Britten, Benjamin: The Complete Works for Voice (Decca Audio CD Box Set x16)

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The Complete Works for Voice (Decca Audio CD Box Set x16)

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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) War Requiem, Op.66 Requiem aeternam 1 Requiem aeternam 05:55 London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Highgate School Choir, Melos Ensemble, Simon Preston, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 2 What passing bells for these who die as cattle? 03:40 Peter Pears, Melos Ensemble, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Dies Irae 3 Dies irae 03:38 London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 4 Bugles sang, saddening the evening air 02:35 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Melos Ensemble, Benjamin Britten 5 Liber scriptus proferetur 02:57 Galina Vishnevskaya, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 6 Out there, we've walked quite friendly up to Death 01:57 Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Melos Ensemble, Benjamin Britten 7 Recordare Jesu pie 04:49 London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 8 Be slowly lifted up 01:51 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 9 Dies irae 01:13 London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 10 Lacrimosa dies illa 01:54 Galina Vishnevskaya, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Offertorium 11 Move him into the sun 04:50 Peter Pears, Galina Vishnevskaya, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 12 Domine Jesu Christe 03:33 Highgate School Boys' Choir, Simon Preston, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 13 So Abraham rose, and clave the wood 06:10 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Pears, Highgate School Choir, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Simon Preston, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Sanctus 14 Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus 06:01 Galina Vishnevskaya, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 15 After the blast of lightning from the East 03:50 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Melos Ensemble, Benjamin Britten Agnus Dei 16 One ever hangs where shelled roads part 03:40 Peter Pears, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Libera me 17 Libera me, Domine 07:36 Galina Vishnevskaya, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 18 It seemed that out of battle I escaped 09:36 Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Melos Ensemble, Benjamin Britten 19 Let us sleep now...In paradisum 05:37 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Pears, Galina Vishnevskaya, Highgate School Boys' Choir, London Symphony Chorus, The Bach Choir, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Total Playing Time: 1:21:22 CD 2: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Spring Symphony, Op.44 1 1. Introduction: Shine out 00:00 08:53 Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten 2 2. The merry cuckoo 00:00 01:57 Peter Pears, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten 3 3. Spring, the sweet Spring 00:00 01:50 Jennifer Vyvyan, Norma Proctor, Peter Pears, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten 4 4. The driving boy 00:00 02:04 Jennifer Vyvyan, Emanuel School Wandsworth, Boys' Choir, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten 5 5. The morning star 00:00 03:09 Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten 6 6. Welcome Maids of Honour 00:00 02:40 Norma Proctor, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten 7 7. Waters above! 