Grainger: Willow Willow

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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 ****

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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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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Grainger: Jungle Book

Grainger: Jungle Book

& other choral works


Grainger:

Shallow Brown

Jungle Book

Good-bye to love

Died for Love

The Power of Love

The Rival Brothers

Six Dukes Went a-Fishin'

The Sprig of Thyme

Willow Willow

Recessional

Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

The Three Ravens

The running of shindand

Early One Morning

The Love Song of Har Dyal

My Love's in Germanie


This reissue commemorates the 50th anniversary of Grainger’s death in February 1961.

Harmonium, four guitars, two mandolas, two mandolins, two ukuleles, piccolo, three clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, two alto saxophones, horn, strings, piano, baritone and choir: and that’s just the scoring for one piece, the famous sea shanty Shallow Brown.

Grainger’s Jungle Book cycle was recorded here (for the original Hyperion release) for the first time. The eleven contrasting movements vividly portray the sentiments of Kipling’s poetry and Grainger wrote of the cycle that it was ‘composed as a protest against civilization’.

“Unquestionably an important and relishable release” Hi-Fi News

“This disc offers a sympathetic, endearing portrait of a composer too often valued for his wackiness and eccentricity alone” Classic CD

“Grainger's cycle evokes the lyrical side of Kipling's animal tales. As with the coupled folk arrangements, it's beautifully sung.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

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Grieg, Delius & Grainger: Songs

Grieg, Delius & Grainger: Songs


Delius:

Five Songs from the Norwegian

Seven Songs from the Norwegian

Jeg havde en nyskåren Seljefløyte

Skogen gir sussende, langsom beskjed

Grainger:

The Sprig of Thyme

Six Dukes Went a-Fishin'

Willow Willow

Died for Love

The Power of Love

Grieg:

Vier Lieder für Altstimme, Op. 2

Seks Digte, Op. 4


Marit Osnes Aambo (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

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Great Composers Love Folk Songs Too

Great Composers Love Folk Songs Too


Bartók:

Complaint

Beethoven:

Merch Megan, folk song for voice & piano trio, WoO 155/11

Brahms:

In stiller Nacht (No. 42 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)

Britten:

Avenging and Bright

Canteloube:

Songs of the Auvergne: Baïlèro

Copland:

The Dodger

Falla:

Tus ojillos negros

Ginastera:

Argentinian Popular Songs, for voice and piano, Op. 10: Chacarera

Grainger:

Willow Willow

Grechaninov:

Kuiliap

Grieg:

Guten å Gjenta på Fjoshjellen (The Girl and the Boy in the Granary)

Haydn:

Maggy Lauder ("Wha wadna be in love..."), folk song for voice, violin & keyboard, H. 31a/35

Hummel, J:

For the Sake o'Somebody, for voice, piano trio & flute

Indy:

Dans mon pays, le rossignol y chante

Janacek:

Neumrem ja na zemi (I will not die on the ground), song for voice & piano, JW 5/9/1

Kodály:

Verbunk (Recruiting Song)

Kuula:

Hae pois vaan sormukses

Nin:

El paño murciano (from Cantos populares españoles)

Obradors:

Del cabello más sutil

Poulenc:

Chansons polonaises, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 69 No. 1, Wianek

Prokofiev:

Chernetz (The monk)

Ravel:

Chanson italienne

Respighi:

When the Kye Come Hame

Rimsky Korsakov:

Russian folksongs, Op. 24: Vspomni

Rodrigo:

Cuatro madrigales amatorios: Vos me matásteis

Schoenberg:

Mein Herz das ist ein tiefer Schacht, song for voice & piano

Taylor, J D:

La petite robe (The little dress)

Thomson, V:

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

Tiersot:

L'amour de moi

Vaughan Williams:

The Basket of Eggs (melody used in Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1)

Villa-Lobos:

Teirú

Warshavsky:

Die mesinke ojsgegeben


Paul Sperry (tenor), Ian Hobson (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 Grainger Edition Volume 12

The Grainger Edition Volume 12

Songs for Mezzo-soprano


Grainger:

C. Hughes - Daffyd Y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock)

Died For Love

The Sprig of Thyme

Willow Willow

Near Woodstock Town

Early One Morning

In Bristol Town

Four Settings from Songs of the North

The Bridegroom Grat

Lady Nairne - The Land O' the Leal

Proud Vesselil

Under A Bridge

Hubby and Wifey

The Lonely Desert-Man Sees the Tents of the Happy Tribes

Colonial Song

Kipling - The Only Son & The Love Song of Har Dyal

A L Gordon - A Song of Autumn

Five settings of Ella Grainger

F Corteccia - O Glorious, Golden Era

Little Ole with his Umbrella

Variations on Handel's 'The Harmonious Blacksmith'

Harvest Hymn

Afterword


Della Jones (mezzo-soprano), Penelope Thwaites (piano)

“Again Grainger amazes, amuses, arouses, intrigues. These 'Songs for mezzo' originate in Britain (with an excellent sequence of Scottish songs), Jutland and Australia. Some are folksongs collected in the early years of the century; two have words by Kipling, five by Ella, Grainger's wife, and some have no words at all.
The latter are fortifying antidotes to those textmerchants who think that song is essentially 'about' the communication of words, whereas everybody knows that you sing (la-la, dee-dee, as in these of Grainger) because a tune has taken your fancy and singing it makes you feel better.
It's really Della Jones's record, or hers and that of the admirable Penelope Thwaites. But the menfolk appear occasionally and always to effect. Mark Padmore is a resourceful tenor with hints here that he has in reserve a vibrant, rather Italianate body of tone. Jones hereself is a natural for Grainger: she has the spirit to match, and, like him, a certain ambiguity in her forthrightness, so that at times we're not quite sure what's serious and what's a bit of fun. The Colonial Song ('Sentimental No 1') is unashamedly nostalgic, but with an element of send-up too: in the piano solos especially a joyful passage of inspired improvisation that's both a joke and 'for real'.
Also for real is the prime quality of this disc, with 15 tracks 'premiere recordings' and 14 'premiere recordings in this version'.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“This is a glorious disc.” Gramophone Magazine

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Recital: Australian Art Song

Recital: Australian Art Song


Gallienne:

Shakespeare Settings (3)

Grainger:

The Power of Love

Hard-Hearted Barb'ra (H)Ellen

The Love Song of Har Dyal

The Sprig of Thyme

Willow Willow

Died for Love

Hart, F:

Songs to Texts by William Sharp (5), Op. 64

Horowicz, D:

Midsummer Daydream

Humble:

Cabaret Songs (8)

Phillips, L:

Songs (2)

Willcock, C:

Betrayers


Merlyn Quaife (soprano), Michael Kieran Harvey (piano)

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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

(CD - 27 discs)

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