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Britten: The Complete Works [66 CDs]
Britten: The Complete Works [66 CDs]

66 CD / Decca / 2013-08-13

Works: Benjamin Britten: Paul Bunyan, operetta, Op. 17; Peter Grimes; The Rape of Lucretia; Albert Herring, Op. 39; Billy Budd, Op. 50; Gloriana, opera, Op. 53; Turn of the Screw, chamber opera, Op. 54; A M...
Performers: Alley, John [Piano]; Apekisheva, Katya; Ashton, Graham; Atherton, Elizabeth; Auchincloss, Daniel; Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Ballard, Jeremy; Barantschik, Alexander; Bashmet, Yuri [Con...
Conductors: Brunelle, Philip; Britten, Benjamin; Mackerras, Charles; Bedford, Steuart; del Mar, Norman; Burgess, Russell; Llewellyn, Grant; Brabbins, Martyn; Steen, Jac van; Nagano, Kent; Goehr, Walter; ; Malcol...
Ensemble: ; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; English Chamber Orchestra; English Opera Group Ensemble; Gabrieli String Quartet; London Symphony Orchestra; Melos Ensemble of London; Members of the Philip Jon...

Decca celebrates 100 years since the birth of England's greatest 20th Century composer, Benjamin Britten, with a unique limited edition 65-CD box containing his entire...continue...
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Folk Stories - Traditional folk songs and music by Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler, Britten, Respighi, Bartók, Sibelius, and Vogel / Cora Burggraaf: mezzo-soprano
Folk Stories - Traditional folk songs and music by Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler, Britten, Respighi, Bartók, Sibelius, and Vogel / Cora Burggraaf: mezzo-soprano

1 Super Audio CD / Challenge Classics / 2013-02-12

Works: English Traditional: Sprig of Thyme; Johannes Brahms: Marienwürmchen ("Marienwürmchen, setze dich"), folk song for voice & piano (Volks-Kinderlieder), WoO; German folk songs (49) for voice ...
Performers: Burggraaf, Cora; Ferschtman, Liza; Lepper, Simon; Mijnders, Floris

The debut CD on Challenge Classics for Cora Burggraaf, recipient of many prizes including the 2009/10 ECHO Rising Star Award, the 2006 Elizabeth Everts Prize,...continue...
Recording information: De Doelen Hall, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2011-04-26&2011-12-11_2011-)....continue...
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The Very Best of Benjamin Britten [3 CDs]
The Very Best of Benjamin Britten [3 CDs]

3 CD / Virgin Classics / 2013-02-05

Works: Benjamin Britten: The Young person's guide to the orchestra; Cello Symphony, Op. 68; Elegy for Viola solo; Peter Grimes; Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes"); Quartet for Strings...
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Alley, John [Piano]; Andsnes, Leif Ove; Blatchly, Mark; Booth, Claire; Bostridge, Ian; Coleman-Wright, Peter; Dean, Stafford; Drake, Julius [Piano]; Fullbrook, Charles; Gritton, Susan;...
Conductors: Pesek, Libor; Rattle, Simon, Sir; Knussen, Oliver; Brown, Iona; Warren-Green, Christopher; Paavo, Järvi; Hickox, Richard; Willcocks, David; Brunelle, Philip; Haitink, Bernard; Harding, Daniel
Ensemble: ; Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble; Endymion Ensemble

Since his death in 1976 many musicians have looked at Benjamin Britten's scores anew - not simply the repertory Britten never recorded, but the many...continue...
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Shakespeare Inspired / Mezzo Michelle Breedt
Shakespeare Inspired / Mezzo Michelle Breedt

1 CD / TwoPianists / 2011-05-31

Works: Edward Elgar: Pageant of Empire, songs (8) for voice (or chorus) & orchestra; Pleading, Op. 48; Thomas Arne: When Daisies pied and Violets blue, song; Mervyn Horder: When Daisies Pied, for voice & pi...
Performers: Breedt, Michelle; Schumann, Nina

South African-born Michelle Breedt, best known for her stellar performances of Wagner in particular, her versatility from the opera to the concert is remarkably captured...continue...
Recording information: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (11/22/2010-11/28/2010)....continue...

