Benjamin Britten
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1913-11-22
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Born in Suffolk on 22 November 1913 (propitiously, the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music) Benjamin Britten began piano lessons aged five, composing songs for his mother by the age of ten. At 13 he began composition ...

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Born in Suffolk on 22 November 1913 (propitiously, the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music) Benjamin Britten began piano lessons aged five, composing songs for his mother by the age of ten. At 13 he began composition studies with Frank Bridge before entering the Royal College of Music in 1930. His documentary scores for the GPO (General Post Office) Film Unit brought him into collaboration with W. H. Auden, a liberating force, and in 1937 he not only attracted international attention with his Frank Bridge Variations at the Salzburg Festival, but also met the tenor Peter Pears, who would remain a lifelong partner and vocal interpreter.

Britten revitalised English opera with his first stage triumph Peter Grimes (1945), launching the Aldeburgh Festival three years later. He performed often as a conductor and pianist, and though he wrote a significant number of chamber and choral works (among them three string quartets, and the War Requiem, 1961) it is principally for his vocal and especially opera output that he continues to be remembered.

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Benjamin Britten
String Quartet No 3, Op 94
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String Quartet No 3, Op 94 String Quartet No 3, Op 94 String Quartet No 3, Op 94 String Quartet No 3, Op 94
Benjamin Britten, English Chamber Orchestra & Benjamin Britten
Simple symphony for string orchestra (Op.4), 2nd mvt; Playful pizzicato
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Simple symphony for string orchestra (Op.4), 2nd mvt; Playful pizzicato Simple symphony for string orchestra (Op.4), 2nd mvt; Playful pizzicato Simple symphony for string orchestra (Op.4), 2nd mvt; Playful pizzicato Simple symphony for string orchestra (Op.4), 2nd mvt; Playful pizzicato
Charles Dibdin, Iain Burnside, Roderick Williams & Benjamin Britten
Tom Bowling
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Tom Bowling Tom Bowling Tom Bowling Tom Bowling
Robert Schumann, Alfreda Hodgson, Felicity Palmer, Meriel Dickinson, Aldeburgh Festival Singers, Wandsworth School Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Pauline Stevens, Benjamin Britten, Elizabeth Harwood & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Scenes from Goethe's Faust, WoO3 [1844-53]; Scene 7 (conclusion)
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Scenes from Goethe's Faust, WoO3 [1844-53]; Scene 7 (conclusion) Scenes from Goethe's Faust, WoO3 [1844-53]; Scene 7 (conclusion) Scenes from Goethe's Faust, WoO3 [1844-53]; Scene 7 (conclusion) Scenes from Goethe's Faust, WoO3 [1844-53]; Scene 7 (conclusion)
Benjamin Britten
Rejoice in the Lamb
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Rejoice in the Lamb Rejoice in the Lamb Rejoice in the Lamb Rejoice in the Lamb
Benjamin Britten
Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria
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Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria
Benjamin Britten
Jubilate in C
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Jubilate in C Jubilate in C Jubilate in C Jubilate in C
Edward Gardner, Benjamin Britten & BBC Philharmonic
Four Sea Interludes
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Four Sea Interludes Four Sea Interludes Four Sea Interludes Four Sea Interludes
Benjamin Britten, Richard Hickox & London Symphony Orchestra
War Requiem (Libera Me - Strange Meeting)
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War Requiem (Libera Me - Strange Meeting) War Requiem (Libera Me - Strange Meeting) War Requiem (Libera Me - Strange Meeting) War Requiem (Libera Me - Strange Meeting)
Elizabeth Watts, Paul Turner & Benjamin Britten
Early one morning for voice and piano
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Early one morning for voice and piano Early one morning for voice and piano Early one morning for voice and piano Early one morning for voice and piano
Polyphony, Stephen Layton & Benjamin Britten
The Evening Primrose (Five Flower Songs Op.47)
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The Evening Primrose (Five Flower Songs Op.47) The Evening Primrose (Five Flower Songs Op.47) The Evening Primrose (Five Flower Songs Op.47) The Evening Primrose (Five Flower Songs Op.47)
Benjamin Britten, Steuart Bedford & Neil Mackie, Barry Tuckwell (horn) and Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Elegy from Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
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Elegy from Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings Elegy from Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings Elegy from Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings Elegy from Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Elegy from Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Performer
Steuart Bedford
Neil Mackie, Barry Tuckwell (horn) and Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten, Toby Spence & James Sherlock
O Waly, Waly
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O Waly, Waly O Waly, Waly O Waly, Waly O Waly, Waly
Benjamin Britten & Artesian String Quartet
3 Divertimenti for String Quartet: 2nd Mvt Waltz
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3 Divertimenti for String Quartet: 2nd Mvt Waltz 3 Divertimenti for String Quartet: 2nd Mvt Waltz 3 Divertimenti for String Quartet: 2nd Mvt Waltz 3 Divertimenti for String Quartet: 2nd Mvt Waltz

