Grainger: Bold William Taylor

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Grainger: Folk Music

Grainger: Folk Music


Grainger:

Bold William Taylor

Six Dukes Went a-Fishin'

Knight & Shepherd's Daughter

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

The Pretty Maid milkin' her Cow

The Sprig of Thyme

The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol

The Twa Corbies

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Died for Love

The Power of Love

Walking Tune

Willow Willow

Early One Morning

One More Day, My John

Hard-Hearted Barb'ra (H)Ellen

Country Gardens


Claire Booth (soprano), Christopher Glynn (piano)

Soprano Claire Booth and pianist Christopher Glynn explore the fascinating and multifaceted folk song output of the original and inventive composer Percy Grainger.

Percy Grainger was an extraordinary human being and musician - a precocious pianist, colourful composer and world traveller, a peculiarly passionate and emotive eccentric whose fertile mind produced an expansive oeuvre of original and inventive works. Above all Grainger is best known for his most enduring musical endeavour, his exploration and dissemination of folk music. With this release, soprano Claire Booth and pianist Christopher Glynn, who have spent decades delving into Grainger's folk music output, document their fascination with the multifaceted firebrand, and bring his alluring music to a wider audience.

Grainger's success resulted in multiple versions of his folk song settings, for orchestra, wind band, chamber ensemble and choir. But it's perhaps his versions for voice and piano that are the most characteristic, bringing out Grainger's own highly individual style at the keyboard. Claire's and Christopher's survey, one of the most comprehensive available on the market today, offers a variety of transcriptions of songs found in collections from the British Isles as well as discoveries Grainger heard as he roamed throughout the field. The album concludes with Grainger's most celebrated piece, English Country Gardens, in which Claire makes a cameo appearance on piano, joining Christopher in a rousing duet.

“Claire Booth and Christopher Glynn have nurtured a love of Grainger’s folk song transcriptions and re-compositions since university days 20 years ago. Now the love has exploded onto this CD, a cunning arrangement of 11 vocal and seven instrumental tracks throbbing with Grainger’s idiosyncratic genius for creating miniature masterpieces of human anguish and delight” BBC Music Magazine, July 2017 **

“The clear-voiced British soprano captures the wit and whimsy of the Australian-born maverick to perfection, despatching the folk-song settings with unaffected simplicity before joining her accompanist at the keyboard for the piano duet version of Grainger's best-known arrangement, Country Gardens.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, April 2017

“Booth and Glynn beautifully manage the contrasts between simplicity and immense sophistication that all these songs regularly provide; it makes a really engaging sequence.” The Guardian, 26th April 2017 ****

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Peter Pears - A Treasury of English Song

Peter Pears - A Treasury of English Song


Bennett, R R:

Tom O’Bedlam’s Song

with Joan Dickson (cello)

Berkeley, L:

How Love Came In

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Bridge:

Tis but a week

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Goldenhair

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

When you are old

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

So perverse

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Journey's end

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Go Not, Happy Day

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Love went a-riding

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Britten:

Folksongs (selection)

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Let the florid music praise! (from On this Island)

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Busch, W:

If thou wilt ease thine heart

with Viola Tunnard (piano)

Come, o come, my life's delight

with Viola Tunnard (piano)

Two Songs of William Blake

with Viola Tunnard (piano)

Bush, A:

Voices of the Prophets

with Alan Bush (piano)

Butterworth, G:

Is My Team Ploughing?

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Delius:

To Daffodils

with Viola Tunnard (piano)

Dieren:

Dream Pedlary

with Viola Tunnard (piano)

Take, o take those lips away

with Viola Tunnard (piano)

Grainger:

Bold William Taylor

with Viola Tunnard (piano)

Holst:

Persephone (No. 1 from 12 Songs Op. 48)

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Ireland:

The Land of Lost Content

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

The Trellis

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Three Songs

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

I Have Twelve Oxen

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Moeran:

The Merry Month of May

with Viola Tunnard (piano)

In youth is pleasure

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Oldham, A:

Chinese Lyrics (3)

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Rainier:

Cycle for Declamation

Tippett:

Songs for Ariel

with Benjamin Britten (piano)

Warlock:

Piggesnie

with Viola Tunnard (piano)

