Benjamin Britten

Biography

Born: 1913   Died: 1976   Country: England   Period: 20th Century
With the arrival of Benjamin Britten on the international music scene, many felt that English music gained its greatest genius since Purcell. A composer of wide-ranging talents, Britten found in the human voice an especial source of inspiration, an affinity that resulted in a remarkable body of work, ranging from operas like Peter Grimes (1944-1945) and Death in Venice (1973) to song cycles like the Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings (1943) to Read more the massive choral work War Requiem (1961). He also produced much music for orchestra and chamber ensembles, including symphonies, concerti, and chamber and solo works. Britten's father was a prosperous oral surgeon in the town of Lowestoft, Suffolk; his mother was a leader in the local choral society. When Benjamin's musical aptitude became evident, the family engaged composer Frank Bridge to supervise his musical education. Bridge's tutelage was one of the formative and lasting influences on Britten's compositional development; Britten eventually paid tribute to his teacher in his Op. 10, the Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge (1937). Britten's formal training also included studies at the Royal College of Music (1930-1933).

Upon graduation from the RCM, Britten obtained a position scoring documentaries (on prosaic themes like "Sorting Office") for the Royal Post Office film unit. Working on a tight budget, he learned how to extract the maximum variety of color and musical effectiveness from the smallest combinations of instruments, producing dozens of such scores from 1935 to 1938. He rapidly emerged as the most promising British composer of his generation and entered into collaborative relationships that exerted a profound influence upon his creative life. Among the most important of his professional associates were literary figures like W.H. Auden, and later, E.M. Forster. None, however, played as central a role in Britten's life as the tenor Peter Pears, who was Britten's closest intimate, both personally and professionally, from the late '30s to the composer's death. Pears' voice inspired a number of Britten's vocal cycles and opera roles, and the two often joined forces in song recitals and, from 1948, in the organization and administration of the Aldeburgh Festival.

A steadfast pacifist, Britten left England in 1939 as war loomed over Europe. He spent four years in the United States and Canada, his compositional pace barely slackening, as evidenced by the production of works like the Sinfonia da Requiem (1940), the song cycle Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo (1940), and his first effort for the stage, Paul Bunyan (1940-1941). Eventually, the poetry of George Crabbe drew Britten back to England. With a Koussevitzky Commission backing him, the composer wrote the enormously successful opera Peter Grimes (1944-45), which marked the greatest turning point in his career. His fame secure, Britten over the next several decades wrote a dozen more operas, several of which -- Albert Herring (1947), Billy Budd (1951), The Turn of the Screw (1954), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1960), Death in Venice (1973) -- became instant and permanent fixtures of the repertoire. He also continued to produce much vocal, orchestral, and chamber music, including Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (1965), the three Cello Suites (1961-1964) and the Cello Symphony (1963), written for Mstislav Rostropovich, and the Third String Quartet (1975).

Britten suffered a stroke during heart surgery in 1971, which resulted in something of a slowdown in his creative activities. Nonetheless, he continued to compose until his death in 1976, by which time he was recognized as one of the principal musical figures of the twentieth century. Read less
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  • 1.
    Decca Sound - Mono Years 1944-1956
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280602 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Clifford Curzon,  Alfredo Campoli,  Henry Datyner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Roger Desormière,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Sviatoslav Richter - Complete Decca, Philips & DG Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002236002 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mikhail Kopelman,  Valentin Berlinsky,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Wislocki,  Kurt Sanderling,  Witold Rowicki,  János Ferencsik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moragues Woodwind Quintet members,  Borodin String Quartet,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Britten: Peter Grimes / Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002141602 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  David [bass baritone] Kelly,  Lauris Elms,  Claire Watson  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Britten: The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra; Peter Grimes; Four Sea Interludes; Etc.
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1417 Release Date: 07/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum,  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra,  I Musici  ... 
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    100 Great Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Sammartini,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon,  Christopher Hogwood,  Thomas Füri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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    English Accents: Oboe Players In England During The 1950s
    Label: Oboe Classics   Catalog: 2027 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Winfield,  Sidney Sutcliffe,  Leonard Brain,  Edward Selwyn  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Geraint Jones,  John Minchinton,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble,  Collegium Musicum Londinii,  London Baroque Ensemble  ... 