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Britten: Peter Grimes
Britten: Peter Grimes

2 CD / Musical Concepts / 2010-01-26

Works: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes
Performers: Brannigan, Owen; Elms, Lauris; Evans, Geraint [Baritone]; Kells, Iris; Kelly, David C. [Opera]; Lanigan, John; Nilsson, Raymond; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Pease, James [Baritone Vocal]; Studh...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin

"Few opera recordings can claim to be so definitive, with Pears, for whom it was written, in the name-part, and a first-rate cast. Britten conducts...continue...
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Benjamin Britten: The Beggar's Opera / Christian Curnyn, et al
Benjamin Britten: The Beggar's Opera / Christian Curnyn, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-10-27

Works: Benjamin Britten: The Beggar's Opera, ballad opera
Performers: Barnard, Thomas; Batho, Katy; Bickley, Susan; Evans, Bryn; Gardiner, Robert Anthony; Gibson, Siobhain; Hopwood, Paul; Jenkin, Kathryn; Jones, Leah-Marian; Lord, Bernadette; Maxwell, Donald [Bass-Bari...
Conductors: Curnyn, Christian

The popularity of Britten's three chamber operas proper (The Rape of Lucretia, Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw) has tended to somewhat overshadow...continue...
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Within a Dream - A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox
Within a Dream - A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-10-27

Works: Frank Bridge: The Sea, suite for orchestra; Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39; War Requiem, Op. 66; Peter Grimes; Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (Symphony no 2) (Original 1913 versi...
Performers: Ainsley, John Mark; Barker, Cheryl; Bullock, Susan; Burgess, Sally; Davies, Arthur [Tenor Vocal]; Eckhoff, Herbert; Elms, Roderick; Finley, Gerald [Bass-Baritone Vocals]; Gilchrist, James [Tenor Voca...
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; BBC Welsh Symphony; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; City of London Sinfonia; Collegium Musicum 90; London Symphony Orchestra; R...

The premature death of Richard Hickox on 23 November 2008, aged sixty, deprived the musical world of one of its greatest conductors. The depth and...continue...
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Holnd Fstvl - A Dutch Miracle - Fifty Years - 1947-1997
Holnd Fstvl - A Dutch Miracle - Fifty Years - 1947-1997

7 CD / Globe / 2009-09-01

Works: Gioachino Rossini: La Cenerentola; Il barbiere di Siviglia; Giuseppe Verdi: Un ballo in maschera; Ernani; Falstaff; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492...
Performers: Alva, Luigi; Ameling, Elly; Andreolli, Florindo; Andriessen, Louis; Arnaud, Claudine; Barbieri, Fedora; Barick, David; Barwahser, Hubert; Beekman, Marcel; Benschop, Yvonne; Berberian, Cathy; Beretty,...
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria; Molinari-Pradelli, F.; Rescigno, Nicola; Abbado, Claudio; Maderna, Bruno; De Waart, Edo; Berio, Luciano; Britten, Benjamin; Alldis, John; Duffalo, Richard; Friesen, Heinz; Leeuw...
Ensemble: American Wind Orchestra; ASKO Ensemble; Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus; Danzi Woodwind Quintet; English Opera Group; Ensemble InterContemporain; Ensemble Modern; Hague Residentie Orchestra; Instrumen...
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Britten: Owen Wingrave / Pears, Baker, Harper, Luxon, Shirley-Quirk [DVD]
Britten: Owen Wingrave / Pears, Baker, Harper, Luxon, Shirley-Quirk [DVD]

1 DVD Video / HBDirect Import / 2009-07-14

Works: Benjamin Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op. 85
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame; Harper, Heather; Luxon, Benjamin; Pears, Peter, Sir; Shirley-Quirk, John

