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Britten: War Requiem / Peter Pears, Heather Harper, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. (live, Coventry Cathedral, May 1962)
Britten: War Requiem / Peter Pears, Heather Harper, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. (live, Coventry Cathedral, May 1962)

1 CD / Testament / 2013-12-10

Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Melos Ensemble

Testament presents what will undoubtedly be hailed as one of the most important releases of the Britten centenary - the première performance of the War...continue...
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The Decca Sound 2 (2013): The Analogue Years (limited edition) [54 CDs]
The Decca Sound 2 (2013): The Analogue Years (limited edition) [54 CDs]

54 CD / Decca / 2013-11-19

Works: Camille Saint-Saëns: Phaéton, Op. 39; Le rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31; Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40; La jeunesse d'Hercule, symphonic poem in E flat major, Op. 50; Marche héroïque ...
Performers: Arbace, Libero; Ashkenazy, Vladimir; Bastianini, Ettore; Belkin, Boris; Bergonzi, Carlo; Cesarini, Athos; Chiara, Maria; Chung, Kyung-Wha [Violin]; Corena, Fernando; Curzon, Clifford [Piano]; De Larr...
Conductors: Dutoit, Charles; Solti, Sir Georg; Haitink, Bernard; Stein, Horst; Weller, Walter; Dorati, Antal; Maazel, Lorin; ; Ashkenazy, Vladimir; Mehta, Zubin; Gardelli, Lamberto; Santi, Nello; Creffield, Rosa...
Ensemble: ; Band of the Grenadier Guards; London Wind Soloists; Melos Ensemble of London; Members of the Vienna Octet (Members)

In the late 1940s, the pioneering Decca recording engineers perfected a new set of microphone techniques that allowed the full range of frequencies to be...continue...
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Britten: War Requiem / Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau [Remastered, Anniversary  Edition] [CD+Blu-Ray Audio]
Britten: War Requiem / Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau [Remastered, Anniversary Edition] [CD+Blu-Ray Audio]

3 CD / Decca / 2013-09-17

Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: Bach Choir; London Symphony Orchestra; Melos Ensemble

Over half a century has passed since this classic DECCA recording was made in Kingsway Hall, London in January 1963. While the performance remains a...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; Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Ballard, Jeremy; Barantschik, Alexander; Bashmet, Yuri [Conductor/Viola]; Berkel...
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; Members of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble (Member;...

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: Albert Herring / Pears, Brannigan, Noble, Fischer, Amit, Pashley, Rex, Cantelo. Britten
Britten: Albert Herring / Pears, Brannigan, Noble, Fischer, Amit, Pashley, Rex, Cantelo. Britten

2 CD / Decca / 2013-04-09

Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: Englilsh Chamber Orchestra

Reissued as part of Decca Opera or the Britten Centenary...continue...
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Left to Play Solo
Left to Play Solo

1 CD / Red/membran / 2013-02-19

Works: Maurice Ravel: Concerto for Piano left hand; Benjamin Britten: Diversions, for piano, left hand & orchestra, Op. 21; Dinu Lipatti: Sonatina for piano, left hand
Performers: Katchen, Julius [Piano]; Lipatti, Dinu; Wittgenstein, Paul
Conductors: Walter, Bruno; Britten, Benjamin

Recording information: 1937-??-??&1943-??-??&1954-....continue...
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Legacy: Rostropovich and Britten - Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations; Pezzo capriccioso; Britten: Gloriana (exc.) / English CO, Aldeburgh Festival Singers, Peter Pears [DVD]
Legacy: Rostropovich and Britten - Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations; Pezzo capriccioso; Britten: Gloriana (exc.) / English CO, Aldeburgh Festival Singers, Peter Pears [DVD]

1 DVD Video / ICA Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Pezzo capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 62; Romeo & Juliet Fantasy...
Performers: Pears, Peter, Sir; Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: Aldeburgh Festival Singers; English Chamber Orchestra