Along the Stream

with Viola Tunnard (piano)

Yarmouth Fair

with Benjamin Britten (piano)


Peter Pears (tenor)

These recordings, made over the space of a decade from March 1954 to December 1964, capture Peter Pears in the high summer of his career and at the peak of his powers, a period roughly framed by some of the highlights of his partnership with Benjamin Britten: the creation of the character of Peter Quint in the composer’s The Turn of the Screw in Venice in September 1954 and the euphoric response to the first performance in 1962 of the War Requiem, one of the great events of post-war English musical life. The title ‘An Anthology of English Song’ was chosen by Decca for a projected three volumes featuring Pears. The first, with Julian Bream, included Renaissance lute songs by Dowland, Morley and others. The second was presumably intended to included 18th and 19th-century titles but was never made. The third, made in 1955, consisted of 20th-century English song, and much of this material appears on CD for the first time [CD2: 10-21].

A year earlier, Pears and Britten recorded nine of Britten’s folk song arrangements; these particular recordings (made in the same sessions as those for Winter Words) too receive their first release on CD [CD2: 1-9].

More British song was recorded with Britten in 1963 and with pianist Viola Tunnard (who worked closely with Britten in the 1960s, particularly on the Church Parables) in 1964. Of special interest too, will be works Pears commissioned from contemporary composers including the Cycle for Declamation by the South-African-born Priaulx Rainier, a testing tour de force for unaccompanied voice and Richard Rodney Bennett’s dramatic 1961 setting for voice and cello of the anonymous 17th-century ballad Tom O’Bedlam’s Song.

“Gracefully patrician in tone but always perceptive, Pears, with Britten's acute accompaniment, explores a wide range of British song from Butterworth to Tippett.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“To Daffodils is exquisitely sung, and The merry month of May is a tour de force spectacularly brought off by Viola Tunnard” … “The record is completed by a splendid scena by Richard Rodney Bennett, the accompaniment for cello alone, and three prose texts by John Donne set by Priaulx Rainier for unaccompanied voice. Peter Pears sings these with marvellous intensity and understanding, and Joan Dickson’s cello playing in Tom O’ Bedlam is very good indeed.” Gramophone Magazine

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Salute To Percy Grainger

Salute To Percy Grainger


Grainger:

Shepherd's Hey

Willow Willow

I'm seventeen come Sunday

Bold William Taylor

There was a Pig went out to Dig

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

'The Duke of Marlborough' Fanfare

Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow

Scotch Strathspey and Reel

The Pretty Maid milkin' her Cow

The Sprig of Thyme

Lisbon (Dublin Bay)

The Lost Lady Found

Shallow Brown

Molly on the Shore

Shenandoah

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Brigg Fair

Green Bushes

Under A Bridge

Dollar and a Half a Day

The Merry King

Six Dukes Went a-Fishin'

Stormy

The Three Ravens

Died for Love

Country Gardens

The Power of Love

The Hunter in His Career

The Warriors

Philharmonia Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner


Peter Pears (tenor), Anna Reynolds (mezzo-soprano) & John Shirley Quirk (baritone)

Ambrosian Singers, Wandsworth Boys’ Choir & Linden Singers, Benjamin Britten & Steuart Bedford

Recording locations: ‘The Maltings’ Concert Hall, Snape, UK, December 1968 (CD 1: 1-14), November 1972 (CD 1: 15-19, CD 2: 1-3, 5-7, 9-10), March 1976 (CD 2: 4); unknown location, May 1927 (CD1: 8); All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, UK, February 1994 (The Warriors)

A composer with an extraordinary ear for sonority, original in his outlook, sometimes misunderstood, now revered, Percy Grainger is one of Australia’s most unique sons, and, in the words of Sir Peter Pears, one of its “most independent and single-minded spirits”. Many of these recordings, of vocal and chamber orchestra pieces, were made by Decca in 1968 and 1972 and issued, together with a 1927 recording of Grainger playing his Country Gardens and of Peter Pears and Osian Ellis performing Six Dukes wenta-fishin’ in two volumes, with the title Salute to Percy Grainger. The title is retained for this anthology and to it is added Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Deutsche Grammophon recording of The Warriors, presenting nearly two hours of some of Grainger’s finest utterances in some of their earliest (and best) performances to be captured on record. Ten of these items [CD2: 1-10] make their first appearance on CD.

