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Britten, Benjamin: 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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Contents
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
  

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