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Britten: The Little Sweep; Cantata Academica
Britten: The Little Sweep; Cantata Academica

1 CD / Heritage / 2014-05-12

Works: Benjamin Britten: The Little Sweep, children's opera, Op. 45; Cantata academica, for voices, chorus & orchestra, Op. 62
Performers: Brannigan, Owen; Lester, Harold; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Vyvyan, Jennifer
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin; Malcolm, George

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
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Britten: Spring Symphony; Hymn to St. Cecilia; Choral Dances from 'Gloriana'
Britten: Spring Symphony; Hymn to St. Cecilia; Choral Dances from 'Gloriana'

1 CD / Heritage / 2014-05-12

Works: Benjamin Britten: Spring Symphony, for soprano, alto, tenor, boys' chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44; Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27; Hymn to the Virgin; Choral Dances (6) from Gloriana, for chorus (or ...
Performers: Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Procter, Norma; Vyvyan, Jennifer
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin; Malcolm, George
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Moments of Love - songs by Ravel, Saint-Saens, Wyner, Hahn, Britten / Dominique Labelle, soprano; Yehudi Wyner, piano
Moments of Love - songs by Ravel, Saint-Saens, Wyner, Hahn, Britten / Dominique Labelle, soprano; Yehudi Wyner, piano

1 CD / Bridge / 2014-03-11

Works: Maurice Ravel: Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé; Camille Saint-Saëns: Aimons-nous; L'attente; La coccinelle, song for voice & piano; Mélodies persanes; Danse macabre; Yehudi...
Performers: Labelle, Dominique; Wyner, Yehudi

This song recital documents the long and brilliant partnership of soprano Dominique Labelle and composer/pianist, Yehudi Wyner. Dominique Labelle first came to prominence as Donna...continue...
Recording information: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts U (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)....continue...

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Copland: The Shining River - songs by Berlioz, Britten, Copland, R. Strauss, Vaughan Williams / Susan Chilcott, soprano; Iain Burnside, piano
Copland: The Shining River - songs by Berlioz, Britten, Copland, R. Strauss, Vaughan Williams / Susan Chilcott, soprano; Iain Burnside, piano

1 CD / BBC Opus Arte / 2013-10-29

Works: Aaron Copland: Old American Songs, Set 1; Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson, song cycle for voice & piano (orchestrated 1970 as "Poems (8) of Emil; Three Songs; Poet's Song, song for voice & piano; Pasto...
Performers: Burnside, Iain [Piano]; Chilcott, Susan

Until her untimely death in 2003, Susan Chilcott was placed among the outstanding lyric sopranos of her generation, one whose captivating stage presence, dramatic vitality...continue...
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Britten: War Requiem / Christian Gerhaher, Emily Magee, Mark Padmoore. Mariss Jansons
Britten: War Requiem / Christian Gerhaher, Emily Magee, Mark Padmoore. Mariss Jansons

2 CD / BR Klassik / 2013-10-29

Works: Benjamin Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66
Performers: Gerhaher, Christian; Hanft, Max; Magee, Emily; Padmore, Mark [Tenor Vocal]
Conductors: Jansons, Mariss
Ensemble: Toelzer Knabenchor

To mark Britten's 100th birthday, Mariss Jansons conducted the composer's best-known and most moving work, War Requiem, in March 2013. In addition to the Bavarian...continue...
Recording information: München, Philharmonie im Gasteig (03/13/2013-03/15/2013)....continue...
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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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Britten: War Requiem; Spring Symphony; Young Person's Guide / Karel Ancerl, Czech PO
Britten: War Requiem; Spring Symphony; Young Person's Guide / Karel Ancerl, Czech PO

2 CD / Supraphon / 2013-07-30

Works: Benjamin Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66; The Young person's guide to the orchestra; Spring Symphony, for soprano, alto, tenor, boys' chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44; Unspecified: [Untitled CD-ROM Tr...
Performers: Blachut, Beno; Cameron, John; English, Gerald; Kniplova, Nadezda; Subrtova, Milada
Conductors: Ancerl, Karel
Ensemble: ; Caech Philharmonic Orchestra