The performers are a Who’s Who of great Decca artists. Benjamin Britten and Steuart Bedford share the conducting duties on the Decca recordings, and the vocalists include Sir Peter Pears, Anna Reynolds and John Shirley-Quirk, together with the Ambrosian Singers and the Wandsworth Boys’ Choir. The notes are written by celebrities too – Sir Peter Pears and Grainger scholar, John Bird – and include affectionate reminiscences. Complete song texts are included.

"This is an altogether delightful anthology, beautifully played and recorded by these distinguished artists … the recording is an extremely good one” Penguin Guide ***

“the enchantments remain … will surely give pleasure” Gramophone

“This two-CD collection includes Britten's classic 1968 recording, which is one of the best of all Grainger recitals in itself...Dazzling sound.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

“The performances by Britten, the tenor Peter Pears and the glorious baritone of John Shirley-Quirk, not to mention the Ambrosian Singers, Linden Singers and Wandsworth Boys’ Choir, have a finesse that defines an imperilled English musical tradition we are in danger of losing.” Sunday Times, 31st October 2010 ****

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Grainger Edition, Vol. 2: Songs for Baritone

Grainger Edition, Vol. 2: Songs for Baritone


Grainger:

Willow Willow

Six Dukes Went a-Fishin'

British Waterside

The Pretty Maid milkin' her Cow

The Lost Lady Found

Creepin' Jane

Bold William Taylor

Four Settings from Songs of the North

Lukannon

Merciful Town

Ride with an Idle Whip

Northern Ballad

The Men of the Sea

Soldier, Soldier

Hard-Hearted Barb'ra (H)Ellen

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: The Secret of the Sea

Arthur Conan Doyle: Sailor's Chanty

Shallow Brown


Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Penelope Thwaites (piano)

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The Grainger Edition Volume 14

The Grainger Edition Volume 14

Works for Chamber Ensemble 2


Grainger:

Molly on the Shore

for string quartet

Lord Peter's Stable-Boy

for violin, cello, piano & harmonium

The Shoemaker from Jerusalem

for flute, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, double bass & piano (four hands)

Hubby and Wifey

for mezzo-soprano, baritone, cello & two guitars

The Only Son

for string quartet & harmonium

Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon

for two violins, viola, cello & harmonium

Lisbon (Dublin Bay)

for wind quartet

The Bridegroom Grat

for mezzo-soprano, two violas, cello & double bass

The Land O' the Leal

for mezzo-soprano, violin, two violas, cello & double bass

Walking Tune

for wind quartet

Willow Willow

for tenor, violin, viola, two cellos & guitar

Harvest Hymn

for string quartet & piano

The Old Woman at the Christening

for mezzo-soprano, piano & harmonium

The Nightingale

for cello & harmonium

The Two Sisters

for cello & harmonium

Sea Song (Sketch for the style of 'Grettir the Strong' Overture or 'Hærmændene paa Helgeland' Overture)

for string quartet & harmonium

Bold William Taylor

for baritone, two clarinets, two violins, viola, two cellos, double bass & harmonium

The Power of Love

for violin, cello, piano & harmonium

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

for tenor, violin, viola & two cellos

Colonial Song

for mezzo-soprano, tenor, violin, cello & piano

Free Music

for string quartet

The Twa Corbies

for tenor, two violins, two violas, tow cellos & double bass

Died for Love

for mezzo-soprano, flute, viola & cello


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The English Songbook

The English Songbook


anon.:

The Death of Queen Jane

Britten:

Down by the Salley Gardens

Browne, W D:

To Gratiana dancing and singing

Delius:

Twilight Fancies

Dunhill:

The Cloths of Heaven, Op. 30/3

Finzi:

The dance continued

Since we loved

German:

Orpheus with his lute

Grainger:

Bold William Taylor

Brigg Fair

Gurney:

Sleep

I will go with my father a-ploughing

Parry:

No longer mourn for me

Quilter:

Come away, death

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 3 No. 2 (Tennyson)

Somervell:

To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars

Stanford:

La Belle Dame sans merci (John Keats) (1877)

My love's an arbutus (Old Irish air)

trad.:

