divertimento for Piano 4 hands, D 823 "sur motifs originaux français" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1965 
60. En blanc et noir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
61. Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
62. Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
63. Stücke (5) im Volkston for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
64. Ganymed, D 544/Op. 19 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  BBC Radio 
Language: German 
65. Du liebst mich nicht, D 756 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  BBC Radio 
Language: German 
66. Lachen und Weinen, D 777/Op. 59 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1823; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  BBC Radio 
Language: German 
67. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1963 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 73 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
68. Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
69. Der Einsame, D 800 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
70. An die Laute, D 905/Op. 81 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
71. Sprache der Liebe, D 410/Op. 115 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
72. Nachtstück, D 672 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1819; Vienna, Austria 
73. Nacht und Träume, D 827 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
74. Lachen und Weinen, D 777/Op. 59 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1823; Vienna, Austria 
75. Im Frühling, D 882/Op. 101 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
76. Der Geistertanz, D 116 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
77. Der Einsame, D 800 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
78. Auflösung, D 807 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
79. Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774/Op. 72 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
80. Atys, D 585 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
81. An die Entfernte, D 765 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
82. Abendstern, D 806 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
83. Dichterliebe, Op. 48 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
84. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
85. Songs (7) for Soprano, Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 127 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano), Benjamin Britten (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello),
Emanuel Hurwitz (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USSR 
86. Fairy tale by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-23; Brno, Czech Republic 
87. Quartet for Piano and Strings in F sharp minor, H 94 "Phantasie" by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Martin Lovett (Cello), Benjamin Britten (Piano), Norbert Brainin (Violin),
Peter Schidlof (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; England 
88. When you are old, H 142 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
89. Tis but a week, H 146 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
90. So perverse, H 61 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
91. Love went a-riding, H 114 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; England 
92. Journey's End, H 167 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
93. Golden Hair, H 165 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
94. Go not, happy day, H 34 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
95. Songs (12), Op. 48/H 174 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
96. How love came in (Moderato) by Lennox Berkeley
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Great Britain 
97. Pedlar of Spells, for voice & piano by Arthur Oldham
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Contemporary 
98. Herd Boy's Song, for voice & piano by Arthur Oldham
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Modern 
99. Fishing, for voice & piano by Arthur Oldham
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Contemporary 
100. In Youth is Pleasure, for voice & piano by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
101. Songs (6) from A Shropshire Lad: Is my team ploughing? by George Butterworth
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
102. Yarmouth Fair by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
103. Songs for Ariel by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; England 
104. Songs (3): The one hope by John Ireland
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
105. Songs (3): Friendship in misfortune by John Ireland
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
106. Songs (2): The Trellis by John Ireland
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
107. Land of Lost Content by John Ireland
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; England 
108. Five Songs for Soprano & Orchestra: I Have Twelve Oxen by John Ireland
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
109. Songs (3): Love and friendship by John Ireland
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
110. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 14, Die Taubenpost by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
111. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 11, Die Stadt by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
112. Schwanengesang, D 957: no 10, Das Fischermädchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
113. Gesänge des Harfners no 2, D 480 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816/1822; Vienna, Austria 
114. Gesänge des Harfners no 1, D 478 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816/1822; Vienna, Austria 
115. Geheimes, D 719/Op. 14 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Vienna, Austria 
116. Ganymed, D 544/Op. 19 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
117. Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
118. Der zürnenden Diana, D 707 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
119. Der Zufriedene, D 320 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
120. Der Musensohn, D 764/Op. 92 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
121. Dass sie hier gewesen, D 775/Op. 59 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1823; Vienna, Austria 
122. Sellinger's Round, MB 84 by William Byrd
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
123. Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Richard Adeney (Flute), Philip Jones (Trumpet), Peter Pears (Tenor),
Heather Harper (Soprano), Julian Bream (Lute), Keith Harvey (Cello),
Sir Philip Ledger (Organ), Sir Philip Ledger (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Chorus of East Anglian Choirs
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/04/1967 
Venue:  Live  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 54 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "Sire, Lord and Master"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "Jesus Went With His Disciples"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "O generous Love!"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "So That the Word Might Be Fulfilled"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "Thy Will Be Done, O God Of Love"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "The Band Then, Together With the Captain"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "To Release Me From the Prison"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "Simon Peter Also Followed Jesus From Afar"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "I'll Follow Thee Also"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "Now That Same Disciple Was Known Unto the High Priest"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "Ah, Who Would Dare To Smite Thee?"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "Now Annas Sent Him Bound Unto the High Priest"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "Ah! Take Flight"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: "Peter, Who Denied His Lord"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "Christ, Who Gave Us Life and Light"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "Then Led They Jesus From Caiaphas To the Judgement"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "Ah, King Of Heaven"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "And Pilate Said Unto Him"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "Look Yonder, O My Soul"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "Consider, How His Body"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "And When the Soldiers Had Plaited a Crown Of Thorns"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "Thy Bonds, O Christ, Have Set Us Free"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "But the Jews Cried Out and Said"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "Haste, Ye Souls Forlorn and Weary"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "And There Crucified They Him"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "Within My Heart, O Saviour"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "And Then Did the Soldiers"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "When His Life Had Reached Its End"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "And From That Hour He Took Her Unto His Own Home"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "The End Is Nigh"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "My Dearest Saviour, Wilt Thou Answer?"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "And Then Behold, the Veil Of the Temple Was Rent"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "My Heart, Behold How All the World"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "With Torrents Of Weeping"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "The Jews Therefore, Because It Was the Preparation"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "Help Us, Son Of God Most High"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "And After This, Joseph Of Arimethea"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "Farewell, O Weary, Broken Body"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: "Lord Jesus, When We Come To Die"

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