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Britten: The Complete Works


Release Date: 08/13/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001880900  
Composer:  Benjamin BrittenJohn GayTraditionalCharles Burney
Performer:  Peter PearsStafford DeanBryan DrakeJohn Shirley-Quirk,   ... 
Conductor:  Benjamin BrittenGeorge MalcolmNorman Del MarRussell Burgess,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group OrchestraEnglish Chamber GroupAlleyn's School Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 66 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Decca celebrates 100 years since the birth of England’s greatest 20th Century composer, Benjamin Britten, with a unique limited edition 65-CD box containing his entire canon of works. Britten and Decca enjoyed a unique relationship with the composer recording most of his key works for the label. Decca’s 1963 set of the War Requiem remains one of the fastest-selling classical releases of all time.

Beyond the huge catalogue of Britten’s own recordings of his works for Decca Classics, which account for 75% of this complete edition, many other labels have kindly assisted by providing recordings of Britten’s remaining works: a total of 20 labels to make this extraordinary achievement possible including EMI Classics, Virgin
Read more Classics, Naxos, Warner Classics and NMC, making this a rare example of cross-industry collaboration furthering the reputation of this titanic figure.

The set is organised into 4 principal sections, each with its own individual book which offers a detailed article on Britten’s contribution to each genre, as well track listings and recording information:

The Operas (20 CDs) Stage & Screen (12 CDs) Voices (16 CDs) Instruments (13 CDs)

In addition 4 bonus CDs include a series of newly conducted interviews with surviving musicians who worked closely with Britten, historic recordings and rarities, and Britten’s rehearsals at the recording sessions for the War Requiem which itself has been newly remastered this year from the analogue master tapes. The set also features a DVD of Tony Palmer’s film on the making of the 1967 recording of The Burning Fiery Furnace, chosen specifically for its unrivalled insight into the Britten-Decca recording relationship and the working methods of producer John Culshaw and his pioneering Decca team.

These 66 discs are housed in a handsome and individually numbered box featuring a newly-commissioned illustration depicting the young Britten surrounded by visual icons inspired by his music. To crown the set a 208-page full-colour hardback book offers a host of fascinating articles and insights, a complete alphabetical index of works included in the edition, a gallery of original Decca LP sleeves from 1953 onwards and copious recording session pictures and beautiful Aldeburgh landscapes newly photographed for this edition. Benjamin Britten was born 22nd November 1913, the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music. Over four intensely creative decades he went on to publish over one hundred works, of which the most important dominated and shaped their respective genres – opera with Peter Grimes, the choral oratorio with War Requiem, music to inspire newcomers (Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra), and the Song Cycle (Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings). The range of Britten’s music is astonishing, as is the creative fertility of his musical imagination.