Based on a story by Henry James, 'Owen Wingrave' was commissioned by the BBC as an opera for television. Originally broadcast in color in 1971,...continue...
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Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
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The Very Best of Glyndebourne on Record - Mozart, Britten, Verdi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, Rossini, Lehár, etc
The Very Best of Glyndebourne on Record - Mozart, Britten, Verdi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, Rossini, Lehár, etc

5 CD / EMI Classics / 2009-04-21

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492; Così fan tutte, K 588; Don Giovanni; Idomeneo; Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Ser...
Performers: Ainsley, John Mark; Alan, Hervey; Aler, John [Tenor Vocal]; Allen, Thomas; Allin, Norman; Alva, Luigi [Tenor Vocals]; Baccaloni, Salvatore; Barabas, Sari; Blackwell, Harolyn [Soprano Vocals]; Borriel...
Conductors: Busch, Fritz; Mudie, Michael; Goodall, Reginald; Beecham, Thomas; Vittorio, Gui; Pritchard, John; Haitink, Bernard; Rattle, Simon, Sir; Welser-Möst, Franz; Dove, Jonathan; Davis, Andrew
Ensemble: ; English Opera Group Orchestra; Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Members; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orches...

The Glyndebourne Festival is a massive yearly event in both the British and international opera worlds, with stars from around the globe gathering to listen...continue...
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Schumann, Mahler, Britten / Ann Murray, Malcolm Martineau
Schumann, Mahler, Britten / Ann Murray, Malcolm Martineau

1 CD / Avie Records / 2009-04-01

Works: Gustav Mahler: Rückert Lieder (5); Robert Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42; Benjamin Britten: A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41; Cabaret songs (4) for Hed...
Performers: Martineau, Malcolm; Murray, Ann

"What a perceptive and versatile recitalist Ann Murray is to each group of songs Murray brought a perfectly judged sense of style and delivery. Just...continue...
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The Truth About Love / Frances Bourne
The Truth About Love / Frances Bourne

1 CD / RCA Records / 2009-03-03

Works: Benjamin Britten: Cabaret songs (4) for Hedli Anderson, for voice & piano; Kurt Weill: Barbara Song, for voice & piano (from "Die Dreigroschenoper"); Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera), oper...
Performers: Bourne, Frances; Holmes, James [Conductor]
Conductors: Ziegler, Robert
Ensemble: Matrix Ensemble

'The Truth About Love' is the debut release by young British mezzo-soprano Frances Bourne. This eagerly anticipated album features songs by Britten, Weill and Martinu...continue...
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Benjamin Britten - The Collector's Edition
Benjamin Britten - The Collector's Edition

37 CD / EMI Classics / 2008-11-24

Works: Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; Peter Grimes; Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes"); The Young person's guide to the orchestra; Canadian Carnival, for orchestra, Op...
Performers: Adey, John; Allen, Benjamin; Allen, Thomas; Alley, John [Piano]; Allison, Richard; Andrew Davis [Conductor/Organ]; Andsnes, Leif Ove; Armstrong, Sheila [Soprano Vocal]; Bailey, Norman [Bass Baritone]...
Conductors: Pesek, Libor; Rattle, Simon, Sir; Paavo, Järvi; Berglund, Paavo; Brown, Iona; Yuasa, Takuo; Hickox, Richard; Marriner, Sir Neville; Harding, Daniel; Gibson, Alexander, Sir; Bedford, Steuart; Knu...
Ensemble: ; Endymion Ensemble

Benjamin Britten was without question one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. This 37-CD set features all of his most beloved works, giving...continue...
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Britten: Albert Herring / Britten, English Opera Group
Britten: Albert Herring / Britten, English Opera Group

3 CD / Nimbus Records / 2008-09-09

Works: Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39
Performers: Ashton, Roy; Cross, Joan; Dowling, Denis; Evans, Nancy; Kraus, Otakar; Lawson, Catherine; Lumsden, Norman; Parr, Gladys; Parry, Elisabeth; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Ritchie, Margaret; Sharp, ...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: English Opera Group Orchestra

