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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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OrfordAldeburgh Voices

Walton, Britten, Finzi, Bernstein
Ben Parry; Aldeburgh Voices; Eo Nomine

KanazawaThe 403rd Subscription Concert

The 403rd Subscription Concert
Britten, Rota, Rossini
Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa; Tatsuya Shimono; Naoko Yoshino

TewkesburyBenjamin Britten - War Requiem

Benjamin Britten - War Requiem
Britten: War Requiem, Op.66
English Arts Orchestra; Brian Kay; Linda Richardson; James Gilchrist; Quentin Hayes; The Burford Singers

AldeburghPiatti Quartet and Friends

Stravinsky, Britten
Piatti String Quartet; Pavel Kolesnikov; Samson Tsoy

SnapeFrom the New World

Howard, Britten, Dvořák
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Mark Wigglesworth; Vilde Frang
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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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A landmark Gloriana at the Teatro Real

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elizabeth) and Leigh Melrose (Cecil) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Ivor Bolton and David McVicar have teamed up to create an unapologetically Brittenian Gloriana, with Anna Caterina Antonacci at the top of a great cast
*****
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Intense Elgar from Isserlis and RPO

Steven Isserlis © Satoshi Aoyagi
Uncertain Britten from Dausgaard and the RPO, but intense and passionate Elgar from Isserlis, and powerfully engaging Rachmaninov featuring exceptional woodwind playing from the RPO.
****1
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List of works
A 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 FolksongsCabaret Songs: CalypsoCabaret Songs: JohnnyDeath in VeniceFolk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3: O Waly, WalyFolk SongsFriday Afternoons for children's voices and piano, Op.7Her Door to the SkyHymn to St Cecilia for SSATB, Op.27bHymn to the VirginIntroduction and Rondo alla burlesca for two pianos, Op.23aLachrymae for viola and piano, Op.48aLes Illuminations, for soprano or tenor and strings, Op.18Matinées musicales for orchestra (after Gioacchino Rossini), Op.24Mazurka elegaica for two pianos, Op.23bNocturnal 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.93Phantasy String Quintet in F minor, Op.2Piano Concerto, Op.13Rejoice in the Lamb for soloists, chorus and organ, Op.30Sacred and Profane for five voices, Op.91Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, song cycle, Op.31Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo for tenor and piano, Op.22Simple Symphony (for strings), Op.4Sinfonia da Requiem, Op.20Sinfonietta, Op.1SomnusSpring Symphony for soloists, mixed choir, children's choir and orchestra, Op.44String Quartet no. 1, Op.25String Quartet no. 2 in C major, Op.36String Quartet no. 3, Op.94Temporal VariationsThe Burning Fiery FurnaceThe Foggy, Foggy DewThe Turn of the ScrewThe Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34The last rose of summerThree Character PiecesVariations 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