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Composer: Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976)

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Year of birth1913
Year of death1976
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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LondonProm 9: War & Peace

Ešenvalds, Britten, Beethoven
World Orchestra for Peace; Simon Halsey; Erin Wall; Judit Kutasi; Russell Thomas; Franz-Josef Selig

Cesny-aux-VignesIf Music Be The Food Of Love

Monteverdi, Castaldi, Frescobaldi, Caccini, Lully, Boësset, Moulinié, Purcell, Britten, Barrios Mangoré, García Lorca, de Moraes, Bonfá
Jeanne Zaepffel; Léa Masson

OxfordLieder Recital

Lieder Recital
Britten, Schubert
Julius Drake; Nicky Spence

HerefordRuby Hughes: Songs for New Life and Love

© c Barry Hale
Schumann, Mahler, Ives, Grime, Britten
Ruby Hughes; Joseph Middleton

LondonProms at ... Cadogan hall 4: Sarah Connolly & Joseph Middleton

Stanford, Parry, Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Somervell, Bridge, Howells, Britten, Holst, Turnage, Illean
Dame Sarah Connolly; Joseph Middleton
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Pappano conducts Britten's War Requiem in Berlin

Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Britten's War Requiem at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden with Antonio Pappano conducting
****1
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Knocking it out the (Regent's) Park

Daniel Alexander Sidhom (Miles) © Johan Persson
It's hard to find anything not to admire in a thrillingly strong production of Britten's haunting chamber opera. 
*****
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A self-confident Beethoven 9 from Vogt and the RNS

Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Lars Vogt and Royal Northern Sinfonia deliver Beethoven's Symphony no. 9 with swaggering self-confidence, and heroic chorus singing.
***11
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Payare and Ulster Orchestra play to a full house in season finale

Rafael Payare © Bjørn Bertheussen
In the climax of his penultimate season Payare conducted the Ulster Orchestra in a programme of Britten, Mahler and Shostakovich. 
****1
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Indomitable: Billy Budd in Frankfurt

Björn Bürger (Billy Budd) © Barbara Aumüller
Oper Frankfurt's revival of Richard Jones's production of Billy Budd with a homegrown cast is a devastating combination of powerful music and searing drama.
*****
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List of works
A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28: That Yonge ChildeA Charm of Lullabies for mezzo soprano and piano, Op.41A Midsummer Night's DreamA Suite on English Folk Tunes "A Time There Was" for chamber orchestra, Op.90A Sweet LullabyAdvance DemocracyBilly BuddBritish FolksongsCello Suite no. 3, Op.87Folk Song Arrangements, Vol.1: The Ash GroveFolk Song Arrangements, Vol.1: The Sally GardensFolk song arrangement: GreensleevesFriday Afternoons for children's voices and piano, Op.7Hymn to St Cecilia for SSATB, Op.27bHymn to the VirginLachrymae for viola and piano, Op.48aLes Illuminations, for soprano or tenor and strings, Op.18Matinées musicales for orchestra (after Gioacchino Rossini), Op.24Nocturnal after John Dowland for guitar, Op.70Nocturne for tenor, 7 obbligato instruments and string orchestra, song cycle, Op.60Noye's Fludde (Chester mystery play)Paul BunyanPeter GrimesPeter Grimes, Op.33: Four Sea Interludes and PassacagliaPeter Grimes, Op.33a: Four Sea InterludesPhaedra, Op.93Piano Concerto, Op.13Prelude and Fugue for 18 strings, Op.29Rejoice in the Lamb for soloists, chorus and organ, Op.30Sacred and Profane for five voices, Op.91Saint Nicolas for mixed chorus, strings, piano (4 hands), percussion and organ, Op.42Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, song cycle, Op.31Simple Symphony (for strings), Op.4Sinfonia da Requiem, Op.20Sinfonietta, Op.1Soirées musicales for orchestra (after Gioacchino Rossini), Op.9Sokrates und Alcibiades Op.61 no. 3SomnusSpring Symphony for soloists, mixed choir, children's choir and orchestra, Op.44String Quartet no. 2 in C major, Op.36String Quartet no. 3, Op.94Temporal VariationsThe Burning Fiery FurnaceThe Foggy, Foggy DewThe Rape of LucretiaThe Turn of the ScrewThe Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34Three Character PiecesTwo portraits for stringsVariations on a Theme of Frank Bridge for string orchestra, Op.10Violin Concerto, Op.15War Requiem, Op.66Who are these Children? for tenor and piano, Op.84Who are these children?: Nightmare, Op.84 no.3Who are these children?: Slaughter, Op.84 no.6Who are these children?: The children, Op.84 no.11Who are these children?: Who are these children, Op.84 no.9Winter Words for soprano or tenor and piano, Op.52Young Apollo