3 Divertimenti for String Quartet: 2nd Mvt Waltz

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Artesian String Quartet
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Traditional English, Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears & Benjamin Britten
The Plough Boy
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The Plough Boy The Plough Boy The Plough Boy The Plough Boy
Benjamin Britten, BBC Philharmonic & Edward Gardner
Gloriana - symphonic suite Op.53a: Courtly dances
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Gloriana - symphonic suite Op.53a: Courtly dances Gloriana - symphonic suite Op.53a: Courtly dances Gloriana - symphonic suite Op.53a: Courtly dances Gloriana - symphonic suite Op.53a: Courtly dances
Benjamin Britten & Emperor Quartet
Sentimental Sarabande (Simple Symphony, Op.4)
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Sentimental Sarabande (Simple Symphony, Op.4) Sentimental Sarabande (Simple Symphony, Op.4) Sentimental Sarabande (Simple Symphony, Op.4) Sentimental Sarabande (Simple Symphony, Op.4)
Benjamin Britten, Thomas Hemsley, Heather Harper & Alfred Deller
A Midsummer Night’s Dream - How now, mad Spirit?
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream - How now, mad Spirit? A Midsummer Night’s Dream - How now, mad Spirit? A Midsummer Night’s Dream - How now, mad Spirit? A Midsummer Night’s Dream - How now, mad Spirit?
Benjamin Britten, Richard Bonynge & National Philharmonic Orchestra
Soirees musicales for orchestra (Op.9) [after Rossini], Tarantella (Presto...)
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Soirees musicales for orchestra (Op.9) [after Rossini], Tarantella (Presto...) Soirees musicales for orchestra (Op.9) [after Rossini], Tarantella (Presto...) Soirees musicales for orchestra (Op.9) [after Rossini], Tarantella (Presto...) Soirees musicales for orchestra (Op.9) [after Rossini], Tarantella (Presto...)
Benjamin Britten, Steuart Bedford & Britten Pears Orchestra
Peter Grimes, Sunday Morning, Interlude 3
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Peter Grimes, Sunday Morning, Interlude 3 Peter Grimes, Sunday Morning, Interlude 3 Peter Grimes, Sunday Morning, Interlude 3 Peter Grimes, Sunday Morning, Interlude 3
BBC Singers, David Hill & Benjamin Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus (Op.27)
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Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus (Op.27) Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus (Op.27) Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus (Op.27) Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus (Op.27)
Anna Tilbrook, Benjamin Britten & James Gilchrist
Canticle I: My Beloved is Mine, Op. 40
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Canticle I: My Beloved is Mine, Op. 40 Canticle I: My Beloved is Mine, Op. 40 Canticle I: My Beloved is Mine, Op. 40 Canticle I: My Beloved is Mine, Op. 40
Benjamin Britten, Simon Rattle & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
The Young person's guide to the orchestra (Op.34)..., Fugue
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The Young person's guide to the orchestra (Op.34)..., Fugue The Young person's guide to the orchestra (Op.34)..., Fugue The Young person's guide to the orchestra (Op.34)..., Fugue The Young person's guide to the orchestra (Op.34)..., Fugue
James Sommerville, Benjamin Britten, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Butterfield & Simon Streatfield
Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra (Op.31)
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Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra (Op.31) Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra (Op.31) Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra (Op.31) Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra (Op.31)
Benjamin Britten, BBC Singers & Stephen Cleobury
Sacred and profane – 8 medieval lyrics (Op.91)
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Sacred and profane – 8 medieval lyrics (Op.91) Sacred and profane – 8 medieval lyrics (Op.91) Sacred and profane – 8 medieval lyrics (Op.91) Sacred and profane – 8 medieval lyrics (Op.91)
Benjamin Britten, London Symphony Orchestra & Osmo Vänskä
Violin Concerto Op.15
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Violin Concerto Op.15 Violin Concerto Op.15 Violin Concerto Op.15 Violin Concerto Op.15
Benjamin Britten & Adrian Thompson (Flute), Donald Maxwell (Bottom), City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox (conductor)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Oh wall, full often hast thou heard my moans
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Oh wall, full often hast thou heard my moans A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Oh wall, full often hast thou heard my moans A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Oh wall, full often hast thou heard my moans A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Oh wall, full often hast thou heard my moans

