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Composer: Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976)

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CambridgeThe Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2018

The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2018
Britten, Cornysh II
Harry Christophers; The Sixteen

LondonIndependent Opera Scholars' Recital 2018

© Benjamin Ealovega
Mozart, Schubert, Schumann C., Schumann, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Rossini, Britten, Nystroem, Rangström, Ešenvalds, Arensky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky
Claire Lees; Michael Mofidian; Ida Ränzlöv; Svetlina Stoyanova

WatfordMorning Heroes

Morning Heroes
Bliss, Britten, Gurney
BBC Concert Orchestra; David Temple; Samuel West; Ben Johnson; Hertfordshire Chorus

LondonAlbion Quartet – Loss and Defiance

© Steve Gullick
Beethoven, Britten, Dvořák
Tamsin Waley-Cohen; Emma Parker; Rosalind Ventris; Nathaniel Boyd

OxfordAn English Songbook: Dame Sarah Connolly & Eugene Asti

An English Songbook: Dame Sarah Connolly & Eugene Asti
Stanford, Moeran, Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Somervell, Howells, Holst, Gibbs, Britten, Bridge, Tippett, Herbert, Clarke, Beamish
Dame Sarah Connolly; Eugene Asti
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An unfussy, memorable War Requiem from Noseda

Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir and an ideal team of soloists in a memorable performance of Britten's War Requiem.
****1
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Fiery Prokofiev but lacklustre Britten in Brussels

Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
Fiery Prokofiev but lacklustre Britten with the National Orchestra of Belgium.
***11
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War Requiem floods Westminster Cathedral with compassion

Benjamin Appl © Lars Borges | Sony Classical
It was especially effective to hear the line “One ever hangs where shelled roads part” with the vast hanging crucifix with its portrait of Christ dominating the scene behind.
****1
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The Bohemians and Britten: Simon Rattle/LSO

Allan Clayton, Elizabeth Watts, Simon Rattle, Alice Coote and the LSO © Doug Peters | PA Wire
There was a tingle to this concert, as if musicians and audience alike saw clearly for the first time what riches lie ahead.
****1
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Prom 72: A reflective War Requiem from the RSNO

Peter Oundjian © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Britten's profoundly pacifist work is given a calm reading by Peter Oundjian and the RSNO: soprano Erin Wall, the RSNO Junior Chorus and the wind players provide the high spots of the evening.
***11
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List of works
3 Divertimenti for string quartetA 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.90Advance DemocracyAt the mid hour of nightBallad of Heroes for tenor or soprano, chorus and orchestra, Op.14Billy BuddCello Sonata in C major, Op.65Cello Symphony, Op.68Elegy, for solo violaFolk 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.7Gloriana, Op.53: Choral DancesHoliday 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.48Les Illuminations, for soprano or tenor and strings, Op.18Matinées musicales for orchestra (after Gioacchino Rossini), Op.24Nocturnal after John Dowland for guitar, Op.70Noye's Fludde (Chester mystery play)O the sight entrancingPeter 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.13Rejoice 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.1Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for oboe, Op.49Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op.49: PanSoirées musicales for orchestra (after Gioacchino Rossini), Op.9Song Arrangement: Tom BowlingString Quartet no. 1, Op.25String Quartet no. 2 in C major, Op.36String Quartet no. 3, Op.94Suite for violin and piano, Op.6Temporal VariationsThe Company of HeavenThe Holy Sonnets of John Donne for soprano or tenor and piano, Op.35The Rape of LucretiaThe Turn of the ScrewThe Turn of the Screw: the tower sceneThe Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34The last rose of summerThree Character PiecesTwo portraits for stringsUnderneath the abject willowVariations 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