Benjamin Britten's music formed one of the pillars of the Czech Philharmonic's concert programs under its chief conductor Karel Ancerl. The Czech premiere of the...continue...
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Britten: Spring Symphony, Welcome Ode, Psalm 150 / Elizabeth Gale, Alfreda Hodgson, Martyn Hill
Britten: Spring Symphony, Welcome Ode, Psalm 150 / Elizabeth Gale, Alfreda Hodgson, Martyn Hill

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2013-07-30

Works: Benjamin Britten: Spring Symphony, for soprano, alto, tenor, boys' chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44; Welcome Ode, for young people's chorus & orchestra, Op. 95; Psalm 150, for children's chorus & i...
Performers: Gale, Elisabeth; Goedicke, Kurt-Hans; Hill, Martyn [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Hickox, Richard;
Ensemble: Choirs of the City of London School; Choirs of the City of London School for Girls; London Symphony Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra of the City of London School for Girls; The Southend B...

This re-release of the Spring Symphony, complemented by two smaller but equally life-confirming works by Britten, marks the composer's centenary year. It also forms part...continue...
Recording information: St Jude's Church, Central Square, London NW11 (1990-01-08_1990-01-10&1990-)....continue...
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The Britten Collection / Sioned Williams: harp; Ian Partridge: tenor; The Sixteen
The Britten Collection / Sioned Williams: harp; Ian Partridge: tenor; The Sixteen

3 CD / Coro / 2013-03-12

Works: Benjamin Britten: Hymn to the Virgin; A Hymn of Saint Columba; Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a; Antiphon, Op. 56b; Te Deum in C major; Jubilate Deo; Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27; Festival Te Deum in E major,...
Performers: Berridge, Simon; Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Crabtree, Libby; Daggett, Philip; Dean, Ruth; Hopkins, Jamie; Jenkin, Nicola [Soprano Vocals]; Lane, Carys; MacKenzie, Neil; Outram, Rebecca; ...
Conductors: Christophers, Harry
Ensemble: ; Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral; The Sixteen

This superb collection, released in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Britten's birth, features all three of the The Sixteen's celebrated Britten recordings. Arguably the...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; Järvi, Paavo; 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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Tell Me the Truth About Love songs by Britten, Schumann, Boulanger, Chausson et al. / Amanda Roocroft, soprano; Joseph Middleton, piano
Tell Me the Truth About Love songs by Britten, Schumann, Boulanger, Chausson et al. / Amanda Roocroft, soprano; Joseph Middleton, piano

1 CD / Champs Hill Records / 2012-10-30

Works: Benjamin Britten: Tell me the Truth about Love, for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs); Early one morning, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 5); Robert Schumann: Seit ich ihn gesehen, song for voice & p...
Performers: Middleton, Joseph [Piano]; Roocroft, Amanda

Charting the course of a love affair - in song - through the eyes of a young woman who begins by asking the universal question,...continue...
Recording information: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex (08/19/2011-08/26/2011)....continue...
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Mélodie Francaise - Songs by Fauré, Debussy; Hahn; Chausson / Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Stephane Degout, Bernard Kruysen [6 CDs]
Mélodie Francaise - Songs by Fauré, Debussy; Hahn; Chausson / Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Stephane Degout, Bernard Kruysen [6 CDs]

6 CD / Naïve / 2012-10-30

Works: Gabriel Fauré: Nell, Op. 18 no 1; Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 27; Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 46; Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 51; Mélodies (5), Op. 58 "de Venise"; La bonne c...
Performers: Blumenthal, Daniel; Degout, Stephane; Immerseel, Jos van; Kruysen, Bernard; Lee, Noel [Piano]; Lucas, Helene; Manoff, Susan; Piau, Sandrine

This beautiful boxed set of French melodies gathers some of the most intriguing recordings from the Naïve Classique catalogue. This subtle and fascinating repertoire will...continue...
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NAI 5311
Essential Britten / Over 2 hours of Britten's greatest masterworks
Essential Britten / Over 2 hours of Britten's greatest masterworks

