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Catalogue No: NMCD112
Shop Product Code: 259799Y

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Department: CDs - Classical CDs

Publisher: Select Music

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This disc brings together for the first time a comprehensive collection of all the surviving music that Benjamin Britten wrote during the 1930s for the General Post Office (GPO), Southern Railways and other organisations. It features premiere recordings of Coal Face, The Way to the Sea, Men Behind the Meters, Negroes, Peace of Britain, The King's Stamp and Telegrams, plus the first recording of the complete music for Night Mail.

The scores for this recording were specially reconstructed from manuscript and other sources held at the Britten-Pears Library, by composers Joseph Phibbs and Lloyd Moore under the supervision of Colin Matthews, Executive Producer of NMC and Director of the Britten Estate - which has funded the recording.

"Writing film scores quickly, for strictly limited performance forces, was an inestimable professional training, as was collaboration with Auden. The results, as laid out in this 10-part sequence, are fascinating."
The Sunday Times

"A catalogue hole has been filled with this conspectus of Britten’s imaginative film music of the 1930s, including the GPO Film Unit classics Coal Face and Night Mail. Perky winds, brass and percussion dominate, and Brabbins’s accounts with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group vibrate with character."
The Times


"Lashings of period-feel, especially in Simon Russell Beale's spruce delivery of the iconic 'Night Mail'."
The Independent on Sunday

"The inventive ingenuity in every fragment Britten produced is extraordinary, while the practicality and economy involved in writing for these ensembles left a more permanent mark on his music too, particularly on the scoring of his three chamber operas."
The Guardian

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Contents
1 Night Mail: Title Music 0' 47"
2 Night Mail: Percussion Sequence 0' 55"
3 Night Mail: End Sequence 4' 08"
4 The Tocher (Rossini Suite): I Allegro brillante 1' 53"
5 The Tocher (Rossini Suite): II Allegretto 2' 20"
6 The Tocher (Rossini Suite): III Allegretto 2' 01"
7 The Tocher (Rossini Suite): IV Bolero: Allegro moderato 2' 00"
8 The Tocher (Rossini Suite): V Allegro con brio 1' 18"
9 The King's Stamp: Part One: Allegro molto alla marcia 0' 38"
10 The King's Stamp: Allegro: 'Opening door' 2' 20"
11 The King's Stamp: Allegretto: 'Messenger Boy' 0' 40"
12 The King's Stamp: Lento ma non troppo: 'Entry to lithograph eworks' 1' 46"
13The King's Stamp: Allegro moderato: 'Stamp factory - machine starts' 2' 48"
14 The King's Stamp: Part Two: Minuet - Andante lento 0' 56"
15 The King's Stamp: Allegretto: 'Train Sequence' 1' 37"
16The King's Stamp: Allegretto: 'Parliament - The Stamp Bill' 0' 53"
17 The King's Stamp: Allegro 1' 12"
18The King's Stamp: Allegro moderato alla marcia 1' 17"
19 Negroes: Allegro appassionato: Title Music 3' 01"
20 Negroes: I - Allegro: 'In the middle ages' 1' 04"
21Negroes: II - Allegro: 'Then the Portuguese and Spaniards' 1' 04"
22 Negroes: III - Allegro ritmico: 'At the mouth of the Senegal' 1' 08"
23 Negroes: IV - Andante con moto: To sail from Africa to Jamaica" 0' 58"
24 Negroes: V - Andante lento: "The more advanced thinkers in Europe" 1' 32"
25 Negroes: VI - Andante con molto moto: "Still at their accustomed hour" 3' 26"
26 Negroes: VII - Allegro ritmico: "Coffee from the Blue Mountains" 0' 50"
27 The Way to the Sea: Allegro: Introduction 0' 33"
28 The Way to the Sea: Andante maestoso: Romans 0' 39"
29 The Way to the Sea: Andante maestoso: Alfred 0' 48"
30 The Way to the Sea: Moderato: "There, is at this point of the haven" 1' 27"
31 The Way to the Sea: Allegro: "The eighteenth century" 1' 19"
32 The Way to the Sea: Allegro con fuoco: "Nelson has gone" 0' 56"
33 The Way to the Sea: Lento e pesante: "169 trains a week" 0' 41"
34 The Way to the Sea: "The line waits" 2' 56"
35 The Way to the Sea: Piu lento: "Here is a harbour" 3' 00"
36 The Way to the Sea: Slow: "We seek a spectacle" 1' 16"
37 The Way to the Sea: Allegro molto - alla marcia 1' 54"
38 Telegrams 2' 30"
39 Peace of Britain 1' 30"
40 Men Behind the Meters: Title music 0' 22"
41 Men Behind the Meters: Andantino: "I Dreamt that I Dwelt in Marble Halls" 1' 16"
42 Men Behind the Meters: Allegro moderato: 1935 Sequence 1' 33"
43 Coal Face: I - Andante: 0' 39"
44 Coal Face: II - "A sterile landscape" 1' 10"
45 Coal Face: III - Andante: "Coal mining is the basic industry of Britain" 0' 42"
46 Coal Face: IV - "Yorkshire and Lancashire" 1' 01"
47 Coal Face: V - Moderato: "The temperature often reaches" 0' 28"
48 Coal Face: VI - Andante: "The seven and a half hour shift" 0' 47"
49 Coal Face: VII - Ad libitum sempre: "One thirty a.m." 0' 50"
50 Coal Face: VIII - Allegro ma non troppo: "In many pits" 1' 04"
51 Coal Face: IX - Allegro molto: "The shift is finished" 2' 03"
52 Coal Face: X - "Making up coal trains" 2' 26"
53 Coal Face: XI - Allegro: "Coal mining is the basic industry of Britain" 0' 14"
54 Coal Face: XII - Andante: 0' 23"
55 When you're feeling like expressing your affection 0' 53"
  

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