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Britten on Film / Brabbins, et al

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Night Mail
>Britten, Benjamin : The Tocher
>Britten, Benjamin : The King's Stamp
>Britten, Benjamin : Negroes
>Britten, Benjamin : The Way to the Sea
>Britten, Benjamin : Telegrams
>Britten, Benjamin : Peace of Britain
>Britten, Benjamin : Men behind the Meters
>Britten, Benjamin : Coal Face
>Britten, Benjamin : When you're feeling like expressing your affection
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

- The first ever comprehensive collection of music written by Britten, working with WH Auden, for 1930's information films made by the GPO Film Unit and others.

- Shorter works which use well-known tunes such as the cabaret song When you're feeling like expressing your affection, the ballad Around the Village Green and an unashamedly slushy setting of the Victorian favourite I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls.

- Includes music from the longer films; Night Mail (including the famous Auden poem), The King's Stamp and The Way to the Sea.

- Supported by the Britten Estate, this recording is historically important and features a comprehensive booklet with photographs and film stills.

- The scores for this recording were specially reconstructed from manuscript and other sources held at the Britten-Pears Library, by composers Joseph Phibbs and Lloyd Moore under the supervision of Colin Matthews, Executive Producer of NMC and Director of the Britten-Pears Estate.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Night Mail :: Title Music
  • Performer: Simon Beale (Spoken Vocals)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1936
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : Night Mail :: Percussion Sequence
  • Performer: Simon Beale (Spoken Vocals)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1936
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : Night Mail :: End Sequence
  • Performer: Simon Beale (Spoken Vocals)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1936
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : The Tocher :: Rossini Suite
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham King Edward's School Choir
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : The King's Stamp :: Part 1
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : The King's Stamp :: Opening Door
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : The King's Stamp :: Messenger Boy
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : The King's Stamp :: Entry to lithograph eworks
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : The King's Stamp :: Stamp factory - machine starts
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : The King's Stamp :: Part 2 - Minuet
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : The King's Stamp :: Train Sequence
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : The King's Stamp :: Parliament - The Stamp Bill
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : The King's Stamp :: Allegro
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : The King's Stamp :: Allegro moderato alla marcia
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : Negroes
  • Performers: Daniel Auchincloss (Countertenor); Mary Carewe (Soprano); Adam Green (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : The Way to the Sea
  • Performer: Simon Beale (Spoken Vocals)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1936
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : Telegrams
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : Peace of Britain
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1936
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : Men behind the Meters
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : Coal Face
  • Performer: Simon Beale (Spoken Vocals)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 11 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Britten, Benjamin : When you're feeling like expressing your affection
  • Performers: Mary Carewe (Soprano); Malcolm Wilson (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1935-1936
  • Studio/Live: Studio