00:00 02:34 Peter Pears, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten 8 8. Out on the lawn I lie in bed 00:00 06:08 Norma Proctor, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten 9 9. When will my May come 00:00 02:28 Peter Pears, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten 10 10. Fair and fair 00:00 02:12 Jennifer Vyvyan, Peter Pears, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten 11 11. Sound the flute! 00:00 01:18 Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Emanuel School Wandsworth, Boys' Choir, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten 12 12. Finale: London, to thee I do present 00:00 07:29 Jennifer Vyvyan, Norma Proctor, Peter Pears, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Emanuel School Wandsworth, Boys' Choir, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten Cantata Academica, (Carmen basiliense) Op.62 13 I. Bonorum summun omnium II: Quae bene beateque 00:00 02:56 London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, George Malcolm 14 III. At huius caelestis...V: Tum vero Aeneas Sylvius virtus 00:00 03:24 15 VI: Et gubernacula. VII: Ut ad longaeva tempora 00:00 03:40 Jennifer Vyvyan, Helen Watts, Peter Pears, Owen Brannigan, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, George Malcolm 16 VIII: Docendi ac discendi 00:00 03:32 London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, George Malcolm 17 IX. Rhenana erga omnes. X: Ut instissime XI: O cives.. 00:00 04:34 18 XII. Nos autem cuncti. XIII. Vigeatque academia libera 00:00 02:48 Jennifer Vyvyan, Helen Watts, Peter Pears, Owen Brannigan, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, George Malcolm Hymn to St. Cecilia (1942), Op.27 19 In a garden shady 00:00 02:48 20 I cannot grow 00:00 01:55 21 O ear whose creatures 00:00 05:55 London Symphony Chorus, George Malcolm Total Playing Time: 1:14:14 CD 3: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Saint Nicolas, Op.42 1 Introduction 00:00 05:16 Peter Pears, Aldeburgh Festival Chorus, The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 2 The birth of Nicolas 00:00 02:25 Peter Pears, David Hemmings, Girls' Choir Of Sir John Leman School, Beccles, Boys' Choir Of Ipswich School Preparatory Department, Ralph Downes, The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 3 Nicolas devotes himself to God 00:00 04:20 Peter Pears, The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 4 He journeys to Palestine 00:00 07:34 Peter Pears, Aldeburgh Festival Chorus, The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 5 He comes to Myra and is chosen Bishop 00:00 06:51 Peter Pears, Aldeburgh Festival Chorus, Girls' Choir Of Sir John Leman School, Beccles, Boys' Choir Of Ipswich School Preparatory Department, Ralph Downes, The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 6 Nicolas from prison 00:00 03:03 Peter Pears, The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 7 Nicolas and the Pickled Boys 00:00 06:28 Peter Pears, Aldeburgh Festival Chorus, Boys From The Choir Of St. Mary-Le-Tower, Ipswich, The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 8 His piety and marvellous works 00:00 05:09 Aldeburgh Festival Chorus, The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 9 The death of Nicolas 00:00 06:25 Peter Pears, Aldeburgh Festival Chorus, Girls' Choir Of Sir John Leman School, Beccles, Boys' Choir Of Ipswich School Preparatory Department, Ralph Downes, The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Five Flower Songs op.47 10 1. To Daffodils 01:52 11 2. The Succession of the Four Sweet Months 02:07 12 3. Marsh Flowers 01:57 13 4. The Evening Primrose 02:52 14 5. Ballad of Green Broom 02:05 The Elizabethan Singers, Louis Halsey 15 Cantata Misericordium, Op.69 00:00 19:48 Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Total Playing