Peter Pears

Biography

Born: June 22, 1910; Farnham, England   Died: April 3, 1986; Aldeburgh, England  
Peter Pears, for many years, embodied British vocal music, both opera and song. Benjamin Britten wrote 14 operas and over 50 songs and song cycles for him, and he appeared in the premieres of many other major English works. He was one of the three founders of the Aldeburgh Festival, and he and Britten established the Britten/Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, where he directed the various singing programs until his death.

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Read more these impressive credentials and influence, it is rather surprising that as a singer he had distinct limitations. While he was capable of excellent singing, his voice was not especially beautiful, with a rather reedy tone, and at times also with a pronounced wobble. However, his musical intelligence, elegant phrasing, and expressive use of text and the vocal line were to create his place in music history.

His first musical career plan was to be an organist, and he studied that at the Hertford College of Oxford, but he later enrolled at the Royal College of Music in London, where he remained from 1933 to 1935 as an "Operatic Exhibitioner." He then pursued studies with Elena Gerhardt and Dawson Freer. He began his professional singing career as a member of the BBC Singers in 1934, and it was through that group that he and Britten first met.

His first recital with Britten was in 1937 at Balliol, followed by a tour of the United States and Europe performing chamber music, including material written by Britten. When they returned, they performed his Michelangelo Sonnets at Wigmore Hall. His operatic debut was as Hoffmann in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann at the Strand Theater in London in 1942; he joined the Sadler's Wells Opera Company in 1943, singing lyric tenor leads. Britten had begun to write the role of Peter Grimes for him, with funding from the Koussevitsky Foundation, and the opera had its world premiere in 1945 at the Sadler's Wells. Thereafter, while he still appeared in other composer's works, he and Britten were an established musical team, and the next decades saw the appearances of many more operas written for Pears. In 1946, he created the role of the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, the title role of Albert Herring in 1947, Captain Vere in Billy Budd in 1951, Essex in Gloriana in 1963, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw in 1954, Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1960, and Aschenbach in Death in Venice in 1973. He also created the role of Pandarus in Walton's Troilus and Cressida. In the song repertoire, he premiered Berkeley's Stabat Mater, Tippett's A Child of Our Time and Boyhood's End, as well as Britten's Michelangelo Sonnets, Donne Sonnets, and Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, to name just the most famous. He was a noted student of early music, frequently performing English lute songs in his recitals, and he and Britten published editions of several songs by Purcell.

While most strongly associated with English music and English venues, he was also a noted soloist at the Holland Festival and the Salzburg Festival.

