Britten, Benjamin: The Complete Orchestral and Instrumental Music (Decca Audio CD Box Set x13)

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The Complete Orchestral and Instrumental Music (Decca Audio CD Box Set x13)

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Four boxed sets together present Britten’s Complete Works. In each of the genres represented, Britten created works which defined and shaped their genres going forward: opera was never the same after Peter Grimes in 1945; War Requiem re-defined the Oratorio genre; Britten’s extraordinary gifts for choosing and setting texts, as well as his life-long artistic relationship with Peter Pears, reshaped the Song Cycle for the late 20th century; while his pioneering works like Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and works for children to perform showed the world how composers could connect to and educate a wide audience. The sheer range of his creative work, and output, is astonishing.

Each set comes with a a detailed article by Andrew Huth, full track listings and recording information. The Complete Works of each genre - conducted by Britten where Britten recorded the work – at an exceptionally-advantageous price. *Includes all works with opus numbers and all works commercially recorded to date. Includes folksongs, excludes Purcell realisations and Hindmarsh’s arrangements of incidental music to King Arthur and World of the Spirit.
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CD 1: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Sinfonietta, Op.1 1 1. Poco presto ed agitato 03:59 2 2. Variations, Andante lento 06:18 3 3. Tarantella, Presto vivace 04:13 Members Of The Wiener Oktett Simple Symphony, Op.4 4 1. Boisterous Bourrée 00:00 03:25 5 2. Playful Pizzicato 00:00 03:03 6 3. Sentimental Saraband 00:00 07:54 7 4. Frolicsome Finale 00:00 02:59 Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 8 1. Introduction & Theme 00:00 01:57 9 2. Adagio 00:00 02:24 10 3. March 00:00 01:07 11 4. Romance 00:00 01:37 12 5. Aria Italiana 00:00 01:19 13 6. Bourrée Classique 00:00 01:17 14 7. Wiener Waltzer 00:00 02:41 15 8. Moto Perpetuo 00:00 01:10 16 9. Funeral March 00:00 03:58 17 10. Chant 00:00 01:39 18 11. Fugue & Finale 00:00 07:35 English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Soirées Musicales (First suite of five movements from Rossini), Op.9 19 1. March 00:00 01:21 20 2. Canzonetta 00:00 02:23 21 3. Tirolese 00:00 02:04 22 4. Bolero 00:00 01:49 23 5. Tarantella 00:00 02:00 Matinées Musicales (Second suite of five movements from Rossini), Op.24 24 1. March 00:00 02:33 25 2. Nocturne 00:00 03:00 26 3. Waltz 00:00 01:52 27 4. Pantomime 00:00 02:51 28 5. Moto Perpetuo 00:00 03:01 The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge Total Playing Time: 1:21:29 CD 2: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Rondo Concertante (1930) 1 1. Allegro Molto 05:37 Rondo Concertante (1930) 2 2. Lento 09:24 Rolf Hind, Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair 3 Untitled Fragment (1930) for Strings 02:44 Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair Two Portraits For String Orchestra 4 1. D. Layton - Poco Presto 09:12 Hallé Orchestra, Kent Nagano Two Portraits For String Orchestra 5 2. E.B.B. - Poco Lento 05:48 Yuri Bashmet, Hallé Orchestra, Kent Nagano Double Concerto For Violin, Viola & Orchestra 6 