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

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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

Contents and Reviews


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