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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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Oliver Knussen: Autumnal; Choral; Violin Concerto; Requiem; Songs for Sue / Leila Josefowicz, violin; Alexandra Wood; Huw Watkins; Claire Booth
Oliver Knussen: Autumnal; Choral; Violin Concerto; Requiem; Songs for Sue / Leila Josefowicz, violin; Alexandra Wood; Huw Watkins; Claire Booth

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2012-11-13

Works: Oliver Knussen: Choral, for band; Autumnal, for violin & piano (Triptych, Part 1); Whitman Settings, for voice & piano, Op. 25; Secret Psalm, for violin; Prayer Bell Sketch, for piano, Op.29; Concert...
Performers: Booth, Claire; Josefowicz, Leila; Knussen, Oliver; Watkins, Huw; Wigglesworth, Ryan; Wood, Alexandra
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver; Wigglesworth, Ryan
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Technophonia brings together cutting edge music interfaces used by Drake Music Scotland, the nation's leading arts organization providing music-making opportunities for people with disabilities. Olive...continue...
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Tansy Davies: Spine / Samuel Boden, Joby Burgess, Simon Haram, Darragh Morgan, Huw Watkins
Tansy Davies: Spine / Samuel Boden, Joby Burgess, Simon Haram, Darragh Morgan, Huw Watkins

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2012-09-25

Works: Tansy Davies: Iris, concerto for saxophone & 15 instruments; Static, for voice & piano; Dark Ground, for solo percussion; Loure, for solo violin; Falling Angel, for 17 instruments; This Love, for voi...
Performers: Boden, Samuel; Burgess, Joby; Haram, Simon; Morgan, Darragh; Watkins, Huw
Conductors: Austin, Christopher;
Ensemble: Azalea Ensemble; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Concordia (Viol Consort)

This new recording includes make black white, a reconstruction of Dowland's Flow, My Tears performed by viol consort Concordia; the ritualistic Dark Ground for percussion...continue...
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Alexander Goehr: Colossos or Panic; The Deluge; etc. / Hilary Summers, Clair Booth
Alexander Goehr: Colossos or Panic; The Deluge; etc. / Hilary Summers, Clair Booth

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2012-05-29

Works: Alexander Goehr: Colossos or Panic, for orchestra; The Deluge, cantata for 2 voices & orchestra, Op. 7; Little Symphony, Op. 15
Performers: Booth, Claire
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: ASKO Ensemble; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Schoenberg Ensemble

To celebrate Alexander Goehr's 80th birthday this year, BBC Radio 3 commissioned a new orchestral work which was premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra on...continue...
Recording information: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (01/31/2010); Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (01/31/2010); Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, London, England (01/31/2010); CBSO Centre, Birmingham (04/22/2...continue...
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Ades: Anthology / Piano Quintet; Living Toys; Violin Concerto; Chamber Sym., et al.
Ades: Anthology / Piano Quintet; Living Toys; Violin Concerto; Chamber Sym., et al.

2 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-10-18

Works: Thomas Adès: Powder Her Face, concert paraphrase for piano; Mazurkas (3) for piano; Arcadiana, for string quartet, Op. 12; Piano Quintet; Chamber Symphony, Op. 2; Living Toys, for chamber orches...
Performers: Ades, Thomas [Conductor/Composer]; Bickley, Susan; Marwood, Anthony
Conductors: Adès, Thomas; Stenz, Markus
Ensemble: ; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Thomas Adès has come a long way since his early days as a wunderkind of the classical new music scene. Now turning 40 this year,...continue...
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British Composers: A Celebration / EMI
British Composers: A Celebration / EMI

2 CD / EMI Classics / 2011-05-03

Works: Edward Elgar: Wand of Youth Suite no 1, Op. 1a no 4; Symphony no 1 in A flat, Op. 55; Ave Maria, Op. 2 no 2; Quartet for Strings in E minor, Op. 83; Ave verum corpus, Op. 2 no 1; Falstaff; Dream Chil...
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Andrew Davis [Conductor/Organ]; Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Bennett, Richard Rodney [Composer]; Bowen, John; Bramma, Harry; Brown, Wilfred; Dilkes, Neville; Donohoe, Pete...
Conductors: Collingwood, Lawrance; Willcocks, David; Boult, Adrian; Walton, William; Harding, Daniel; Robinson, Christopher; Wordsworth, Barry; Finzi, Christopher; Bliss, Sir A. [Composer]; Goodall, Reginald; Da...
Ensemble: ; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Britten String Quartet; London Music Group; The Band of the Royal Military School of Music

