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Clifford Benson

Biography

Born: November 17, 1946; Grays, Essex   Died: August 10, 2007  
At the Royal College of Music in London, British pianist Clifford Benson studied with Lamar Crowson and Cyril Smith. He was awarded the Chopin Sonata Prize, the Geoffrey Tankard Lieder Prize for Accompaniment, and the Tagore Gold Medal while at school. He went on to win first prize winner in the BBC Beethoven and Munich International Duo Competitions, both with the violinist Levon Chilingirian. He has collaborated with many prominent artists, Read more including violinist Shlomo Mintz, flutists Trevor Wye and William Bennett, baritone Stephen Varcoe, and clarinetist Thea King, but also with singers Cleo Laine and Eartha Kitt. He was also the pianist for Jacqueline du Pré's master classes on BBC television. A former member of the Nash Ensemble, he appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at the BBC Promenade Concerts. He performed with conductors Sir Charles Mackerras, George Hurst, Daniel Barenboim, and Neville Marriner. World premieres he performed include Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's Three Romantic Pieces and Malcolm Lipkin's Sonata No. 4. He recorded a great deal of English music for Hyperion and released other recordings on Bravura, Chandos, CRD, CamerataTokyo, Beep, Deutsche Gramophone, and Unicorn. Benson was also a composer and has published several works for the piano. His Au revoir Sylvie, originally written for solo piano, was orchestrated and performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra. He taught piano and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music, London, but was also an oft-sought adjudicator for competitions and festivals. Read less
Stanford: Songs Vol 1 / Stephen Varcoe, Clifford Benson
Release Date: 04/11/2000   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67123   Number of Discs: 1
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English Music For Clarinet / Thea King, Clifford Benson
Release Date: 09/09/1997   Label: Hyperion Dyad  
Catalog: 22027   Number of Discs: 2
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Parry: English Lyrics And Songs / Varcoe, Benson
Release Date: 11/24/1998   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67044   Number of Discs: 1
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Stanford: Songs Vol 2 / Stephen Varcoe, Clifford Benson
Release Date: 07/11/2000   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67124   Number of Discs: 1
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Earth And Air And Rain - Finzi: Songs / Varcoe, Benson
Release Date: 08/11/2009   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 22070   Number of Discs: 2
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    Faure Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94750 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jerome Ducros,  Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian,  Henri Demarquette,  Juliette Hurel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Serge Baudo,  Moshe Atzmón,  André Vandernoot  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Bretagne  ... 
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    Schubert: Trout Quintet, Notturno / Nash Ensemble
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3352 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christopher Van Kampen,  Clifford Benson,  Marcia Crayford,  Rodney Slatford  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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    A Tribute To Fritz Kreisler
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001637702 Release Date: 01/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci,  Brooks Smith,  Fritz Kreisler,  Haddon Squire  ... 
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    Kreisler: Liebesleid, Liebesfreud / Mintz, Benson
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 423876 Release Date: 01/02/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Isaac Albeniz,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Shlomo Mintz
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    Earth And Air And Rain - Finzi: Songs / Varcoe, Benson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 22070 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Clifford Benson
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    Beethoven, Archduke Rudolph: Piano Trios / Nash Ensemble
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3345 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Archduke Rudolph,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Antony Pay,  Christopher Van Kampen,  Clifford Benson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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    Britten: String Quartet 1; Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Op.57
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3351 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Clifford Benson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alberni Quartet Choir
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    Fauré: Cello Sonatas, Elegie, Sicilienne / Igloi, Benson
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3316 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Thomas Igloi
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    Brahms: Complete Chamber Music
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44331 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Lawrence Power,  Simon Crawford-Phillips,  Timothy Hugh,  Krysia Osostowicz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest String Quartet,  Raphael Ensemble,  Gabrieli String Quartet  ... 
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    Schubert: Trout Quintet, Notturno / Nash Ensemble
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3352 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Marcia Crayford,  Christopher Van Kampen,  Rodney Slatford  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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    Grand Prix - Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Mintz, Abbado, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000872202 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Clifford Benson
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Debussy, Saint-saens: Complete Chamber Music For Woodwinds
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 1017 Release Date: 10/26/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  James Campbell,  John York,  Clifford Benson,  William Bennett  ... 
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  • 13.
    War's Embers
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55237 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi,  Bryan Kelly,  George Butterworth,  Ernest Farrar
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Michael George,  Martyn Hill,  Stephen Varcoe
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    Weekend Classics - A Violin Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000583602 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Shlomo Mintz,  Jean-Claude Ambrosini,  Christian Ferras  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Okko Kamu,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Cello Classics   Catalog: 11010 Release Date: 03/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Benjamin Godard,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Douglas Cameron,  Ethel Bartlett,  Sir John Barbirolli,  W.H. Squire  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Eric Fenby,  Constant Lambert,  Christopher Finzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Newbury String Players
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    Songs By Finzi And His Friends / Ian Partridge, Et Al
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55084 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harry Gill,  Ivor Gurney,  Ernest Farrar,  Robin Milford  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Stephen Roberts,  Ian Partridge
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    Stanford: Songs Vol 2 / Stephen Varcoe, Clifford Benson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67124 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Stephen Varcoe
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    Stanford: Songs Vol 1 / Stephen Varcoe, Clifford Benson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67123 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Clifford Benson
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    Parry: English Lyrics And Songs / Varcoe, Benson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67044 Release Date: 11/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Hubert Parry
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Stephen Varcoe
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    Martinu: La Revue De Cuisine, Etc / Dartington Ensemble
    Label: Hyperion Dyad   Catalog: 22039 Release Date: 05/12/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Oliver Butterworth,  Clifford Benson,  John Bryden,  Michael Evans  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dartington Ensemble
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  • 21.
    Carmen Fantasy - Encore Pieces / Bennett, Benson
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 30338 Release Date: 12/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Albert Franz Doppler,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Madeleine Dring  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  William Bennett
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    English Music For Clarinet / Thea King, Clifford Benson
    Label: Hyperion Dyad   Catalog: 22027 Release Date: 09/09/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Arnold Cooke,  Franz Reizenstein  ... 
    Performer:  Thea King,  Clifford Benson
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  • 23.
    Schubert: Musik Für Flöte Und Klavier / Bennett, Benson
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 08/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  William Bennett
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  • 24.
    Melody Of Japan / William Bennett, Clifford Benson
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 128 Release Date: 12/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tadasuke Ono,  Teiichi Okano,  Tamezo Narita,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  William Bennett,  Clifford Benson
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    Arnold, Bernstein, Debussy, Martinu, Et Al / Gray, Benson
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2165 Release Date: 01/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Francis Poulenc,  Leonard Bernstein,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Gary Gray
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