The Turtle Dove

Vaughan Williams:

Linden Lea

Silent Noon

Warlock:

Jillian of Berry

Cradle Song

Rest, sweet nymphs


Ian Bostridge (tenor), Julius Drake (piano)

“The recital begins with Keats and ends with Shakespeare: that can't be bad. But it also begins with Stanford and ends with Parry; what would the modernists of their time have thought about that? They would probably not have believed that those two pillars of the old musical establishment would still be standing by in 1999. And in fact how well very nearly all these composers stand! Quilter's mild drawing–room manners might have been expected to doom him, but the three songs here – the affectionate, easy grace of his Tennyson setting, the restrained passion of his 'Come away, death' and the infectious zest of 'I will go with my father a–ploughing' – endear him afresh and demonstrate once again the wisdom of artists who recognise their own small area of 'personal truth' and refuse to betray it in exchange for a more fashionable 'originality'.
Likewise Finzi, whose feeling for Hardy's poems is so modestly affirmed in 'The dance continued'.
Does that song, incidentally, make deliberate reference, at 'those songs we sang when we went gipsying', to Jillian of Berry by Warlock (whose originality speaks for itself)? Jillian of Berry itself perhaps calls for more full–bodied, less refined tones than Bostridge's. One could do with a ruddier glow and more rotund fruitiness in the voice. Yet for most of the programme he isn't merely a well–suited singer but an artist who brings complete responsiveness to words and music. The haunted desolation of Delius's Twilight Fancies is perfectly caught in the pale hue of the voice which can nevertheless give body and intensity to the frank cry of desire, calming then to pianissimo for the last phrase amid the dim echoes of hunting horns in the piano part. Julius Drake plays with strength of imagination and technical control to match Bostridge's own.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Peter Pears - Anniversary Tribute

Peter Pears - Anniversary Tribute


Bach, J S:

Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben (from Christmas Oratorio)

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger

St John Passion, BWV245: Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas to the judgement

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger

Mass in B minor: Benedictus

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Eugen Jochum

St John Passion, BWV245: Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas to the judgement

John Shirley-Quirk, Gwynne Howell

English Chamber Orchestra, Wandsworth School Boys Choir

Bennett, R R:

Tom O’Bedlam’s Song

Joan Dickson (piano)

Berlioz:

L'Enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Les pèlerins étant venus

Goldsbrough Orchestra, The St. Anthony Singers, Colin Davis

Bridge:

Tis but a week

When you are old

Goldenhair

So perverse

Journey's end

Britten:

Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31

Dennis Brain (horn)

The Boyd Neel String Orchestra

Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22

At Night (from The Turn of the Screw)

Peter Pears (Peter Quint), David Hemmings (Miles), Arda Mandikian (Miss Jessel), Olive Dyer (Flora), Jennifer Vyvyan (Governess)

English Opera Group Orchestra

Rome is now ruled by the Etruscan upstart (from The Rape of Lucretia)

English Chamber Orchestra

Canticle II - Abraham & Isaac Op. 51

Norma Procter (alto)

War Requiem, Op.66: Move him into the sun

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra

Six Hölderlin Fragments, Op. 61

We committed his body to the deep (from Billy Budd)

London Symphony Orchestra

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35

How now my love? (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)

Josephine Veasey (Hermia)

London Symphony Orchestra

Albert the Good! (from Albert Herring)

English Chamber Orchestra

May God bless the Queen (from Owen Wingrave)

Benjamin Luxon (Owen Wingrave), Peter Pears (Sir Philip Wingrave), Heather Harper (Mrs Coyle), Sylvia Fisher (Miss Wingrave), John Shirley-Quirk (Spencer Coyle), Jennifer Vyvyan (Mrs Julian), Dame Janet Baker (Kate), Nigel Douglas (Lechmere)

English Chamber Orchestra

Canticle V: The Death of St. Narcissus, Op. 89

Osian Ellis (harp)

The boy, Tadzio, shall inspire me (from Death in Venice)

English Chamber Orchestra, Steuart Bedford

Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (from Peter Grimes)

Old Joe has gone fishing (from Peter Grimes)

The bridge is down, we half swam over (from Peter Grimes)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

