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Britten, Benjamin: Benjamin Britten 100 - The Complete Works (Decca 65 CDs & 1 DVD Box Set)

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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of England’s greatest composer since Henry Purcell, Decca Classics presents the ultimate Britten box, the first ever Complete Works.*

Britten and Decca enjoyed a unique relationship with the composer recording most of his key works for the label. Decca’s 1963 set of the War Requiem remains one of the fastest-selling classical releases of all time. The recordings not in the Decca catalogue have been licensed from other companies including EMI, Virgin Classics, Naxos and Warner – a total of 18 rights holders have assisted to make this extraordinary achievement possible, plus the endorsement & support of the Britten-Pears Foundation.

Benjamin Britten was born 22nd November 1913, the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music. Over four intensely creative decades he went on to publish over 100 works, of which the most important dominated and shaped their respective genres – opera with Peter Grimes, the choral oratorio with War Requiem, music to inspire newcomers (Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra), the Song Cycle (Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings). The sheer range is astonishing.

This 65 CD edition is guaranteed to appeal to Britten enthusiasts worldwide. Individually numbered, limited edition (1 to 3,000)

208 page hardback book including:-
• A gallery of original LP sleeves, arranged chronologically from 1953 onwards
• Copious Recording session pictures and beautiful Aldeburgh landscapes newly photographed
• ‘Choosing a Record Company’ by discographer Philip Stuart
• ‘Ben – A Tribute to Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)’ by John Culshaw (originally published in Gramophone Magazine, February 1977)
• Peter Glossop’s Memoir on the role of Billy Budd and working with Britten
• Complete alphabetical index of works included in the edition.

The set is organised into 4 main sections, each with its own individual book:
• The Operas
• Stage & Screen
• Voices
• Instruments

Each book contains a detailed article by Andrew Huth, full track listings and recording information.
• 4 bonus CDs - including a series of interviews by Jon Tolansky, first recordings and rarities never before released on CD and the War Requiem rehearsal sequence
• New War Requiem hi-res transfer from original master tapes
• The set also features the Tony Palmer film on the making of the 1967 recording of The Burning Fiery Furnace, an unrivalled look at John Culshaw and the Decca team at work

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Contents and Reviews

Contents
THE OPERAS

CD 1 & 2
Paul Bunyan
Wagner
Lawless
Dressen
Comeaux-Nelson
Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Plymouth Music Series
Brunelle

CD 3 & 4
Peter Grimes
Pears
Watson
Pease
Kelly
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

CD 5 & 6
The Rape of Lucretia
Pears
Harper
Shirley-Quirk
Baker
English Chamber Orchestra

CD 7 & 8
Albert Herring
Fisher
Peters
Noble
Brannigan
Pears
Evans
Cantelo
Ward
Wilson
Rex
Pears
English Chamber Orchestra

CD 9 & 10
Billy Budd
Glossop
Pears
Langdon
Shirley-Quirk
London Symphony Orchestra

CD 11 & 12
Gloriana
Barstow
Langridge
Opie
Kenny
Jones
Summers
Welsh National Opera
Mackerras

CD 13 & 14
The Turn of the Screw
Pears
Vyvyan
Cross
Mandikian
English Opera Group

CD 15 & 16
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Deller
Harwood
Pears
Hemsley
Veasey
Shirley-Quirk
Watts
Brannigan
London Symphony Orchestra

CD 17 & 18
Owen Wingrave
Luxon
Shirley-Quirk
Douglas
Fisher
Harper
Vyvyan
Baker
Pears
English Chamber Orchestra

CD 19 & 20
Death in Venice
Pears
Shirley-Quirk
Bowman
Bowen
English Chamber Orchestra
Bedford

STAGE & SCREEN

CD 21 & 22
The Beggar’s Opera, op. 43
Murray
Kenny
Collins
Langridge
Rawnsley
Lloyd
Bedford

CD 23
Noye’s Fludde, op. 59
Anthony
Brannigan
Rex
Pinto
Angadi
English Opera Group Orchestra
Norman Del Mar
The Golden Vanity, op. 78
Benjamin Britten piano
Russell Burgess

CD 24
Curlew River op. 71
Pears
Shirley-Quirk
Blackburn
Drake
Webb
dir. Britten & Tunnard