Time: 1:18:12 CD 4: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) A boy was born, Op.3 1 A Boy Was Born (theme) 00:00 02:03 The Purcell Singers, Benjamin Britten 2 Variation 1: Lullay, Jesu 00:00 04:16 The Purcell Singers, Boys Voices Of The English Opera Group, Benjamin Britten 3 Variation 2: Herod 00:00 02:12 The Purcell Singers, Benjamin Britten 4 Variation 3: Jesu As Thou Art Our Saviour 00:00 02:32 The Purcell Singers, Michael Hartnett, Benjamin Britten 5 Variation 4: The Three Kings 00:00 03:36 The Purcell Singers, Benjamin Britten 6 Variation 5: In the Bleak Mid-Winter 00:00 04:51 The Purcell Singers, Boys Voices Of The English Opera Group, Benjamin Britten 7 Variation 6: Finale - Noel! 00:00 08:51 The Purcell Singers, Boys Voices Of The English Opera Group, Choristers Of All Saints, Benjamin Britten 8 Corpus Christi Carol 02:17 John Hahessy, Benjamin Britten 9 A Wealden Trio - Christmas Song of the Women 02:29 10 The Sycamore Tree 01:34 11 A Shepherd's Carol (1944) 04:01 The Wilbye Consort, Peter Pears Christ's Nativity - Christmas Suite For Chorus 12 Christ's Nativity 02:36 Christ's Nativity - Christmas Suite For Chorus 13 Sweet Was The Song 03:14 Christ's Nativity - Christmas Suite For Chorus 14 Preparations 03:32 Christ's Nativity - Christmas Suite For Chorus 15 New Prince, New Pomp 04:33 Christ's Nativity - Christmas Suite For Chorus 16 Carol Of King Cnut 02:17 BBC Singers, Steuart Bedford Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 17 Procession 00:00 01:21 Copenhagen Boys' Choir, Benjamin Britten 18 Wolcom Yule! 00:00 01:25 19 There is no rose 00:00 02:15 20 That yongë child 00:00 01:38 21 Balulalow 00:00 01:24 22 As dew in Aprille 00:00 01:06 23 This little Babe 00:00 01:28 Copenhagen Boys' Choir, Enid Simon, Benjamin Britten 24 Interlude 00:00 03:13 Enid Simon, Benjamin Britten 25 In freezing winter night 00:00 04:01 26 Spring Carol 00:00 01:07 27 Deo Gracias 00:00 01:14 Copenhagen Boys' Choir, Enid Simon, Benjamin Britten 28 Recession 00:00 01:18 Copenhagen Boys' Choir, Benjamin Britten Traditional The Holly and the Ivy 29 Coll. Sharp, arr. Britten 04:46 Hazel Holt, Jennifer Barber, Kenneth Bowen, Christopher Keyte, The Elizabethan Singers, Simon Preston, Louis Halsey Total Playing Time: 1:21:10 CD 5: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Songs from "Friday Afternoons", Op.7 1 Begone, dull care 00:00 00:58 2 A tragic story 00:00 01:36 3 Cuckoo! 00:00 01:38 4 A New Year carol 00:00 02:02 5 I mun be married on Sunday 00:00 01:11 6 There was a man of Newington 00:00 00:33 7 Fishing song 00:00 02:09 8 The useful plough 00:00 02:22 9 Jazz-man 00:00 00:47 10 There was a monkey 00:00 01:30 11 Old Abram Brown 00:00 03:31 Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten 12 Ee-Oh! (Anon) 02:46 Gernot Fuhrmann, Andrei Gavrilov, Wiener Sängerknaben, Jaume Miranda 13 Psalm 150 for voices & orchestra, Op.67 00:00 05:05 Boys of Downside School, Purley, Benjamin Britten Three Two-Part Songs (1932) 14 1. The Ride-by-Nights 00:58 Three Two-Part Songs (1932) 15 2 The Rainbow 02:52 Three Two-Part Songs (1932) 16 3. The Ship Of Rio 01:28 New London Children's Choir, Alexander Wells Two Two-Part Songs (1933) 17 1. I Lov'd a Lass 03:27 18 2. Lift Boy 02:57 The Elizabethan Singers, Wilfrid Parry, Louis Halsey 19 The Birds 01:48 John Hahessy, Benjamin Britten 20 A Hymn to the Virgin (1930, rev. 1934) 00:00 03:18 Choir Of St. John's College, Cambridge, Brian Runnett, George Guest 21 Jubilate Deo in E Flat 02:51 Truro Cathedral Choir, Luke Bond, Christopher Gray 22 Te Deum in C (1934) 07:56 Rory Phillips, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, James Lancelot, Philip Ledger 23 Advance Democracy 03:16 The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 24 Deus In Adjutorium