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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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BilbaoBaiba Skride y Schumann

Baiba Skride y Schumann
Lalo, Britten, Schumann
Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa; Erik Nielsen; Baiba Skride

LondonChristmas Concert supported by John Lewis & Partners

© Paul Grover
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28
James O'Donnell; Choir of Westminster Abbey; Lucy Wakeford; Peter Holder

MadridSinfónico 8: Muerte entre las flores I - Entre hermanos

Sinfónico 8: Muerte entre las flores I - Entre hermanos
Schubert, Britten
Orquesta Nacional de España; Juanjo Mena; James Ehnes

LondonChamber Ensemble of London

Chamber Ensemble of London
Handel, Schubert, Elgar, Britten, Vivaldi, Bach, Kreisler, Ireland, Jenkins, Mozart, Copland
Chamber Ensemble of London; Unknown

BirminghamChoir of King's College Cambridge - A Choral Christmas

Britten, Vaughan Williams
Choir of King's College Cambridge; Stephen Cleobury
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Remembrance connections explored by Bostridge and Pappano

Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Pappano never put a foot wrong as he dug precious beauties from beneath his fingers.
***11
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Rarely played Britten, forceful Shostakovich at the NY Phil

Jaap van Zweden © Steven Pisano
Lamsma is not a household name here in America but her deep sense of commitment may well make her one.
****1
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An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a nuanced, gripping tale that should pack an emotional punch. Despite fine moments, Oper Köln's production didn't serve the work. 
**111
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Inspiration eludes Kramer in Britten's War Requiem at ENO

Roderick Williams and David Butt Philip © Richard Hubert Smith
The music’s explosions of volume have an open-throated magnificence.
***11
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Striking intimacy from Britten's War Requiem in Liverpool

Andrew Manze, Ed Lyon and Benjamin Appl © Mark McNulty
The RLPO and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover join forces for Britten's War Requiem.
****1
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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 Ceremony of Carols, Op.28: This little babeA 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.90Billy BuddCabaret SongsCello Sonata in C major, Op.65Cello Symphony, Op.68Folk 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.7Gemini Variations for flute, violin and piano four hands, Op.73Holiday diary, Op.5Hymn to St Cecilia for SSATB, Op.27bHymn to the VirginLachrymae 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.24New Year CarolNocturnal 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 InterludesPhantasy String Quintet in F minor, Op.2Piano Concerto, Op.13Rejoice in the Lamb for soloists, chorus and organ, Op.30Rondo 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.49Soirées musicales for orchestra (after Gioacchino Rossini), Op.9String Quartet no. 1, Op.25String Quartet no. 2 in C major, Op.36String Quartet no. 3, Op.94Temporal VariationsThe Rape of LucretiaThe Turn of the ScrewThe Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34Three Character PiecesUnderneath 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.9Young Apollo