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Britten: The Company Of Heaven, Etc / Brunelle, Et Al


Release Date: 03/04/2003 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 62104   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Patricia ForbesBronwen MillsAngus SmithAndrew Murgatroyd,   ... 
Conductor:  Philip Brunelle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Paul Bunyan, Op. 17: Overture by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Philip Brunelle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; England 
Notes: Arranged: Colin Matthews 
2.
Paul Bunyan, Op. 17: Lullaby of Dream Shadows by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Patricia Forbes (Soprano), Bronwen Mills (Soprano), Angus Smith (Tenor),
Andrew Murgatroyd (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philip Brunelle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Language: English 
3.
Paul Bunyan, Op. 17: Inkslingers Love Song by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dan Dressen (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philip Brunelle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Language: English 
4.
The Company of Heaven by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sheila Allen (Spoken Vocals), Peter Barkworth (Spoken Vocals), Cathryn Pope (Soprano),
Christopher Herrick (Organ), Dan Dressen (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philip Brunelle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Language: English 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Rare Britten December 15, 2015 By C David J M. (Port Elliot, South Australia) See All My Reviews "I have heard the Company of Heaven broadcast once or twice so it is good to be able to go back to this early work of genius. I personally could do without the narration, which of course was an essential part of the original production but which has dated far more rapidly than the music. It is recorded at a low level, so does not dominate and mostly can be omitted in the playing. I bought the disc for the Paul Bunyan segments that were removed when the composer revised the opera in later life. I would say posterity has endorsed their omission from the final production on dramatic grounds. Paul Bunyan achieved a deserved belated (and, sadly, posthumous) success, if only as a recording (Brunelle). But any Britten is a necessity, and so the loss of the Overture and the two excerpts so well performed here would have been a loss indeed." Report Abuse
 Heavenly July 1, 2012 By Gary Mitchell (Independence, KS) See All My Reviews ""The Company of Heaven" uses scripture, poetry, various passages concerning angels, and of course the specially composed music of Benjamin Britten. All this was used for a radio broadcast originally and only now is resurrected and performed for us, along with some "lost" music from Britten's "Paul Bunyan." Having both is a mix of secular and religious, for sure, but Britten's music from that period already shows marks of genius. Excellent performances all around and a spiritual experience for those who believe." Report Abuse
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