Meum (Psalm 70) 04:55 Choir of Trinity College, Richard Marlow AMDG 25 Heaven-Haven 01:51 AMDG 26 O deus, ego amo te 02:01 AMDG 27 Rosa Mystica 04:05 AMDG 28 The Soldier 02:16 AMDG 29 Prayer II 04:35 AMDG 30 God's Grandeur 02:49 AMDG 31 Prayer I 02:05 London Sinfonietta Chorus, Terry Edwards Total Playing Time: 1:21:36 CD 6: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Rejoice in the Lamb, Op.30 1 Rejoice in God, O ye Tongues 00:00 03:55 The Purcell Singers, George Malcolm, Benjamin Britten 2 For I will consider my cat Jeoffrey 00:00 02:06 Michael Hartnett, George Malcolm, Benjamin Britten 3 For the mouse is a creature of great personal valour 00:00 01:01 Jonathan Steele, George Malcolm, Benjamin Britten 4 For the flowers are great blessings 00:00 02:05 Philip Todd, George Malcolm, Benjamin Britten 5 For I am under the same accusation 00:00 02:28 The Purcell Singers, George Malcolm, Benjamin Britten 6 For H is a spirit 00:00 04:24 Donald Francke, The Purcell Singers, George Malcolm, Benjamin Britten 7 The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard 10:01 8 Chorale (after an old French carol) 04:12 The Elizabethan Singers, Wilfrid Parry, Louis Halsey 9 Festival Te Deum, Op.32 (1944) 00:00 06:03 Choir Of St. John's College, Cambridge, Brian Runnett, George Guest 10 A Wedding Anthem, Op.46 09:05 The Sixteen, Margaret Phillips, Harry Christophers 11 A Hymn to St. Peter Op.56a, (1955) 05:28 Choir Of St. John's College, Cambridge, George Guest 12 Antiphon, Op.56b 05:26 The Sixteen, Margaret Phillips, Harry Christophers Missa brevis, Op.63 (1959) 13 Kyrie eleison 02:00 14 Gloria in excelsis Deo 02:46 15 Sanctus...Benedictus 03:09 16 Agnus Dei 02:25 Choir Of St. John's College, Cambridge, Brian Runnett, George Guest Total Playing Time: 1:06:34 CD 7: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) 1 Jubilate Deo in C (1961) 00:00 02:44 Choir Of St. John's College, Cambridge, Brian Runnett, George Guest 2 Venite Exultemus Domino 05:35 Choir of Trinity College, Richard Marlow 3 A Hymn of St. Columba, 'Regis regum rectissimi' (1962) 02:43 Choir Of St. John's College, Cambridge, George Guest Anonymous God Save The Queen 4 Arr. Benjamin Britten 02:40 London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) 5 Voices For Today 09:43 Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, David Willcocks Sacred and Profane - Eight Medieval Lyrics, Op.91 6 1. St. Godric's Hymn 01:43 7 2. I Mon Waxe Wod 00:49 8 3. Lenten is come 02:31 9 4. The Long Night 01:30 10 5. Yif Ic of Luve Can 02:28 11 6. Carol 01:28 12 7. Ye that Pasen By 01:40 13 8. A Death 02:51 The Wilbye Consort, Peter Pears 14 Welcome Ode, Op.95 07:40 Suffolk Schools' Orchestra, Jubilee Choir, Keith Shaw Praise We Great Men 15 "Praise We Great Men" 03:26 Praise We Great Men 16 "Praise We The Just" 02:22 Praise We Great Men 17 Coda 01:22 Alison Hargan, Mary King, Robert Tear, Willard White, City Of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle Total Playing Time: 53:15 CD 8: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Quatre Chansons Françaises 1 1. Les Nuits de Juin 02:50 Quatre Chansons Françaises 2 2. Sagesse 02:49 Quatre Chansons Françaises 3 3. L'Enfance 04:31 Quatre Chansons Françaises 4 4. Chanson d'Automne 02:27 Jill Gomez, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle 5 Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal 02:54 Neil Mackie, Barry Tuckwell, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Steuart Bedford Our Hunting Fathers, Op.8 6 1. Prologue 02:00 Our Hunting Fathers, Op.8 7 2. Rats Away! 04:40 Our Hunting Fathers, Op.8 8 3. Messalina 06:55 Our Hunting Fathers, Op.8 9 4. Dance Of Death (Hawking For The Partridge) 06:29 Our Hunting Fathers, Op.8 10 5. Epilogue & Funeral March 06:07 Elisabeth