2 CD / Warner Classics / 2012-10-09

Works: Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations, Op. 18; Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4; Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31; Concerto for Violin Op. 15; Saint Nicolas, Op. 42; A Ceremony of Carols, O...
Performers: Bostridge, Ian; Brightman, Sarah; Brown, Timothy; Carter, Roy [Oboe]; Clark, James [Tenor Vocal]; Drake, Julius [Piano]; Ellis, Osian; Godlee, Julian; Haendel, Ida; Harper, Heather; Lenehan, John [Pi...
Conductors: Marriner, Sir Neville; Brown, Iona; Bedford, Steuart; Berglund, Paavo; Willcocks, David; Pesek, Libor; Whitfield, John; Tate, Jeffrey; Previn, Andre; Hickox, Richard; Rattle, Simon, Sir
Ensemble: ; Endymion Ensemble

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...continue...
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Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream / McNair, Asaw, Lloyd, Davis
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream / McNair, Asaw, Lloyd, Davis

2 CD / Decca / 2012-03-13

Works: Benjamin Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64
Performers: Conway, Claudia; Ferguson, Carl; Long, Matthew [Vocals]; Newman, David; Rey, Sara
Conductors: Davis, Colin
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

"Everything is heard with great clarity, the sensuousness of Britten's ravishing score, with all its mysterious harmonies and sonorities, is fully realized, action and reaction...continue...
Recording information: Barbican Centre, London (12/1995)....continue...
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Leontyne Price: Arias & Duets / Complete Album Collection (14 CDs)
Leontyne Price: Arias & Duets / Complete Album Collection (14 CDs)

14 CD / RCA Records / 2012-01-24

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, opera; Il trovatore; La traviata; Otello; Macbeth; I lombardi alla prima crociata; Simon Boccanegra; Don Carlo; Un ballo in maschera; Rigoletto; La forza del destino; Giacomo Pu...
Performers: Bainbridge, Elisabeth; Barioni, Daniele; Boatwright, McHenry; Bubbles, John W.; Burton, Miriam; Davies, Ryland; de Palma, Piero [Tenor Vocal]; Domingo, Placido [Tenor Vocals]; Hage, Robert El; Hall, ...
Conductors: de Fabritiis, Oliviero; Basile, Arturo; Henderson, Skitch; Leinsdorf, Erich; Molinari-Pradelli, France; Schippers, Thomas; Adler, Peter Herman; Downes, Edward; Cleva, Fausto; Santi, Nello; Lewis, Hen...

This Limited Edition fourteen CD set, 'The Complete Collection of Operatic Recital Albums' brings together for the first time all the recital and duet albums...continue...
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Barber: Summer of 1915; Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete; Britten: Les Illuminations / Anne-Catherine Gillet, soprano
Barber: Summer of 1915; Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete; Britten: Les Illuminations / Anne-Catherine Gillet, soprano

1 CD / Aeon / 2012-01-10

Works: Samuel Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24; Hector Berlioz: Les nuits d'été, Op. 7, song cycle; Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations
Performers: Gillet, Anne-Catherine
Conductors: Daniel, Paul

On the concert platform and on disc, Anne-Catherine Gillet radiates spontaneity, luminosity and enthusiasm in a way that is more than communicative. This outstanding recording...continue...
Recording information: Salle Philharmonique de Liège (09/06/2010-09/11/2010)....continue...
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AEO 1113
Art Song Collection - Anniversary Series / Beethoven, Britten, Gurney, Hawes, Poulenc, et al.
Art Song Collection - Anniversary Series / Beethoven, Britten, Gurney, Hawes, Poulenc, et al.