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Works on This Recording

1. Burning Fiery Furnace, Op. 77 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Stafford Dean (Bass), Bryan Drake (Baritone),
John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Robert Tear (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; England 
Language: English 
2. Curlew River, Op. 71 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Peter Pears (Tenor), Bryan Drake (Baritone),
Harold Blackburn (Bass)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Group
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; England 
Language: English 
3. Prodigal Son, Op. 81 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Bryan Drake (Baritone), Robert Tear (Tenor), Peter Pears (Tenor),
John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; England 
Language: English 
4. The Little Sweep, Op. 45 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Marilyn Baker (Soprano), Trevor Anthony (Bass), Michael Ingram (Treble),
Peter Pears (Tenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), Nancy Evans (Alto),
Robin Fairhurst (Treble), Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano), Lyn Vaughan (Treble),
David Hemmings (Boy Soprano), Gabrielle Soskin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra,  Alleyn's School Choir
Date of Recording: 1955 
Language: English 
5. Gemini Variations for Flute, Violin and Piano, Op. 73 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Zoltan Jeney (Piano), Zoltan Jeney (Flute), Gabriel Jeney (Piano),
Gabriel Jeney (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; England 
Date of Recording: 1966 
6. Children's Crusade, Op. 82 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Adrian Thompson (Treble), Graham Preston (Treble), Stephen Daniels (Treble),
Colin Morris (Treble), Daymond Hares (Treble), John Wojciechowski (Treble),
Mark Emney (Treble), Barnaby Jago (Treble)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; England 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Language: English 
7. Saint Nicolas, Op. 42 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  David Hemmings (Boy Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra,  Aldeburgh Festival Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
Venue:  Aldeburgh Parish Church, England 
8. Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  George Malcolm (Harpsichord), Philip Todd (Tenor), Michael Hartnett (Treble)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Language: English 
9. Spring Symphony, Op. 44 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano), Norma Procter (Alto), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Emmanuel School Boys Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Date of Recording: 11/1961 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 42 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. Cantata academica, Op. 62 "Carmen basiliense" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano), Helen Watts (Alto), Owen Brannigan (Bass),
Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  George Malcolm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1961 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 20 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11. Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  George Malcolm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1961 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
12. War Requiem, Op. 66 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Peter Pears (Tenor),
Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Highgate School Chorus  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1963 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 81 Minutes 21 Secs. 
13. Noye's Fludde, Op. 59 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  David Pinto (Boy Soprano), Sheila Rex (Mezzo Soprano), Patricia Garrod (Soprano),
Margaret Hawes (Soprano), Marie-Thérèse Pinto (Soprano), Eileen O'Donovan (Soprano),
Caroline Clack (Soprano), Trevor Anthony (Spoken Vocals), Stephen Alexander (Treble),
Kathleen Petch (Soprano), Gillian Saunders (Soprano), Owen Brannigan (Bass),
Darien Angadi (Treble)
Conductor:  Norman Del Mar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  East Suffolk Children's Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Venue:  Live  Orford Parish Church, Aldeburgh Festival 
Language: English 
14. Golden Vanity, Op. 78 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Terry Lovell (Treble), John Wojciechowski (Treble),
Barnaby Jago (Treble), Adrian Thompson (Treble), Mark Emney (Treble)
Conductor:  Russell Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; England 
Language: English 
15. Albert Herring, Op. 39 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sheila Amit (Soprano), Catherine Wilson (Mezzo Soprano), Owen Brannigan (Bass),
Edgar Evans (Tenor), Sheila Rex (Mezzo Soprano), Sylvia Fisher (Soprano),
April Cantelo (Soprano), John Noble (Baritone), Joseph Ward (Baritone),
Peter Pears (Tenor), Anne Pashley (Soprano), Stephen Terry (Boy Soprano),
Johanna Peters (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
Length: 139 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
16. Owen Wingrave, Op. 85 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Benjamin Luxon (Baritone),
Peter Pears (Tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (Bass Baritone), Sylvia Fisher (Soprano),
Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano), Nigel Douglas (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; England 
Length: 128 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
17. Billy Budd, Op. 50 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Michael Langdon (Bass), Robert Tear (Tenor), Peter Glossop (Baritone),
John Shirley-Quirk (Bass Baritone), Peter Pears (Tenor), Bryan Drake (Baritone),
David [bass baritone] Kelly (Bass), Owen Brannigan (Bass), David Bowman (Baritone),
Delme Bryn-Jones (Baritone), Eric Garrett (Baritone), Benjamin Luxon (Baritone),
Nigel Rogers (Tenor), Norman Lumsden (Bass)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951/1960; England 
Length: 161 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
18. Peter Grimes, Op. 33 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  James Pease (Baritone), Raymond Nilsson (Tenor), David [bass baritone] Kelly (Bass),
Lauris Elms (Mezzo Soprano), David Bowman (Baritone), Owen Brannigan (Bass),
Peter Pears (Tenor), Marion Studholme (Soprano), Jean Watson (Alto),
John Lanigan (Tenor), Iris Kells (Soprano), Claire Watson (Soprano),
Sir Geraint Evans (Bass)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
Length: 122 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
19. Paul Bunyan, Op. 17 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Philip Brunelle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plymouth Music Series Orchestra,  Plymouth Music Series Chorus,  Plymouth Music Series Ensemble Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Venue:  Ordway Music Theatre, St. Paul, 
Length: 113 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
20. Paul Bunyan, Op. 17: Overture by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Philip Brunelle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Southwark, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
21. Paul Bunyan, Op. 17: Inkslingers Love Song by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dan Dressen (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philip Brunelle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Southwark, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
