Britten: Chamber & Instrumental Works - Quartets, Sonatas, Cello Suites; Phantasy; Rhapsody et al.

Notes & Reviews:

In celebration of Benjamin Britten's 100th anniversary, EMI Classics releases Britten: Chamber & Instrumental Works. English composer Benjamin Britten had a great affinity with chamber music from an early age; it provided him with the perfect medium for experimenting with and assimilating a wide variety of musical styles and techniques. Featuring a selection of quartets, suites and sonatas, as well as some of the many works that Britten wrote for distinguished soloists of his time, this 6-CD set is a fitting to one of the 20th century's most accomplished chamber music composers.


Works:

Quartettino for Quartet by Benjamin Britten

Orchestra/Ensemble: Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: England

Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94 by Benjamin Britten

Orchestra/Ensemble: Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1975; England

Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36 by Benjamin Britten

Orchestra/Ensemble: Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945; England

Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 25 by Benjamin Britten

Orchestra/Ensemble: Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941; England

Quartet for Strings in D major by Benjamin Britten

Orchestra/Ensemble: Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931; England

Phantasy for Oboe and String Trio, Op. 2 by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Douglas Boyd (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932; England

Elegy for Viola solo by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Garfield Jackson (Viola)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930; England

Divertimenti (3) for String Quartet by Benjamin Britten

Orchestra/Ensemble: Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; England

Alla Marcia for String Quartet by Benjamin Britten

Orchestra/Ensemble: Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; England

Rhapsody for String Quartet by Benjamin Britten

Orchestra/Ensemble: Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929

Phantasy for String Quintet by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Nicholas Logie (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932

Suite for Cello solo no 1, Op. 72 by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1964; England
Date of Recording: 1998-2000
Venue: Ris Church, Oslo, Norway
Length: 25 Minutes 16 Secs.

Suite for Cello solo no 2, Op. 80 by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1967; England
Date of Recording: 1998-2000
Venue: Ris Church, Oslo, Norway
Length: 23 Minutes 52 Secs.

Suite for Cello solo no 3, Op. 87 by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1972; England
Date of Recording: 1998-2000
Venue: Ris Church, Oslo, Norway
Length: 24 Minutes 24 Secs.

Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6 by Benjamin Britten

Performer: John Alley (Piano), Alexander Barantschik (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934-1935; England
Date of Recording: 12/14/1994
Venue: Conway Hall, London, England
Length: 15 Minutes 58 Secs.

Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 65 by Benjamin Britten

Performer: John Lenehan (Piano), Moray Welsh (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1961; England
Date of Recording: 12/01/1994
Venue: Conway Hall, London, England
Length: 22 Minutes 14 Secs.

Metamorphoses (6) after Ovid for Oboe solo, Op. 49 by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Roy Carter (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1951; England
Date of Recording: 01/1995
Venue: All Saints' Church East Finchley, London
Length: 14 Minutes 10 Secs.

Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70 by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963; England

Holiday Diary for Piano, Op. 5 by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934; England

Introduction and Rondo alla burlesca for 2 Pianos, Op. 23 no 1 by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano), Ronan O'Hora (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940; England

Mazurka elegiaca for 2 Pianos, Op. 23 no 2 by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Ronan O'Hora (Piano), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941; England

Character Pieces (3) for Piano by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930; England

Night Piece for Piano "Notturno" by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963; England

Sonatina Romantica for Piano by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940; USA

Variations (12) on a theme for Piano by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931; England

Waltzes (5) for Piano by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923/1969; England

Lullabies (2) for 2 Pianos by Benjamin Britten

Performer: Ronan O'Hora (Piano), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; England





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