1 CD / Signum Records / 2012-01-01

Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble, song for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra); Ludwig van Beethoven: Es war einmal ein König, song for voice, men's...
Performers: Ainsley, John Mark; Asti, Eugene; Bickley, Susan; Burnside, Iain [Piano]; Connolly, Sarah [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal]; Crawford-Phillips, Simon; Evans, Rebecca; Filsell, Jeremy [Keyboard]; Glynn, Christoph...
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2012 marks the 15th anniversary of the first release from the leading independent classical label Signum Records. Beginning life as an early music specialist (with...continue...
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Britten: Songs, Vol. 2 / Clayton, Johnston, Spence, Hulett et al.; Malcolm Martineau, piano
Britten: Songs, Vol. 2 / Clayton, Johnston, Spence, Hulett et al.; Malcolm Martineau, piano

2 CD / Onyx Classics / 2011-12-13

Works: Benjamin Britten: Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22; Gloriana, symphonic suite for tenor (or oboe) & orchestra, Op. 53a; Chamber Music V, song for soprano or tenor & piano; A Cha...
Performers: Atherton, Elizabeth; Clayton, Allan; Hulett, Benjamin; Johnston, Jennifer; Martineau, Malcolm; Mason, Benedict; Spence, Nicky; Tritschler, Robin

As before, on the second volume of Onyx's highly praised survey of all Britten's songs for voice and piano, the great song cycles rub shoulders...continue...
Recording information: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)....continue...
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So Sweet a Melody: Berlioz, Rheinberger, Liszt and Godar / Hildegard Choir
So Sweet a Melody: Berlioz, Rheinberger, Liszt and Godar / Hildegard Choir

1 CD / SOMM / 2011-11-08

Works: Hector Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ; Joseph Rheinberger: Messe in A, Op. 126; Puer Natus in Bethlehem, for 2 voices & organ, Op. 118/6; Franz Liszt: Hymne de l'enfant à son réveil, for chor...
Performers: van Evera, Emily
Conductors: Ralston, Gulliver
Ensemble: Hildegard Choir

The debut CD of the Hildegard Choir, which has been delighting audiences of all ages since its founding in 1991! Features renowned American soprano Emily...continue...
Recording information: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxfor (2009-08-28_2009-08-29&2009-)....continue...
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SOMM 102
Britten: Noye's Fludde / Wilks, Wilson, Wyn, BBC Concert
Britten: Noye's Fludde / Wilks, Wilson, Wyn, BBC Concert

1 CD / SOMM / 2011-10-11

Works: Benjamin Britten: Noye's Fludde, children's opera, Op. 59; A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
Performers: Alleyne, Susan; Anderson, Louisa; Ankier, Joanne; Barnett, Judy; Bate, Jennifer; Baylav, H. Cahit; Belas, Oliver; Berry, Christine; Blomiley, Nigel; Carson, Frank; Cass, Helen; Cinnamon, Emily; Clark...
Conductors: Wilks, Nicholas
Ensemble: BBC Concert Orchestra members; Finchley Children's Music Group

"This production has the benefit of very strong voices in Benjamin Luxon - resonant and impressive as 'The Voice of God' and David Wilson-Johnson as...continue...
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Britten: Complete Songs, Vol. 1 / Andrew Tortise, James Geer, Ben Johnson, Caryl Hughes
Britten: Complete Songs, Vol. 1 / Andrew Tortise, James Geer, Ben Johnson, Caryl Hughes

2 CD / Onyx Classics / 2011-07-12

Works: Benjamin Britten: To lie flat on the back, song for high voice & piano; Night covers up the rigid land, song for high voice & piano; A Dirge, song for voice & piano (juvenilia); Virtue in Deeds Not W...
Performers: Broderick, Katherine; Greer, James; Hughes, Caryl; Johnson, Ben [Tenor Vocal]; Martineau, Malcolm; Smith, Philip [Baritone]; Tortise, Andrew; Tritschler, Robin

Throughout his creative life, Benjamin Britten was a prolific composer of songs, producing over 100 settings for voice and piano, in addition to the works...continue...
Recording information: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings (2010-01-14_2010-01-17&2010-)....continue...
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Apres Un Reve / Soprano Sandrine Piau
Apres Un Reve / Soprano Sandrine Piau