22. Paul Bunyan, Op. 17: Lullaby of Dream Shadows by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Andrew Murgatroyd (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Bronwen Mills (Soprano),
Patricia Forbes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Brunelle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Southwark, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
23. Rape of Lucretia, Op. 37 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (Bass Baritone), Bryan Drake (Baritone),
Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Elisabeth Bainbridge (Mezzo Soprano), Jenny Hill (Soprano),
Benjamin Luxon (Baritone), Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1970 
Venue:  All Saint' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 107 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
24. Phaedra, Op. 93 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1977 
Venue:  Maltings, Snape 
Length: 15 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
25. Death in Venice, Op. 88 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (Bass Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor),
Stuart Harling (Baritone), Kenneth Bowen (Tenor), Michael Bauer (),
Anne Wilkens (Mezzo Soprano), Janice Hooper Roe (), Robert Carpenter Turner (),
Stephen James Adams (), Penelope MacKay (), Shiela Brand (),
Angela Vernon Bates (), Michael Follis (), Iris Saunders (Soprano),
Anna Vincent (), Ronald Murdock (), Keith Jones (),
Neville Williams (Bass Baritone), Peter Leeming ()
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  English Opera Group members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1974 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape 
Length: 145 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
26. Beggar's Opera by John Gay
Performer:  Helen Templeton (Alto), Yvonne Kenny (Soprano), Declan Mulholland (Voice),
Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Lloyd (Bass), Anne Collins (Mezzo Soprano),
Philip Langridge (Tenor), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra,  Aldeburgh Festival Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Snape, London 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Benjamin Britten 
27. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Bass Baritone), Stephen Terry (Boy Soprano), Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano),
Helen Watts (Alto), Owen Brannigan (Baritone), Norman Lumsden (Voice),
Kenneth MacDonald (), David [bass baritone] Kelly (), Keith Raggett (Voice),
Richard Dakin (Voice), John Pryer (Voice), Heather Harper (Soprano),
Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas Hemsley (Baritone), Peter Pears (Tenor),
Ian Wodehouse (Voice), Gordon Clark (Voice), Eric Alder (Voice),
Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Robert Tear (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 144 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
28. Turn of the Screw, Op. 54 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano), Joan Cross (Soprano), Olive Dyer (Soprano),
David Hemmings (Boy Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor), Arda Mandikian (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; England 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 105 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
29. Gloriana, Op. 53 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano), Jonathan Summers (Baritone),
Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), John Mark Ainsley (Tenor),
Alan Opie (Baritone), Christopher Cornall (Voice), Richard Van Allan (Bass),
Dominic Gill (Voice), Yvonne Kenny (Soprano), Peter Hoare (Tenor),
Willard White (Bass), Janice Watson (Soprano), Jenevora Williams (Voice),
James Miller-Coburn (Voice), Josephine Barstow (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 148 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
30. Voices for Today, Op. 75 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965 
31. Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: no 6, I mun be married on Sunday by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), John Hahessy (Boy Alto)
32. Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: no 3, Cuckoo! by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  John Hahessy (Boy Alto), Benjamin Britten (Piano), Michael Berkeley (Boy Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1935; England 
33. Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: no 8, Fishing Song by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), John Hahessy (Boy Alto)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1935; England 
34. Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: no 11, There was a monkey by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), John Hahessy (Boy Alto)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1935; England 
35. Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: no 5, New Year Carol by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), John Hahessy (Boy Alto)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1935; England 
36. Canticle II, Op. 51 "Abraham and Isaac" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Norma Procter (Alto), Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; England 
37. A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Pamela Bowden (Alto), Peter Gellhorn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
38. The Sword in the Stone by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Terence Hanbury White (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Walter Goehr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
39. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Michael Hartnett (Harp)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
40. A Boy was Born, Op. 3 by Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Singers,  All Saints Choristers Margaret Street,  English Opera Group Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933/1955; England 
41. Friday Afternoons, Op. 7 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Viola Tunnard (Piano)
Conductor:  Derrick Herdman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purley Downside School Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1935; England 
42. Psalm 150, Op. 67 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Derrick Herdman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purley Downside School Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; England 
43. Wealden Trio: Song of the Women by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Peter Pears
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wilbye Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929/1967; England 
44. Sycamore Tree by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Peter Pears
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wilbye Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1967; England 
45. A Shepherd's Carol by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Peter Pears
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wilbye Consort
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
46. Chorale on an old french Carol by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Wilfrid Parry (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elizabethan Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
47. Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Wilfrid Parry (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elizabethan Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
48. Flower Songs (5), Op. 47 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Wilfrid Parry (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elizabethan Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; England 
