The Very Best of Benjamin Britten | Virgin 6026792

The Very Best of Benjamin Britten

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Label: Virgin

Cat No: 6026792

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Release Date: 4th February 2013

Contents

Works

Britten, Benjamin

A Ceremony of Carols, op.28
» X Deo Gracias!
» XI Recession
A Midsummer Night's Dream, op.64
» On the ground, sleep sound (Act 2)
Billy Budd, op.50
» Look! Through the port comes the moonshine astray
Canticle I: My beloved is mine, op.40
Cello Suite no.3, op.87
» IV Barcarola: Lento
Character Pieces (3)
» II Daphne (Poco andante grazioso)
Elegy, for solo viola
Greensleeves: Folksong arrangment for voice and piano
Holiday Diary, op.5
» II Sailing
Les Illuminations, op.18
» IX Depart
» VII Being Beauteous
» VIII Parade
Lullabies (2)
» Lullaby for a Retired Colonel
Night Piece (Notturno)
Nocturne, op.60
» I On a poet's lips I slept (Shelley)
Noye's Fludde, op.59
» Lord Jesus, think on me
Paul Bunyan, op.17
» Third Ballad Interlude: So Helson smiled and Bunyan smiled (Act 2)
» Tiny's Song: Ah!...Whether the sun shine upon children playing (Act 1)
Peter Grimes, op.33
» Grimes!
» Peter, we've come to take you home
» To those who pass the Borough
Piano Concerto in D major, op.13
» II Waltz (Allegretto)
Prelude and Fugue, op.29
Sea Interludes (4), op.33a
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, op.31
» VIII Epilogue (horn solo)
» VII Sonnet 'To Sleep' (John Keats)
Simple Symphony, op.4
Sinfonia da Requiem, op.20
» III Requiem aeternam (Andante molto tranquillo)
String Quartet no.2 in C major, op.36
» II Vivace
Symphony for cello and orchestra, op.68
» II Presto inquieto
The Company of Heaven
» Heaven is here
The Prince of the Pagodas
» Apotheosis (Act 3)
» Finale (Act 3)
The Rape of Lucretia, op.37
» Lucia runs to the door (Act 1)
The Turn of the Screw, op.54
» Scene 7: Flora (Act 2)
» Variation XIV
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, op.10
Waltzes (5)
» I Rather fast and nervous
» V Variations: Quiet and simple
War Requiem, op.66
» Libera me: Let us sleep now ...In paradisum

Works

Britten, Benjamin

A Ceremony of Carols, op.28
» X Deo Gracias!
» XI Recession
A Midsummer Night's Dream, op.64
» On the ground, sleep sound (Act 2)
Billy Budd, op.50
» Look! Through the port comes the moonshine astray
Canticle I: My beloved is mine, op.40
Cello Suite no.3, op.87
» IV Barcarola: Lento
Character Pieces (3)
» II Daphne (Poco andante grazioso)
Elegy, for solo viola
Greensleeves: Folksong arrangment for voice and piano
Holiday Diary, op.5
» II Sailing
Les Illuminations, op.18
» IX Depart
» VII Being Beauteous
» VIII Parade
Lullabies (2)
» Lullaby for a Retired Colonel
Night Piece (Notturno)
Nocturne, op.60
» I On a poet's lips I slept (Shelley)
Noye's Fludde, op.59
» Lord Jesus, think on me
Paul Bunyan, op.17
» Third Ballad Interlude: So Helson smiled and Bunyan smiled (Act 2)
» Tiny's Song: Ah!...Whether the sun shine upon children playing (Act 1)
Peter Grimes, op.33
» Grimes!
» Peter, we've come to take you home
» To those who pass the Borough
Piano Concerto in D major, op.13
» II Waltz (Allegretto)
Prelude and Fugue, op.29
Sea Interludes (4), op.33a
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, op.31
» VIII Epilogue (horn solo)
» VII Sonnet 'To Sleep' (John Keats)
Simple Symphony, op.4
Sinfonia da Requiem, op.20
» III Requiem aeternam (Andante molto tranquillo)
String Quartet no.2 in C major, op.36
» II Vivace
Symphony for cello and orchestra, op.68
» II Presto inquieto
The Company of Heaven
» Heaven is here
The Prince of the Pagodas
» Apotheosis (Act 3)
» Finale (Act 3)
The Rape of Lucretia, op.37
» Lucia runs to the door (Act 1)
The Turn of the Screw, op.54
» Scene 7: Flora (Act 2)
» Variation XIV
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, op.10
Waltzes (5)
» I Rather fast and nervous
» V Variations: Quiet and simple
War Requiem, op.66
» Libera me: Let us sleep now ...In paradisum

About

Since his death in 1976 many musicians have looked at Benjamin Britten’s scores anew – not simply the repertory Britten never recorded, but the many canonic works he put on tape in the space of only twenty years.

Indeed, this set – featuring a wealth of legendary artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Stephen Hough, Leif Ove Andsnes, Richard Hickox, Ian Bostridge, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Felicity Lott, Angelika Kirchschlager, Bernard Haitink and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge – brings together some of the finest performances of Britten’s music in recent times.