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Rostropovich's way with the Variations on a Rococo Theme, to which he gives rich tone and a high level of expressiveness, is altogether winning, and...continue...
Run Time: 68 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, B&W
Sound Format(s): Mono,
Country of Origin: Germany
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Mstislav Rostropovich: The Complete Decca Recordings
Mstislav Rostropovich: The Complete Decca Recordings

5 CD / Decca / 2012-03-13

Works: Franz Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821; Robert Schumann: Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102; Franz Joseph Haydn: Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, H...
Performers: Britten, Benjamin; Richter, Sviatoslav; Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin

To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Russian maestro's birth on 27 March 2012, Decca have collated all the recordings he made for Decca and...continue...
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The Decca Sound
The Decca Sound

50 CD / Decca / 2011-11-15

Works: Manuel de Falla: Canciones populares españolas (7); La vida breve; Claude Debussy: Images pour orchestre; Ibéria, for orchestra, L. 122/2; Rondes du printemps, for orchestra, L. 122/3; Emma...
Performers: Ashkenazy, Vladimir; Bartoli, Cecilia; Bell, Joshua [Violin]; Berganza, Teresa [Mezzo Soprano Vocals]; Campoli, Alfredo; Chung, Kyung-Wha [Violin]; Curzon, Clifford [Piano]; Harada, Takashi; Preston,...
Conductors: Ansermet, Ernest; Argenta, Ataúlfo; Fistoulari, Anatole; Ashkenazy, Vladimir; Zinman, David; Blomstedt, Herbert; Böhm, Karl; Boskovsky, Willi; Britten, Benjamin; Chailly, Riccardo; Dutoit, ...
Ensemble: ; Melos Ensemble of London

A limited-edition 50-CD set of legendary recordings celebrating the world-renowned DECCA sound. Classic-status pioneering stereo recordings from the past 55 years and starring a galaxy...continue...

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BBC Legends: Mstislav Rostropovich Box Set [3 CDs]
BBC Legends: Mstislav Rostropovich Box Set [3 CDs]

3 CD / BBC Legends / 2011-09-27

Works: Aram Khachaturian: Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra; Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto for Cello no 2 in G major, Op. 126; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococ...
Performers: Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Hurst, George; Davis, Colin; Britten, Benjamin; Svetlanov, Evgeny; Rostropovich, Mstislav; Rozhdestvensky, Gennady

Considered one of the greatest cellists of the second half of the 20th century is the Russian musician and conductor, Mstislav Rostropovich. Collected here in...continue...
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Sounds of the Sea
Sounds of the Sea

2 CD / Decca Import / 2011-09-27

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, in B minor Op. 26 "Fingal's Cave"; Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, in D major Op. 27; Aram Khachaturian: Spartacus; Claude Debussy: La Mer; Petite Suite...
Performers: Cole, Nadia; Haas, Werner [Piano]; Jones, Della; Klass, Myleene
Conductors: Brüggen, Frans; Khachaturian, Aram; Ansermet, Ernest; Britten, Benjamin; Wordsworth, Barry; Gergiev, Valery; Mackerras, Charles; Boult, Adrian; Vinden, Maurice; Sinopoli, Giuseppe; Godfrey, Isid...
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The Very Best of Mstislav Rostropovich
The Very Best of Mstislav Rostropovich

2 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-07-26

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007; Franz Joseph Haydn: Concerto for Cello no 1 in C; Concerto for Cello no 2 in D; Ludwig van Beethoven: 12 Variations in F on 'Ein...
Performers: Carrington, Simon; Dedyukhin, Alexander; Devetzi, Vasso; Koch, Ulrich; Oistrakh, David [Conductor]; Percy, Neil; Rostropovich, Mstislav; Shostakovich, Dmitry; Zybtsev, Alexey
Conductors: Rostropovich, Mstislav; Szell, George; Giulini, Carlo Maria; Bernstein, Leonard; Rozhdestvensky, Gennady; Karajan, Herbert v.; Britten, Benjamin; Numajiri, Ryusuke; Sargent, Malcolm
Ensemble: ; Cleveland Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Gloria!
Gloria!

