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Benjamin Britten: String Quartets Nos.1, 2 & 3; Divertimenti (3) / The Endellion Quartet
Benjamin Britten: String Quartets Nos.1, 2 & 3; Divertimenti (3) / The Endellion Quartet

2 CD / Warner Classics / 2013-11-19

Works: Benjamin Britten: Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 25; Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36; Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94; Divertimenti (3), for string quartet
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Benjamin Britten was the most prolific and celebrated English composer of the mid-20th century. He was an outstanding pianist and conductor and performed with many...continue...
Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (07/22/2013-07/26/2013)....continue...
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Britten: String Quartets 1 & 3; Alla Marcia / Emperor Quartet
Britten: String Quartets 1 & 3; Alla Marcia / Emperor Quartet

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2013-09-24

Works: Benjamin Britten: Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 25; Alla Marcia, for string quartet; Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94
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Ensemble: Emperor Quartet

On this second disc of the Emperor Quartet's survey of Britten's music for string quartet, Alla Marcia appears as an interlude between the first and...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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Maw: String Quartet No. 3; Britten: String Quartet No. 3; Three Divertimenti / Coull Quartet
Maw: String Quartet No. 3; Britten: String Quartet No. 3; Three Divertimenti / Coull Quartet

1 CD / SOMM / 2011-10-11

Works: Nicholas Maw: Quartet for Strings no 3; Benjamin Britten: Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94; Divertimenti (3), for string quartet
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Ensemble: Coull Quartet
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Britten: Double Concerto; Sinfonietta; Young Apollo; 2 Portraits / Kremer, Bashmet, Lugansky Qrt
Britten: Double Concerto; Sinfonietta; Young Apollo; 2 Portraits / Kremer, Bashmet, Lugansky Qrt

1 CD / Apex / 2011-08-30

Works: Benjamin Britten: Young Apollo, for piano, string quartet & strings, Op. 16 (withdrawn by composer); Double Concerto, for violin, viola & orchestra in B minor (supressed by composer); Two Portraits, ...
Performers: Bashmet, Yuri [Conductor/Viola]; de Cogan, Dara; Fletcher, Lyn; Kremer, Gidon; Lugansky, Nikolai [Piano]; Pooley, Tim; Worrall, Peter
Conductors: Nagano, Kent
Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra; Hallé Orchestra (Members)

Artist Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Nikolai Lugansky, Hallé Orchestra, and Kent Nagano come together to perform 4 pieces by English Composer, Benjamin Britten. Exciting, interesting...continue...
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Quartettsatz: Music by Britten, Webern, Wolf / Alfama Quartet
Quartettsatz: Music by Britten, Webern, Wolf / Alfama Quartet

1 CD / Fuga Libera / 2011-07-12

Works: Hugo Wolf: Serenade for String Quartet in G major "Italian Serenade"; Anton Webern: Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78; Arnold Schoenberg: Presto, for string quartet in C major; Felix Mendelssoh...
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Ensemble: Alfama Quartet

Since its creation in 2004, the Alfama Quartet has made quite a breakthrough thanks to its subtlety, elegance, and dynamism. The four young members work...continue...
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Britten: String Quartet No. 2; 3 Divertimenti; Miniature Suite; String Quartet in D
Britten: String Quartet No. 2; 3 Divertimenti; Miniature Suite; String Quartet in D

1 Super Audio CD / BIS (Sweden) / 2010-07-22

Works: Benjamin Britten: Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36; Divertimenti (3), for string quartet; Miniature Suite, for string quartet (juvenilia); Quartet for Strings in D major

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BIS 1540SA
First Steps
First Steps

1 CD / Cobra / 2010-02-09

Works: Anton Bruckner: Rondo for string quartet in C minor; Benjamin Britten: Quartet for Strings in F major; Giacomo Puccini: Quartet for Strings in D major; Edvard Grieg: Fugue for string quartet in F min...