1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo 06:06 Double Concerto For Violin, Viola & Orchestra 7 2. Rhapsody. Poco Lento 07:25 Double Concerto For Violin, Viola & Orchestra 8 3. Allegro Scherzando. Allegro Non Troppo 08:07 Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Hallé Orchestra, Kent Nagano Movements For a Clarinet Concerto (c1942) 9 1 05:29 Movements For a Clarinet Concerto (c1942) 10 2 07:13 Movements For a Clarinet Concerto (c1942) 11 3 05:05 Michael Collins, Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair Total Playing Time: 1:12:10 CD 3: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Piano Concerto, Op.13 1 1. Toccata 00:00 12:01 2 2. Waltz 00:00 05:06 3 3. Impromptu 00:00 08:07 4 4. March 00:00 08:51 Sviatoslav Richter, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Violin Concerto, Op.15 5 1. Moderato con moto 00:00 09:18 6 2. Vivace 00:00 09:19 7 3. Passacaglia; Andante lento 00:00 13:38 Mark Lubotsky, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Total Playing Time: 1:06:20 CD 4: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Mont Juic - Suite of Catalan Dances, Op.12 1 1. Lament: Andante Moderato 04:46 Mont Juic - Suite of Catalan Dances, Op.12 2 2. Allegro Molto 02:26 English Chamber Orchestra, Steuart Bedford 3 Young Apollo, Op.16 07:35 Peter Donohoe, Felix Kok, Jeremy Ballard, Peter Cole, Michal Kaznowski, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle 4 Canadian Carnival, Op.19 14:00 Wesley Warren, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle Sinfonia da Requiem, Op.20 5 Lacrymosa 00:00 08:47 6 Dies Irae 00:00 05:04 7 Requiem aeternam 00:00 06:40 New Philharmonia Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Diversions for piano (left hand) & orchestra, Op.21 8 Theme 00:00 01:07 9 Variation I - Recitative 00:00 01:30 10 Variation II - Romance 00:00 01:28 11 Variation III - March 00:00 01:18 12 Variation IV - Arabesque 00:00 01:35 13 Variation V - Chant 00:00 01:46 14 Variation VI - Nocturne 00:00 02:05 15 Variation VII - Badinerie 00:00 01:25 16 Variation VIII - Burlesque 00:00 01:50 17 Variation IXa -Toccata I 00:00 00:48 18 Variation IXb - Toccata II 00:00 02:01 19 Variation X - Adagio 00:00 04:17 20 Variation XI - Tarantella 00:00 02:39 Julius Katchen, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Total Playing Time: 1:13:07 CD 5: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) 1 Scottish Ballad, Op.26, for two pianos and orchestra 14:53 Bracha Eden, Alexander Tamir, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sergiu Comissiona 2 An American Overture, Op.27 10:27 City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle 3 Prelude and Fugue for 18-part string orchestra, Op.29 00:00 09:13 English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op.34 without spoken text 4 Theme - Allegro maestoso e largamente 00:00 01:56 5 Variation A: Flutes & Piccolo - Presto 00:00 00:32 6 Variation B: Oboes - Lento 00:00 01:04 7 Variation C: Clarinets - Moderato 00:00 00:37 8 Variation D: Bassoons - Allegro alla marcia 00:00 00:53 9 Variation E: Violins - Brillante - alla polacca 00:00 00:36 10 Variation F: Violas - Meno mosso 00:00 00:59 11 Variation G: Cellos 00:00 01:17 12 Variation H: Double Basses - Cominciando lento ma poco a poco accelerando 00:00 00:58 13 Variation I: Harp - Maestoso 00:00 00:49 14 Variation J: Horns - L'istesso tempo 00:00 00:44 15 