49. Part-Songs (2) by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Wilfrid Parry (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis Halsey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elizabethan Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932/1933 
50. Missa Brevis in D major, Op. 63 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  George Malcolm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; England 
51. Oxen by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander Wells (Piano)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
52. Fancie by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander Wells (Piano)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
53. Two-part Songs (3) by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander Wells (Piano)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
54. King Herod and the cock by Traditional
Performer:  Alexander Wells (Piano)
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir
Written: England 
55. May by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Ronald Corp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
56. Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
57. Advance Democracy by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
Language: English 
58. Wedding Anthem, Op. 46 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ruth Dean (Soprano), Neil MacKenzie (Tenor), Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
59. Antiphon, Op. 56b by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
60. Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1933-1934; England 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh 
Length: 17 Minutes 17 Secs. 
61. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 26 Minutes 44 Secs. 
62. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 31 Secs. 
63. Peter Grimes: Sea Interludes (4), Op. 33a by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
64. Jubilate Deo in C major by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
65. Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1934; England 
66. Festival Te Deum in E major, Op. 32 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  George Guest
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
67. Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Language: English 
68. Les illuminations, Op. 18 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Language: French 
69. Peter Grimes: Passacaglia, Op. 33b by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; England 
70. Sweet was the Song the Virgin Sung by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Peter Pears
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wilbye Consort
71. Johnson over Jordan: Suite by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 39 Secs. 
72. Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 13: Recitative and Aria by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Joanna MacGregor (Piano)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1989 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, Suffolk 
Length: 9 Minutes 43 Secs. 
73. Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 13 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1945; England 
74. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 15 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Mark Lubotsky (Violin)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939/1958; England 
75. Our Hunting Fathers, Op. 8 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
Date of Recording: 06/11/1961 
Venue:  Live  BBC Studios, England 
Length: 25 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
76. Who are these Children?, Op. 84 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; England 
Date of Recording: 09/26/1971 
Venue:  Live  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
77. On this Island, Op. 11 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
78. Cabaret Songs (4) by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Caryl Hughes (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
79. Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dennis Brain (French Horn), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boyd Neel String Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1944 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
80. Winter Words, Op. 52 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
Date of Recording: 03/17/1954 
Venue:  Decca Studios, London 
Length: 20 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
81. Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, Op. 22 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Date of Recording: 07/18/1954 
Length: 16 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
82. Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; England 
Date of Recording: 11/1967 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape 
Length: 23 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
83. Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Op. 74 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
84. The Poet's Echo, Op. 76 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/1968 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape 
Length: 16 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
85. Hölderlin-Fragmente (6) by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Written: 1958 
Date of Recording: 11/1961 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
86. Fish in the Unruffled Lakes by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  James Geer (Tenor), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
87. A Dirge by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  James Geer (Tenor), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
88. Virtue in deeds not words by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Caryl Hughes (Mezzo Soprano), Martin Martineau (Piano)
89. Prithee by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Andrew Tortise (Tenor), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
90. Lucy by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ben Johnson (Tenor), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
91. Um Mitternacht by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  James Geer (Tenor), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959-1960; England 
92. Beware by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Smith (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
93. Lilian by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Smith (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
94. The Joy of Grief by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Katherine Broderick (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
95. Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
96. Rondo Concertante for Piano and Strings by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Rolf Hind (Piano)
Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930 
97. In memoriam Dennis Brain by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Michael Thompson (French Horn), Richard Watkins (French Horn)
Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958 
98. Untitled Fragment for Strings by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930 
99. Concerto movement for Clarinet by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Michael Collins (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
100. Concerto for Violin and Viola by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Yuri Bashmet (Viola), Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1931 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 33 Secs. 