Can Webern and Schoenberg sound like Mahler and Wagner? Or Rachmaninov like Tchaikovsky and Puccini like Verdi? Discover these surprising early works of famous composers....continue...
Recording information: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/11/2006-04/13/2006)....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 / EMI 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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Britten: Double Concerto; Sinfonietta; Young Apollo; 2 Portraits
Britten: Double Concerto; Sinfonietta; Young Apollo; 2 Portraits

1 CD / Warner Classics / 2008-11-24

Works: Benjamin Britten: Young Apollo, for piano, string quartet & strings, Op. 16 (withdrawn by composer); Double Concerto, for violin, viola & orchestra in B minor (supressed by composer); Two Portraits, ...
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Benjamin Britten - The Collector's Edition
Benjamin Britten - The Collector's Edition

37 CD / EMI Classics / 2008-11-24

Works: Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; Peter Grimes; Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes"); The Young person's guide to the orchestra; Canadian Carnival, for orchestra, Op...
Performers: Adey, John; Allen, Benjamin; Allen, Thomas; Alley, John [Piano]; Allison, Richard; Andrew Davis [Conductor/Organ]; Andsnes, Leif Ove; Armstrong, Sheila [Soprano Vocal]; Bailey, Norman [Bass Baritone]...
Conductors: Pesek, Libor; Rattle, Simon, Sir; 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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EMI 175262C
Britten: Complete Works for Oboe / Utkin, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra
Britten: Complete Works for Oboe / Utkin, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra

1 Super Audio CD / Caro Mitis / 2008-11-11

Works: Benjamin Britten: Metamorphoses (6) after Ovid for Oboe solo, Op. 49; Phantasy for Oboe and String Trio, Op. 2; Insect Pieces; Temporal Variations for Oboe and Piano
Performers: Utkin, Alexei
Conductors: Utkin, Alexei
Ensemble: Hermitage Chamber Orchestra

Originally written for oboe and piano, 'Insect Pieces and Temporal Variations' have been arranged for oboe and string orchestra to add variety and nuance to...continue...
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Britten: Piano Concerto Op 13, Diversions Op 21, Young Apollos Op 16 / Osborne, Volkov, BBC Scottish SO
Britten: Piano Concerto Op 13, Diversions Op 21, Young Apollos Op 16 / Osborne, Volkov, BBC Scottish SO

1 CD / Hyperion / 2008-09-09

Works: Benjamin Britten: Concerto for Piano in D major, Op. 13; Work(s); Young Apollo, for piano, string quartet & strings, Op. 16 (withdrawn by composer); Diversions, for piano, left hand & orchestra, Op. ...
Performers: Osborne, Steven
Conductors: Volkov, Ilan
Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The three compositions that comprise Britten's music for solo piano and orchestra constitute a unique, yet still little explored, part of his output. Here they...continue...
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Britten: Phaedra, Lachrymae, etc / Friend, Nash Ensemble
Britten: Phaedra, Lachrymae, etc / Friend, Nash Ensemble

1 CD / Hyperion / 2006-02-14

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

"... The Nash Ensemble performances are brilliant and brilliantly recorded. There is a clarity and urgency to the performances that reveals much of the inner...continue...
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The Art of the Recorder / David Munrow
The Art of the Recorder / David Munrow

2 CD / Testament / 2005-06-14

Works: Anonymous, English: English Dance (13th century); English Te Deum; Estampie from the Robertsbridge fragment; Anonymous, Italian: Saltarellos 1-4 (GB-LBl Add.29987); Jacques Barbireau: Een Vroylic Wes...
Performers: Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Brookes, Oliver; Burrowes, Norma; Corkhill, David [Conductor/Percussion]; Hill, Martyn [Tenor Vocals]; Hogwood, Christopher [Conductor]; Lloyd, Robert [Bass Voice]...
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Ensemble: David Munrow Recorder Consort; Early Music Consort of London

David Munrow established his Early Music Consort of London in 1967 and much of his later work was based around this ensemble, with James Bowman,...continue...
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Britten: String Quartets, etc / Belcea Quartet
Britten: String Quartets, etc / Belcea Quartet

2 CD / EMI Classics / 2005-05-10

Works: Benjamin Britten: Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 25; Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36; Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94; Divertimenti (3), for string quartet

Although we may not have the complete oeuvre for string quartet of Benjamin Britten here, the officially numbered three quartets played in this new EMI...continue...
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The Complete Recorder Works of Rubbra and Britten
The Complete Recorder Works of Rubbra and Britten

1 CD / Dutton Laboratories / 2005-02-08

Works: Josquin Desprez: Cueurs desolez, song for 5 parts; Edmund Rubbra: Meditazioni sopra "Coeurs désolés", for recorder & harpsichord (or flute/oboe & piano), Op. 67; Air & Variations for Pipes,...
Performers: Doumenge, Pierre; Fleming, Catherine; Ireland, Celia; Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord]; Pell, Susanna; Rozario, Patricia [Soprano Vocals]; Russell, Fiona; Wilson, Ian
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Ensemble: Flutadors

