Benjamin Britten conducts Benjamin Britten

> Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" - The Tournament
> Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" - The Lute Song
> Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" - Courtly Dances
> Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" - Gloriana Moritura
> Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 - I. Lacrymosa
> Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 - II. Dies Irae
> Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 - III. Requiem aeternam
> Variation on an Elizabethan Theme - Theme: Sellinger's Round (William Byrd)
> Variation on an Elizabethan Theme - Variation 1: Allegro non troppo (Arthur Oldham)
> Variation on an Elizabethan Theme - Variation 2: Lament (Michael Tippett)
> Variation on an Elizabethan Theme - Variation 3: Andante (Lennox Berkeley)
> Variation on an Elizabethan Theme - Variation 4: Quick and Gay (Benjamin Britten)
> Variation on an Elizabethan Theme - Variation 5: Nocturne (Humphrey Searle)
> Variation on an Elizabethan Theme - Variation 6: Presto giocoso (William Walton)
> King Arthur, Z. 628 (arr. J. Herbage) - King Arthur, Z. 628: Chaconne (arr. J. Herbage)

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, symphonic suite for tenor (or oboe) & orchestra, Op. 53a
>Britten, Benjamin : Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
>Holst, Imogen : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme
>Oldham, Arthur : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme
>Tippett, Michael : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme
>Berkeley, Lennox : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme
>Britten, Benjamin : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme
>Searle, Humphrey : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme
>Walton, William : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme "Sellinger's Round", for strings
>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur
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Notes & Reviews:

Benjamin Britten conducting his own works is always an experience. While many recordings of the "composer-as-conductor" are available, this new recording features a program of works not previously available on CD. That is valid particularly for the Symphonic Suite from "Gloriana" as well as the rarely performed "Variations on an Elizabethan Theme" - both are works inspired by the music of earlier generations of English music - a rare and interesting document of musical importance. Also included are several smaller, but highly enjoyable re-workings of earlier works from English's Golden Age of composers. All the recordings presented here are studio recordings, except the Three Pieces for String Orchestra, which is the only work that Britten recorded LIVE with the RSO Stuttgart.

"Although Britten later recorded most of his major works in the studio for Decca (including the 'Sinfonia da Requiem'), he did not record the other selections here. Add these to the list of great recordings from Britten. He not only ably interprets his own music, but gets the (any) orchestra to understand and perform his commands." -American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Baden, Baden, Hans Rosbaud-Studio (12/01/1956).



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>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, symphonic suite for tenor (or oboe) & orchestra, Op. 53a
  • Performer: Peter Pears
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Running Time: 24 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Britten, Benjamin : Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
  • Performer: Peter Pears
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Notes: Composition written: 1940.
  • Running Time: 20 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1940

>Holst, Imogen : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme :: Opening
  • Performer: Peter Pears
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Oldham, Arthur : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme :: Variation 1
  • Performer: Peter Pears
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Tippett, Michael : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme
  • Performer: Peter Pears
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Berkeley, Lennox : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme
  • Performer: Peter Pears
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Britten, Benjamin : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme :: Variation 4, for orchestra (movement of collaborative work)
  • Performer: Peter Pears
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Searle, Humphrey : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme :: Variation 5
  • Performer: Peter Pears
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Walton, William : Variations on an Elizabethan Theme "Sellinger's Round", for strings
  • Performer: Peter Pears
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Purcell, Henry : King Arthur :: Chaconne fur Streicher und Cembalo F-Dur
  • Performer: Peter Pears
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1691