The Very Best of Benjamin Britten [3 CDs]

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
>Britten, Benjamin : Cello Symphony, Op. 68
>Britten, Benjamin : Elegy for Viola solo
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
>Britten, Benjamin : Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes")
>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 2 in C, Op. 36
>Britten, Benjamin : Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for Cello no 3, Op. 87
>Britten, Benjamin : The Prince of the Pagodas, Op. 57
>Britten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66
>Britten, Benjamin : Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op. 10
>Britten, Benjamin : Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4
>Britten, Benjamin : Prelude and Fugue for 18-part String Orchestra, Op. 29
>Britten, Benjamin : Holiday Diary, Op. 5
>Britten, Benjamin : Three Character Pieces
>Britten, Benjamin : Night Piece (Notturno), for piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Five Waltzes
>Britten, Benjamin : Lullabies (2) for piano
>Britten, Benjamin : Piano Concerto, Op. 13
>Britten, Benjamin : Les Illuminations, Op. 18
>Britten, Benjamin : Serenade, Op. 31
>Britten, Benjamin : Nocturne, Op. 60
>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle I
>Britten, Benjamin : Greensleeves, folksong arrangement for high voice & piano
>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
>Britten, Benjamin : The Company of Heaven
>Britten, Benjamin : Noye's Fludde, Op. 59
>Britten, Benjamin : The Rape of Lucretia, Op. 37
>Britten, Benjamin : Billy Budd, Op. 50
>Britten, Benjamin : The Turn of the Screw
>Britten, Benjamin : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>Britten, Benjamin : Paul Bunyan
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Notes & Reviews:

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 canon works he put on tape in the space of only twenty years. Indeed, this set - featuring a wealth of legendary artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Stephen Hough, Leif Ove Andsnes, Richard Hickox, Ian Bostridge, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Felicity Lott, Angelika Kirchsclager, Bernard Haitink and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge - brings together some of the finest performances of Britten's music in recent times. It is newer recordings such as these that testify to the profound impact Britten had of the music of the 20th century, which continues in the 21st.

The Very Best Of is a series celebrating the exceptional recording history of some of EMI Classics leading artists from the past and present. The next installment of five titles features classical superstars like Benjamin Britten, Jascha Heifetz, Mirella Freni, Nicolai Gedda, and Elisabeth Schwazkopf. Experience The Very Best Of these iconic EMI Classics artists.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : The Young person's guide to the orchestra
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Britten, Benjamin : Cello Symphony, Op. 68 :: 2. Presto inquieto
  • Performer: Truls Truls Mork (Cello)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Notes: Composition written: 1963.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1963

>Britten, Benjamin : Elegy for Viola solo
  • Performer: Lars Tomter (Viola)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Running Time: 15 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Britten, Benjamin : Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes")
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Running Time: 7 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Running Time: 15 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings no 2 in C, Op. 36 :: 2. Vivace
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 :: 3. Requiem Aeterrnam3. Requiem aeternam
  • Conductor: Libor Pesek
  • Notes: Composition written: 1940.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1940

>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for Cello no 3, Op. 87 :: 4. Barcarola
  • Performer: Truls Truls Mork (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : The Prince of the Pagodas, Op. 57 :: Act 3. Finale
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1956

>Britten, Benjamin : The Prince of the Pagodas, Op. 57 :: Act 3. Apotheosis
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1956

>Britten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66 :: Libera me
  • Performers: Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano); Thomas Allen (Baritone); Mark Blatchly (Organ); Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1961

>Britten, Benjamin : Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op. 10
  • Conductor: Iona Brown
  • Running Time: 25 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Britten, Benjamin : Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4
  • Conductor: Christopher Warren-Green
  • Running Time: 16 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1934

>Britten, Benjamin : Prelude and Fugue for 18-part String Orchestra, Op. 29
  • Conductor: Christopher Warren-Green
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : Holiday Diary, Op. 5 :: 2. Sailing
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Britten, Benjamin : Three Character Pieces :: 2. Daphne
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Britten, Benjamin : Night Piece (Notturno), for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Britten, Benjamin : Five Waltzes :: 1. Rather fast & nervous
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1925

>Britten, Benjamin : Five Waltzes :: 5. Variations
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1925

>Britten, Benjamin : Lullabies (2) for piano :: Lullaby for a retired Colonel
  • Performers: Ronan O'Hara (Piano); Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Britten, Benjamin : Piano Concerto, Op. 13 :: 2. Waltz
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1938

>Britten, Benjamin : Les Illuminations, Op. 18 :: 7. Being Beauteous
  • Performers: Frank Lloyd (Horn); Martyn Hill
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Britten, Benjamin : Les Illuminations, Op. 18 :: 8. Parade
  • Performers: Martyn Hill; Frank Lloyd (Horn)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Britten, Benjamin : Les Illuminations, Op. 18 :: 9. Départ
  • Performers: Martyn Hill; Frank Lloyd (Horn)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Britten, Benjamin : Serenade, Op. 31 :: Sonnet
  • Performers: Martyn Hill; Frank Lloyd (Horn)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : Serenade, Op. 31 :: Epilogue
  • Performers: Martyn Hill; Frank Lloyd (Horn)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : Nocturne, Op. 60 :: On a poet's lips I slept
  • Performer: Martyn Hill
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Britten, Benjamin : Canticle I :: My Beloved Is Mine, for high voice & piano, Op. 40
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Britten, Benjamin : Greensleeves, folksong arrangement for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1941

>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 :: 10. Deo gracias!
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 :: 11. Recession
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : The Company of Heaven :: Part 3
  • Performer: Cathryn Pope (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1937

>Britten, Benjamin : Noye's Fludde, Op. 59 :: Lord Jesus, think on me
  • Performers: Ian Watson (Piano); Alan Harwood (Organ); John Whitfield (Recorder); John Alley (Piano); Charles Fullbrook (Timpani); Lynda Houghton (Double Bass)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Endymion Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1957

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes :: Act 3. Scene 2. Grimes!
  • Performer: Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes :: Act 3. Scene 2. Peter, we've come to take you home
  • Performers: Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Voice); Thomas Allen (Baritone); Felicity Lott (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes :: Act 3. Scene 2. To those who pass the Borough
  • Performers: Stuart Kale (Tenor); Patricia Payne (Mezzo Soprano); Stafford Dean (Voice); Thomas Allen (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : The Rape of Lucretia, Op. 37 :: Act 1. Scene 2. Lucia runs to the door
  • Performers: Peter Coleman-Wright (Bass); Susan Gritton (Soprano); Ian Bostridge (Tenor); Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo-Soprano); Hilary Summers (Alto); Claire Booth (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1946.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1946

>Britten, Benjamin : Billy Budd, Op. 50 :: Act 3. Scene 3. Look! Through the port comes the moon-shine astray
  • Performer: Nathan Gunn (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1951

>Britten, Benjamin : The Turn of the Screw :: Act 2. Variation 14
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Britten, Benjamin : The Turn of the Screw :: Act 2. Scene 7. Flora
  • Performers: Caroline Wise (Soprano); Joan Rodgers (Soprano); Jane Henschel (Alto); Vivian Tierney (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Harding
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Britten, Benjamin : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: Act 2. On the ground, sleep sound
  • Performers: Simon Hart (Treble); Andrew Mead (Voice); Gregory Pierre (Treble); Nicholas Watson (Treble)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1960

>Britten, Benjamin : Paul Bunyan :: Act 1. Tiny's Song
  • Performer: Elisabeth Nelson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1941

>Britten, Benjamin : Paul Bunyan :: Act 2. Third Ballad Interlude
  • Conductor: Philip Brunelle
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1941