The current recording is of a performance given by the English Opera Group, conducted by the composer and directed by Basil Coleman, in the Theatre...continue...
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Britten: Turn Of The Screw / Opera Australia, Hannan, Haggart, Austin [DVD]
Britten: Turn Of The Screw / Opera Australia, Hannan, Haggart, Austin [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Kultur International Films / 2008-07-29

Works: Benjamin Britten: Turn of the Screw, Op. 54
Performers: Austin, Anson; Dixon, Wendy; Haggart, Margaret; Hannan, Eilene

Kultur presents the Opera Australia production of Benjamin Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw', a haunting adaption of Henry James' classic ghost story about a...continue...
Run Time: 113 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby 2.0,
Country of Origin: USA
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Britten: Peter Grimes / Benjamin Britten, Sir Peter Pears [DVD]
Britten: Peter Grimes / Benjamin Britten, Sir Peter Pears [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Decca / 2008-07-08

Works: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes, Op. 33
Performers: Bainbridge, Elisabeth; Drake, Bryan; Harper, Heather; Pears, Peter, Sir; Tear, Robert
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: Ambrosian Opera Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra

This is the first audio-visual recording of this essential opera, conducted by the composer. It is also the only version to star Peter Pears, who...continue...
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Country of Origin: USA
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The Best of Britten
The Best of Britten

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2008-06-24

Works: Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27; Peter Grimes; Rejoice in the Lamb, festival cantata for trumpet, ATB soloists, chorus & organ, Op. 30; Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; The Young person's gu...
Performers: Bedford, Steuart; Jones, Della; Langridge, Philip [Tenor Vocals]; Lloyd, Frank [horn]; Randle, Thomas [Tenor Vocals]; Russell, Lynda; Volle, Michael
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: Scottish Festival Chorus

The outstanding English composer working in the mid-20th century, Benjamin Britten won a significant international reputation, whilst remaining thoroughly English in inspiration. Britten's composition...continue...
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Britten: Owen Wingrave Op 85 / Hickox, Coleman-Wright, Gilchrist, Watson, Fox, Leggate, et al
Britten: Owen Wingrave Op 85 / Hickox, Coleman-Wright, Gilchrist, Watson, Fox, Leggate, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-06-24

Works: Benjamin Britten: Owen Wingrave, opera, Op. 85
Performers: Coleman-Wright, Peter; Connell, Elizabeth; Gilchrist, James [Tenor Vocal]; Leggate, Robin [Tenor Vocal]; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Stephen, Pamela Helen; Vocal], Sarah Fox [Soprano; Watson, Janice
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Tiffin School Boys Chorus

Owen Wingrave was commissioned by BBC Television in 1966 and has been described as something of a Cinderella amongst Britten's operas despite an imaginative and...continue...
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Royal Mezzo - Barber: Andromache's Farewell;  Britten: Phaedra;  Ravel, Berlioz / Kalmar, et al
Royal Mezzo - Barber: Andromache's Farewell; Britten: Phaedra; Ravel, Berlioz / Kalmar, et al

1 CD / Cedille / 2008-06-01

Works: Samuel Barber: Andromache's Farewell, Op. 39; Hector Berlioz: La Mort de Cléopâtre, for soprano & orchestra, H.36; Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or ten...
Performers: Larmore, Jennifer
Conductors: Kalmar, Carlos
Ensemble: Grant Park Orchestra

A tour de force showcasing the power and poise of one of America’s leading opera stars. Jennifer Larmore is a major international opera star familiar...continue...

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Discover - Opera
Discover - Opera

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2006-10-31

Works: Orazio Vecchi: L'Amfiparnaso; Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo; Francesco Cavalli: Calisto; Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z 626; George Frederick Handel: Rinaldo; Jean-Philippe Rameau: Castor et Pollux;...
Performers: Alperyn, Graciela; Amps, Kym; Banditelli, Gloria; Barr, Frank; Benackova, Gabriela; Biel, Ann-Christine; Bordogna, Paolo; Borst, Martina; Buchanan, Alison; Carmignani, Alessandro; Cigna, Patrizia; Da...
Conductors: Vartolo, Sergio; ; Medlam, Charles; Mallon, Kevin; Östman, Arnold; Halász, Michael; Segerstam, Leif; Zedda, Alberto; Humburg, Will; Rahbari, Alexander; Davis, Colin; Casadesus, Jean-Claude;...
Ensemble: ; Aradia Ensemble; London Baroque; Scholars Baroque Ensemble