Söderström, Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Richard Armstrong Ballad Of Heroes, Op.14 11 1. Funeral March 05:37 Ballad Of Heroes, Op.14 12 2. Scherzo 04:24 City Of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle Ballad Of Heroes, Op.14 13 3. Recitative & Choral 06:10 Robert Tear, City Of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 14 Prologue 00:00 01:23 Barry Tuckwell 15 Pastoral - The Day's Grown Old 00:00 03:37 16 Nocturne - The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls 00:00 03:23 17 Elegy - O Rose, Thou Art Sick 00:00 04:07 18 Dirge - This Ae Night 00:00 03:46 19 Hymn - Queen and Huntress Chaste and Fair 00:00 02:04 20 Sonnet - O Soft Embalmer of the Still Midnight 00:00 04:10 Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 21 Epilogue 00:00 01:33 Barry Tuckwell Total Playing Time: 1:21:56 CD 9: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Les Illuminations, Op.18 1 I. Fanfare 00:00 01:52 2 II. Villes 00:00 02:32 3 IIIa. Phrase 00:00 00:57 4 IIIb. Antique 00:00 02:10 5 IV. Royauté 00:00 01:37 6 V. Marine 00:00 01:02 7 VI. Interlude 00:00 02:22 8 VII. Being beauteous 00:00 04:05 9 VIII. Parade 00:00 02:48 10 IX. Départ 00:00 02:41 Peter Pears, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 11 Phrase 00:53 12 Aube 05:00 13 A Une Raison 02:36 Sandrine Piau, Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair Nocturne for tenor, 7 obligato instruments & strings, Op.60 14 1. "On A Poet's Lips I Slept" 00:00 03:22 15 2. "Below The Thunders Of The Upper Deep" 00:00 03:18 Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell, Osian Ellis, Denis Blyth, Roger Lord, Alexander Murray, Gervase de Peyer, William Waterhouse, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 16 3. "Encintured With A Twine Of Leaves" 00:00 02:12 Peter Pears, Osian Ellis, Barry Tuckwell, Denis Blyth, Roger Lord, Alexander Murray, Gervase de Peyer, William Waterhouse, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 17 4. "Midnight's Bell Goes Ting, Ting, Ting" 00:00 02:30 Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell, Denis Blyth, Roger Lord, Alexander Murray, Gervase de Peyer, Osian Ellis, William Waterhouse, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 18 5. "But That Night When On My Bed I Lay" 00:00 03:03 Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell, Osian Ellis, Roger Lord, Alexander Murray, Gervase de Peyer, Denis Blyth, William Waterhouse, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 19 6. "She Sleeps On Soft, Last Breaths" 00:00 04:31 Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell, Osian Ellis, Denis Blyth, Alexander Murray, Gervase de Peyer, Roger Lord, William Waterhouse, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 20 7. "What Is More Gentle Than A Wind In Summer?" 00:00 03:28 21 8. "When Most I Wink, Then Do Mine Eyes Best See" 00:00 04:01 Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell, Osian Ellis, Denis Blyth, Roger Lord, Alexander Murray, Gervase de Peyer, William Waterhouse, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Phaedra, Op.93 22 In May, in brilliant Athens 00:00 06:37 23 Oh Gods of wrath 00:00 02:51 24 My time's too short, your highness 00:00 06:03 Janet Baker, English Chamber Orchestra, Steuart Bedford Total Playing Time: 1:12:31 CD 10: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) 1 Canticle I, My beloved is mine Op.40 07:01 Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten 2 Canticle II, Abraham and Isaac, Op.51 15:52 John Hahessy, Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten 3 Canticle III, Still falls the rain, Op.55 11:04 Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell, Benjamin Britten 4 Canticle IV - Journey of the Magi, Op.86 