101. Portraits (2) by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Yuri Bashmet (Viola)
Conductor:  Kent Nagano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 56 Secs. 
102. Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Norbert Brainin (Violin), Siegmund Nissel (Violin), Peter Schidlof (Viola),
Martin Lovett (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1963 
Venue:  Decca Studio no 3, W Hampstead, London 
Length: 27 Minutes 32 Secs. 
103. Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Siegmund Nissel (Violin), Norbert Brainin (Violin), Peter Schidlof (Viola),
Martin Lovett (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1978 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh 
Length: 25 Minutes 21 Secs. 
104. Sinfonietta, Op. 1 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Günther Breitenbach (Viola), Josef Veleba (French Horn), Anton Fietz (Violin),
Werner Tripp (Flute), Karl Mayrhofer (Oboe), Alfred Boskovsky (Clarinet),
Ernst Pamperl (Bassoon), Philipp Matheis (Violin), Emanuel Brabec (Cello),
Otto Rühm (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Octet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 14 Minutes 27 Secs. 
105. Soirées musicales, Op. 9 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
106. Matinées musicales, Op. 24 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; England 
107. Ballad of Heroes, Op. 14 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Tear (Tenor)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Date of Recording: 1984-90 
108. Diversions for Piano left hand and Orchestra, Op. 21 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940/1954; England 
Date of Recording: 1984-90 
109. Suite on English Folk Tunes, Op. 90 "A Time There Was" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter [English Horn] Walden (English Horn)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966-1975; England 
Date of Recording: 1984-90 
110. Canadian Carnival, Op. 19 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Wesley Warren (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Date of Recording: 1984-90 
111. Young Apollo, Op. 16 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Cole (Viola), Felix Kok (Violin), Michal Kaznowski (Cello),
Jeremy Ballard (Violin), Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Date of Recording: 1984-90 
112. Chansons françaises (4) by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jill Gomez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
Date of Recording: 1984-90 
113. Occasional Overture in C major, Op. 38 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Date of Recording: 1984-90 
114. Praise we great men by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Mary King (Alto), Robert Tear (Tenor), Willard White (Bass),
Alison Hargan (Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; England 
Date of Recording: 1984-90 
115. An American Overture, Op. 27 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; England 
Date of Recording: 1984-90 
116. Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
117. Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
118. Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: no 6, I Wonder as I Wander by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: United Kingdom 
119. Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: no 2, Greensleeves by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Graham Johnson (Piano), Philip Langridge (Tenor), Felicity Lott (Soprano)
120. Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: no 10, The Stream in the Valley by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Christopher Van Kampen (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: c1946; England 
121. Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements, for voice & piano: The Deaf Woman's Courtship by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: United Kingdom 
122. Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements, for voice & piano: Soldier, Won't You Marry Me? by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: United Kingdom 
123. Folksongs (8), Volume 2: no 7, Eho! Eho! by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; England 
124. Folksongs (8), Volume 2: no 1, La noël passée by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; England 
125. Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 6, The Shooting of his Dear by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Tear (Tenor), Timothy Walker (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1958; England 
126. Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 4, Bonny at morn by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Osian Ellis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
127. Folksongs (10), Volume 4: no 7, Dear harp of my country by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
128. Folksongs (10), Volume 4: no 5, At the mid hour of night by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Graham Johnson (Piano), Felicity Lott (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