"This superb disc not only includes the complete recorder works of Edmund Rubbra and Benjamin Britten, but also throws in three much older pieces by...continue...
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British Music - Green & Pleasant Land
British Music - Green & Pleasant Land

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 2003-11-01

Works: E.J. Moeran: Symphony in G minor, R. 71; Gerald Finzi: Seven Poems of Robert Bridges, for unaccompanied chorus, Op. 17; Arthur Somervell: The Shropshire Lad, song cycle; Frederick Delius: Aquarelles ...
Performers: Cox, Michael; Daniel, Nicholas; Farrington, Iain; Johnson, Graham [Piano]; Maltman, Christopher; Rolfe Johnson, Anthony [Tenor Vocal]; Whitton, Christopher
Conductors: Lloyd-Jones, David; Robinson, Christopher; ; Penny, Andrew
Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra; Duke Quartet; English Northern Philharmonia; Maggini Quartet; Northern Sinfonia; Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Royal Ballet Sinfonia; Ro...

A delightful selection of English music with a pastoral theme featuring several individual tracks from award winning discs in the British Music series. Performed by...continue...
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Britten: String Quartets Vol 2 / Maggini String Quartet
Britten: String Quartets Vol 2 / Maggini String Quartet

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 1999-08-01

Works: Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4; Quartettino, for string quartet; Alla Marcia, for string quartet; Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94

Britten composed three numbered string quartets of very differing moods. The Third, dating from 1975, is mainly of a gentle disposition, inspired by the beauty...continue...
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Britten: Four Sea Interludes, etc / Handley, Bedford, et al
Britten: Four Sea Interludes, etc / Handley, Bedford, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 1999-04-20

Works: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes; Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes"); Young Apollo, for piano, string quartet & strings, Op. 16 (withdrawn by composer); Death in Venice, opera, O...
Performers: Careau, Suzanne; Ellis, David; Golani, Rivka; Prevot, Christian; Stewart, Paul [Piano]; Turovsky, Eleonora
Conductors: Handley, Vernon; Turovsky, Yuli; Bedford, Steuart
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra; I Musici de Montreal; Ulster Orchestra
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CHA 2402
Crawford, Britten, Chihara: Quartets / Sequoia Quartet
Crawford, Britten, Chihara: Quartets / Sequoia Quartet

1 CD / Music & Arts / 1999-04-20

Works: Benjamin Britten: Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36; John Crawford: Quartet for Strings; Paul Chihara: Sequoia; Ellington Fantasy
Performers: Dunham, James; Martin, Robert [horn]; Matsuda, Yoko; Watanabe, Miwako
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Ensemble: Sequoia String Quartet
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Britten: String Quartets no 2 in C, etc / Sorrel Quartet
Britten: String Quartets no 2 in C, etc / Sorrel Quartet

1 CD / Chandos Records / 1998-11-17

Works: Benjamin Britten: Quartet for Strings in F major; Quartet for Strings in D major; Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36

The previous issue of Britten chamber works from the Sorrel Quartet was received with glowing praise. Classic CD wrote: "I await further releases by this...continue...
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Britten: String Quartets Vol 1 / Maggini String Quartet
Britten: String Quartets Vol 1 / Maggini String Quartet

1 CD / Naxos (USA) / 1998-08-18

Works: Benjamin Britten: Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 25; Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36; Divertimenti (3), for string quartet
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Ensemble: Maggini Quartet

[From a comparative review with CHA 9664 of Britten String Quartets: in F; in D; No. 2 in C with the Sorrel Quartet] "...These recordings...continue...
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Barber: Souvenirs, Canzonetta;  Britten: Illuminations, etc
Barber: Souvenirs, Canzonetta; Britten: Illuminations, etc

1 CD / Phoenix Entertainment / 1993-05-10

Works: Samuel Barber: Souvenirs, Op. 28; Canzonetta for oboe & piano (arr. for oboe & strings by C. Turner), Op. 48 posth.; Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations; Young Apollo, for piano, string quartet & str...
Performers: Farley, Carole; Girdwood, Julia
Conductors: Serebrier, José
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra; Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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