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Composer: Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976)

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PhiladelphiaA Midsummer Night's Dream

Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Corrado Rovaris; Robert Carsen; Opera Philadelphia; Michael Levine; Tim Mead; Anna Christy

LondonThe Gift of Music: Cosman Collection

The Gift of Music: Cosman Collection
Cassado, Britten

StockholmArtemis Quartet

Artemis Quartet
Barber, Britten, Brahms
Artemis Quartet

BerlinBelcea Quartett 2 / Piotr Anderszewski

Schubert, Britten, Shostakovich
Belcea Quartet; Piotr Anderszewski

ManchesterCircle of Song: Vocal Weekend Closing Recital

Circle of Song: Vocal Weekend Closing Recital
Schumann, Mendelssohn-Hensel, Schumann C., Mahler, Britten
Marcus Farnsworth; Ruby Hughes; Joseph Middleton
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Carsen's Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
The director's world-renowned 1991 conception of Benjamin Britten's 1960 operaA Midsummer Night's Dream finally makes it to America. 
*****
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San Francisco Ballet struts its stuff at Gala #86

Ana Sophia Scheller and Vitor Luiz in George Balanchine's Rubies © Erik Tomasson
Among the standouts at the San Francisco Ballet gala evening performance were Ana Sophia Scheller in Rubies, Sasha De Sola in Études, Benjamin Freemantle in Agon, and Misa Kuranaga and Angelo Greco in Handel-A Celebration.
***11
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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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List of works
3 Divertimenti for string quartetA Midsummer Night's DreamAd majorem Dei gloriam: seven settings of Gerard Manley HopkinsAntiphon for SATB and organ, Op.56bAt the mid hour of nightBilly BuddCabaret SongsCantata misericordium, Op.69Cello Sonata in C major, Op.65Cello Suite no. 2, Op.80Cello Symphony, Op.68Five Flower Songs for SATB, Op.47Friday Afternoons for children's voices and piano, Op.7Gloriana, Op.53: Choral DancesHymn to St Cecilia for SSATB, Op.27bHymn to the VirginLachrymae for viola and piano, Op.48aLachrymae: 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 InterludesPiano 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.49String 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 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