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Britten The Performer 8 - Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Et Al


Release Date: 08/17/1999 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 8008   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnWolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Joseph HaydnClaude Debussy,   ... 
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the sort of disc that makes listeners prefer old live performances on CD to new performances heard in person. Drawn from the British Broadcasting Corporation archive, the program is drawn from four concerts performed by the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Britten. The musicianship of players and conductor together--in what might otherwise be run-of-the-mill repertoire--is astounding.
Mendelssohn's 'Fingal's Cave' overture leads off, its striking opening bars providing a fitting start to the disc. The British affection for the sea leads Britten to a wonderfully evocative rendering throughout the work. Yet this masterful reading hardly prepares for what follows. The Haydn and Mozart symphonies are performed with the
Read more perfect blend of elegance and lilt, never heavy-handed and always with the underpinnings of dance which can so easily be obscured. And Debussy's 'Prélude l'aprés-midi d'un faune' is a treasure, every sonority clear and transparent, even in the live acoustic of Blythburgh Church.
Do not shy away from this disc for its somewhat odd program or lack of a "blockbuster" work--these are all must-hear performances! Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/13/1971 
Venue:  Live  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/19/1972 
Venue:  Live  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 95 in C minor, H 1 no 95 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/16/1965 
Venue:  Live  Blythburgh Church, Suffolk, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
Date of Recording: 06/14/1966 
Venue:  Live  Blythburgh Church, Suffolk, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1892 - 1894). 
5. Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/14/1966 
Venue:  Live  Blythburgh Church, Suffolk, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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