Pears and Britten were necessarily discreet about the intimate nature of their relationship, but in music history, their lifelong partnership and love affair is one of the most productive and influential, perhaps surpassed only by that of Robert and Clara Schumann. They are buried next to one another in Aldeburgh. Read less
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  • 101.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor, Mass In F / Jochum, Redel
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438739 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Agnes Giebel,  Gisela Litz,  Hermann Prey,  Peter Pears  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel,  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Pro Arte Orchestra,  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 102.
    Britten: Serenade, Les Illuminations / Britten, Pears
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436395 Release Date: 09/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Pears
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Britten: Owen Wingrave / Britten, Pears, Luxon, Baker, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433200 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Benjamin Luxon,  Nigel Douglas,  Heather Harper,  Dame Janet Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
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  • 104.
    Nordheim: Orchestral And Vocal Works
    Label: Contemporary   Catalog: 4931 Release Date: 01/24/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arne Nordheim
    Performer:  David Stranger,  Peter Pears,  Peter Lloyd
    Conductor:  Per Dreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Britten: War Requiem / Britten, Vishnevskaya, Pears
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414383 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Peter Pears,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Highgate School Chorus  ... 
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  • 106.
    Puccini: Turandot / Mehta, Sutherland, Pavarotti, Caballé
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414274 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  John Alldis Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Britten: Saint Nicolas, Rejoice In The Lamb / Britten
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425714 Release Date: 05/16/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  David Hemmings,  Peter Pears
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra,  Aldeburgh Festival Chorus
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  • 108.
    Britten: The Canticles / Tuckwell, Pears, Bowman
    Label: London/Decca British Collection   Catalog: 4257162 Release Date: 05/07/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Benjamin Britten,  James Bowman,  Osian Ellis,  Peter Pears  ... 
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  • 109.
    Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Britten, London So
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425663 Release Date: 03/30/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Stephen Terry,  Elizabeth Harwood,  Helen Watts,  Owen Brannigan  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Britten: Death In Venice / Bedford, Pears, Shirley-quirk
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4256692 Release Date: 02/07/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Kenneth Bowen,  Stuart Harling,  Michael Bauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group members,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Britten: The Turn Of The Screw / Britten, English Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425672 Release Date: 02/07/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Olive Dyer,  David Hemmings,  Peter Pears,  Arda Mandikian  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra
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  • 112.
    Britten: Curlew River / Pears, Shirley-Quirk
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421858 Release Date: 10/20/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Peter Pears,  Harold Blackburn,  Bryan Drake
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Group
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  • 113.
    Bach: St Matthew Passion / Klemperer, Pears, Ludwig, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 63058 Release Date: 06/16/1989   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hampstead Parish Church Boys' Choir,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 114.
    Britten: Cello Symphony, Sinfonia Da Requiem, Etc / Britten
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4251002 Release Date: 05/05/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Peter Pears,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Britten: Albert Herring / Pears, Fisher, Brannigan
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421849 Release Date: 04/04/1989   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Sylvia Fisher,  Johanna Peters,  April Cantelo,  John Noble  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Schumann: Szenen Aus Goethes Faust / Britten, Fischer-Dieskau
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 425705 Release Date: 01/01/1980   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Elizabeth Harwood,  Peter Pears,  John Shirley-Quirk
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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Biography

Born: June 22, 1910; Farnham, England   Died: April 3, 1986; Aldeburgh, England  
Peter Pears, for many years, embodied British vocal music, both opera and song. Benjamin Britten wrote 14 operas and over 50 songs and song cycles for him, and he appeared in the premieres of many other major English works. He was one of the three founders of the Aldeburgh Festival, and he and Britten established the Britten/Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, where he directed the various singing programs until his death.