Variation K: Trumpets - Vivace 00:00 00:33 16 Variation L: Trombones & Bass Tuba - Allegro pomposo 00:00 00:58 17 Variation M: Percussion - Moderato 00:00 01:47 18 Fugue - Allegro molto 00:00 02:46 London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 19 Men Of Goodwill - Variations On A Christmas Carol 08:30 Minnesota Orchestra, Neville Marriner William Byrd (1540 - 1623) Sellinger's Round - variations for keyboard Variations on an Elizabethan Theme 20 Variation 4 - Quick & Gay 01:57 The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) 21 Occasional Overture, Op.38 07:12 City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle Total Playing Time: 1:08:41 CD 6: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op.68 1 Allegro maestoso 00:00 12:32 2 Presto inquieto 00:00 03:40 3 Adagio 00:00 10:33 4 Passacaglia 00:00 07:24 Mstislav Rostropovich, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten In Memoriam Dennis Brain (c1958) In Memorium Dennis Brain (c1958) 5 Introduction 01:42 6 Allegro 02:11 Michael Thompson, Richard Watkins, Peter Francomb, Chris Griffiths, Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair 7 The Building Of The House - Overture, Op.79 05:25 East Anglian Chorus, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Suite On English Folk Tunes: "A Time There Was...", Op.90 8 1. Cakes And Ale 02:33 Suite On English Folk Tunes: "A Time There Was...", Op.90 9 2. The Bitter Withy 02:56 Suite On English Folk Tunes: "A Time There Was...", Op.90 10 3. Hankin Booby 02:30 Suite On English Folk Tunes: "A Time There Was...", Op.90 11 4. Hunt The Squirrel 01:18 Suite On English Folk Tunes: "A Time There Was...", Op.90 12 5. Lord Melbourne 05:27 City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle 13 Lachrymae, Op.48a (Reflections On A Song Of John Dowland) 16:18 Lars Anders Tomter, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Iona Brown Total Playing Time: 1:14:29 CD 7: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) 1 Reflection (1930) 03:37 Nobuko Imai, Roland Pöntinen 2 Elegy 06:16 Nobuko Imai 3 Lachrymae, Op.48 (Reflections on a song of Dowland) 13:47 Krzysztof Chorzelski, Katya Apekisheva Suite, Op.6 for Violin & Piano 4 Introduction: Andante Maestoso 00:41 Suite, Op.6 for Violin & Piano 5 1. March: Allegro alla Marcia 02:48 Suite, Op.6 for Violin & Piano 6 2. Moto Perpetuo: Allegro Molto e Con Fuoco 03:11 Suite, Op.6 for Violin & Piano 7 3. Lullaby: Lento Tranquillo 04:39 Suite, Op.6 for Violin & Piano 8 4. Waltz: Alla Valse: Vivace e Rubato 04:24 Alexander Barantschik, John Adey 9 Reveille (1937) 04:37 Lorraine McAslan, John Blakely 2 Insect Pieces 10 1. The Grasshopper 00:00 03:30 11 2. The Wasp 00:00 01:56 12 Temporal Variations 14:29 Heinz Holliger, András Schiff 6 Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op.49 13 1. Pan 01:59 14 2. Phaeton 01:20 15 3. Niobe 01:57 16 4. Bacchus 01:51 17 5. Narcissus 02:57 18 6. Arethusa 02:16 Janet Craxton Total Playing Time: 1:16:15 CD 8: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Suite for cello No.1, Op.72 1 1. Canto primo (sostenuto e largamente) 00:00 02:22 2 Fuga: Andante moderato 00:00 03:52 3 Lamento: Lento rubato 00:00 02:46 4 2. Canto secondo (Sostenuto) 00:00 01:04 5 Serenata: Allegretto: pizzicato 00:00 02:28 6 Marcia: Alla marcia moderato 00:00 03:23 7 3. Canto terzo (Sostenuto) 00:00 02:09 8 Bordone: Moderato quasi