2 CD / Decca Import / 2011-05-10

Works: George Frederick Handel: Coronation Anthem; Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in D, RV 589; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C minor, K. 427 "Grosse Messe"; Vesperae solennes de conf...
Performers: Bott, Catherine [Soprano Vocals]; Byram-Wigfield, Timothy [Organ]; Constable, John [Keyboards]; Farnes, Richard; Goode, David; Hopkinson, Thomas; Humphreys, George; Jones, Della; Pinnock, Trevor; Te ...
Conductors: Preston, Simon; Marriner, Sir Neville; Davis, Colin; Hill, David; Higginbottom, Edward; Layton, Stephen; Phillips, Daniel [Choral]; Darlington, Stephen; Cleobury, Stephen; Rutter, John; Lole, Simon; ...
Ensemble: ; Academy of Ancient Music (UK); Capricorn (Ensemble); The English Concert
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Benjamin Britten conducts Benjamin Britten
Benjamin Britten conducts Benjamin Britten

1 CD / Hanssler Classic / 2010-09-28

Works: Benjamin Britten: Gloriana, symphonic suite for tenor (or oboe) & orchestra, Op. 53a; Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; Variations on an Elizabethan Theme; Imogen Holst: Variations on an Elizabethan Theme...
Performers: Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin

Benjamin Britten conducting his own works is always an experience. While many recordings of the "composer-as-conductor" are available, this new recording features a program of...continue...
Recording information: Baden, Baden, Hans Rosbaud-Studio (12/01/1956)....continue...
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The Britten-Pears Collection [6 DVD]
The Britten-Pears Collection [6 DVD]

6 DVD Video / Decca / 2010-07-13

Works: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes; Billy Budd, Op. 50; Owen Wingrave, Op. 85; The Beggar's Opera, ballad opera; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo; Franz Schubert: Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
Performers: Britten, Benjamin; Pears, Peter, Sir
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin; Mackerras, Charles, Sir; Davies, Meredith
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

"This DVD is as close as we'll ever get to seeing how the originators visualized Peter Grimes. It has Peter Pears in the title role...continue...
Run Time: 545 min.
Picture Format:
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Schumann: The Masterworks [Limited Eidtion] [Deluxe]
Schumann: The Masterworks [Limited Eidtion] [Deluxe]

35 CD / Deutsche Grammophon Import / 2010-05-25

Works: Robert Schumann: Symphony in G minor "Zwickau"; Symphony no 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38; Overture, Scherzo & Finale for orchestra in E minor / E major, Op. 52; Genoveva, Op. 81; Symphony no ...
Performers: Argerich, Martha [Piano]; Ashkenazy, Vladimir; Ashkenazy, Vovka; Brendel, Alfred [Piano]; Burnett, Richard [Piano]; Canino, Bruno; Crespin, Regine; Dazeley, William; Dent, Susan; Donderer, Georg; Don...
Conductors: Gardiner, John Eliot; Kubelik, Rafael; Solti, Sir Georg; Segal, Uri; Dorati, Antal; Marriner, Sir Neville; Masur, Kurt; Britten, Benjamin; Albrecht, Gerd;
Ensemble: ; Beaux Arts Trio

June 8, 2010 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann, one of the most important Romantic composers of the 19th century. To...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. [Bass Vocal]; Lanigan, John; Nilsson, Raymond; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Pease, James; Studholme, Marion...
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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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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Best Cello 100 / Various
Best Cello 100 / Various

6 CD / EMI Classics / 2009-08-11

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007; Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009; Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011; Concerto for Harpsichord in F mi...
Performers: Aveling, Valda; Barenboim, Daniel [Conductor, Piano]; Braley, Frank; Brown, Ian [Piano]; Capucon, Gautier; Capucon, Renaud; Carrington, Simon; Casals, Pablo [Cello]; Chang, Han-Na; Clein, Natalie; Co...
Conductors: Zukerman, Pinchas; Warren-Green, Christopher; Barbirolli, John; Brown, Iona; Linde, Hans-Martin; Kangas, Juha; Masur, Kurt; Tortelier, Paul [Cello]; Jansons, Mariss; Pesek, Libor; Davis, Andrew; Chun...
Ensemble: ; 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Dresden Staatskapelle; English Chamber Orchestra; French National Orchestra; Gustav Mahl...