10:31 Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, James Bowman, Benjamin Britten Canticle V - The Death of Saint Narcissus, Op.89 5 Words by T.S.Eliot 00:00 07:14 6 A Birthday Hansel, Op.89 00:00 16:16 Peter Pears, Osian Ellis Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695) Sweeter than roses 7 Realised Benjamin Britten 03:31 James Bowman, Benjamin Britten Total Playing Time: 1:11:29 CD 11: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) The Heart Of The Matter 1 1. Prologue: Fanfare - Song: "Where Are the Seeds Of Universal Fire" 03:06 Neil Mackie, Barry Tuckwell, Roger Vignoles The Heart Of The Matter 2 2. Reading: "The Earth Of My Heart Was Broken - Fanfare - Reading: "In the Hour When the Sapphire Of the Bone" 01:46 Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell The Heart Of The Matter 3 3. Song: "We Are the Darkness" 01:33 Neil Mackie, Roger Vignoles The Heart Of The Matter 4 4. Reading: "In Such a Heat Of the Earth" 02:54 Peter Pears The Heart Of The Matter 5 5. Canticle III: "Still Falls the Rain" 11:51 Neil Mackie, Barry Tuckwell, Roger Vignoles The Heart Of The Matter 6 6. Reading: "I See Christ's Wounds Weep In the Rose On the Wall" 02:19 Peter Pears The Heart Of The Matter 7 7. Epilogue: Fanfare - Song: "So, Out Of the Dark" 03:10 Neil Mackie, Barry Tuckwell, Roger Vignoles Tit For Tat 8 1. A song of enchantment 00:00 02:27 9 2. Autumn 00:00 01:14 10 3. Silver 00:00 01:45 11 4. Vigil 00:00 01:45 12 5. Tit for tat 00:00 01:32 John Shirley-Quirk, Benjamin Britten On this island, Op.11 13 1. Let the Florid Music Praise! 03:34 14 2. Now the Leaves Are Falling Fast 01:57 15 3. Seascape 02:20 16 4. Nocturne 03:43 17 5. As It Is, Plenty 01:45 Barbara Bonney, Malcolm Martineau Four Cabaret Songs 18 Calypso 02:14 Four Cabaret Songs 19 O Tell Me the Truth About Love 05:24 Four Cabaret Songs 20 Johnny 05:02 Four Cabaret Songs 21 Funeral Blues 02:51 Caryl Hughes, Malcolm Martineau Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 22 Sonetto XVI 00:00 02:02 23 Sonetto XXXI 00:00 01:24 24 Sonetto XXX 00:00 03:17 25 Sonetto LV 00:00 01:49 26 Sonetto XXXVIII 00:00 01:56 27 Sonetto XXXII 00:00 01:22 28 Sonetto XXIV 00:00 04:56 Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten Total Playing Time: 1:20:58 CD 12: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 1 1. Oh, my blacke Soule! 00:00 03:20 2 2. Batter my heart 00:00 01:21 3 3. Oh might those sighes and teares 00:00 03:00 4 4. Oh, to vex me 00:00 01:09 5 5. What if this present 00:00 02:51 6 6. Since she whom I loved 00:00 03:27 7 7. At the round earth's imagined corners 00:00 02:34 8 8. Thou hast made me 00:00 01:32 9 9. Death, be not proud 00:00 03:56 Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten A Charm of Lullabies, Op.41 10 1. Cradle Song 02:14 11 2. The Highland Bales 02:06 12 3. Sephestia's Lulaby 02:15 13 4. A Charm 01:28 14 5. The Nurse's Song 04:21 Pamela Bowden, Peter Gelhorn Winter Words, Op.52 15 At day-close in November 00:00 01:40 16 Midnight on the Great Western 00:00 04:29 17 Wagtail and baby 00:00 01:59 18 The little old table 00:00 01:24 19 The choirmaster's burial 00:00 03:46 20 Proud songsters 00:00 01:10 21 At the railway station, Upway 00:00 02:42 22 Before life and after 00:00 03:18 Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten 23 If It's Ever Spring Again 02:38 24 The Children and Sir Nameless 03:01 Robin Tritschler, Malcolm Martineau Songs From The Chinese, Op.58 25 1. The Big Chariot 01:55 Songs From The Chinese, Op.58 26 2. The Old Lute 02:41 Songs From The Chinese, Op.58 27 3. The Autumn Wind 01:12 Songs From The Chinese, Op.58 28 4. The Herd-Boy 01:18 Songs From The Chinese, Op.58 29 5. Depression 01:35 Songs From The Chinese, Op.58 30 6. Dance Song 00:58 Peter