For 400 years, opera has illuminated the innermost recesses of human existence. Once the sport of kings and princes, it now provides the soundtrack of...continue...
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Originals - Britten: Peter Grimes / Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears
Originals - Britten: Peter Grimes / Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears

2 CD / Decca / 2006-10-10

Works: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes
Performers: Brannigan, Owen; Elms, Lauris; Evans, Geraint [Baritone]; Kells, Iris; Kelly, David C. [Opera]; Lanigan, John; Nilsson, Raymond; Norman, Marcus; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Pease, James [Barito...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus

"The Decca recording was one of the first great achievements of the stereo era. Few opera recordings can claim to be do definitive, with Peter...continue...
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Angels On High: A Robert Shaw Christmas
Angels On High: A Robert Shaw Christmas

1 CD / Telarc / 2006-08-29

Works: Traditional: O come, O come Emmanuel; The first nowell; What is this lovely fragrance?; While by my sheep; Randall Thompson: Alleluia; Eric Harding Thiman: Carol of the Birds; Guillaume Costeley: All...
Performers: Blalock, David; Borland, William; Carter, Donna; Chandler, Janice; Elrod, Pam; Mackenzie, Norman; Mayer, Sean; Murray, Katherine; Nealon, Patricia; Remy, Elisabeth; Soles, Nanette; Spalinger, Anne-Ma...
Conductors: Shaw, Robert
Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers

Among the grand and brilliant choruses that are staple parts of any Robert Shaw Christmas concert are the quieter moments, lightly accompanied if at all,...continue...
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Britten: Glorianan / Paul Daniel / Chorus of Opera North / English Northern Philharmonia [DVD]
Britten: Glorianan / Paul Daniel / Chorus of Opera North / English Northern Philharmonia [DVD]

1 DVD Video / BBC Opus Arte / 2006-08-29

Works: Benjamin Britten: Gloriana, Op. 53
Performers: Barstow, Josephine; Bayley, Clive; Glanville, Susannah; McGilloway, Emer; Randle, Thomas; Roberts, Eric
Conductors: Daniel, Paul
Ensemble: English Northern Philharmonia; Opera North Chorus

Phyllida Lloyd's acclaimed adaptation for film of the opera that Benjamin Britten wrote for the celebrations of the Queen's coronation in 1953, based on the...continue...
Run Time: 140 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, Letterbox, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
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Britten: Phaedra, Lachrymae, etc / Friend, Nash Ensemble
Britten: Phaedra, Lachrymae, etc / Friend, Nash Ensemble

1 CD / Hyperion / 2006-02-14

Works: Benjamin Britten: Phaedra, Op. 93; Lachrymae, reflections on a song of Dowland, for viola & string orchestra, Op. 48a; Sinfonietta, for chamber orchestra, Op. 1; The Sword in the Stone, music for a 6...
Performers: Chase, Roger; Rigby, Jean
Conductors: Friend, Lionel
Ensemble: Nash Ensemble

"... The Nash Ensemble performances are brilliant and brilliantly recorded. There is a clarity and urgency to the performances that reveals much of the inner...continue...
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Art of Elaine Bonazzi - Monteverdi, et al / Bonazzi, Mack
Art of Elaine Bonazzi - Monteverdi, et al / Bonazzi, Mack

1 CD / Bridge / 2005-09-01

Works: Claudio Monteverdi: Scherzi musicali, volume 2; L'Orfeo; Benjamin Britten: A Charm of Lullabies, song cycle for mezzo-soprano & piano, Op. 41; Johannes Brahms: Songs (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op...
Performers: Bonazzi, Elaine; Day, Timothy; Kates, Stephen; Mack, Ellen; Tuttle, Karen
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English Song / Langridge, Lott, Keenleyside, et al
English Song / Langridge, Lott, Keenleyside, et al