This 6-CD set contains a fine collection of 100 favorite cello classics, performed by some of the world's leading artists. Among them are giants of...continue...
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Ultimate Haydn - The Essential Masterpieces
Ultimate Haydn - The Essential Masterpieces

5 CD / Decca / 2009-04-21

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London"; Symphony no 95 in C minor, H 1 no 95; Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise"; Symphony no 96 in D major, H 1 no 96 "Mirac...
Performers: Auger, Arleen [Soprano]; Bonney, Barbara [Soprano vocals]; Howells, Anne; Roberts, Stephen; Rolfe Johnson, Anthony [Tenor Vocal]; Rostropovich, Mstislav; Stringer, Alan; Tuckwell, Barry [French Horn]
Conductors: Solti, Sir Georg; Dorati, Antal; Britten, Benjamin; Marriner, Sir Neville; Hickox, Richard; Hogwood, Christopher
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Flute Adagios
Flute Adagios

2 CD / Decca / 2009-04-14

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056; Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050; Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Andante for ...
Performers: Adeney, Richard; Bennett, William; Bourdin, Roger [Flute]; Challan, Annie; Dohn, Robert; Ellis, Osian; Gallois, Patrick [Flute/Conductor]; Grafenauer, Irena [Flute]; Grant, Michael; Griminelli, Andre...
Conductors: Marriner, Sir Neville; ; Rampal, Jean-Pierre; Malcolm, George; Munchinger, Karl; Britten, Benjamin; Dutoit, Charles
Ensemble: ; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; English Chamber Orchestra; Grumiaux Trio; Montreal Symphony Orchestra

From one of the most popular and successful classical music series, this release features famous flute repertoire - Mozart, Bach, and Vivaldi Concertos and the...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: 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...
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Country of Origin: USA
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Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, etc /Britten
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, etc /Britten

1 CD / Decca Import / 2007-11-13

Works: Benjamin Britten: The Young person's guide to the orchestra; Peter Grimes; Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes"); Soirées musicales, Op. 9; Matinées musicales
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin; Bonynge, Richard
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Britten: Cello Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem, etc / Britten
Britten: Cello Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem, etc / Britten

1 CD / Decca Import / 2007-09-04

Works: Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4; Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; Cantata misericordium, for tenor, baritone, chorus, string quartet, strings, piano, harp & tympani,
Performers: Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Conductor]; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin

Recording information: Kingsway Hall, London (1963-1964)....continue...
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Britten Conducts Britten Vol 4
Britten Conducts Britten Vol 4

7 CD / Decca / 2007-02-13

Works: Benjamin Britten: Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 13; Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 15; Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4; Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; Cantata misericordium, for tenor, bar...
Performers: Blyth, Denis; Britten, Benjamin; de Peyer, Gervase [Clarinet]; Ellis, Osian; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Conductor]; Katchen, Julius [Piano]; Lubotsky, Mark; Murray, Alexander; Pears, Peter, Sir [Teno...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin

This is the fourth volume in the Collector Editions series, devoted to the music of English composer Benjamin Britten. It features authoritative performances by the...continue...
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Original Masters - Clifford Curzon - Decca Recordings 1944-1970 Vol 4
Original Masters - Clifford Curzon - Decca Recordings 1944-1970 Vol 4

7 CD / Decca / 2007-02-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58; Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"; Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15; Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52; Ne...
Performers: Boskovsky, Willi; Breitenbach, Gunther; Britten, Benjamin; Curzon, Clifford [Piano]; Gal, Hans; Gunter, Horst; Hubner, Nikolaus; Krump, Johann; Patzak, Julius; Seefried, Irmgard
Conductors: Knappertsbusch, Hans; Szell, George; ; Beinum, Eduard Van; Britten, Benjamin; Kertész, István
Ensemble: ; English Chamber Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; Members of the Vienna Octet (Members); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