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    Britten: War Requiem / Davies, Britten, Pears, Harper, Fischer-Diseskau
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1490 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Peter Pears
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  Meredith Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Coventry Cathedral Choir
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    BBC Legends - Great Recordings from the Archive
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5113 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Beryl Hatt,  Agnes Giebel,  Joyce Barker,  Kerstin Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orpington Junior Singers,  Goldsmiths' Choral Union  ... 
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  • 10.
    Britten The Performer - Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001922102 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Adrian Thompson,  John Tobin,  Jenny Hill,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  Wandsworth School Choir  ... 
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    Britten: War Requiem / Britten, Vishnevskaya, Pears [2-CDs & Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001895702 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    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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  • 12.
    Britten: The Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001880702 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Rachel Masters,  Viola Tunnard,  Gillian Saunders,  Patricia Garrod  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  Stephen Cleobury,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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    Britten: Albert Herring / Pears, Brannigan, Noble, Fisher, Britten, English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001820402 Release Date: 04/09/2013   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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    Britten: Piano Concerto; Diversions; Sinfonia Da Requiem
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 244 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Jacques Abram,  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Herbert Menges,  Benjamin Britten
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    Britten: Spring Symphony; Hymn To St. Cecilia; Choral Dances From 'gloriana'
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 243 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Peter Pears,  Norma Procter
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  George Malcolm
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    Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations; Gloriana Excerpts / Rostropovich, Pears, Britten
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5025 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Peter Pears
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Aldeburgh Festival Chorus
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    Britten: Nocturne; Mozart: Symphony No 40 / Benjamin Britten
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5083 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Pears
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Clifford Curzon Edition - Complete Recordings [23 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728400 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Irmgard Seefried,  Horst Günther,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  George Szell,  Benjamin Britten,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Britten: The Little Sweep, Cantata Academica / Britten, Malcolm
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 236 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Conductor:  George Malcolm,  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  English Opera Group Orchestra
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    Mstislav Rostropovich - The Complete Decca Recordings  [5-CDs]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001649502 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frank Bridge,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Benjamin Britten,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 21.
    The Decca Sound - Highlights
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001620002 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Béla Bartók,  Benjamin Britten,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Franco Capuana,  István Kertész,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 22.
    Bbc Legends: Rostropovich
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 50052 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  George Hurst,  Sir Colin Davis,  Benjamin Britten,  Yevgeny Svetlanov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    British Composers - Britten, Berkeley & Rubbra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 29006 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Edmund Rubbra,  Lennox Berkeley
    Performer:  Joan Cross,  Tom Culbert,  Peter Pears,  Denis Dowling  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Goodall,  Benjamin Britten,  Herbert Menges,  Norman Del Mar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  BBC Theater Chorus,  English Opera Group  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Mstislav Rostropovich
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94775 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  David Oistrakh,  Alexander Dedyukhin,  Ulrich Koch  ... 
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  George Szell,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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    Benjamin Britten Conducts Benjamin Britten
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94213 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  William Byrd,  Arthur Oldham,  Michael Tippett  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Biography

Born: 1913   Died: 1976   Country: England   Period: 20th Century
With the arrival of Benjamin Britten on the international music scene, many felt that English music gained its greatest genius since Purcell. A composer of wide-ranging talents, Britten found in the human voice an especial source of inspiration, an affinity that resulted in a remarkable body of work, ranging from operas like Peter Grimes (1944-1945) and Death in Venice (1973) to song cycles like the Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings (1943) to Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
"Sire, Lord and Master"
"Jesus Went With His Disciples"
"O generous Love!"
"So That the Word Might Be Fulfilled"
"Thy Will Be Done, O God Of Love"
"The Band Then, Together With the Captain"
"To Release Me From the Prison"
"Simon Peter Also Followed Jesus From Afar"
"I'll Follow Thee Also"
"Now That Same Disciple Was Known Unto the High Priest"
"Ah, Who Would Dare To Smite Thee?"
