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Britten: Orchestral Works - Requiem, Suites, Concertos, Prince of the Pagodas, Guide to the Orchestra

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In celebration of Benjamin Britten's 100th anniversary, EMI Classics releases The Very Best of Benjamin Britten. One of the most innovative and imaginative composers of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten was a master of the orchestral genre. This extensive 8-CD collection charts the development of Britten's orchestral voice and features some of his greatest works, including the evocative Four Sea Interludes, the powerful and majestic Sinfonia da Requiem, the virtuosic Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and the brilliantly colorful ballet score The Prince of the Pagodas.

MusicWeb International, 13th May 2013
The disc of music for string orchestra conducted by Iona Brown with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra is an absolute stunner...As a whole this collection this is a valuable asset in its own right, containing as it does readings of many pieces that are otherwise unobtainable. And there are no duds and some real winners among these performances.

The Times, 11th January 2013
Poetic insights? Moments of repose? Those must wait, if they arrive at all, for the prodigy's mature adulthood...the piano tone is varied and round, never appearing to have been stamped out by a music-making machine. Another good omen could be the modest, almost casual way that Niu Niu often concludes a piece, rarely emphasising the final chord.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
In purely digital terms, Niu Niu produces some remarkable playing. He has a wonderful leggiero touch when required: the 'Spinnerlied' from The Flying Dutchman is very fine (how good to hear a youngster revive this old favourite)...Niu Niu is able to breathe fresh life into an old chestnut like the Liebestraum No. 3. So - fantastic fingers, bags of potential but, as yet, no charm.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
Given that Niu Niu was only 14 when he made this recording last year, his achievement is remarkable. His equable, rounded tone is underpinned by mature technique...Sometimes a big enough response to the music's soaring flight is lacking...Clearly though, here is a fine musical talent.



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