1 CD / Naïve / 2011-05-31

Works: Richard Strauss: Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3; Lieder (6), Op. 17; Lieder (4), Op. 27; Gabriel Fauré: Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1; Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2; Les berceaux, Op. 23 no 1; Felix ...
Performers: Manoff, Susan; Piau, Sandrine

The heir to Berlioz and Wagner, an extraordinary conductor, Richard Strauss was a dramatist of the orchestra. His operas conceived with Hofmannsthal and Zweig and...continue...
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An Irish Songbook / Ailish Tynan
An Irish Songbook / Ailish Tynan

1 CD / Signum Records / 2011-01-01

Works: Thomas Dunhill: Cloths of Heaven for voice & piano, Op. 30/3; Samuel Barber: Solitary Hotel, song for voice & piano (Despite and Still), Op. 41/4; Hermit Songs, Op. 29; The Desire for Hermitage, song...
Performers: Burnside, Iain [Piano]; Tynan, Ailish

Iain Burside and Ailish Tynan return to Signum with their second disc of Irish Songs and arrangements - this time from a range of different...continue...
Recording information: St Paul's Church, Deptford, London (04/22/2009-04/24/2009)....continue...
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Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra
Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra

1 CD / CD Baby Independants / 2010-11-27

Works: Michael Praetorius: Musae Sioniae; Edward Henderson: Star Song, for chorus & jazz ensemble; Christmas Traditional: Joys Seven (Joshua Himes's Millennial Harp, 1842); We've been a while a-wandering, c...
Performers: Blackburn, Fiona; Ching, Stephanie; Costanzi, Rita; Elektra Women's Choir; Ferreras, Sal; Goheen, Katherine; Henderson, Edward; Hominick, Eric; Kennedy, Holly; Kleer, Marianne de; Macaulay, Marlis; P...
Conductors: Edmundson, Morna; Loomer, Diane

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Britten: Les Illuminations
Britten: Les Illuminations

1 CD / ATMA / 2010-08-31

Works: Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations; Prelude and Fugue for 18-part String Orchestra, Op. 29; Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op. 10; Now sleeps the crimson petal, song for tenor, ...
Performers: Gauvin, Karina; Giguère, Pascale; Marsolais, Louis-Philippe
Conductors: Zeitouni, Jean-Marie

"Gauvin is a seductive interpreter of [Les Illuminations]. Her glinting sound gives a diamantine shimmer to the heroic passages, yet she never sacrifices the essential...continue...
Recording information: Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québec, Quebec, Can (04/2009)....continue...
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Britten: Les Illuminations; War Requiem
Britten: Les Illuminations; War Requiem

2 CD / Cascavelle / 2010-07-13

Works: Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations; War Requiem, Op. 66; Alban Berg: Early Songs (7)
Performers: Danco, Suzanne; Harper, Heather; Hemsley, Thomas; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Ansermet, Ernest

Even though Ansermet was a great fan of Britten, he was never able to record his works because of their recording contracts with Decca. This...continue...
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CAS 3125
Susan Gritton Sings Britten, Finzi, Delius
Susan Gritton Sings Britten, Finzi, Delius

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2010-04-27

Works: Gerald Finzi: Dies Natalis, cantata for soprano (or tenor) & string orchestra, Op. 8; Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations; Chansons Françaises (4), for voice & orchestra; Frederick Delius: A Lat...
Performers: Gritton, Susan
Conductors: Gardner, Edward

"Gritton's performance [of Les illuminations) is lustrous and joyous, a precociously talented young man's music brilliantly presented." -The Guardian ****

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Recording information: Studio 1, Maida Vale Studios, Delaware Road, London (11/20/2009-11/22/2009)....continue...
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Britten: Peter Grimes / Haitink, Thomas Allen [Includes CD-ROM]
Britten: Peter Grimes / Haitink, Thomas Allen [Includes CD-ROM]

3 CD / Warner Classics / 2010-04-20

Works: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes; Unspecified: Untitled CD-ROM Track; [Peter Grimes] Synopsis and Libretto [CD-ROM track]
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Bovino, Maria; Dean, Stafford; Jenkins, Neil; Kale, Stuart [Tenor Vocal]; Keenlyside, Simon; Rayne, Patricia; Rolfe Johnson, Anthony [Tenor Vocal]; Walker, Sarah; Webster, Gillian; Wil...
Conductors: Haitink, Bernard

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Personnel: David Greenwood (sound effects).