"Now Annas Sent Him Bound Unto the High Priest"
"Ah! Take Flight"
"Peter, Who Denied His Lord"
"Christ, Who Gave Us Life and Light"
"Then Led They Jesus From Caiaphas To the Judgement"
"Ah, King Of Heaven"
"And Pilate Said Unto Him"
"Look Yonder, O My Soul"
"Consider, How His Body"
"And When the Soldiers Had Plaited a Crown Of Thorns"
"Thy Bonds, O Christ, Have Set Us Free"
"But the Jews Cried Out and Said"
"Haste, Ye Souls Forlorn and Weary"
"And There Crucified They Him"
"Within My Heart, O Saviour"
"And Then Did the Soldiers"
"When His Life Had Reached Its End"
"And From That Hour He Took Her Unto His Own Home"
"The End Is Nigh"
"My Dearest Saviour, Wilt Thou Answer?"
"And Then Behold, the Veil Of the Temple Was Rent"
"My Heart, Behold How All the World"
"With Torrents Of Weeping"
"The Jews Therefore, Because It Was the Preparation"
"Help Us, Son Of God Most High"
"And After This, Joseph Of Arimethea"
"Farewell, O Weary, Broken Body"
"Lord Jesus, When We Come To Die"
1. "Süßer Trost, mein Jesu kommt"
2. "Erfreue dich, mein Herz"
3. "In Jesu Demut kann ich Trost"
4."Du teurer Gottessohn, nun hast du mir den Himmel aufgemacht"
5. "Heut' schleusst er wieder auf die Tür"
1. "Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben"
2. "Wo ist das Ebenbild"
3. "Weh, der Seele"
4. "Verachtest du den Reichtum seiner Gnade"
5. "Erschrekke doch"
6. "Beim Warten ist Gefahr"
7. "Heut' lebst du, heut' bekehre dich"
1. (Allegro)
2. Adagio
3. Allegro
4. Menuetto: Trio I
5. Polacca; Trio II
1. (Allegro)
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
1. (Allegro)
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Presto
1. Allegro
2. Affetuoso
3. Allegro
1. --
2. Adagio ma non tanto
3. Allegro
Symphony
"Now the Night Is Chas'd Away"
"Let the Fifes and the Clarions....Dance"
"When a Cruel Long Winter"
"Hail! Great Parent Of Us All"
"Thus the Ever Grateful Spring"
"See, My Many-Coloured Fields"
"Next, Winter Comes Slowly, Pale"
"Hail! Great Parent Of Us All" (Reprise)
Prelude..."Come, All Ye Songsters Of the Sky"
"The Songsters...May the God Of Wit Inspire"
"Echo...Now Join Your Warbling Voices All"
"Fill Up the Bowl"
"See, Even Night Herself Is Here"
"I Am Come To Lock All Fast"
"One Charming Night"
"Hush, No More"
Dance For the Followers Of Night
Overture
"If Love's a Sweet Passion...I Press Her Hand"
"O Let Me Weep, For Ever Weep"
"Now the Maids and the Men Are Making Of Hay"
A Dance Of Haymakers
"A Thousand, Thousand Ways"
Hornpipe and Rondeau
Symphony
"Hark! Hark the Echoing Air"
"Sure the Dull God Of Marriage"
"See, I Obey"
"Turn Then Thine Eyes"
"My Torch Indeed...They Shall Be As Happy"
Chaconne
"They Shall Be As Happy"
Symphony - Canzona
"Celebrate This Festival"
"Britain Now Thy Cares Beguile"
"Celebrate This Festival"
"'Tis Sacred, Bid The Trumpet Cease"
"Let Sullen Discord Smile"
"Crown The Altar, Deck The Shrine"
"Expected Spring At Last Is Come"
"April Who Till Now Has Mourn'd"
"Departing Thus You'll Hear Him Say"
"Happy Realm Beyond Expressing"
"While For a Righteous Cause He Arms"
"Return Fond Muse, The Thoughts Of War"
"Kindly Treat Maria's Day"
1. Allegro assai
2. Adagio
3. Menuet (Allegretto)
4. Finale (Presto - Adagio)
1. Allegro di molto
2. Adagio, ma semplicemente
3. Menuetto - Trio
4. Finale (Presto)
1. Moderato
2. Adagio
3. Finale (Allegro molto)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Andante
3. Menuetto
4. Allegro
1. Marcia (Maestoso)
2. Menuetto - Trio
3. Rondeau (Allegretto - Adagio - Allegro)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante
3. Menuetto
4. Allegro con spirito
1. Molto allegro
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Finale (Allegro assai)
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Finale (Presto)
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante cantabile
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Molto allegro
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Finale (Allegro)
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Rondeau (Allegretto)
1. Allegro
2. Romance
3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
Lento, ma non troppo
Gaily, but not too quick
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"
Theme
Variation 1 - Allegro non troppo
Variation 2 - Lament
Variation 3 - Andante
Variation 4 - Quick & Gay
Variation 5 - Nocturne
Variation 6 - Finale - Presto giocoso
Overture
"From Harmony, From Heav'nly Harmony...When Nature Underneath A Heap"
" From Harmony, From Heav'nly Harmony"
"What Passion Cannot Music Raise And Quell"
"The Trumpet's Loud Clangour"
March
"But Bright Cecilia"
"As From Pow'r Of Sacred Lays"
1. Molto allegro
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio
4. Finale (Allegro assai)
4. Finale (Allegro assai)
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Theme - Allegro maestoso e largamente
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation A: Flutes & Piccolo - Presto
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation B: Oboes - Lento
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation C: Clarinets - Moderato
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation D: Bassoons - Allegro alla marcia
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation E: Violins - Brillante - alla polacca
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation F: Violas - Meno mosso
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation G: Cellos
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation H: Double Basses - Cominciando lento ma poco a poco accelerando
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation I: Harp - Maestoso
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation J: Horns - L'istesso tempo
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation K: Trumpets - Vivace
