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Essential Britten

Essential Britten / Various
Release Date: 10/09/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 40292   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Heather HarperNeil MackieBarry TuckwellIda Haendel,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerIona BrownSteuart BedfordPaavo Berglund,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraEndymion Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Les Illuminations, Op. 18: 1. Fanfare by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Heather Harper ()
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2. Les Illuminations, Op. 18: 7. Being Beauteous by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Heather Harper ()
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3. Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Written: 1933-1934; England 
Length: 17 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4. Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31: 1. Pastoral by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Neil Mackie (), Barry Tuckwell (Horn)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Period: Modern 
Written: 1943; United Kingdom 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5. Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31: 2. Nocturne by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Neil Mackie (), Barry Tuckwell (Horn)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Period: Modern 
Written: 1943; United Kingdom 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6. Violin Concerto, Op. 15: 3. Passacaglia. Andante lento - Un poco meno mosso by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ida Haendel (Violin)
Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
Period: Modern 
Written: 1939; United Kingdom 
Length: 14 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7. Saint Nicolas, Op. 42: 3. Nicolas devotes himself to God by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Tear ()
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: Modern 
Written: 1948; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
8. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Osian Ellis (Harp), James [Tenor Vocal] Clark (Treble), Julian Godlee (Treble)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Length: 20 Minutes 25 Secs. 
9. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs. 
10. Phaedre, Op. 93: In May, in Brilliant Athens by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Felicity Palmer (), Melvyn Tan (Harpsichord), Jane Salmon (Cello)
Conductor:  John Whitfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endymion Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Written: 1975; United Kingdom 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
11. Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49: 2. Phaeton. Vivace ritmico by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Roy Carter (Oboe)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1951; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
12. Nocturne, Op. 60: When most I wink, then do my eyes best see by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Tear ()
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Period: Modern 
Written: 1958 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
13. Cello Sonata in C, Op. 65: 2. Scherzo-Pizzicato: Allegretto by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Moray Welsh (Cello), John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1961; United Kingdom 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
14. Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still Falls the Rain" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (), Julius Drake (Piano), Timothy Brown (Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; England 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
15. Spring Symphony, Op. 44: Part 1. The Merry Cuckoo by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Tear ()
Conductor:  André Previn
Period: Modern 
Written: 1949 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
16. Folksongs (7), Volume 3: no 6, O waly, waly by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Sarah Brightman ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
17. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 1. You spotted snakes with double tongue by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Period: Modern 
Written: 1960; United Kingdom 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
18. War Requiem, Op. 66: Agnus Dei by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Tear ()
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
19. Folksongs (7), Volume 1: no 1, Salley Gardens by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Christopher Maltman (), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
20. Peter Grimes: Sea Interludes (4), Op. 33a by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
Length: 15 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Les Illuminations for high voice and string orchestra Op. 18 (1971 Digital Remaster): I. Fanfare
Les Illuminations for high voice and string orchestra Op. 18 (1971 Digital Remaster): VII. Being Beauteous
Simple Symphony, Op.4: I. Boisterous Bourrée
Simple Symphony, Op.4: II. Playful Pizzicato
Simple Symphony, Op.4: III. Sentimental Sarabande
Simple Symphony, Op.4: IV. Frolicsome Finale
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op. 31: 1. Pastoral: The day's grown old (Charles Cotton)
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op. 31: 2. Nocturne: The splendour falls on castle walls (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
Violin Concerto Op. 15 (revised version) (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Passacaglia (Andante lento (un poco meno mosso) - Largamente (lento) - Lento e solenne)
Saint Nicolas, Op.42 (1995 - Remaster): Nicolas devotes himself to God
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (1995 - Remaster): 1. Procession
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (1995 - Remaster): 2. Wolcum Yole!
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (1995 - Remaster): 3. There is no rose
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (1995 - Remaster): 4a. That yongë child
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (1995 - Remaster): 4b. Balulalow
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (1995 - Remaster): 5. As dew in Aprille
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (1995 - Remaster): 6. This little Babe
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (1995 - Remaster): 7. Interlude (Andante pastorale) [harp]
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (1995 - Remaster): 8. In freezing winter night
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (1995 - Remaster): 9. Spring Carol
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (1995 - Remaster): 10. Deo Gracias!
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 (1995 - Remaster): 11. Recession
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34): Theme: Allegro maestoso e largamente (full orchestra - woodwind - brass - strings - percussion - full orchestra)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34), Woodwind: Variation A: Presto (flutes & piccolo)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34), Woodwind: Variation B: Lento (oboes)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34), Woodwind: Variation C: Moderato (clarinets)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34), Woodwind: Variation D: Allegro con marcia (bassoons)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34), Strings: Variation E: Brillante, alla polacca (violins)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34), Strings: Variation F: Meno mosso (violas)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34), Strings: Variation G: L'istesso tempo (cellos)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34), Strings: Variation H: Cominciando lento ma poco a poco accel. al Allegro (double basses)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34), Strings: Variation I: Maestoso (harp)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34), Brass: Variation J: L'istesso tempo (horns)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34), Brass: Variation K: Vivace (trumpets)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34), Brass: Variation L: Allegro pomposo (trombones & tuba)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34): Percussion - Variation M: Moderato (percussion)
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op. 34): Fugue: Allegro molto - Con slancio (L'istesso tempo) (full orchestra)
Phaedra, Op.93: In May, in brilliant Athens
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid Op. 49: 2. Phaeton (Vivace ritmico)
Nocturne, Op.60: When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see (Shakespeare)
Cello Sonata in C Op. 65: II. Scherzo-pizzicato (Allegretto)
Canticle III: Still falls the rain, Op.55
A Spring Symphony Op. 44 (1986 Digital Remaster): The merry Cuckoo (E Spencer)
Folk Song Arrangements: O waly, waly
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: You spotted snakes with double tongues (Fairies)
War Requiem, Op.66: V. Agnus Dei
Folksong Arrangements: The Salley Gardens
4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: Dawn
4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: Sunday Morning
4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: Moonlight
4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: Storm

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