CD 25
The Burning Fiery Furnace, op. 77
Pears
Drake
Shirley-Quirk
Tear
Dean
Leeming
English Opera Group
dir. Britten & Tunnard

CD 26
The Prodigal Son, op. 81
Pears
Shirley-Quirk
Drake
Tear
English Opera Group
dir. Britten & Tunnard

CD 27
The Little Sweep (Let’s make an opera), op. 45
Hemmings
Vyvyan
Thomas
Cantelo
Ingram
Pears
English Opera Group Orchestra
Children’s Crusade, op. 82
Russell Burgess & Benjamin Britten

CD 28 & 29
The Prince of the Pagodas, op. 57
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Plymouth Town – ballet (1931)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Grant Llewellyn

CD 30 Film Scores
Night Mail (1936)
The Tocher (1935) (Rossini Suite)
The King’s Stamp (1935)
Negroes (1935)
The Way to the Sea (1936)
Telegrams (1935)
Peace of Britain (1936)
Men Behind the Meters (1935)
Coal Face (1935)
Simon Russell Beale - narrator
Carewe
Auchincloss
Adam Green
Flower
City of Birmingham Chorus
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Brabbins

CD 31
Love from a Stranger
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jac van Steen
Johnson over Jordan (Suite) arr. Paul Hindmarsh
English Chamber Orchestra
Bedford
The Rescue of Penelope (1943)
Dame Janet Baker - narrator
Hagley
Wyn-Rogers
Ainsley
Dazely
Hallé Orchestra
Nagano

CD 32
The Company of Heaven (1937)
Peter Barkworth, Sheila Allen – narrators
Pope
Dressen
London Philharmonic Choir
English Chamber Orchestra
Brunelle
The Sword in the Stone (1938) – incidental music
Terence Hanbury White – narrator
Walter Goehr
Russian Funeral (1936)
The Eagle has Two Heads – fanfare (1946)
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
On the Frontier (1938) – incidental music excerpt
This way to the Tomb (1945) – incidental music excerpt

THE VOICE
CD 33
War Requiem, op. 66
Vishnevskaya
Pears
Fischer-Dieskau
Melos Ensemble
London Symphony Orchestra

CD 34
Spring Symphony, op. 44
Vyvyan
Procter
Pears
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Cantata Academica (Carmen basilienses), op. 62
Vyvyan
Watts
Pears
Brannigan
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Malcolm
Hymn to St Cecilia, op. 37
London Symphony Chorus
Malcolm

CD 35
Saint Nicolas, op. 42
Pears
Aldeburgh Festival Choir & Orchestra
Five Flower Songs, op. 47
Elizabethan Singers
Louis Halsey
Cantata misericordium, op. 69
Pears
Fischer-Dieskau
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

CD 36
A Boy was Born, op. 3
Corpus Christi Carol
John Hahessy boy alto
Benjamin Britten piano
A Wealden Trio: Christmas Song of the Women
A Shepherd’s Carol (1944)
The Wilbye Consort
Pears – director
Christ’s Nativity
BBC Singers
Bedford
A Ceremony of Carols, op. 28
Copenhagen Boys’ Choir
Enid Simon harp
The Holly and the Ivy
Elizabethan Singers
Halsey

CD 37
Songs from “Friday afternoons”, op. 7
Psalm 150, op. 67
Downside School Choir & Orchestra
Three two-part songs (1932)
New London Children’s Choir
Ronald Corp
Two two-part songs
Elizabethan Singers
Halsey
The Birds
Britten – piano
A Hymn to the Virgin
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
George Guest
Jubilate Deo in E flat
Truro Cathedral Choir
Christopher Gray
Te Deum in C (1934)
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Philip Ledger
Advance Democracy – motet (1938)
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers
Deus in Adjutorium meum (Psalm 70)
The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
Richard Marlow
A.M.D.G. (1939)
London Sinfonietta Chorus
Terry Edwards

CD 38
Rejoice in the Lamb, op. 30
The Purcell Singers
Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard (1943)
Chorale (after an old French carol) (1944)
Elizabethan Singers
Halsey
Festival Te Deum, op. 32
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
Guest
A Wedding anthem, op. 46
The Sixteen
Christophers
A Hymn to St Peter, op. 56a
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
Guest
Antiphon, op. 56b
The Sixteen
Christophers
Missa brevis, op. 63
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
Guest