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2005-03-22

Works: Charles Villiers Stanford: A Soft Day, for voice & piano; A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster, for voice & piano, no 6, "Irish Skies" Op. 140/6; Liza Lehmann: Cherry Ripe (arr. of aria by Chas. Ed. Horn);...
Performers: Asti, Eugene; Bedford, Steuart; Constable, John [Keyboards]; Davies, Neal [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Edgar-Wilson, Richard; Greevy, Bernadette [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Gritton, Susan; Hancock-Child, Nik; H...
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Ensemble: Duke Quartet

England boasts a long and distinctive tradition of song, equaled to that of any region in the world. This anthology offers a recent survey ranging...continue...
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Britten Conducts Britten Operas Vol 2
Britten Conducts Britten Operas Vol 2

10 CD / Decca / 2005-03-15

Works: Benjamin Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64; Phaedra, Op. 93; The Rape of Lucretia; Turn of the Screw, chamber opera, Op. 54; Death in Venice, opera, Op. 88; Gloriana, opera, Op. 53
Performers: Adams, Stephen James; Ainsley, John Mark; Alder, Eric; Bainbridge, Elisabeth; Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Barstow, Josephine; Bates, Angela Vernon; Bauer, Michael; Bowen, Kenneth; Bowma...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin; Bedford, Steuart; Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: ; Welsh National Opera Chorus

These recordings of the remaining five Britten operas in the Decca catalog are conducted by mixture of the composer and two colleagues, Steuart Bedford and...continue...
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Britten: Serenade for Tenor, etc / Bedford, et al
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, etc / Bedford, et al

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2005-02-22

Works: Benjamin Britten: Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31; Nocturne, Op. 60; Phaedra, Op. 93
Performers: Fearon, Alan; Francomb, Peter; Haslam, David; Langridge, Philip [Tenor Vocals]; Lloyd, Frank [horn]; Murray, Ann; Plane, Robert; Reay, Stephen; Rhys, Christina
Conductors: Bedford, Steuart
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra; Northern Sinfonia

This second volume of Britten orchestral songs features his two arguably best-known works in the genre, together with a major vocal work from the very...continue...
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Britten Conducts Britten Operas Vol 1
Britten Conducts Britten Operas Vol 1

8 CD / Decca / 2004-10-12

Works: Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39; Owen Wingrave, opera, Op. 85; Billy Budd, Op. 50; Peter Grimes
Performers: Amit, Sheila; Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Bowman, David; Brannigan, Owen; Bryn-Jones, Delme; Bush, Henry [Baritone Vocal]; Cantelo, April; Coleby, Geoffrey; Dempsey, Gregory; Douglas, N...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: Ambrosian Opera Chorus; English Chamber Orchestra; Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus

These recordings of four of Britten's operas conducted by the composer are all classics. Owen Wingrave remains unique as an audio recording and this reissue...continue...
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Songs / Magdalena Kozena
Songs / Magdalena Kozena

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon Import / 2004-07-13

Works: Maurice Ravel: Chansons madécasses, song cycle for soprano, flute, cello & piano; Dmitry Shostakovich: Satires (5), for soprano & piano, Op. 109; Ottorino Respighi: Il tramonto; Erwin Schulhoff:...
Performers: Barta, Jiri; Edmund-Davies, Paul; Henschel, Christoph; Kozená, Magdalena; Martineau, Malcolm

"Magdalena Kozena is casting her net ever wider in time and space. An intriguing catch of song from the first half of the 20th century...continue...
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Opera Classics - Britten: Turn of the Screw / Bedford, et al
Opera Classics - Britten: Turn of the Screw / Bedford, et al

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2004-01-01

Works: Benjamin Britten: Turn of the Screw, chamber opera, Op. 54
Performers: Cannan, Phyllis; Hulse, Eileen; Langridge, Philip [Tenor Vocals]; Lott, Felicity [Soprano Vocal]; Pay, Sam; Secunde, Nadine
Conductors: Bedford, Steuart
Ensemble: Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra

"The orchestral playing is truly impressive - aggressive, wildly coloful with finesse and musicianship. Pay is simply heartbreaking in his final line, 'Peter Quint, you...continue...
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Britten, Berkeley: Auden Songs / Jones, Langridge, et al
Britten, Berkeley: Auden Songs / Jones, Langridge, et al

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2003-09-01

Works: Lennox Berkeley: Poems (5) of W. H. Auden, for high voice & piano, Op. 53; Night covers up the rigid land, for voice & piano, Op. 14/2; Lay your sleeping head my love, for high voice & piano, Op. 14/...
Performers: Bedford, Steuart; Jones, Della; Langridge, Philip [Tenor Vocals]

"Langridge has become the Britten tenor par excellence. He has a unique individual sound though perhaps not the most beautiful voice - it is nasal,...continue...
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Opera Classics - Britten: Albert Herring / Bedford, et al
Opera Classics - Britten: Albert Herring / Bedford, et al

2 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2003-03-01

Works: Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39
Performers: Barstow, Josephine; Bonner, Yvette; Bowling, Temime; Finley, Gerald [Bass-Baritone Vocals]; Gillett, Christopher; Gritton, Susan; Jones, Della; Kale, Stuart [Tenor Vocal]; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice];...
Conductors: Bedford, Steuart
Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia

"The musicians of the Northern Sinfonia treat the score very much as extended chamber music, with the instruments almost as characters in their own right....continue...
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Britten: Albert Herring / Hickox, Gilchrist, Stephen, et al
Britten: Albert Herring / Hickox, Gilchrist, Stephen, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2003-02-25

Works: Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39
Performers: Bonner, Yvette; Bottone, Rebecca; Bullock, Susan; Burgess, Sally; Collins, Anne; Evans, Rebecca; Gilchrist, James [Tenor Vocal]; Monk, Gregory; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Richardson, Stephen [Bass...
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia

This is the first digital recording of Albert Herring. The recording was made following a series of live performances and the theatrical excitement that marked...continue...
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Britten: The Turn of the Screw / Britten, English Opera
Britten: The Turn of the Screw / Britten, English Opera

2 CD / Decca Import / 2002-09-10

Works: Benjamin Britten: Turn of the Screw, chamber opera, Op. 54
Performers: Cross, Joan; Dyer, Olive; Hemmings, David; Mandikian, Arda; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Vyvyan, Jennifer
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: English Opera Group Orchestra
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Home for Christmas / Anne Sofie von Otter, et al
Home for Christmas / Anne Sofie von Otter, et al

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 1999-10-12

Works: Hugh Martin: Meet Me in St. Louis; John Francis Wade: Adeste fideles; William Mathias: Sweet Was The Song; Franz Xaver Gruber: Silent Night; Mel Tormé: The Christmas Song; Traditional: Tomorro...
Performers: Agnas, Joakim; Agnas, Urban; Bengtson, Jan; Bylund, Jonas; Danielsson, Göran; Forsberg, Bengt; Forsberg, Ulf; Helander, Torbjörn; Henrikson, Leif; Henryson, Svante; Jansson, Bengan; Jansson...
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Ensemble: Stockholm Chamber Brass

"Home for Christmas" is Anne Sofie von Otter's first holiday album. "Home for Christmas" is a rich selection of popular international Christmas songs, including a...continue...
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Britten: Peter Grimes / Davis, Vickers, Harper, et al
Britten: Peter Grimes / Davis, Vickers, Harper, et al

2 CD / Philips / 1999-06-15

Works: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Cahill, Teresa; Dobson, John; Harper, Heather; Lanigan, John; Pashley, Anne; Payne, Patricia; Robinson, Forbes; Summers, Jonathan; van Allan, Richard [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Vickers, Jon
Conductors: Davis, Colin
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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On This Day Earth Shall Ring! / Payn, Etters, et al
On This Day Earth Shall Ring! / Payn, Etters, et al

