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Essential Britten / Over 2 hours of Britten's greatest masterworks

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Les Illuminations, Op. 18
>Britten, Benjamin : Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4
>Britten, Benjamin : Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31
>Britten, Benjamin : Concerto for Violin Op. 15
>Britten, Benjamin : Saint Nicolas, Op. 42
>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
>Britten, Benjamin : Phaedre, Op. 93
>Britten, Benjamin : Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49
>Britten, Benjamin : Nocturne, Op. 60
>Britten, Benjamin : Sonata for Cello in C, Op. 65
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still Falls the Rain"
>Britten, Benjamin : Spring Symphony, Op. 44
>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 3
>Britten, Benjamin : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>Britten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66
>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 1
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Essential Classics is a series of 2-CD sets drawn from the catalogs of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. Presenting the bestloved and most popular works by the great composers, this series showcases world celebrated performances of these timeless classics, performed by the world's leading artists. This latest batch of the series is composed of a selection of Benjamin Britten's most popular and successful works, 38 pieces from the finest films of all time, favorite encores for solo instruments, orchestra and voice, popular works by famous British composers, and a cornucopia of many of the best-known carols. The series provides a great introduction to classical music and will appeal to those who are seeking the most familiar classical pieces that have been heard in the popular media such as major films and TV commercials.

Essential Classics is a series of 2-CD sets drawn from the catalogs of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. Presenting the bestloved and most popular works by the great composers, this series showcases world celebrated performances of these timeless classics, performed by the world's leading artists. This latest batch of the series is composed of a selection of Benjamin Britten's most popular and successful works, 38 pieces from the finest films of all time, favorite encores for solo instruments, orchestra and voice, popular works by famous British composers, and a cornucopia of many of the best-known carols. The series provides a great introduction to classical music and will appeal to those who are seeking the most familiar classical pieces that have been heard in the popular media such as major films and TV commercials.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Les Illuminations, Op. 18 :: 1. Fanfare
  • Performer: Heather Harper (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Britten, Benjamin : Les Illuminations, Op. 18 :: 7. Being Beauteous
  • Performer: Heather Harper (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Britten, Benjamin : Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4
  • Conductor: Iona Brown
  • Running Time: 17 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1934

>Britten, Benjamin : Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31 :: 1. Pastoral
  • Performers: Neil Mackie (Tenor); Barry Tuckwell (Horn)
  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31 :: 2. Nocturne
  • Performers: Neil Mackie (Tenor); Barry Tuckwell (Horn)
  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : Concerto for Violin Op. 15 :: 3. Passacaglia. Andante lento - Un poco meno mosso
  • Performer: Ida Haendel (Violin)
  • Conductor: Paavo Berglund
  • Running Time: 14 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Britten, Benjamin : Saint Nicolas, Op. 42 :: 3. Nicolas devotes himself to God
  • Performer: Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1948

>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
  • Performers: Julian Godlee (Treble); James Clark (Treble); Osian Ellis (Harp)
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 20 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Running Time: 12 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Britten, Benjamin : Phaedre, Op. 93 :: In May, in Brilliant Athens
  • Performers: Felicity Palmer (Soprano); Melvyn Tan (Harpsichord); Jane Salmon (Cello)
  • Conductor: John Whitfield
  • Ensemble: Endymion Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1975

>Britten, Benjamin : Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49 :: 2. Phaeton. Vivace ritmico
  • Performer: Roy Carter (Oboe)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Britten, Benjamin : Nocturne, Op. 60 :: When most I wink, then do my eyes best see
  • Performer: Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Britten, Benjamin : Sonata for Cello in C, Op. 65 :: 2. Scherzo-Pizzicato
  • Performers: John Lenehan (Piano); Moray Welsh (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still Falls the Rain" :: Still Falls the Rain, for tenor, horn & piano, Op. 55
  • Performers: Timothy Brown (Horn); Julius Drake (Piano); Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Britten, Benjamin : Spring Symphony, Op. 44 :: Part 1. The Merry Cuckoo
  • Performer: Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1949

>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 3
  • Performers: Geoffrey Parsons (Piano); Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: Act 1. You spotted snakes with double tongue
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1960

>Britten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66 :: Agnus Dei
  • Performer: Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1961

>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 1
  • Performers: Christopher Maltman (Baritone); Julius Drake (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Running Time: 15 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944