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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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Ceremonyes of Carolles / Nancy Hadden
Ceremonyes of Carolles / Nancy Hadden

1 CD / CRD Records / 2009-10-13

Works: Plainchant: Hodie Christus natus est, antiphon; Christmas Traditional: Wolcume Yole, carol (English); There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (English); Balulalow ("I come from hevin to tell") (Scottish); Ad...
Performers: Hadden, Nancy; Holden, Poppy; Lester, Vicky; Levin, Esther; Murai, Kyoko

Benjamin Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols' is heard here along with the original poems and music from Medieval and Renaissance England on which Britten's work...continue...
Includes work(s): behold a silly tender babe / the irish ho by various composers.

Includes work(s): that yonge childe / lully lullay by various composers....continue...
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CRD 3514
Unknown Britten
Unknown Britten

1 CD / HBDirect Imports / 2009-10-06

Works: Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations; Phrase, for voice & orchestra (sketch for Les Illuminations, Op. 18; orchestration by C. Matthews); Aube, for voice & orchestra (sketch for Les Illuminations, Op....
Performers: Collins, Michael [Conductor/Clarinet]; Francomb, Peter; Griffiths, Chris; Hind, Rolf; Piau, Sandrine; Thompson, Michael [Horn]; Watkins, Richard [Horn]
Conductors: Zehetmair, Thomas; Sehetmair, Thomas

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All the performances are superb. Sandrine Piau's stylish and imaginative interpretation of Les illuminations is one of the best soprano versions on disc, in...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 (Cinderella); Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera; Giuseppe Verdi: Un ballo in maschera; Ernani; Falstaff; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro...
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: Serenade for Tenor, Les Illuminations, Sinfonia da Requiem, etc / Pesec, Gomez, Mackie, Tuckwell, et al
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Les Illuminations, Sinfonia da Requiem, etc / Pesec, Gomez, Mackie, Tuckwell, et al

2 CD / Warner Classics / 2009-08-11

Works: Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations; Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31; Nocturne, Op. 60; Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4; Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; Peter Grimes; The Young person's g...
Performers: Gomez, Jill; Mackie, Neil; Tear, Robert; Tuckwell, Barry [French Horn]
Conductors: Whitfield, John; Bedford, Steuart; Tate, Jeffrey; Warren-Green, Christopher; Pesek, Libor
Ensemble: Endymion Ensemble; English Chamber Orchestra; London Chamber Orchestra; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Scottish Chamber Orchestra

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Some of Britten's richest vocal chamber pieces, by splendidly idiomatic performers are followed on disc 2 by slightly less exceptional orchestral performances. Still,...continue...
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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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Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder;  et al / Bullock, Martineau
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder; et al / Bullock, Martineau

1 CD / Avie Records / 2009-04-01

Works: Richard Strauss: Romeo and Juliet, incidental music, o.Op. 86 (TrV 150, AV 86); Die erwachte Rose ("Die Knospe träumte von Sonnenschein"), song for voice & piano, o.Op. 66 (TrV 90,; Begegnung, A...
Performers: Bullock, Susan; Martineau, Malcolm

Susan Bullock, one of today's leading dramatic sopranos, offers a stunning recording for Avie's innovative Crear Classics series with a recital of songs which are...continue...
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Great Operatic Arias Vol 2 / Brewer, Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra, et al
Great Operatic Arias Vol 2 / Brewer, Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-03-31

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492; Christoph Willibald Gluck: Alceste; Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser; Lohengrin; Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes; Lu...
Performers: Brewer, Christine; Howarth, Judith; Robinson, Timothy
Conductors: Parry, David