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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Prelude
"Jesu, Maria, I Am Near To Death"
"Rouse Thee, My Fainting Soul"
"Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Deus"
"Proficiscere, Anima Christiana"
"I Went To Sleep"
"It Is a Member Of That Family Of Wondrous Beings"
"But Hark! Upon My Senses Comes a Fierce Hubbub"
"I See Not Those False Spirits"
"But Hark! A Grand Mysterious Harmony"
"Thy Judgement Now Is Near"
"I Go Before My Judge"
"Softly and Gently"
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - I. Fanfare
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - II. Villes
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IIIa. Phrase
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IIIb. Antique
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IV. Royauté
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - V. Marine
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - VI. Interlude
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - VII. Being beauteous
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - VIII. Parade
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IX. Départ
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Prologue
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Pastoral - The Day's Grown Old
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Nocturne - The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Elegy - O Rose, Thou Art Sick
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Dirge - This Ae Night
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Hymn - Queen and Huntress Chaste and Fair
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Sonnet - O Soft Embalmer of the Still Midnight
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Epilogue
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Prologue
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Pastoral
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Nocturne
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Elegy
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Dirge
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Hymn
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Sonnet
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Epilogue
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto XVI
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto XXXI
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto XXX
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto LV
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto XXXVIII
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto XXXII
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto XXIV
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 1. Oh, My Blacke Soule!
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 2. Batter My Heart
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 3. Oh Might Those Sighes and Teares
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 4. Oh, To Vex Me
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 5. What If This Present
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 6. Since She Whom I Loved
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 7. At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 8. Thou Hast Made Me
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 9. Death, Be Not Proud
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - On Wenlock Edge
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - From Far, From Eve And Morning
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - Is My Team Ploughing?
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - Oh, When I Was In Love With You
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - Bredon Hill
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - Clun
Tippett: Boyhood's End - What, then did I want? What did I ask to have?
Tippett: Boyhood's End - To rise each morning and to look out on the sky...
Tippett: Boyhood's End - To climb trees and put my hand down in the deep hot nest of the Bienteveo...
Tippett: Boyhood's End - To ride at noon on the hottest days...
Tippett: Boyhood's End - To lie on my back on the rust-brown grass in January
Tippett: The Heart's Assurance - 1. Song
Tippett: The Heart's Assurance - 2. The Heart's Assurance
Tippett: The Heart's Assurance - 3. Compassion
Tippett: The Heart's Assurance - 4. The Dancer
Tippett: The Heart's Assurance - 5. Remember your Lovers
Tippett: Songs for Ariel - Come Unto These Yellow Sands
Tippett: Songs for Ariel - Full Fathom Five
Tippett: Songs for Ariel - Where The Bee Sucks
Ireland: The Land of Lost Content - The Lent Lily
Ireland: The Land of Lost Content - Ladslove
Ireland: The Land of Lost Content - Goal & Wicket
Ireland: The Land of Lost Content - The Vain Desire
Ireland: The Land of Lost Content - The Encounter
Ireland: The Land of Lost Content - Epilogue
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Ouvertüre
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Erste Abteilung (Part One) - Du kanntest mich, O kleiner Engel
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Erste Abteilung (Part One) - Ach neige, du Schmerzenreiche
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Erste Abteilung (Part One) - Wie anders, Gretchen, war dir's
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Die ihr dies Haupt umschwebt im luft'gem Kreise
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Des Lebens Pulse schlagen frisch-lebendig
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Ich heiße der Mangel
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Vier sah ich kommen
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Die Nacht scheint tiefer tief hereinzudringen