CD 39
Jubilate Deo in C (1961)
Venite exultemus domino (Psalm 95) (1961)
A Hymn of St Columba (1962)
God Save the Queen
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Voices for Today, op. 75
Sir David Willcocks
Sacred and Profane, op. 91
The Wilbye Consort
Pears – director
Welcome Ode, op. 95
Suffolk Schools Orchestra & Jubilee Choir
Keith Shaw
Praise We Great Men
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Sir Simon Rattle

CD 40
Quatre chansons françaises (1928)
Gomez
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Rattle
Now sleeps the crimson petal
Mackie
Tuckwell
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Bedford
Our Hunting Fathers, op. 8
Söderström
Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera
Armstrong
Ballad of Heroes, op. 14
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, op. 31
Pears
Tuckwell - horn
London Symphony Orchestra

CD 41
Les Illuminations, op. 18
Pears
English Chamber Orchestra
Three songs
Piau
Northern Sinfonia
Zehetmair
Nocturne, op. 60
Pears
Strings of the London Symphony Orchestra
Phaedra, op. 93
Baker
English Chamber Orchestra
Bedford

CD 42
Canticles I-V
Pears
Hahessy
Bowman
Shirley-Quirk
Barry Tuckwell – horn
Britten – piano
A Birthday Hansel, op. 92
Pears
Osian Ellis – harp
Purcell: Sweeter than roses (arr. Britten)
Bowman
Britten – piano

CD 43
The Song Cycles I
The Heart of the Matter (1956)
Mackie
Vignoles – piano
Tuckwell – horn
Pears – speaker
Tit for Tat (1931 rev. 1968)
Shirley-Quirk
Britten – piano
On this Island, op. 11
Bonney
Martineau – piano
Four Cabaret Songs (1939)
Hughes
Martineau – piano
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, op. 22
Pears
Britten – piano

CD 44
The Song Cycles II
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, op. 35
Pears
Britten – piano
A Charm of Lullabies, op. 41
Bowden
Gellhorn – piano
Winter Words, op. 52
Pears
Britten – piano
If it’s ever spring again
The Children and Sir Nameless
Tritschler
Martineau – piano
Songs from the Chinese, op. 58
Pears
Bream – guitar
Six Hölderlin Fragments, op.61
Pears
Britten – piano

CD 45
The Song Cycles III
Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, op. 74
Fischer-Dieskau
Britten – piano
The Poet’s Echo, op. 76
Vishnevskaya
Rostropovich – piano
Who are these children? op. 84
Pears
Britten – piano
Dawtie’s Devotion
The Gully
Tradition
Spence
Martineau – piano

CD 46
Early and miscellaneous songs

CD 47
Folksongs I
Pears
Wyss
Britten – piano
Osian Ellis – harp
CD 48
Folksongs II
Tear
Langridge
Lott
van Kampen – cello
Walker – guitar
Osian Ellis – harp
Johnson – piano

INSTRUMENTS

CD 49
Sinfonietta, op.1
Members of the Vienna Octet

Simple Symphony for string orchestra, op.4
Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge, op.10
English Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten

Soirées musicales, op.9
Matinées musicales, op. 24
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Bonynge

CD 50
Rondo Concertante (1930)
Untitled fragment for strings (1930) arr. Colin Matthews
Hind - piano
Northern Sinfonia
Thomas Zehetmair

Two Portraits (1930)
Double Concerto in B minor (1932)
Kremer - violin
Bashmet - viola
Hallé Orchestra
Nagano

Movements for a Clarinet Concerto (c. 1942) Realised by Colin Matthews
Collins - clarinet
Northern Sinfonia
Zehetmair

CD 51
Piano Concerto op.13
Violin Concerto, op.15
Richter - piano
Lubotsky – violin
English Chamber Orchestra

CD 52
Mont Juic – Suite of Catalan Dances, op.12
[with Lennox Berkeley, op.9]
English Chamber Orchestra
Steuart Bedford

Young Apollo, op.16
Canadian Carnival, op.19
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Rattle
Sinfonia da Requiem, op.20
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Diversions for Piano (left hand) and orchestra, op.21
Katchen - piano
London Symphony Orchestra

