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Benjamin Britten In Rehearsal & Performance

Britten / Pears
Release Date: 08/31/2004 
Label:  Video Artists International   Catalog #: 4277  
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C. B. C. Vancouver Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Britten: Nocturne for Tenor, 7 Obbligato Instruments & Strings, Op. 60 to texts by various English poets, with PETER PEARS, tenor, and the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) has recently been dubbed "The Greatest Musician of the Century" by the New York Times. This program, the first complete performance video available of the composer/conductor, provides a fascinating look at Britten’s skills as an interpreter of his own music. The video is especially valuable as a document of the legendary artistic collaboration between Britten and his longtime companion Peter Pears, the tenor for whom most of his vocal music was written. Produced by the CBC, Vancouver. (60 min., 1962, black & white)
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I REHEARSAL (With commentary by Peter Pears) 32:20
II PERFORMANCE 24:48
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976)
Nocturne for Tenor, 7 Obbligato Instruments & Strings, Op. 60
(1958) to texts by various English poets (Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes)
1) Very slow and soft - On a poet’s lips I slept 3:02
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
2) Majestic - Below the thunders of the upper deep 2:49
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
3) Slow Waltz - Encinctured with a twine of leaves 2:55
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
4) As the Start - Midnight’s bell goes ting, ting, ting 2:12
Thomas Middleton (c.1570-1627)
5) Steady March - But that night / When on my bed I lay 3:03
William Wordsworth (1770- 1850)
6) Slow and Regular - She sleeps on soft, last breaths 3:13
Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)
7) Quick - What is more gentle than a wind in summer? 3:32
John Keats (1795-1821)
8) Slow - When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see 3:55
William Shakespeare (1564- 1616) Sonnet XLIII

Peter Pears, tenor; Benjamin Britten, conductor; CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra. CBC telecast of April 29, 1962.
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Works on This Recording

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Nocturne, Op. 60 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C. B. C. Vancouver Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; England 
Date of Recording: April 29, 1962 

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