recitativo 00:00 03:06 9 Moto perpetuo e canto quarto: Presto 00:00 02:59 Suite for cello No.2, Op.80 10 Declamato: Largo 00:00 04:29 11 Fuga: Andante 00:00 04:37 12 Scherzo: Allegro molto 00:00 01:54 13 Andante lento 00:00 05:25 14 Ciaconna: Allegro 00:00 07:17 Mstislav Rostropovich Sonata in C for Cello and Piano Op.65 15 1. Dialogo 00:00 06:52 16 2. Scherzo - pizzicato 00:00 02:29 17 3. Elegia 00:00 05:59 18 4. Marcia 00:00 02:09 19 5. Moto perpetuo 00:00 02:38 Mstislav Rostropovich, Benjamin Britten Total Playing Time: 1:07:58 CD 9: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Third Suite for Cello, Op.87 1 1. Introduzione: Lento 02:51 2 2. Marcia: Allegro 01:41 3 3. Canto: Con moto 01:44 4 4. Barcarola: Lento 01:35 5 5. Dialogo: Allegretto 01:39 6 6. Fuga: Andante espressivo 02:39 7 7. Recitativo: Fantastico 01:28 8 8. Moto perpetuo: Presto 00:48 9 9. Passacaglia: Lento solenne 09:47 Robert Cohen Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op.70 10 1. Musingly (Meditativo) 02:39 Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op.70 11 2. Agitated (Molto agitativo) 00:46 Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op.70 12 3. Restless (Inquieto) 01:30 Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op.70 13 4. Uneasy (Ansioso) 01:28 Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op.70 14 5. March-like (Quasi una marcia) 01:39 Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op.70 15 6. Dreaming (Sognanti) 01:54 Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op.70 16 7. Gently Rocking (Cullante) 01:10 Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op.70 17 8. Passacaglia (Misurato) 05:10 Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op.70 18 9. Slow and Quiet (Tranquillo) 03:10 Eduardo Fernandez Suite for harp, Op.83 19 1. Overture 02:34 20 2. Toccata 01:19 21 3. Nocturne 02:49 22 4. Fugue 01:02 23 5. Hymn 04:32 Osian Ellis String Quartet No.3, Op.94 24 1. Duets 05:35 25 2. Ostinato 03:31 26 3. Solo 05:59 27 4. Burlesque 02:14 28 5. Recitative & Passacaglia 08:17 Amadeus Quartet 29 Tema "Sacher" for Cello Solo Lento maestoso - Largament 01:16 Alisa Weilerstein Total Playing Time: 1:22:46 CD 10: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) String Quartet in F (1928) 1 1. Allegro vivace e con brio 06:35 String Quartet in F (1928) 2 2. Andante 03:55 String Quartet in F (1928) 3 3. Allegro vivace 03:26 String Quartet in F (1928) 4 4. Allegro molto 04:29 Utrecht String Quartet Miniature Suite (1929) 5 1. Novelette 02:59 Miniature Suite (1929) 6 2. Menuetto 03:08 Miniature Suite (1929) 7 3. Romanza 01:57 Miniature Suite (1929) 8 4. Gavotte 02:06 The Emperor Quartet 9 Rhapsody (1929) for String Quartet 06:59 Quartettino (1930) 10 1. Andante - Allegro Molto e Con Fuoco 05:59 Quartettino (1930) 11 2. Poco Adagio Ma Con Moto 06:23 Quartettino (1930) 12 3. Allegro Molto Vivace 03:01 Endellion String Quartet 13 Phantasy in F Minor (1932) for String Quintet 11:01 Endellion String Quartet, Nicholas Logie 14 Alla Marcia for String Quartet 03:16 Three Divertimenti for String Quartet 15 1. March: Allegro Maestoso 03:44 Three Divertimenti for String Quartet 16 2. Waltz: Allegretto 02:45 Three Divertimenti for String Quartet 17 3. Burlesque: Presto 03:23 Endellion String Quartet Total Playing Time: 1:15:06 CD 11: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) String Quartet in D major (1931) 1 1. Allegro maestoso 08:00 2 2. Lento ed espressivo 05:16 3 3. Allegro giocoso 04:28 Gabrieli String Quartet String Quartet No.1 in D, Op.25 4 1. Andante sostenuto 07:46 5 2. Allegretto con slancio 02:49 6 3. Andante calmo 09:19 7 4. Molto vivace 03:39 The Allegri String Quartet String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36 8 1. Allegro calmo senza rigore 08:42 9 2. Vivace 03:28 10 3. Chacony - Sostenuto 15:31 Amadeus Quartet Total Playing Time: 1:08:58 CD 12: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) 1 Phantasy, (Quartet for Oboe, violin, viola and cello) 13:04 Janet Craxton, Members of the Gabrieli Quartet Alpine Suite for Recorder Trio 2 1. Arrival At Zermatt 00:49 Alpine Suite for Recorder Trio 3 2. Swiss Clock (Romance) 01:02 Alpine Suite for Recorder Trio 4 3. Nursery Slopes 01:17 Alpine Suite for Recorder Trio 5 4. Alpine Scene 01:54 Alpine Suite for Recorder Trio 6 5. Moto Perpetuo: Down the Piste 00:53 Alpine Suite for Recorder Trio 7 6. Farewell to Zermatt 01:54 Russell Wilson, Ian Wilson, Catherine Fleming 8 Scherzo for Recorder Quartet (1954) 02:13 Fiona Russell, Catherine Fleming, Celia Ireland, Ian Wilson 9 Timpani Piece For Jimmy 01:24 James Blades, Joan Goosens 10 Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury (1959) for three trumpets 00:00 03:09 Members of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble 11 Voluntary on "Tallis' Lamentations" (c 1940) 03:36 12 Prelude On "They Walk Alone" (1938) 03:07 13 Village Organist's Piece (c 1940) 03:07 Timothy Bond 14 Prelude & Fugue on a theme of Vittoria 04:28 Simon Preston Gemini Variations (Quartet for 2 players), Op.73 15 Theme 01:19 Gemini Variations (Quartet for 2 players), Op.73 16 Variations 1-12 08:45 Gemini Variations (Quartet for 2 players), Op.73 17 Fugue 04:46 Gabriel Jeney, Zoltan Jeney 18 Introduction And Rondo Alla Burlesca Opus 23 No.1 08:49 19 Mazurka Elegiaca Opus 23 No.2 06:23 Bracha Eden, Alexander Tamir Total Playing Time: 1:11:59 CD 13: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Five Waltzes (1923-5) 1 1. Rather Fast and Nervous 01:10 Five Waltzes (1923-5) 2 2. Quick, With Wit 01:39 Five Waltzes (1923-5) 3 3. Dramatic 01:41 Five Waltzes (1923-5) 4 4. Rhythmic, Not Fast 03:30 Five Waltzes (1923-5) 5 5. Variations: Quiet and Simple 02:59 Stephen Hough 6 A Little Idyll 02:33 Anthony Goldstone Three Character Pieces (1930) 7 1. John (Poco Allegro Vivace) 01:58 Three Character Pieces (1930) 8 2. Daphne (Poco Andante Grazioso) 02:07 Three Character Pieces (1930) 9 3. Michael (Poco Presto e Molto Capriccioso) 03:02 10 Twelve Variations On A Theme (1931) 08:44 Stephen Hough Two Lullabies For Piano Duo (1936) 11 1. Lullaby 03:21 Two Lullabies For Piano Duo (1936) 12 2. Lullaby For A Retired Colonel 02:24 Stephen Hough, Ronan O'Hara Holiday Diary, Op.5 13 1. Early Morning Bathe 02:05 14 2. Sailing 05:14 15 3. Fun-fair 02:40 16 4. Night 07:00 Sonatina Romantica (1940) Sonatina Romantica 17 Moderato 04:41 18 Nocturne 02:54 19 Night Piece (Notturno) 05:25 Stephen Hough Variations For Piano Solo (1965) 20 1. Like an Improvisation 01:14 Variations For Piano Solo (1965) 21 2 01:19 Variations For Piano Solo (1965) 22 3. Quick and Light 00:49 Variations For Piano Solo (1965) 23 4 01:00 Variations For Piano Solo (1965) 24 5. Quietly 01:17 Variations For Piano Solo (1965) 25 6. Quick 00:54 Rolf Hind Total Playing Time: 1:11:40