Taking a panoramic view of British music between the ends of the 19th and 20th centuries, this fascinating collection features some 30 composers. From the...continue...
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EMI 954802B
The Music of Elliott Carter, Vol. 8
The Music of Elliott Carter, Vol. 8

2 CD / Bridge / 2010-02-09

Works: Elliott Carter: Concerto for Horn; Mad Regales, for 6 solo voices; Tintinnabulation, for percussion sextet; Wind Rose, for wind ensemble; Sound Fields, for orchestra; On Conversing with Paradise, for...
Performers: Boyar, Simon; Gibbs, Charles; Goater, Edward; Huang, Hsin-Yun; Kolkay, Peter; Melrose, Leigh; Menna, Sian; Neidich, Charles; Nelson, Jon [Composer/Trumpet]; Owen, Martin; Price, Edward; Purvis, Willi...
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver; Epstein, Frank
Ensemble: ; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble

In celebration of Elliott Carter's 101st birthday, Bridge Records is pleased to release The Music of Elliott Carter, Vol. 8 (16 Compositions, 2002-2009), a two...continue...
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Poul Ruders: Four Dances
Poul Ruders: Four Dances

1 CD / Dacapo / 2009-11-17

Works: Poul Ruders: Four Dances in One Movement; Nightshade, for 10 instruments; Abysm, tone poem for orchestra
Conductors: Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

On this disc three of Ruders's pivotal chamber works are in the hands of one of Europe's leading new music ensembles Birmingham Contemporary Music Group....continue...
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British Music / Sir Simon Rattle
British Music / Sir Simon Rattle

11 CD / EMI Classics / 2009-10-20

Works: Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Grania and Diarmid, Op. 42; Falstaff, symphonic study for orchestra in C minor, Op. 68; Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61; The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38; Pomp a...
Performers: Allen, Thomas; Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Bream, Julian [Guitar]; Elms, Roderick; Hampson, Thomas [Baritone Vocal]; Harrell, Lynn [Cello]; Heinen, Ulrich; Kennedy, Nigel [Violin]; Mitc...
Conductors: Rattle, Simon, Sir; Halsey, Simon;
Ensemble: Berliner Philharmoniker; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchest

This new 11CD box set in the Simon Rattle Edition contains many favorites from the English repertory including Elgar's Engma Variations and Violin Concerto, Walton's...continue...
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American Music - Adams, Gershwin, Bernstein, Ellington, Ives, Carter, etc / Sir Simon Rattle, London PO, et al
American Music - Adams, Gershwin, Bernstein, Ellington, Ives, Carter, etc / Sir Simon Rattle, London PO, et al

7 CD / EMI Classics / 2008-09-16

Works: John Adams: Harmonielehre; The Chairman Dances; Tromba Lontana, fanfare for orchestra; Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra; Charles Ives: New England Holidays Symphony; George Gershwi...
Performers: Allen, Geri [Piano]; Atkinson, Lynton; Baker, Gregg; Barclay, John; Barnell, Andrew; Barrett, Brent; Barrington, Coleman; Blackwell, Harolyn [Soprano Vocals]; Braithwaite, Maureen; Carter, Regina [Vi...
Conductors: Rattle, Simon, Sir
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra; London Sinfonietta

American classical composers often get unfairly overshadowed by their European counterparts, and a great deal of powerful, groundbreaking new music has passed under the radar...continue...
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EMI 20th Century Classics - Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Erwartung, etc / Rattle, Tate, et al
EMI 20th Century Classics - Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Erwartung, etc / Rattle, Tate, et al

2 CD / EMI Classics / 2008-07-22

Works: Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet, Op. 4; Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9; Chamber Symphony no 2, Op. 38; Pieces (5) for orchestra, Op. 16; Erwartung, Op. 17; Variatio...
Performers: Bryn-Julson, Phyllis [Soprano Vocal]; Erben, Valentin; Kakuska, Thomas
Conductors: Rattle, Simon, Sir; Tate, Jeffrey
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; English Chamber Orchestra
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EMI 067852
Howard Skempton: Ben Somewhen - Choral & Chamber Music
Howard Skempton: Ben Somewhen - Choral & Chamber Music

1 CD / HBDirect Imports / 2007-09-04

Works: Howard Skempton: Chamber Concerto, for 15 players; Quintet for Clarinet and Strings; The Voice of the Spirits, for choir; The Bridge of Fire, for choir; Suite from Delicate, for 2 cellos & percussion...
Performers: Heinen, Ulrich; Jenkinson, Richard; Warburton, Julian
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Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
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Skempton: Ben Somewhere, etc / Weeks, et al
Skempton: Ben Somewhere, etc / Weeks, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2007-09-03