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation L: Trombones & Bass Tuba - Allegro pomposo
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Variation M: Percussion - Moderato
Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 - without spoken text - Fugue - Allegro molto
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op.4 - 1. Boisterous Bourrée
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op.4 - 2. Playful Pizzicato
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op.4 - 3. Sentimental Saraband
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op.4 - 4. Frolicsome Finale
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 1. Introduction & Theme
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 2. Adagio
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 3. March
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 4. Romance
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 5. Aria Italiana
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 6. Bourrée Classique
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 7. Wiener Waltzer
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 8. Moto Perpetuo
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 9. Funeral March
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 10. Chant
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 11. Fugue & Finale
Britten: Peter Grimes, Op.33 / Prologue - Interlude I: On the beach (Dawn)
Britten: Peter Grimes, Op.33 / Act 1 - Interlude II: The Storm
Britten: Peter Grimes, Op.33 / Act 2 - Interlude III: Sunday Morning
Britten: Peter Grimes, Op.33 / Act 3 - Interlude V: Evening (Moonlight)
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: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Flor-ence! Tell The Midwife!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Doctor Jessop's Midwife"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "I Hope We're Not Too Early, Florence?"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Stuffy!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Now Then! Notebook, Florence!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "The First Suggestion On My List"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Is This All You Can Bring?"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Beggin' Your Pardon"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Right! We'll Have Him!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - Interlude
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Bounce Me High"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Shop! Hi! Albert!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Tickling A Trout"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Meet Me At A Quarter Past Eight"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "He's Much Too Busy"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Good Morning, Young Man"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "We Bring Great News To You"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Isn't He Here?"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "For Three Precious Weeks"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Quickly! Quickly, Come Along!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Here They Are, Dears!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "My Flowers Are Few"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "I'm Full Of Happiness"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "As Representing The Local Council"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "My Heart Leaps Up With Joy"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Er-humph! Er-humph! I'm No Great Shakes"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Well Tried, Albert!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - Interlude
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Albert The Good!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "You Oughtn't To Whistle!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Heaven Helps Those Who Help Themselves!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - Introduction
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "Is She Asleep?"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "I'm Hungry, I'm Tired"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "Give Me A Decent Murder With A Corpse!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "Have You Found Him?"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "Fools! Fools! Blundering Fools!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "In The Midst Of Life Is Death"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "Albert!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "I'm Sorry About That"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "I Can't Remember Everything"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "Albert's Come Back To Stay"
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1 - 3. Finale (Allegro molto)
Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op.68 - Allegro maestoso
Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op.68 - Presto inquieto
Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op.68 - Adagio
Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op.68 - Passacaglia
The Tournament
The Lute Song
Courtly Dances
Gloriana Moritura
I. Lacrymosa
II. Dies Irae
III. Requiem aeternam
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
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
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1 - 3. Finale (Allegro molto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 2. Romance
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
"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"
"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