It is newer recordings such as these that testify to the profound impact Britten had on the music of the 20th century, which continues in the 21st.

Contents:

CD 1

- The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op.34)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pesek

Cello Symphony, Op.68
- II Presto inquieto
Truls Mørk/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

- Elegy (1930)
Lars Anders Tomter/Norwegian Chamber Orchestra/Iona Brown

- 4 Sea Interludes, Op.33a

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pesek

String Quartet No.2 in C Major, Op.36

- II Vivace
Belcea Quartet

Sinfonia da Requiem Op.20
- III Requiem aeternam (Andante molto tranquillo)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pesek

Suite No.3 for Solo Cello Op.87
- IV Barcarola: Lento
Truls Mørk

The Prince of the Pagodas - Ballet in three acts Op.57
Act III Scene 2: The Pagoda Palace
- Finale
- Apotheosis
London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen

War Requiem, Op.66
VI Libera me
- Let us sleep now...In paradisum
Elisabeth Söderström/Robert Tear/Sir Thomas Allen/Boys of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford/Francis Grier/CBSO Chorus

CD 2
- Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra/Iona Brown

- Simple Symphony Op.4
Christopher Warren-Green/London Chamber Orchestra

Prelude and Fugue for 18-part String Orchestra, Op.29
- Grave / Allegro energico
London Chamber Orchestra/Christopher Warren-Green

Holiday Diary Op.5
- II Sailing
Stephen Hough

Three Character Pieces (1930)
- II Daphne (Poco andante grazioso)
Stephen Hough

- Night Piece (Notturno) (1963)
Stephen Hough

Five Walztes (Waltzes) (1923-5/1969)
- I Rather fast and nervous
- V Variations: Quiet and simple
Stephen Hough

Two Lullabies (1936)
- Lullaby for a Retired Colonel
Stephen Hough/Ronan O'Hora

Piano Concerto Op.13

- II Waltz (Allegretto)
Leif Ove Andsnes/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi

CD 3
Les Illuminations Op.18

- VII Being Beauteous
- VIII Parade
- IX Départ
Martyn Hill/City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox

Serenade Op.31
- Sonnet: O soft embalmer of the still midnight (John Keats)
- Epilogue (horn solo)
Martyn Hill/Frank Lloyd/City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox

Nocturne Op.60
- On a poet's lips I slept (Shelley)
Martyn Hill/City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox/Frank Lloyd

Canticle I: My beloved is mine, Op.40
Ian Bostridge/Julius Drake

Folk Song Arrangements: Greensleeves
Ian Bostridge/Julius Drake

A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28
- X Deo Gracias!
- XI Recession
Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Osian Ellis/Sir David Willcocks/Julian Godlee/James Clark

The Company of Heaven
Part Three
- Heaven is here
Cathryn Pope/Dan Dressen/Peter Barkworth/Sheila Allen/Christopher Herrick/London Philharmonic Choir/English Chamber Orchestra

Noye's Fludde, Op.59
- Lord Jesus, think on me
Richard Pasco/Donald Maxwell/Linda Ormiston/Alexander Gallifant/Timothy Lamb/Nicholas Berry/

Peter Grimes Op.33
Scene 2
- Grimes! Grimes! (Chorus/Peter)
- Peter, we've come to take you home (Ellen/Peter/Balstrode)
- To those who pass the Borough (Chorus/Swallow/Fisherman/Auntie/Boles)
Anthony Rolfe Johnson/Dame Felicity Lott/Sir Thomas Allen/Maria Bovino/Gillian Webster/Patricia Payne/Stuart Kale/Stafford Dean/Christopher Lackner/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Bernard Haitink"

Rape of Lucretia
Act I Scene II
- Lucia runs to the door
Clio Gould/Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble/Oliver Knussen//Miranda Fulleylove/Carol Ella/Zoë Martlew/Lynda Houghton/Karen Jones/Melinda Maxwell/Timothy Lines/Susan Gritton/Angelika Kirchschlager/Hilary Summers/Claire Booth/Ian Bostridge

Billy Budd
- Look! Through the port comes the moon-shine astray! (Billy)
Daniel Harding/London Symphony Orchestra/Nathan Gunn

The Turn of the Screw Op.54
Act 2
- Variation XIV
- Scene 7 : Flora (Governess/Mrs Grose/Flora/Miss Jessel)
Ian Bostridge/Joan Rodgers/Julian Leang/Caroline Wise/Jane Henschel/Vivian Tierney/Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Harding

A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.64
Act 2
- On the ground, sleep sound (Fairies)
James Bowman/Lillian Watson/Dexter Fletcher/Norman Bailey/Penelope Walker/John Graham-Hall/Henry Herford/Della Jones

Paul Bunyan - An operetta in two acts and a prologue Op.17

Act I Scene 2 (The camp)
- 15a. Tiny's Song: Ah!...Whether the sun shine upon children playing (Tiny, Inkslinger, chorus, Slim)
Act II
- Third Ballad Interlude: So Helson smiled and Bunyan smiled (Narrator)
Soloists of the Plymouth Music Series, Minnesota/Chorus of the Plymouth Music Series, Minnesota/Orchestra of the Plymouth Music Series

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