Works: Howard Skempton: Ben Somewhere
Conductors: Weeks, James D.E.
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; EXAUDI

This disc contrasts Skempton's choral works - including the dancing, evocative setting of Shelley's The Voice of the Spirits and the spiritual Rise up, my...continue...
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NMC 135
Britten on Film / Brabbins, et al
Britten on Film / Brabbins, et al

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2007-03-12

Works: Benjamin Britten: Night Mail; The Tocher; The King's Stamp; Negroes; The Way to the Sea; Telegrams; Peace of Britain; Men behind the Meters; Coal Face; When you're feeling like expressing your affect...
Performers: Auchincloss, Daniel; Beale, Simon Russell; Carewe, Mary [soprano]; Green, Adam [Baritone]; Wilson, Malcolm
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Birmingham King Edward's School Choir; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

- The first ever comprehensive collection of music written by Britten, working with WH Auden, for 1930's information films made by the GPO Film Unit...continue...
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NMC 112
David Sawer: From Morning to Midnight
David Sawer: From Morning to Midnight

1 CD / HBDirect Imports / 2007-02-13

Works: David Sawer: Tiroirs, for chamber orchestra; From Morning to Midnight, symphonic suite; The Memory of Water, for 2 violins & string orchestra; The Greatest Happiness Principle, for orchestra
Performers: Blendis, Simon; Wood, Alexandra
Conductors: Mälkki, Susanna; Brabbins, Martyn
Ensemble: ; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

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This is flintily expressionistic music, needle-sharp in texture, superbly scored, and powerfully Projected in this BBC performance by Martyn Brabbins, who conducted the...continue...
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J. Anderson: Book of Hours, Symphony, etc / Oramo, Knussen
J. Anderson: Book of Hours, Symphony, etc / Oramo, Knussen

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-11-04

Works: Julian Anderson: Eden; Imagin'd Corners; American Choruses (4); Symphony; Book of Hours
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn; Oramo, Sakari; Halsey, Simon; Knussen, Oliver
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus

"This, the magnificent follow-up to the recent Ondine Julian Anderson disc (9/06), contains the five works he wrote for Birmingham forces during his years as...continue...
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Stuart MacRae: Violin Concerto, etc / Tetzlaff, Volkov
Stuart MacRae: Violin Concerto, etc / Tetzlaff, Volkov

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2006-10-07

Works: Stuart MacRae: Concerto for Violin; Scenes (2) from the Death of Count Ugolino; Motus; Stirling Choruses
Performers: Lixenberg, Lore; Tetzlaff, Christian
Conductors: Volkov, Ilan; Mälkki, Susanna
Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

NMC is proud to announce the release of the first disc devoted to the music of the acclaimed young Scottish composer Stuart MacRae, born in...continue...
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NMC 115
Stuart MacRae; Violin Concerto; Two Scenes from the Death of Ugolino; Motus etc.
Stuart MacRae; Violin Concerto; Two Scenes from the Death of Ugolino; Motus etc.

1 CD / HBDirect Imports / 2006-09-11

Works: Stuart MacRae: Concerto for Violin; Scenes (2) from the Death of Count Ugolino, for voice & orchestra; Motus, for violin, cello, clarinet, oboe, piano & harp; Stirling Choruses, for wind ensemble
Performers: Lixenberg, Loré; Tetzlaff, Christian [Violin]
Conductors: Volkov, Ilan; Mälkki, Susanna
Ensemble: ; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

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The premiere of Stuart MacRae's Violin Concerto at the 2001 Proms cemented his reputation and transformed him at the age of 25 from...continue...
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Holt: Boots of Lead, Feet of Clay, etc / Rattle, Brabbins
Holt: Boots of Lead, Feet of Clay, etc / Rattle, Brabbins

1 CD / NMC Classics / 2005-01-06

Works: Simon Holt: Kites, for chamber ensemble; Feet of Clay, for solo cello; eco-pavan, for piano & ensemble; Boots of Lead, for mezzo-soprano & ensemble; Lilith
Performers: Barnell, Andrew; Bradley, Christopher; Cookhorn, Margaret; Ellis, James; Heard, Robert; Heinen, Ulrich; Hind, Rolf; Johnston, Robert; Leaver, Richard; Lilley, Colin; Limbrick, Simon; Manasse, Robert;...
Conductors: Brabbins, Martyn; Rattle, Simon, Sir
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
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Lang: The passing measures
Lang: The passing measures

1 CD / Canteloupe / 2001-04-01

Works: David Lang: The Passing Measures
Performers: Ehrlich, Marty
Conductors: Herbert, Paul
Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus
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