"Hats off, gentlemen. A diva. The real, rare, wondrous thing. Her name is Christine Brewer." With these words the 'Evening Standard' described the first of...continue...
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Britten: Double Concerto, Bridge Variations, Les illuminations / Jurowski, Matthews, Schoeman, et al
Britten: Double Concerto, Bridge Variations, Les illuminations / Jurowski, Matthews, Schoeman, et al

1 CD / London Philharmonic Orchestra / 2009-03-31

Works: Benjamin Britten: Double Concerto, for violin, viola & orchestra in B minor (supressed by composer); Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op. 10; Les Illuminations
Performers: Matthews, Sally; Schoeman, Pieter; Zemtsov, Alexander
Conductors: Jurowski, Vladimir

This live recording conducted by the London Philharmonic Orchestra's highly acclaimed Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, brings together three of Britten's early works. Written just before...continue...
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Britten: War Requiem, Young Person's Guide, Serenade, etc / Sir Simon Rattle, et al
Britten: War Requiem, Young Person's Guide, Serenade, etc / Sir Simon Rattle, et al

5 CD / Warner Classics / 2009-03-24

Works: Benjamin Britten: An American Overture; Ballad of Heroes, for high voice, chorus & orchestra, Op. 14; Diversions, for piano, left hand & orchestra, Op. 21; The Building of the House, overture for cho...
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Baborak, Radek; Ballard, Jeremy; Blatchly, Mark; Blau, Andreas; Bostridge, Ian; Cole, Peter; Donohoe, Peter; Fowke, Philip; Fuchs, Wenzel; Gomez, Jill; Hargan, Alison; Kasnowski, Micha...
Conductors: Rattle, Simon, Sir
Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus

One of England's finest conductors conducting one of England's finest composers! Besides the three great song cycles ('Les Illuminations', 'Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings',...continue...
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The Record of Singing Vol 5 - From the LP to the Digital Era
The Record of Singing Vol 5 - From the LP to the Digital Era

10 CD / Warner Classics / 2009-03-10

Works: Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman; Tannhäuser; Lohengrin; Die Walküre; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Tristan und Isolde; Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die tote Stadt (The Dead City); Ar...
Performers: Alagna, Roberto; Aler, John [Tenor Vocal]; Allen, Thomas; Alva, Luigi [Tenor Vocals]; Ameling, Elly [Soprano Vocal]; Anderson, June [Soprano Vocal]; Andre, Maurice [Trumpet]; Angelici, Martha; Argent...
Conductors: Ludwig, Leopold; Konwitschny, Franz; Dobroven, Issay; Weigert, Herman; Prêtre, Georges; Pr?tre, Georges; Cluytens, André; Furtwängler, Wilhelm; Karajan, Herbert von; Kempe, Rudolf; ...
Ensemble: ; Collegium Vocale (Ghent); Consort of Musicke; Ensemble Artaserse; Ensemble Orchestral de Paris; Fretwork; Hespèrion XX; Hesp?rion XX; Il Complesso Barocco; Il Seminario Musicale; La Grande &...

EMI Classics is proud to present two 10-CD boxed sets of 'The Record of Singing'. Together this collection offers a breath-taking overview of the past...continue...
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WRNC 289492
Britten: Albert Herring / Manhattan School of Music Opera
Britten: Albert Herring / Manhattan School of Music Opera

2 CD / Vox Classical / 2009-01-30

Works: Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39
Performers: Altman, Scott; Balach, Nancy Maria; Bearden, Scott; Binford, Lynette; Dickerson, Kirsten; Hepler, Samuel; Pfund, Christopher; Powell, James; Rathus, Jordon S.; Sayers, Chris; Tirado, Jon-Michael; Ven...
Conductors: Gilbert, David
Ensemble: Manhattan School of Music Opera Orchestra
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Britten: War Requiem / Shafer, Washington Chorus, et al
Britten: War Requiem / Shafer, Washington Chorus, et al