1 CD / Albany Records / 1998-09-01

Works: Christmas Traditional: On This Day Earth Shall Ring; Angels We Have Heard on High; A la nanita nana, carol (Spanish); Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head (American); Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy...
Performers: Cover, David; Etters-Asmus, Elizabeth; Fortunato, D'Anna
Conductors: Payn, William; Crane, Curtis
Ensemble: Rooke Chapel Ringers
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Britten: The World of the Spirit, etc / Richard Hickox
Britten: The World of the Spirit, etc / Richard Hickox

1 CD / Chandos Records / 1997-01-21

Works: Benjamin Britten: An American Overture; King Arthur, suite for orchestra; The World of the Spirit, music for a radio program, for SATB soloists, chorus & orchestra
Performers: Chilcott, Susan; Hill, Martyn [Tenor Vocals]; Singers, Britten; Stephen, Pamela Helen; Varcoe, Stephen [Baritone Vocals]
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

"...This release offers premiere recordings of a suite compiled by Paul Hindmarsh...This four-part, twenty-five minute work contains many befittingly stirring and colorful pages...conductor Hickox and...continue...
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Britten: Peter Grimes / Richard Hickox, Philip Langridge
Britten: Peter Grimes / Richard Hickox, Philip Langridge

2 CD / Chandos Records / 1996-04-23

Works: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes
Performers: Barclay, Yvonne; Best, Matthew [Bass Vocals]; Collins, Anne; Connell, John; Fryatt, John; Graham-Hall, John; Harrison, Ned; Langridge, Philip [Tenor Vocals]; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Stephen, Pa...
Conductors: Westrop, Stephen; Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: London Symphony Chorus

"Electrifying as their rivals are, the LSO singers seem just that much more arresting...the sense of total music-theatre is present throughout and it's excitingly laid...continue...
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Britten: The Rape of Lucretia / Hickox, Rigby, Maxwell, Opie
Britten: The Rape of Lucretia / Hickox, Rigby, Maxwell, Opie

2 CD / Chandos Records / 1994-03-01

Works: Benjamin Britten: The Rape of Lucretia
Performers: Gunson, Ameral; Maxwell, Donald [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Miles, Alastair [Bass Vocals]; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Pierard, Catherine; Robson, Nigel; Rozario, Patricia [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
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Britten: Noye's Fludde, Golden Vanity / Britten
Britten: Noye's Fludde, Golden Vanity / Britten

1 CD / HBDirect Import / 1993-05-03

Works: Benjamin Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op. 59; Golden Vanity, Op. 78
Performers: Alexander, Stephen; Angadi, Darien; Anthony, Trevor; Brannigan, Owen; Britten, Benjamin; Clack, Caroline; Emney, Mark; Jago, Barnaby; Lovell, Terry; O'Donovan, Eileen; Pinto, David; Pinto, Marie-Ther...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: English Opera Group Chorus; English Opera Group Orchestra; Wandsworth School Boys Choir

Recordings of this delightful church parable Noyes Fludde (Noah's Flood) are extremely rare and none certainly are as authoritative as this one under the supervision...continue...
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Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Britten, London SO
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Britten, London SO

2 CD / Decca Import / 1990-02-06

Works: Benjamin Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64
Performers: Brannigan, Owen; Deller, Alfred; Harper, Heather; Harwood, Elizabeth [Soprano Vocals]; Hemsley, Thomas; Kelly, David C. [Opera]; Lumsden, Norman; MacDonald, Kenneth; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals];...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

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This recording remains as fresh and inspired as the day it was made. Britten's taut, disciplined yet magical reading is unsurpassed.
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britten: the rape of lucretia
britten: the rape of lucretia

2 CD / Decca Import / 1990-02-05

Works: Benjamin Britten: Phaedra, Op. 93; The Rape of Lucretia
Performers: Bainbridge, Elisabeth; Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Drake, Bryan; Harper, Heather; Hill, Jenny; Luxon, Benjamin [Baritone Vocal]; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Shirley-Quirk, John
Conductors: Bedford, Steuart; Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
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