Pears, Julian Bream Total Playing Time: 1:11:20 CD 13: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Six Hölderlin Fragments, Op.61 1 1. Menschenbeifall 00:00 01:22 2 2. Die Heimat 00:00 01:56 3 3. Sokrates und Alcibiades 00:00 02:18 4 4. Die Jugend 00:00 01:50 5 5. Hälfte des Lebens 00:00 02:02 6 6. Die Linien des Lebens 00:00 02:25 Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten Songs & Proverbs of William Blake, Op.74 7 The Pride of the Peacock...London 00:00 03:08 8 Prisons are built...The Chimney Sweeper 00:00 02:51 9 The Bird anest...A Poison Tree 00:00 04:28 10 Think in the morning...The Tyger 00:00 02:34 11 The Tygers of wrath...The Fly 00:00 02:49 12 The hours of folly...Ah, Sun Flower 00:00 04:16 13 To see a world...Every night and every morn 00:00 03:28 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Benjamin Britten The Poet's Echo, Op.76 14 1. Echo ("Ekho") 00:00 02:38 15 2. My Heart ("Ya dumal, serdtse pozabilo") 00:00 01:40 16 3. Angel ("Angel") 00:00 02:16 17 4. The Nightingale and the Rose ("Solovyei i roza") 00:00 04:32 18 5. Epigram (Epigramma) 00:00 00:46 19 6. Lines Written During a Sleepless Night ("Stikhi sochinyonniye nochyu vo vremya bessonnitsi") 00:00 04:16 Galina Vishnevskaya, Mstislav Rostropovich Who Are These Children?, Op.84 20 1. A Riddle (The Earth) 01:03 21 2. A Laddie's Sang 00:55 22 3. Nightmare 02:42 23 4. Black Day 00:36 24 5. Bed-time 00:58 25 6. Slaughter 01:32 26 7. Riddle (The Child You Were) 00:39 27 8. The Larky Lad 00:33 28 9. Who are these children? 02:00 29 10. Supper 01:12 30 11. The Children 03:59 31 12. The Auld Aik 01:40 Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten 32 Dawtie's Devotion 01:27 33 The Gully 01:04 34 Tradition 01:03 Nicky Spence, Malcolm Martineau Total Playing Time: 1:12:58 CD 14: Britten: The Complete Works Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) 1 Beware! 01:06 Philip Smith, Malcolm Martineau 2 O That I Had Ne'er Been Married 01:23 Nicky Spence, Malcolm Martineau 3 Epitaph: The Clerk 01:08 Philip Smith, Malcolm Martineau 4 Of A' the Airts the Wind Can Blaw 01:00 Nicky Spence, Malcolm Martineau 5 A Dirge 01:11 James Geer, Malcolm Martineau 6 Prithee 01:49 Andrew Tortise, Malcolm Martineau 7 The Joy Of Grief 01:00 Katherine Broderick, Malcolm Martineau 8 Virtue In Deeds Not Words 01:09 Caryl Hughes, Malcolm Martineau 9 From "Lucy" 01:22 Ben Johnson, Malcolm Martineau 10 Dans les Bois 01:40 Elizabeth Atherton, Malcolm Martineau 11 Lilian 02:57 Philip Smith, Malcolm Martineau 12 Diaphenia 01:54 13 The Owl 01:24 Andrew Swait, Andrew Plant 14 Witches' Song 00:41 James Bowman, Andrew Plant 15 O Why Did E're My Thought Aspire 01:30 Benedict Nelson, Malcolm Martineau 16 Chamber Music V 01:13 Allan Clayton, Malcolm Martineau 17 Song - Take O Take Those Lips Away 00:57 Robin Tritschler, Malcolm Martineau Two Ballads For Two Voices & Piano 18 1. Mother Comfort 03:38 Two Ballads For Two Voices & Piano 19 2. Underneath the Abject Willow 02:05 Felicity Lott, Ann Murray, Graham Johnson 20 A Poison Tree 02:37 21 Not Even Summer Yet 01:46 22 The Red Cockatoo 00:39 Benjamin Hulett, Malcolm Martineau Fish In The Unruffled Lakes Fish In The Unruffled Lake 23 To Lie Flat On the Back 02:23 24 Night Covers Up the Rigid Land 02:32 James Geer, Malcolm Martineau 25 The Sun Shines Down 02:07 Benjamin Hulett, Malcolm Martineau 26 Fish In the Unruffled Lakes 02:48 Robin Tritschler, Malcolm Martineau 27 What's In Your Mind? 02:07 Benjamin Hulett, Malcolm Martineau 28 Underneath the Abject Willow 01:40 Robin Tritschler, Malcolm Martineau 29 Wild With Passion 02:25 30 If Thou Wilt Ease Thine Heart 01:44 31 Cradle Song ("Sleep, My Darling, Sleep") 03:02 32 Birthday Song For Erwin 01:18 Benjamin Hulett, Malcolm Martineau 33 Um Mitternacht 