2 CD / Gothic Records / 2009-01-01

Works: Benjamin Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66
Performers: Clement, Richard; Goerke, Christine; Stilwell, Richard
Conductors: Shafer, Robert
Ensemble: Maryland Boy Choir

Britten's 'War Requiem' is a setting of the traditional Requiem text and also contains settings of the verses of World War I poet Wilfred Owen...continue...
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GTHC 49241
Det Brinner en Stjarna - Christmas Carols
Det Brinner en Stjarna - Christmas Carols

1 CD / Nosag / 2009-01-01

Works: Traditional: In dulci jubilo; O come, O come Emmanuel; Jord och himmel syng i dag; Gustaf Nordqvist: Jul, jul stralande jul; Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28; John Jacob Niles: I wonder...
Performers: Andersson, Lars; Dirke, Boel; Lindskog, Ingrid; Mansson, Goran; Ryden, Susanne; Thur, Gabriella
Conductors: Borjeson, Kerstin
Ensemble: Hagersten Motet Choir of Stockholm; Stockholm Chamber Brass
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NOSG 111
Easter - Hymns, Carols & Anthems / Foster, Phillips, et al
Easter - Hymns, Carols & Anthems / Foster, Phillips, et al

1 CD / Gothic Records / 2009-01-01

Works: Thomas Haweis: Awake, Arise; Charles Wood: Carol of the Exodus based on traditional English carol "Old King Cole"; Peter Hallock: Ad Regias Agni Dapes, anthem "At the Lamb's Royal Banquet"; Jakob Hin...
Performers: Alexander, Phoebe; Cloud, Patricia; Criste, Casey; Foster, Thomas; Gunnell, Eli; Hanrahan, William; King, Camille; Phillips, Craig
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GTHC 49097
Silence & Music / Thomas Foster, Craig Phillips
Silence & Music / Thomas Foster, Craig Phillips

1 CD / Gothic Records / 2009-01-01

Works: Conrad Susa: Adam Lay in Bondage; Robert Twynham: Drop Down Dew, O Heavens; Craig Phillips: Hodie, Christus natus est; Anonymous: Joys Seven; Philip Moore: It Is a Thing Most Wonderful; Charles Villi...
Performers: Arel, Stephen; Criste, Casey; Davis, Carolyn; Erven, Pamela; Hollis, Ted; Kardos, Betsy; Ketchum, William; King, Camille; Lesch, Sarah; Mills, Susan Taylor; Phillips, Craig; Putnam, Christopher; Wald...
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GTHC 49064
Glorious Splendor - Christmas with the Washington Chorus
Glorious Splendor - Christmas with the Washington Chorus

1 CD / Gothic Records / 2009-01-01

Works: John Linton Gardner: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, for chorus, Op. 75/2; Hugo Distler: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen; Richard Wayne Dirksen: Welcome All Wonders, for soprano, chorus & organ; Rober...
Performers: Lewis, Laura; Skevington, Paul; Walker, Rhea; Washington Chorus
Conductors: Shafer, Robert
Ensemble: National Capital Brass and Percussion; National Capital Brass and Percussion Ensemble; Washington Chorus

"For shoppers desiring something a bit more in the Christmas vein, one can't do better than 'Glorious Splendor'...features new arrangements of some old favorites but...continue...
Recording information: Saint Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA....continue...
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Benjamin Britten - The Collector's Edition
Benjamin Britten - The Collector's Edition

37 CD / Warner 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; Järvi, Paavo; 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: Peter Grimes / Runnicles/MET, Griffey, Racette, Michaels-Moore [2 DVD]
Britten: Peter Grimes / Runnicles/MET, Griffey, Racette, Michaels-Moore [2 DVD]

2 DVD Video / Warner Classics / 2008-09-16

Works: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes, Op. 33
Performers: Griffey, Anthony Dean; Michaels-Moore, Anthony; Racette, Patricia
Conductors: Runnicles, Donald
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Peter Grimes, Britten's second opera, is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of postwar opera, and its premiere 63 years ago marked a turning...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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