O Waly, Waly

The foggy, foggy dew

The Brisk Young Widow

Le Roi s'en va-t'en chasse

The Plough Boy

Busch, W:

The echoing green

The Shepherd

If thou wilt ease thine heart

Come, o come, my life's delight

Viola Tunnard (piano)

Bush, A:

Voices of the Prophets

Alan Busch (piano)

Delius:

To Daffodils

Viola Tunnard (piano)

Dieren:

Dream Pedlary

Take, o take those lips away

Viola Tunnard (piano)

Dowland:

I saw my Lady weepe

In darkness let me dwell

Julian Bream (guitar)

Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius: Sanctus fortis

London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge

Grainger:

Bold William Taylor

Handel:

Love in her eyes sits playing (from Acis and Galatea)

Lo! Here my love (from Acis and Galatea)

Thurston Dart (harpischord)

Philomusica of London, Adrian Boult

Ireland:

The Land of Lost Content

The Trellis

Love and friendship

Friendship in misfortune

The One Hope

Lutosławski:

Paroles tissées

London Sinfonietta, Witold Lutoslawski

Moeran:

The Merry Month of May

Viola Tunnard (piano)

Morley:

It was a lover and his lass

Julian Bream (guitar)

Pilkington:

Rest sweet Nimphs

Julian Bream (guitar)

Purcell:

When a cruel long winter (from The Fairy Queen)

Rainier:

Cycle for Declamation

Rosseter:

What then is love but mourning?

Julian Bream (guitar)

Schubert:

Gute Nacht (No. 1 from Winterreise, D911)

Der Lindenbaum (No. 5 from Winterreise, D911)

Frühlingstraum (No. 11 from Winterreise, D911)

Der Leiermann (No. 24 from Winterreise, D911)

Das Wandern (No. 1 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

Der Neugierige (No. 6 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

Der Jäger (No. 14 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

Die böse Farbe (No. 17 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

Ganymed, D544 (Goethe)

Schumann:

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (No. 1 from Dichterliebe, Op. 48)

Ich grolle nicht (No. 7 from Dichterliebe, Op. 48)

Ich hab' im Traum geweinet (No. 13 from Dichterliebe, Op. 48)

Die alten, bosen Lieder (No. 16 from Dichterliebe, Op. 48)

Szenen aus Goethes Faust: Die ihr dies Haupt umschwebt im luft'gem Kreise

Jenny Hill, Margaret Cable, John Elwes, Neil Jenkins, John Noble

Aldeburgh Festival Singers, English Chamber Orchestra

Schütz:

Matthäus Passion: Jesus aber stund für dem Landpleger

Meriel Dickinson, John Shirley-Quirk, Benjamin Luxon

Heinrich Schütz Choir, Roger Norrington

Tippett:

Boyhood's End

The Heart's Assurance

Noel Mewton-Wood (piano)

Songs for Ariel

Vaughan Williams:

On Wenlock Edge

Zorian String Quartet


The recorded legacy of the great English tenor Peter Pears is substantial and wide-ranging. It embraces Baroque repertory and Elizabethan songs as well as a vast amount of twentieth-century English music and German Lieder.

This anniversary collection features Pears in a wide selection of this repertory and it also charts his career as a recording artist from landmark recordings such as the first recording of Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings (made in 1944) through to Britten's Canticle V The Death of St Narcissus (composed in 1974), recorded near the end of his career in 1976.

Many recordings included here appear on CD for the first time as international releases. Performances of Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge, and of Tippett’s Songs for Ariel , are of especial interest, and in a different vein, Pears sings Lutoslawski’s Paroles tissées, which he commissioned.

A true rarity is the first ever release of Schubert's Ganymed.

Packaging is cap box; 28-page booklet features a new essay on Pears by George Hall.