04:01 James Geer, Malcolm Martineau Traditional 34 The Bitter Withy 05:07 Philip Langridge, David Owen Norris, Wenhaston Boys' Choir, Ronald Corp 35 King Herod and the Cock 01:22 Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) 36 Fancie 01:03 37 The Oxen 02:53 38 May 01:20 New London Children's Choir, Alexander Wells, Ronald Corp Traditional 39 The Twelve Apostles 06:12 Philip Langridge, David Owen Norris, Wenhaston Boys' Choir, Ronald Corp Total Playing Time: 1:18:13 CD 15: Britten: The Complete Works Traditional The Foggy Foggy Dew 1 Arr. Benjamin Britten 00:00 02:32 2 Sally In Our Alley 00:00 04:11 Charles Dibdin (1745 - 1814) Tom Bowling 3 Arr. Britten 00:00 04:29 Traditional 4 The Lincolnshire Poacher 00:00 02:02 A Brisk Young Widow 5 Arr. Britten 00:00 02:00 6 O Waly Waly 00:00 03:32 7 Sweet Polly Oliver 00:00 02:29 Early One Morning 8 Arr. Benjamin Britten 00:00 02:58 The Bonny Earl o'Moray 9 arr. Benjamin Britten 00:00 02:29 10 The Ash Grove 00:00 02:46 11 Come You Not From Newcastle 00:00 01:14 12 Le Roi S En Va-T En Chasse 00:00 02:11 13 La Belle est au jardin d'amour 00:00 02:49 14 The Minstrel Boy 00:00 01:56 15 How Sweet The Answer 00:00 02:08 16 The Last Rose Of Summer 00:00 03:54 17 Avenging and Bright 00:00 01:27 18 Oft In The Stilly Night 00:00 02:35 19 The Miller Of Dee 00:00 01:45 20 Ca The Yowes 00:00 03:51 21 The Plough Boy 00:00 01:56 The Sally Gardens 22 Arr. Britten 03:00 Little Sir William 23 Arr. Britten 02:35 24 Oliver Cromwell 00:38 Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! 25 Trans. Rogers, Arr. Britten 02:08 There's None To Soothe 26 Arr. Britten 02:14 Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten Il est quelqu'un sur terre 27 Arr. Britten 04:02 Folk Song Arrangemens (British Isles) 28 O can ye sew cushions? 02:10 Peter Pears, Osian Ellis The Trees They Grow So High 29 arr. Britten 03:37 Philip Langridge, Graham Johnson Traditional from France 30 Voici le Printemps 01:42 31 Fileuse 01:38 32 Quand j'étais chez mon pere 01:48 Sophie Wyss, Benjamin Britten Total Playing Time: 1:20:46 CD 16: Britten: The Complete Works Traditional 1 I Will Give My Love An Apple 01:46 2 The Sailor-Boy 01:37 3 Master Kilby 02:04 4 The Soldier and The Sailor 02:20 5 The Shooting Of His Dear 02:44 Robert Tear, Timothy Walker 6 Bonny At Morn 03:15 Philip Langridge, Osian Ellis 7 Greensleeves 01:54 Philip Langridge, Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson Traditional, John Jacob Niles 8 I Wonder As I Wander 03:54 Traditional 9 The Crocodile 04:43 Charles Burney 10 Pray Goody 00:44 Philip Langridge, Graham Johnson Traditional 11 At The Mid Hour Of Night 02:44 Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson 12 Dear Harp Of My Country! (Kate Tyrrel) 02:25 13 O The Sight Entrancing 02:08 Philip Langridge, Graham Johnson 14 Sail On, Sail On 02:25 15 Rich And Rare 03:05 Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson 16 La Noel Passée 03:50 17 Eho! Eho! 01:56 Philip Langridge, Graham Johnson 18 The Holly And The Ivy 02:23 Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson 19 Soldier, Won't You Marry Me? 01:40 20 The Deaf Woman's Courtship 01:14 Philip Langridge, Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson 21 The Stream In The Valley 02:31 Philip Langridge, Christopher van Kampen 22 Unidentified Folk Song Setting 03:29 Christopher van Kampen, Graham Johnson 23 Lord! I Married Me a Wife 01:14 24 She's Like The Swallow 02:42 25 Lemady 01:24 26 Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn ("I Was Lonely and Forlorn") 02:19 David Owen (1709 - 1739) 27 Dafyd Y Garreg Wen (David Of The White Rock) 03:04 Traditional 28 The False Knight Upon The Road 03:39 29 Bird Scarer's Song 00:57 Philip Langridge, Osian Ellis Total Playing Time: 1:10:10