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Herbei! herbei! Herein! herein!
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Ein Sumpf zieht am Gebirge hin
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Ihn sättigt keine Lust
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Waldung, sie schwankt heran
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Ewiger Wonnebrand
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Gerettet ist das edle Glied
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Hier ist die Aussicht frei
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Dir, der Unberührbaren
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis
The Passionate Shepherd
My Own Country
"Peter Grimes!"
"You Sailed Your Boat"
"Peter Grimes, I Here Advise You!"
"The Truth...the Pity..."
Interlude I: On the beach
"Oh, Hang At Open Doors"
"Hi! Give Us a Hand"
"I Have To Go From Pub To Pub"
"Let Her Among You"
"Look, the Storm Cone!"
"And Do You Prefer the Storm"
"What Harbour Shelters Peace"
Interlude II: The Storm
"Past Time To Close!"
"We Live and Let Live"
"Have You Heard?"
"Now the Great Bear and Pleiades"
"Old Joe Has Gone Fishing"
"The Bridge Is Down, We Half Swam Over"
Interlude III: Sunday Morning By the Beach
"Glitter Of Waves"
"Let This Be a Holiday"
"This Unrelenting Work"
"Fool To Let It Come To This!"
"What Is It?"
"People!...No! I Will Speak!"
"We Planned That Their Lives"
"Swallow! Shall We Go"
"Now Is Gossip Put On Trial"
"From the Gutter"
Interlude IV: Passacaglia
"Go There!"
"Now!...Now!"
"Peter Grimes! Nobody Here?"
Interlude V: Evening (Moonlight)
"Assign Your Prettiness To Me"
"Pah!"
"Come Along, Doctor!"
"Embroidery In Childhood"
"Mr.Swallow!"
"Who Holds Himself Apart"
Interlude VI: Fog
"Grimes! Grimes!"
"Peter, We've Come To Take You Home"
"To Those Who Pass The Borough"
Prologue
Introducing Creon
Introducing Tiresias
Introducing Focasta
Introducing the Messenger
Epilogue
"Requiem Aeternam"
"What Passing Bells For These Who Die As Cattle?"
"Dies irae"
"Bugles Sang, Saddening the Evening Air"
"Liber Scriptus Proferetur"
"Out There, We've Walked Quite Friendly Up To Death"
"Recordare Jesu Pie"
"Be Slowly Lifted Up"
"Dies Irae"
"Lacrimosa Dies Illa"
"Move Him Into the Sun"
"Domine Jesu Christe"
"So Abraham Rose, and Clave the Wood"
"Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus"
"After the Blast Of Lightning From the East"
"One Ever Hangs Where Shelled Roads Part"
"Libera me, Domine"
"It Seemed That Out Of Battle I Escaped"
"Let Us Sleep Now...In Paradisum"
Requiem Aeternam (Rehearsal)
Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
Offertorium (Rehearsal)
Sanctus (Rehearsal)
Sanctus (Rehearsal)
Agnus Dei (Rehearsal)
Libera Me (Rehearsal)
Libera Me (Rehearsal)
Libera Me (Rehearsal)
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Salus Aeterna"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Good People, In His Holy Name"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "By the Royal Command"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Adept In Magic"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "The Waters Of Babylon"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Sirs, What Is This?"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "We Do Not Lack Enemies"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "By the Royal Decree"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - Procession
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Merodak! Lord Of Creation"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Bring Them Here Before My Majesty"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "O King, Nebuchadnezzar"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "O All Ye Works Of the Lord"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "O Ye Winter and Summer"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Good People, We Have Shown You Here"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Jam Lucis Orto Sidere"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Ah You People"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - The Ceremony
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "I Am Father To You All"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Forgive My Asking You"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Father, May I Speak To You?"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Take Your Due Portion"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Go, If You Must Go"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Welcome, Welcome Stranger!"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "You Are Tired From a Long Journey"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Nights Are Days"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "You Have Gambled and Lost"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Now - I Have Done What I Said"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "With Joy I Sowed"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "My Son"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "O Sing Unto the Lord"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "My Children, You Have Seen"
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Sweep! Sweep!
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Sweep this chimney
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Now, little white boy!
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Pull the rope gently until he is free!
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Is he wounded?
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Sooty tracks
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Run, poor sweep-boy
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - The kettles are singing