“so astute is his characterization and formidable his musical intelligence that he is able to portray the comic flavour of Albert Herring with as much conviction as the haunting melancholy of Death in Venice....All in all, a superb tribute to one of the most characterful and important singers of the twentieth century.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Britten The Performer

Britten The Performer

Complete Decca Recordings


anon.:

God Save The Queen

arr. Britten

Chorus Of East Anglian Choirs, English Chamber Orchestra

Bach, J S:

St John Passion, BWV245

sung in English; ed. Britten, trans. Peter Pears & Imogen Holst

Peter Pears (Evangelist), Heather Harper (soprano), Alfreda Hodgson (contralto), Robert Tear (tenor), Gwynne Howell (Jesus), John Shirley-Quirk (bass)

English Chamber Orchestra, Wandsworth School Boys Choir

Cantata BWV151 'Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt'

Heather Harper (soprano), Helen Watts (contralto), Peter Pears (tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)

English Chamber Orchestra

Cantata BWV102 'Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben'

English Chamber Orchestra

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

English Chamber Orchestra

Berkeley, L:

How Love Came In

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Bridge:

Christmas Dance 'Sir Roger de Coverley'

English Chamber Orchestra

Phantasy in F sharp minor for piano quartet

Norbert Brainin, Peter Schidlof, Martin Lovett, Benjamin Britten

Tis but a week

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Goldenhair

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

When you are old

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

So perverse

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Journey's end

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Go Not, Happy Day

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Love went a-riding

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Britten:

Gloriana: Fanfare

English Chamber Orchestra

Butterworth, G:

Is My Team Ploughing?

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Byrd:

Sellinger's Round

Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra

Debussy:

En blanc et noir

Benjamin Britten, Sviatoslav Richter (piano duet)

Cello Sonata

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Delius:

Summer night on the river

English Chamber Orchestra

Aquarelles (2)

orch. Eric Fenby

English Chamber Orchestra

Elgar:

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

English Chamber Orchestra

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Peter Pears (tenor), Yvonne Minton (mezzo), John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)

London Symphony Orchestra, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, London Symphony Chorus

Grainger:

Shepherd's Hey

English Chamber Orchestra

Willow Willow

Peter Pears (tenor)

English Chamber Orchestra (members)

I'm seventeen come Sunday

English Chamber Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers

Bold William Taylor

John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)

English Chamber Orchestra

There was a Pig went out to Dig

The Ambrosian Singers

My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone

English Chamber Orchestra (members)

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

Peter Pears (tenor)

English Chamber Orchestra

'The Duke of Marlborough' Fanfare

English Chamber Orchestra

Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow

Viola Tunnard

English Chamber Orchestra

Scotch Strathspey and Reel

English Chamber Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers

The Pretty Maid milkin' her Cow

Peter Pears (tenor)

English Chamber Orchestra

Lisbon (Dublin Bay)

English Chamber Orchestra (members)

The Lost Lady Found

English Chamber Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers

Shallow Brown

John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)

English Chamber Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers

Handel:

Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV76

Heather Harper, Keith Harvey, Richard Adeney, Philip Jones, Julian Bream, Philip Ledger

Haydn:

Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor 'Farewell'

Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra

Symphony No. 55 in E flat major 'Schoolmaster'

Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra

Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

English Chamber Orchestra

Sailor's Song, Hob. XXVIa:31

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

The Wanderer, Hob. XXVIa:32

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Sympathy, Hob. XXVIa:33

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

She Never Told Her Love, Hob. XXVIa:34

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Piercing Eyes, Hob. XXVIa:35

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Transport of Pleasure 'Content', Hob. XXVIa:36

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Holst:

12 Humbert Wolfe settings, Op. 48

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Ireland:

The Land of Lost Content

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

The Trellis

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Love and friendship

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Friendship in misfortune

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

The One Hope

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

I Have Twelve Oxen

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Janacek:

Pohádka (Fairy Tale) for Cello and Piano

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Moeran:

In youth is pleasure

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Mozart:

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183

English Chamber Orchestra

Serenade No. 6 in D major, K239 'Serenata Notturna'

English Chamber Orchestra

Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201

English Chamber Orchestra

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

English Chamber Orchestra

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

English Chamber Orchestra

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

English Chamber Orchestra

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

English Chamber Orchestra

Si mostra la sorte, K209

Peter Pears (tenor)

Per pieta, non ricercate KV 420

Peter Pears (tenor)

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Benjamin Britten (piano/director)

Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra

Sonata for Piano duet in C major, K521

Benjamin Britten, Sviatoslav Richter (piano duet)

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Benjamin Britten, Sviatoslav Richter (piano duet)

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Clifford Curzon (piano)