British born pianist Clifford Curzon's recordings are collected in this fourth volume on Original Masters. The other sets were critically acclaimed and loved by critics....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. [Bass Vocal]; Lanigan, John; Nilsson, Raymond; Norman, Marcus; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Pease, James; S...
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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Essential Choral Classics
Essential Choral Classics

2 CD / Decca Import / 2006-06-13

Works: Carl Orff: Carmina burana; George Frederick Handel: Coronation Anthem; Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio; Gregorio Allegri: Miserere; Felix Mendelssohn: Hear my prayer; Elijah, Op. 70; César Franck: Pan...
Performers: Brown, Wilfred; Burrowes, Norma; Freni, Mirella [Soprano Vocals]; Goodman, Roy [Conductor]; Harper, Heather; Hussain, Alastair; Kollo, Rene [Tenor Vocal]; Krause, Tom; Minton, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]...
Conductors: Dutoit, Charles; Willcocks, David; Daniel, Paul; Cleobury, Stephen; Gandolfi, Romano; Ottley, Jerold D.; Britten, Benjamin; Solti, Sir Georg; Preston, Simon; Marriner, Sir Neville; Guest, George; Hai...
Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus; Cambridge University Music Society; Chicago Symphony Chorus; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chr...

This 2-CD set Includes more than 21/2 hours of the greatest 'hits' of the chorus. Performances are by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Kings College Choir...continue...
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PID 875195
Britten: War Requiem / Britten, LSO, et al
Britten: War Requiem / Britten, LSO, et al

2 CD / Decca / 2006-05-16

Works: Benjamin Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66
Performers: Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Conductor]; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Preston, Simon [Conductor/Composer]; Vishnevskaya, Galina
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: Melos Ensemble of London

"Britten's own 1963 recording of the War Requiem comes near to the ideal. The digital remastering...brings added textural refinement and makes this recording sound newly...continue...
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Britten: Serenade For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Les Illuminations, Nocturne
Britten: Serenade For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Les Illuminations, Nocturne

1 CD / Decca Import / 2006-05-01

Works: Benjamin Britten: Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31; Les Illuminations; Nocturne, Op. 60
Performers: Blyth, Denis; Brain, Dennis [French Horn]; de Peyer, Gervase [Clarinet]; Ellis, Osian; Murray, Alexander; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Tuckwell, Barry [French Horn]; Waters, Willie Anthony
Conductors: Goossens, Eugene, Sir; Britten, Benjamin

The three orchestral song cycles collected here are central to the Britten canon of recorded repertoire and whereas Pears' other recordings of the Serenade and...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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Facets of Benjamin Britten
Facets of Benjamin Britten

1 CD / Pearl / 2004-10-19

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459; Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, K 493; Benjamin Britten: Folksongs (7), Volume 1; Little Sir William, for voic...
Performers: Britten, Benjamin; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin;
Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet; English Chamber Orchestra

Britten's empathy with Mozart is already legendary, as pianist and accompanist he has been praised for many decades, and as composer there is little more...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; Cantelo, April; Coleby, Geoffrey; Dempsey, Gregory; Douglas, Nigel; Drake, Brya...
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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Britten: Billy Budd / Britten, London SO
Britten: Billy Budd / Britten, London SO

3 CD / Decca Import / 2004-09-14

Works: Benjamin Britten: Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35; Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74; Billy Budd, Op. 50
Performers: Bowman, David; Bowman, Robert [Tenor Vocal]; Brannigan, Owen; Britten, Benjamin; Bryn-Jones, Delme; Bush, Henry; Coleby, Geoffrey; Dempsey, Gregory; Drake, Bryan; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Conductor...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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Original Masters - Janet Baker
Original Masters - Janet Baker

5 CD / Philips Import / 2003-11-25

Works: Giuseppe Giordani: Caro mio ben, for voice & piano (or orchestra); Giulio Caccini: Amarilli mia bella, for voice & continuo (from Le nuove musiche); Alessandro Stradella: Ragion sempre addita; Domeni...
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Dart, Thurston; Douglas, Nigel; Kraemer, Nicholas; Luxon, Benjamin [Baritone Vocal]; Nicklin, Celia; Sheen, Graham; Shirl...
Conductors: Marriner, Sir Neville; Leppard, Raymond; Lewis, Anthony; Davis, Colin; Keefe, Bernard; ; Britten, Benjamin; Bedford, Steuart
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; English Chamber Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; Melos Ensemble of London; Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra; St. Anth...
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Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, etc /Britten
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, etc /Britten

