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Composer: Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976)

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New York CityPunk, Funk, and Circumstance

© Caroline Bittencourt
Prokofiev, Marsalis, Britten, Bruce
Decoda

SeattleHindemith, Britten, and Schubert

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Hindemith, Britten, Schubert
Tessa Lark; Rebecca Albers; Ani Aznavoorian; Demarre McGill

GstaadBridge, Maresz, Britten, York Bowen

Bridge, Maresz, Britten, Bowen
Timothy Ridout, Viola

CologneRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra in Köln

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Köln
Britten, Bruch, Rimsky-Korsakov
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Lionel Bringuier; Arabella Steinbacher

PhiladelphiaA Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Corrado Rovaris; Robert Carsen; Opera Philadelphia; Michael Levine; Tim Mead; Anna Christy
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Folksongs, sung songs and songful Brahms from Britten Sinfonia

Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Hugo Wolf once said “Brahms cannot exult”. He should have heard this.
****1
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Nicky Spence and Roger Vignoles: a rapturous seasonal concert

Nicky Spence © David Bebber
The tone was set for a shrewdly programmed hour of contrasts.
*****
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Montreal's Choeur Métropolitain shines

A Christmas concert from some fine choirs warmed the hearts of their Montréal audience.
****1
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Remembrance connections explored by Bostridge and Pappano

Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Pappano never put a foot wrong as he dug precious beauties from beneath his fingers.
***11
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Rarely played Britten, forceful Shostakovich at the NY Phil

Jaap van Zweden © Steven Pisano
Lamsma is not a household name here in America but her deep sense of commitment may well make her one.
****1
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List of works
3 Divertimenti for string quartetA Midsummer Night's DreamAt the mid hour of nightBilly BuddCabaret SongsCabaret Songs: Funeral BluesCantata misericordium, Op.69Cello Sonata in C major, Op.65Cello Symphony, Op.68Five Flower Songs for SATB, Op.47Folk Song Arrangements, Vol.1: The Salley GardensFriday Afternoons for children's voices and piano, Op.7Gemini Variations for flute, violin and piano four hands, Op.73Holiday diary, Op.5Hymn to St Cecilia for SSATB, Op.27bHymn to the VirginLachrymae for viola and piano, Op.48aLachrymae for viola and strings, Op.48bLachrymae: Reflections on a Song of John Dowland, Op.48Lemady (eight folk song arrrangements)Les Illuminations, for soprano or tenor and strings, Op.18Matinées musicales for orchestra (after Gioacchino Rossini), Op.24Missa Brevis in D, Op.63Nocturnal after John Dowland for guitar, Op.70Noye's Fludde (Chester mystery play)Peter GrimesPeter Grimes, Op.33: Four Sea Interludes and PassacagliaPeter Grimes, Op.33a: Four Sea InterludesPhantasy String Quintet in F minor, Op.2Piano Concerto, Op.13Rondo concertante, for piano and stringsSerenade for tenor, horn and strings, song cycle, Op.31Simple Symphony (for strings), Op.4Sinfonia da Requiem, Op.20Sinfonietta, Op.1Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for oboe, Op.49Song Arrangement: Tom BowlingString Quartet no. 1, Op.25String Quartet no. 2 in C major, Op.36String Quartet no. 3, Op.94Temporal VariationsThe CrocodileThe False Knight upon the RoadThe Foggy, Foggy DewThe Plough BoyThe Poet's Echo for soprano or tenor and piano, Op.76The Rape of LucretiaThe Turn of the ScrewThe Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34The soldier and the sailorThree Character PiecesUnderneath the abject willowVariations on a Theme of Frank Bridge for string orchestra, Op.10Violin Concerto, Op.15War Requiem, Op.66Young Apollo