English Chamber Orchestra

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Clifford Curzon (piano)

English Chamber Orchestra

Così fan tutte, K588: Overture

London Symphony Orchestra

Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K477

London Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

London Symphony Orchestra

Oldham, A:

Chinese Lyrics (3)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Purcell:

The Fairy Queen, Z629

ed. Britten, trans. Peter Pears & Imogen Holst

Jennifer Vyvyan, Mary Wells, Alfreda Hodgson, Norma Burrowes, James Bowman, Charles Brett, Ian Partridge, John Shirley-Quirk

English Chamber Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus

Celebrate this festival, Z321

Heather Harper (soprano), Josephine Veasey (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), Peter Pears (tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (baritone)

English Chamber Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers

Sweeter than Roses (from Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z585)

James Bowman (countertenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Schubert:

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

English Chamber Orchestra

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Andantino D823

Benjamin Britten, Sviatoslav Richter (piano duet)

Fantasie in F minor for piano duet, D940

Benjamin Britten, Sviatoslav Richter (piano duet)

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

Benjamin Britten, Sviatoslav Richter (piano duet)

Grand Duo Sonata in C major, D812

Benjamin Britten, Sviatoslav Richter (piano duet)

Winterreise D911

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Die schöne Müllerin, D795

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Die Taubenpost, D965A (D957 No. 14)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Der Einsame, D800

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

An die Laute D905

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Im Frühling, D882

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D774

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Nachtstück, D672 (Mayrhofer)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

An die Entfernte, D765 (Goethe)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Lachen und Weinen, D777

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Abendstern, D806

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Das Fischermädchen D957 No. 10

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Sprache der Liebe D410 (A W von Schlegel)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Der Einsame, D800

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Der Geistertanz D116 (Matthisson)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Atys D585

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Auflösung, D807

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Nacht und Träume, D827

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Ganymed, D544 (Goethe)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Du liebst mich nicht D756 (Platen)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Lachen und Weinen, D777

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Der Einsame, D800

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Du bist die Ruh D776 (Rückert)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Der Zurnenden Diana D707 (Mayrhofer)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Sprache der Liebe D410 (A W von Schlegel)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Harfenspieler I 'Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt', D478

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Du bist die Ruh D776 (Rückert)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Geheimes, D719 (Goethe)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Die Stadt, D957 No. 11

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Harfenspieler III 'Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass', D480

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Dass sie hier gewesen! D775 (Rückert)

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Schumann:

Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Scenes from Goethe's Faust, WoO 3

Jennifer Vyvyan, Elizabeth Harwood, Elisabeth Harrison, Felicity Palmer, Alfreda Hodgson, Meriel Dickinson, Jenny Hill, Margaret Cable, Peter Pears, John Elwes, Neil Jenkins, John Noble, John Shirley-Quirk, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Robert Lloyd

English Chamber Orchestra, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, Aldeburgh Festival Singers

Stücke im Volkston (5), Op. 102

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Shostakovich:

Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok, Op. 127

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano), Emanuel Hurwitz (violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Tippett:

Songs for Ariel

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Vaughan Williams:

On Wenlock Edge

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Zorian String Quartet

Warlock:

Yarmouth Fair

Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)


This set brings together for the first time Britten's complete Decca recordings as pianist and conductor in which he performs music by other composers - an astonishing variety of music that ranges from large-scale choral works by Bach and Purcell to Schumann and Elgar, as well as orchestral works by Mozart, Haydn and Schubert. Solo vocal repertory is generously represented with important works by Schubert and Schumann and early twentieth-century English song. Chamber music features Britten the pianist in partnership with two of Britten's closest collaborators: Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter.

During the research and preparation for this set a major discovery was made. The existence of a few unpublished Schubert songs was already known and a few works which had never appeared on CD already ensured their inclusion at the planning stage. However the discovery of an unpublished tape containing almost 50 minutes of Mozart (including Symphony No. 40) with the London Symphony Orchestra recorded in Kingsway Hall in December 1963 was a genuine once in a lifetime discovery!

Included in the booklet are:-

Article by Britten scholar Dr Philip Reed assesses Britten’s contribution as a performer

Article on Pears and Britten performing Winterreise by one of today’s great accompanists and writers on music, Graham Johnson

Decca - 4785672

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