1 CD / JVC/XRCD / 2003-11-18

Works: Benjamin Britten: The Young person's guide to the orchestra; Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op. 10
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra
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Bedroom Adagios
Bedroom Adagios

2 CD / Decca / 2003-09-09

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056; Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a; Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009; Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat un...
Performers: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, The; Ansermet, Ernest [Conductor]; BBC Concert Orchestra; Bennett, William; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Britten, Benjamin; Brown, Iona [Conductor/Violin]; Cle...
Conductors: Leppard, Raymond; Marriner, Sir Neville; Previn, Andre; Sillito, Kenneth; Ansermet, Ernest; Wordsworth, Barry; Litton, Andrew; Cleobury, Nicholas; Britten, Benjamin; Guest, George; Malcolm, George; J...
Ensemble: ; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; BBC Concert Orchestra; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; English Chamber Orchestra; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Suisse Romand...

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Personnel: Alexandre Lagoya, Steve Erquiaga, Eduardo Fernandez , Pepe Romero , Göran Söllscher (guitar); Mischa Maisky, Julian Llo...continue...
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The #1 Bach Album
The #1 Bach Album

2 CD / Decca / 2003-01-14

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047; Goldberg Variations, BWV 988; Overture in the French Manner, partita for keyboard in B minor (Clavier-Übung II/2), BWV 831;...
Performers: Adeney, Richard; Andre, Maurice [Trumpet]; Ayo, Felix; Brendel, Alfred [Piano]; Curley, Carlo; Daines, Francis; Dart, Thurston; Gazzelloni, Severino; Grumiaux, Arthur [Violin]; Holliger, Heinz [Oboe/...
Conductors: ; Marriner, Sir Neville; Goebel, Reinhard; Pinnock, Trevor; Britten, Benjamin; Hogwood, Christopher; Munchinger, Karl; Rose, Barry; Gérecz, Arpad; Richter, Karl; Chailly, Riccardo; Gardiner, Joh...
Ensemble: ; Camerata Bern; I Musici; Les Solistes Romandes; The English Concert
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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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Mozart: Piano Concertos no 20, 23, 24, 26 & 27 / Curzon
Mozart: Piano Concertos no 20, 23, 24, 26 & 27 / Curzon

2 CD / Decca / 2002-02-12

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466; Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595; Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation"; Concerto for Piano no 23...
Performers: Curzon, Clifford [Piano]
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin; Kertész, István
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra

"...[This music] is so effortlessly natural and effective and it has a surface beauty that few can fail to find. Beneath that surface, however, it...continue...
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Rostropovich - The Russian Years - Britten, Respighi, et al
Rostropovich - The Russian Years - Britten, Respighi, et al

2 CD / EMI Classics Import / 2000-08-15

Works: Benjamin Britten: Suite for solo cello no 1, Op. 72; Suite for solo cello no 2, Op. 80; Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4; Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachiana brasileira no 1 for 8 Cellos; Ottorino Respigh...
Performers: Dvoskin, L.; Rostropovich, Mstislav; Simsky, B.
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin; Rostropovich, Mstislav; Kondrashin, Kirill; Dubrovsky, Victor
Ensemble: ; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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Britten the Performer 12 -Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, etc
Britten the Performer 12 -Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, etc

1 CD / BBC Legends Import / 2000-01-25

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture; Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32; Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo
Performers: Bedford, Steuart; Reynolds, Anna
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
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Classics for Children - Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, et al
Classics for Children - Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, et al

