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The Very Best of Benjamin Britten

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Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

17:11
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pešek
  • Recorded: 1989-01-12
  • Recording Venue: 11-12 January 1989 / Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Theme: Allegro maestoso e largamente (full orchestra - woodwind - brass - strings - percussion - full orchestra)

1:55

Woodwind

3:19

Strings

4:45

Brass

2:29

Percussion - Variation M: Moderato (percussion)

1:58

Fugue: Allegro molto - Con slancio (L'istesso tempo) (full orchestra)

2:45

Britten: Cello Symphony, Op.68: II. Presto inquieto

4:04
  • Sir Simon Rattle, Truls Mørk, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Recorded: 1999-04-01
  • Recording Venue: 30,31 March & 1 April 1999 / Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Britten: Elegy (1930)

7:18
  • Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Lud Gluskin & Orchestra, Iona Brown
  • Recorded: 1991-11-01
  • Recording Venue: November 1991 / Uranienborg Church, Oslo

 Excerpt, Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a

12:02
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pešek
  • Recorded: 1989-01-12
  • Recording Venue: 11-12 January 1989 / Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Dawn

3:43

Sunday Morning

3:43

Moonlight

4:36

Britten: Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, Op. 33b

7:54
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pešek
  • Recorded: 1989-01-31
  • Recording Venue: 11-12 January 1989 / Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Britten: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: Storm

4:17
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pešek
  • Recorded: 1989-01-12
  • Recording Venue: 11-12 January 1989 / Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op.36: Vivace

3:29
  • Belcea Quartet
  • Recorded: 2004-07-03
  • Recording Venue: June 28 & July 3 2004. Potton Hall, Suffolk.

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem Op. 20: III. Requiem aeternam (Andante molto tranquillo)

7:19
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pešek
  • Recorded: 1989-01-12
  • Recording Venue: 11-12 January 1989 / Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Britten: Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello Op. 87: IV Barcarola: Lento

1:24
  • Truls Mørk
  • Recorded: 1998-10-16
  • Recording Venue: 11-16 October 1998 & 6 June 2000 / Ris Church, Norway

Britten: The Prince of the Pagodas - Ballet in three acts Op. 57, Act III, Scene 2

6:06
  • London Sinfonietta, Oliver Knussen
  • Recorded: 1989-05-29
  • Recording Venue: 23-29 May 1989, St Augustine's, Kilburn

The Pagoda Palace: Finale

4:31

The Pagoda Palace: Apotheosis

1:35
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Britten: War Requiem, Op.66, VI. Libera me: Let us sleep now...In paradisum

5:25
  • Robert Tear, Elisabeth Söderström, Sir Simon Rattle, Simon Halsey, Francis Grier, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, Boys of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Mark Blatchly, Thomas Allen
  • Recorded: 1983-03-04
  • Recording Venue: 27 Feb and 1 & 4 March 1983, Great Hall, University of Birmingham

Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10

27:06
  • Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Iona Brown
  • Recorded: 1988-02-01
  • Recording Venue: February 1988 / Uranienborg Church, Oslo

Introduction and Theme

2:21

Variation 1: Adagio

2:24

Variation 2: March

1:09
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Variation 3: Romance

1:41

Variation 4: Aria italiana

1:20

Variation 5: Bourrée classique

1:18

Variation 6: Wiener Walzer

3:00

Variation 7: Moto perpetuo

1:09

Variation 8: Funeral March

3:42

Variation 9: Chant

1:44

Variation 10: Fugue and Finale

7:18
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Britten: Simple Symphony, Op. 4

17:12
  • Christopher Warren-Green, London Chamber Orchestra (Lco)
  • Recorded: 1988-07-31
  • Recording Venue: July 1988, St.Paul's Church, Hammersmith, London

First movement: Boisterous Bourrée

2:27

Second movement: Playful Pizzicato

3:25

Third movement: Sentimental Sarabande

8:33

Fourth movement: Frolicsome Finale

2:47

Britten: Prelude and Fugue for 18-part String Orchestra, Op. 29: Grave- Allegro energico

9:05
  • Christopher Warren-Green, London Chamber Orchestra (Lco)
  • Recorded: 1988-01-01
  • Recording Venue: St Paul's Church, Hammersmith, London

Britten: Holiday Diary Op. 5: II. Sailing

5:14
  • Stephen Hough
  • Recorded: 1990-01-01
  • Recording Venue: June 1990, Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester

Britten: Three Character Pieces (1930): II. Daphne (Poco andante grazioso)

2:07
  • Stephen Hough
  • Recorded: 1990-01-01
  • Recording Venue: June 1990, Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester

Britten: Night Piece (Notturno) (1963)

5:22
  • Stephen Hough
  • Recorded: 1990-01-01
  • Recording Venue: June 1990, Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester

Britten: Five Waltzes for piano

4:03
  • Stephen Hough
  • Recorded: 1990-01-01
  • Recording Venue: June 1990, Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester

I. Rather fast and nervous

1:07

V. Variations: Quiet and simple

2:56

Britten: Two Lullabies (1936): Lullaby for a Retired Colonel

2:22
  • Ronan O'Hora, Stephen Hough
  • Recorded: 1990-01-01
  • Recording Venue: June 1990, Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester

Britten: Piano Concerto Op.13: II. Waltz (Allegretto)

5:12
  • Paavo Järvi, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsnes
  • Recorded: 1997-10-23
  • Recording Venue: 21 & 23 October 1997, Symphony Hall Birmingham

 Excerpt, Britten: Les illuminations, Op. 18

9:29
  • Martyn Hill, Richard Hickox, City of London Sinfonia
  • Recorded: 1988-05-11
  • Recording Venue: 9-11 May 1988 / St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London