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - O why do you weep
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Ah!...Blackguards!
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Help! Help! She's collapsed!
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - The owl, wide-winging through the sky
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Soon the coach will carry you away
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Morning, Sammy! Lovely weather
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Ready, Alfred?
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Coaching song: The horses are champing
Britten: Cantata Academica, Op.62 - I. Bonorum summun omnium II: Quae bene beateque
Britten: Cantata Academica, Op.62 - III. At huius caelestis...V: Tum vero Aeneas Sylvius virtus
Britten: Cantata Academica, Op.62 - VI: Et Gubernacula. VII: Ut Ad Longaeva Tempora
Britten: Cantata Academica, Op.62 - VIII: Docendi ac discendi
Britten: Cantata Academica, Op.62 - IX: Rhenana erga omnes. X: Ut instissime XI: O cives..
Britten: Cantata Academica, Op.62 - XII. Nos autem cuncti. XIII. Vigeatque academia libera
Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Christe eleison (Soprano 1 and 2)
Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus)
Laudamus te (Soprano 2)
Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus)
Domine Deus (Soprano 1, Tenor)
Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus)
Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Alto)
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus (Bass) - Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)
Credo in unum Deum (Chorus)
Patrem omnipotentem (Chorus)
Et in unum Dominum (Soprano 1, Alto)
Et incarnatus est (Chorus)
Crucifixus (Chorus) - Et resurrexit terita die (Chorus)
Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum (Bass)
Confiteor unum baptisma (Chorus)
Sanctus (Chorus)
Osanna (Double Chorus)
Benedictus (Tenor)
Agnus Dei (Alto)
Dona nobis pacem (Double Chorus)
"Over Hill, Over Dale"
"Oberon Is Passing Fell and Wrath"
"Well, Go Thy Way"
"How Now My Love?"
"Be It On Lion, Bear, Or Wolf, Or Bull"
"Welcome Wanderer!"
"Is All Our Company Here?"
"Fair Love, You Faint With Wand'ring In the Wood"
"Through the Forest Have I Gone"
"Stay, Though Thou Kill Me, Sweet Demetrius"
"Come, Now A Roundel and A Fairy Song"
"You Spotted Snakes With Double Tongue"
"What Thou Seest When Thou Dost Wake"
Introduction: The wood
"Are We All Met?"
"I See Their Knavery"
"Be Kind and Courteous To This Gentleman"
"Hail, Mortal, Hail!"
"I Have A Reas'nable Good Ear In Music"
"How Now, Mad Spirit?"
"Flower Of This Purple Dye"
"Puppet? Why So?"
"This Is Thy Negligence"
"Up and down, Up and Down"
"On the Ground, Sleep Sound"
"My Gentle Robin, See'st Thou This Sweet Sight?"
"Helena! Hermi! Demetrius! Lysander!"
"When My Cue Comes, Call Me"
"Have You Sent To Bottom's House?"
"Now, Fair Hippolyta"
"If We Offend, It Is With Our Good Will"
"Gentles, Perchange You Wonder At This Show"
"In This Same Interlude It Doth Befall"
"O Grim-Look'd Night, O Night With Hue So Black"
"O Wall, Full Often Hast Thou Heard My Moans"
"You Ladies, You Whose Gentle Hearts Do Fear"
"This Lanthorn Doth the Horned Moon Present"
"Sweet Moon, I Thank Thee For Thy Sunny Beams"
"Asleep, My Love?"
"Come, Your Bergomask"
"Now the Hungry Lion Roars"
1. Prelude
2. The Tornament
3. Recitative & Fight
4. Entrance of the Queen
5. Recitative
6. The two Lords' Explanation
7. Raleigh's Song
8. Ensemble of Reconciliation
9. Recitative & Final March
10. Prelude & Dialogue
11. The Queen's Song
12. Cecil's Song of Government
13. Recitative & Essex's Entry
14. First Lute Song
15. Second Lute Song
16. The First Duet for the Queen & Essex
17. Soliloquy & Prayer
18. Prelude & Welcome
19. The Masque
20. Finale
21. Prelude & Song
22. Duet
23. Double Duet
24. Quartet
25. Pavane
26. Conversation
27. Galliard
28. Conversation & the Queen's Entrance
29. Lavolta
30. Conversation
31. Morris dance
32. Recitative
33. The Queen's Burlesque
34. Quartet
35. March
36. The Queen's Announcement
37. Ensemble
38. Coranto
39. Prelude & Chatter
40. Essex's Intrusion
41. The Second Duet of the Queen & Essex
42. The Dressing-Table Song
43. The Entrance of Cecil
44. Cecil's Report
45. Discussion
46. The Queen's Decision
47. Ballad - Rondo
48. Prelude & Verdict
49. Cecil's Warning
50. The Queen's Dilemma
51. Trio
52. Lady Essex's Pleading
53. Penepole Rich's Pleading
54. Epilogue
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - Prelude
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "You've Got Your Maps There?"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "At Last It's Out"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "Your Sherry, Mrs. Coyle"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "Oh, How Unforeseen"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "Sirrah! How Dare You!"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "Coyle, I Wish I Had Not Come"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "May God Bless the Queen"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "There Was a Boy, a Wingrave Born"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "I Envy You, This Fine Old House"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "Paramore Shall Welcome Woe!"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "And With His Friend Young Lechmere Played"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "Now You May Save Your Scornful Looks"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "Ah, Owen, What Shall I Do?"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "Is That You, Coyle?"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "Come In...It's Me, Lechmere"