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Composer: Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976)

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ViennaEin Sommernachtstraum

Maresi Riegner (Puck) und die St. Florianer Sängerknaben © Werner Kmetitsch
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Antonello Manacorda; Damiano Michieletto; Theater an der Wien; Paolo Fantin; Klaus Bruns; Mirella Hagen; Daniela Fally

MadridGlorianaNew Production

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elizabeth) and Leigh Melrose (Cecil) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Britten: Gloriana, Op.53a
Ivor Bolton; Sir David McVicar; Teatro Real; Robert Jones; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Anna Caterina Antonacci; Alexandra Deshorties

AberdeenMozart’s ‘Jupiter’ Symphony

Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ Symphony
Mozart, Britten, Bridge
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Claire Booth; Laura Samuel

BarcelonaQuartet Dalia

Quartet Dalia
Haydn, Guinovart, Britten
Quartet Dalia

PooleNotes of Nostalgia

Notes of Nostalgia
Britten, Dvořák, Strauss R.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; James Feddeck; Daniel Müller-Schott
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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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Artistic prowess from Hrůša at the Musikverein

Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejnz
An unusual programme at the Musikverein, drawing together works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and a piano concerto by Britten. 
***11
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A hansel at Snape Maltings

Mark Padmore © Marco Borggreve
Julius Drake, Krzysztof Chorzelski and Mark Padmore contributed their notable gifts of piano, viola and voice respectively in a very special, often heartfelt fundraising evening for two music education charities. 
****1
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A Winter Journey with John Chest

John Chest © Andrey Stoycher
If Chest is not yet the finished article, he’s damned close.
****1
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List of works
A Boy was Born, Op.3: Corpus Christi CarolA 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 SongsCabaret Songs: JohnnyCanticle I, My beloved is mine, for soprano or tenor and piano, Op.40Canticle II, Abraham and Isaac, Chester miracle play, Op.51Canticle III, Still Falls the Rain, for tenor, horn and piano, Op.55Canticle IV, The Journey of the Magi, for countertenor, tenor, baritone and piano, Op.86Canticle V, The Death of Saint Narcissus, for tenor and harp, Op.89Cello Sonata in C major, Op.65Cello Suite no. 3, Op.87Death in VeniceDiversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op.21Five Flower Songs for SATB, Op.47Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3: Sweet Polly OliverFolk Song Arrangements, vol. 5: Sally in our alleyFolk SongsGloriana, Op.53aHymn to St Cecilia for SSATB, Op.27bHymn to the VirginIntroduction and Rondo alla burlesca for two pianos, Op.23aLachrymae for viola and piano, Op.48aLachrymae: Reflections on a Song of John Dowland, Op.48Les Illuminations, for soprano or tenor and strings, Op.18Matinées musicales for orchestra (after Gioacchino Rossini), Op.24Mazurka elegaica for two pianos, Op.23bMovement for Wind SextetNocturnal after John Dowland for guitar, Op.70Nocturne for tenor, 7 obbligato instruments and string orchestra, song cycle, Op.60Peter GrimesPeter Grimes, Op.33: Four Sea Interludes and PassacagliaPeter Grimes, Op.33a: Four Sea InterludesPhaedra, Op.93Phantasy String Quintet in F minor, Op.2Phantasy, oboe quartet, Op.2Piano Concerto, Op.13Prelude and Fugue for 18 strings, Op.29Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of VittoriaPsalm CL for children's chorus and instruments, Op.67Rejoice 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.94Symphonic Suite "Gloriana" for tenor or oboe and orchestra, Op.53aThe Rape of LucretiaThe Turn of the ScrewThe Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34Variations 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.52