VII. Being Beauteous

4:02

VIII. Parade

2:49

IX. Départ

2:38

 Excerpt, Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31

5:30
  • Frank Lloyd, Martyn Hill, Richard Hickox
  • Recorded: 1988-05-11
  • Recording Venue: 9-11 May 1988 / St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London

6. Sonnet: O soft embalmer of the still midnight (John Keats)

3:58

Epilogue (horn solo)

1:32

Britten: Nocturne Op. 60: On a poet's lips I slept (Shelley)

3:37
  • Frank Lloyd, Martyn Hill, Richard Hickox, City of London Sinfonia
  • Recorded: 1988-05-11
  • Recording Venue: 9-11 May 1988 / St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London

Britten: Canticle I: My beloved is mine, Op.40

7:47
  • Julius Drake, Ian Bostridge
  • Recorded: 2001-09-17
  • Recording Venue: 11-17 September 2001. Air Studios, Hampstead, London

Traditional, Benjamin Britten: Folk Song Arrangements: Greensleves

2:17
  • Julius Drake, Ian Bostridge
  • Recorded: 2001-10-17
  • Recording Venue: 17 October 2001. Air Studios, Hampstead, London

Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28

2:26
  • Sir David Willcocks, Choir of King's College Cambridge, Julian Godlee, Osian Ellis, James Clarke
  • Recorded: 1972-07-10
  • Recording Venue: 6, 7 & 10 July 1972, Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

X. Deo Gracias!

1:11

XI. Recession

1:15

Britten: The Company of Heaven, Part Three: Heaven is here

6:17
  • Cathryn Pope, London Philharmonic Choir, Christopher Herrick, English Chamber Orchestra, Dan Dressen, Philip Brunelle, Peter Barkworth, Sheila Allen
  • Recorded: 1989-06-30
  • Recording Venue: 11 & 13-15 June 1989 / Henry Wood Hall, London

Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op.59 The Chester Miricle Play set to music: Lord Jesus, think on me

3:01
  • Schoolchildren From Salisbury & Chester, Coull Quartet, Richard Pasco, Linda Ormiston, Orchestra Of Schoolchildren From Salisbury & Chester, Donald Maxwell, Timothy Lamb, Camelia Johnson, Richard Hickox, Polly Hewetson, Alexander Gallifant, Endymion Ensemble, Joanna Brown, Nicholas Berry
  • Recorded: 1989-09-17
  • Recording Venue: 16-17 September 1989 / The Winter Gardens, Bournemouth

Britten: Peter Grimes Op. 33, Scene 2

12:25
  • Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Patricia Payne, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Dame Felicity Lott, Bernard Haitink, Christopher Lackner, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Stuart Kale, Thomas Allen, Stafford Dean
  • Recorded: 1992-06-28
  • Recording Venue: 22-28 June 1992: Watford Town Hall

Grimes! Grimes! (Chorus / Peter)

5:10

Peter, we've come to take you home (Ellen / Peter / Balstrode)

2:47

To those who pass the Borough (Chorus / Swallow / Fisherman / Auntie / Boles)

4:28

Britten: Rape of Lucretia, Act I, Scene II: Lucia runs to the door

5:23
  • Hilary Summers, Oliver Knussen, Angelika Kirchschlager, Susan Gritton, Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble, Peter Coleman-Wright, Ian Bostridge, Claire Booth
  • Recorded: 2012-06-11
  • Recording Venue: Aldeburgh Music Festival, Suffolk

Britten: Look! Through the port comes the moonshine astray (from Billy Budd)

6:05
  • London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding, Nathan Gunn
  • Recorded: 2007-12-09
  • Recording Venue: 5-9 December 2007, Recorded live at the Barbican, London

Britten: The Turn of the Screw Op. 54, ACT TWO

4:25
  • Caroline Wise, Vivian Tierney, Joan Rodgers, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Julian Leang, Jane Henschel, Daniel Harding, Ian Bostridge
  • Recorded: 2002-01-19
  • Recording Venue: 17 - 19 January 2002 / Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk

Variation XIV

0:36

Scene 7 : Flora (Governess / Mrs. Grose / Flora / Miss Jessel)

3:49

Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, Act Two: On the ground, sleep sound (Fairies)

3:29
  • Nicholas Watson, Gregory Pierre, Andrew Mead, Richard Hickox, Simon Hart, City of London Sinfonia
  • Recorded: 1990-11-19
  • Recording Venue: 13-16 & 18-19 November 1990 / No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London

Britten: Paul Bunyan - An operetta in two acts and a prologue Op. 17, Act I, Scene 2 (The camp): 15a. Tiny's Song: Ah!...Whether the sun shine upon children playing (Tiny, Inkslinger, chorus, Slim)

4:05
  • Soloists Of The Plymouth Music Series, Minnesota, Orchestra Of The Plymouth Music Series, Chorus Of The Plymouth Music Series, Philip Brunelle
  • Recorded: 1987-01-01
  • Recording Venue: 5 & 7 May 1987, Ordway Music Theatre, St Paul, Minnesota

Britten: Paul Bunyan - An operetta in two acts and a prologue Op. 17, Act II: 24. Third Ballad Interlude: So Helson smiled and Bunyan smiled (Narrator)

2:06
  • Soloists Of The Plymouth Music Series, Minnesota, Orchestra Of The Plymouth Music Series, Chorus Of The Plymouth Music Series, Philip Brunelle
  • Recorded: 1987-01-01
  • Recording Venue: 5 & 7 May 1987, Ordway Music Theatre, St Paul, Minnesota
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