2 CD / Decca / 1999-10-12

Works: Benjamin Britten: The Young person's guide to the orchestra; Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15; Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the animals; Jean-Philippe Rameau: Nouvelles suites de pi&egr...
Performers: Ashkenazy, Vladimir; Nishry, Varda; Ortiz, Cristina [Piano]; Roge, Pascal [Piano]
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin; Dutoit, Charles; Munchinger, Karl; Sargent, Malcolm; Ansermet, Ernest; Bonynge, Richard
Ensemble: ; London Sinfonietta; London Symphony Orchestra; National Philharmonic Orchestra; Suisse Romande Orchestra

Two and a half hours of well-known classical music, all composed specifically with children in mind. The "Peter and the Wolf" on this set is...continue...
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Britten the Performer 7 - Britten, Bridge, Holst
Britten the Performer 7 - Britten, Bridge, Holst

1 CD / BBC Legends Import / 1999-08-17

Works: Benjamin Britten: The Building of the House, overture for chorus & orchestra, Op. 79; Frank Bridge: The Sea, suite for orchestra, H. 100; Enter Spring, rhapsody for orchestra, H. 174; Gustav Holst: A...
Performers: Adeney, Richard; Graeme, Peter
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin; Holst, Imogen
Ensemble: Chorus of East Anglian Choirs; English Chamber Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; New Philharmonia Orchestra
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Britten the performer 9 - Handel, Britten / Harper, Pears
Britten the performer 9 - Handel, Britten / Harper, Pears

1 CD / BBC Legends Import / 1999-08-17

Works: George Frederick Handel: A Song for St Cecilia's Day, HWV 76; Benjamin Britten: Hankin Booby, folk dance for wind & drums; Choral Dances (6) from Gloriana, for chorus (or tenor, chorus & harpsichord)...
Performers: Adeney, Richard; Bream, Julian [Guitar]; Ellis, Osian; Harper, Heather; Harvey, Keith; Jones, Philip; Ledger, Philip, Sir [Organ]; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: Ambrosian Singers; English Chamber Orchestra
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Britten the performer 2 - Tchaikovsky: Serenade, etc
Britten the performer 2 - Tchaikovsky: Serenade, etc

1 CD / BBC Legends Import / 1999-04-20

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48; Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 19; Suite for Orchestra no 4 in G major, Op. 61 "Mozartiana"; Legend (When Jesus Christ was but a child...
Performers: Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Rostropovich, Mstislav
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra

"Whenever a group of colleagues gathered to play music with Ben, there was always a special atmosphere of high quality work, mutual respect, affection and...continue...
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Britten the performer 3 - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, etc
Britten the performer 3 - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, etc

1 CD / BBC Legends Import / 1999-04-20

Works: Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z 626; When night her purple veil has softly spread, song for bass, ZD 201
Performers: Allister, Jean; Clark, Patricia; Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Conductor]; Malcolm, George; Mandikian, Arda; Pears, Peter, Sir [Tenor Vocals]; Sinclair, Jeannette; Watson, Claire
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: Purcell Singers
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Britten: Les Illuminataions, etc /Barbirolli, Pears, Britten
Britten: Les Illuminataions, etc /Barbirolli, Pears, Britten

1 CD / NMC Classics / 1998-08-21

Works: Benjamin Britten: Les illuminations, Op. 18; Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, Op. 22
Performers: Britten, Benjamin; Pears, Peter, Sir
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin; Barbirolli, John, Sir
Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra; New York Philharmonic

Britten's only rival as an interpreter of his own music on record is Stravinsky, yet in his Aspen Award speech of 1964, he stated that...continue...
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Bach: St John Passion / Britten, Pears, Howell, Harper et al
Bach: St John Passion / Britten, Pears, Howell, Harper et al

2 CD / Decca / 1995-06-13

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint John Passion, BWV 245
Performers: Adeney, Richard; Aronowitz, Cecil; Ballardie, Quintin; Beers, Adrian; Brown, James; Burgess, Russell; Farrell, Timothy; Gatt, Martin; Graeme, Peter; Harper, Heather; Heath, Kenneth [Cello]; Hill, Jen...
Conductors: Britten, Benjamin
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra

"Britten characteristically refuses to follow any set tradition, whether baroque, Victorian or whatever, and, with greater extremes of tempo than is common (often strikingly fast),...continue...
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