129. Folksongs (10), Volume 4: no 10, O the sight entrancing by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Graham Johnson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
130. Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 3, Master Kilby by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Tear (Tenor), Timothy Walker (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
131. Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 5, The soldier and the sailor by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Tear (Tenor), Timothy Walker (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
132. Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 1, I will give my love an apple by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Tear (Tenor), Timothy Walker (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
133. Folksongs (6), Volume 6: no 2, Sailor-boy by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Tear (Tenor), Timothy Walker (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
134. The Crocodile by Traditional
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Graham Johnson (Piano)
135. Pray Goody by Charles Burney
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Graham Johnson (Piano)
136. Folksongs (10), Volume 4: no 2, Sail on by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Graham Johnson (Piano), Felicity Lott (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
137. Rich and Rare by Traditional
Performer:  Graham Johnson (Piano), Felicity Lott (Soprano)
138. The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Performer:  Graham Johnson (Piano), Felicity Lott (Soprano)
Written: England 
139. Folksongs (8) with Harp/Guitar: no 8, Bird scarer's song by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Osian Ellis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; England 
140. Folksongs (8) with Harp/Guitar: no 6, David of the white rock by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Osian Ellis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; England 
141. Folksongs (8) with Harp/Guitar: no 5, I was lonely and forlorn by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Osian Ellis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; England 
142. Folksongs (8) with Harp/Guitar: no 3, Lemady by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Osian Ellis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; England 
143. Folksongs (8) with Harp/Guitar: no 2, She's like a swallow by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Osian Ellis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; England 
144. Folksongs (8) with Harp/Guitar: no 1, Lord! I married me a wife by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Osian Ellis (Harp)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1976 
145. Folksongs (8), Volume 2: no 8, Quand j'étais chez mon père by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sophie Wyss (Soprano), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; England 
146. Folksongs (8), Volume 2: no 3, La fileuse by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sophie Wyss (Soprano), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; England 
147. Folksongs (8), Volume 2: no 2, Voici le printemps by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sophie Wyss (Soprano), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; England 

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 A Monumental work of production November 22, 2013 By R. Gregory (Coaldale, AB) See All My Reviews "The 66 CD's are packed in a rugged but elegantly produced cardboard box, surrounded by protective foam. Each CD is in a plain jacket with title(s) and muted dark sketches on the front; detailed tracks are listed on the reverse (I wish that these listings could have been more visible - use a larger font?) The CD's are arranged in groups (Operas, Stage & Screen, Voices & Instruments). I feel that this is as good a grouping as any, but I would have liked to see a cross-referencing along the lines of opus number/composition date. Very welcome inclusions are historical rehearsal recordings and interviews with musicians who worked with the composer. I was pleased to see that some of my favorite 'classic' recordings were included; among these were Britten's 'Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings' with Dennis Brain, and 'Les illuminations'; these were on the first Decca LP of his works which I acquired in the mid-1950's. I remember my excitement at the release of the LP recording of the War Requiem in 1963. I was therefore delighted to listen to previously unreleased rehearsals of this work on CD's in this collection. Not all lovers of Britten's music will like some of the music at first hearing - some of the composer's effects are 'non-idiomatic' or just plain odd. Although the title says "Britten: The Complete Works", I note one missing piece: "Aria Italiana for String Orchestra" (at least, if it's there, I haven't found it yet!) Altogether, this collection - a massive project of collaboration between various recording companies - is highly-successful and to be heartily recommended to students of 20th century classical music." Report Abuse
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