CD 53
Scottish Ballad, op.26 first ever release
Eden & Tamir – pianos
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Commissiona
An American Overture, op.27
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Rattle
Prelude and Fugue, op.29
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, op.34
London Symphony Orchestra
Men of Goodwill (1947) Variations on a Christmas Carol for orchestra
Sellinger’s Round Variations on an Elizabethan Theme
Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra
Occasional Overture, op.38
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Rattle

CD 54
Cello Symphony, op.68
Rostropovich
English Chamber Orchestra
In Memoriam Dennis Brain (1958) for four horns and strings arr. Colin Matthews
Northern Sinfonia
Zehetmair
The Building of the House — Overture, op.79 first ever release
East Anglian Choirs
English Chamber Orchestra
Suite on English Folk Tunes: ‘A time there was…’ op.90
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Rattle
Lachrymae, op.48a
Tomter - viola
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Brown

CD 55
Reflection (1930) for viola and piano
Elegy (1930) for unaccompanied viola
Nobuko Imai viola
Roland Pöntinen piano
Lachrymae, op.48
Chorzelski - viola
Apekisheva - piano
Suite, op.6 for violin and piano
Barantschik - violin
Adey - piano
Reveille (1937) for violin and piano
McAslan - violin
Blakely - piano
Two Insect Pieces (1935)
Temporal Variations (1936)
Holliger - oboe
Schiff - piano
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, op.49 first international CD release
Janet Craxton – oboe

CD 56
Cello Suite No.1, op.72
Cello Suite No.2, op.80
Cello Sonata in C, op.65
Rostropovich
Britten – piano

CD 57
Cello Suite No.3, op.87
Cohen
Nocturnal after John Dowland, op.70
Fernández - guitar
Suite for Harp, op.83
Osian Ellis
String Quartet no.3, op.94
Amadeus String Quartet
Tema “Sacher” (1976) for solo cello
Weilerstein

CD 58
String Quartet in F major (1928)
Utrecht String Quartet
Miniature Suite (1929) for string quartet
Emperor Quartet
Rhapsody (1929)
Quartettino (1930)
Phantasy in F minor (1932) for string quintet
Alla marcia (1933)
Three Divertimenti (1936)
Endellion String Quartet

CD 59
String Quartet in D major (1931) first international CD release
Gabrieli String Quartet

String Quartet No.1, op.25 first international CD release
Allegri String Quartet

String Quartet No.2, op.36
Amadeus String Quartet

CD 60
Phantasy, op.2 Quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello first international CD release
Craxton - oboe
Members of the Gabrieli String Quartet

Alpine Suite (1955) for recorder trio
Scherzo (1954) for recorder quartet
The Flautadors
Fanfare for St Edmundsbury (1959) for three trumpets
Members of The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Voluntary on Tallis’ Lamentation* (c. 1940)
Prelude to “They walk alone”* (1938)
Village Organist’s piece* (c. 1940)
* edited by Colin Matthews and Timothy Bond
Bond
Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria (1946) first international CD release
Preston
Gemini Variations, op.73 (Quartet for two players)
Gabriel & Zoltán Jeney - violin, flute, piano duet
Introduction and Rondo alla burlesca, op.23 no.1
Mazurka elegiaca, op.23 no.2 first ever release
Eden & Tamir – pianos

CD 61
Five Waltzes (1923-25)
A Little Idyll (1930)
Three Character Pieces (1930)
Twelve Variations on a Theme (1931)
Two Lullabies (1936) for piano duo
Holiday Diary, op.5
Sonatina romantica (1940)
Night Piece (Notturno) (1963)
Hough, Goldstone & O’Hara - pianos
Variations for piano solo (1965)
Hind


BONUS
CD 62 Making Music with Britten – A Memoir
Written, produced and narrated by Jon Tolansky
CD 63 War Requiem Rehearsal
CD 64 Historic Recordings (1944 – 1953)
Including the first recording of the Serenade, Op. 31 (1944), Mazurka elegiaca (with Clifford Curzon) and Sinfonia da Requiem (1953 Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Britten)
CD 65 Supplementary Recordings (1955 – 1989)
Including 5 songs from Friday Afternoons (with John Hahessy and Britten accompanying) and the original 3rd movement from the Piano Concerto.
DVD The 1967 Recording of the Burning Fiery Furnace – a film by Tony Palmer
  

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