A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Oh wall, full often hast thou heard my moans

Performer
Adrian Thompson (Flute), Donald Maxwell (Bottom), City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox (conductor)
Iain Burnside, Benjamin Britten & Roderick Williams
The Tyger
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The Tyger The Tyger The Tyger The Tyger
Benjamin Britten & Yggdrasil String Quartet
String Quartet No. 2 in C major (Op.36)
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String Quartet No. 2 in C major (Op.36) String Quartet No. 2 in C major (Op.36) String Quartet No. 2 in C major (Op.36) String Quartet No. 2 in C major (Op.36)
Benjamin Britten, John Rutter & The Cambridge Singers
Hymn to St Cecilia
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Hymn to St Cecilia Hymn to St Cecilia Hymn to St Cecilia Hymn to St Cecilia
Benjamin Britten, Harry Christophers & The Sixteen
5 Flower Songs, Op 47
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5 Flower Songs, Op 47 5 Flower Songs, Op 47 5 Flower Songs, Op 47 5 Flower Songs, Op 47
Benjamin Britten, Concerto Caledonia & Mairi Campbell
The Salley Gardens
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The Salley Gardens The Salley Gardens The Salley Gardens The Salley Gardens
Benjamin Britten & Alban Gerhardt
First Cello Suite, 1st mvt.
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First Cello Suite, 1st mvt. First Cello Suite, 1st mvt. First Cello Suite, 1st mvt. First Cello Suite, 1st mvt.
Benjamin Britten, Ralph Downes, Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Boys’ Choir of Ipswich School Preparatory Department, Peter Pears, Girls’ Choir of St John Leman School, Beccles, Benjamin Britten & David Hemmings
St Nicolas Op.42; The Birth of Nicolas
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St Nicolas Op.42; The Birth of Nicolas St Nicolas Op.42; The Birth of Nicolas St Nicolas Op.42; The Birth of Nicolas St Nicolas Op.42; The Birth of Nicolas

St Nicolas Op.42; The Birth of Nicolas

Performer
Orchestra
Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra
Choir
Boys’ Choir of Ipswich School Preparatory Department
Girls’ Choir of St John Leman School, Beccles
Henry Purcell, Benjamin Britten & Guildhall String Ensemble
Chacony in G minor
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Chacony in G minor Chacony in G minor Chacony in G minor Chacony in G minor
Benjamin Britten & London Symphony Orchestra, Steuart Bedford
Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a: II. Sunday Morning
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Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a: II. Sunday Morning Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a: II. Sunday Morning Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a: II. Sunday Morning Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a: II. Sunday Morning

Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a: II. Sunday Morning

Performer
London Symphony Orchestra, Steuart Bedford
Benjamin Britten & London Symphony Orchestra, Steuart Bedford
Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a: IV. Storm
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Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a: IV. Storm Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a: IV. Storm Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a: IV. Storm Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a: IV. Storm

Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a: IV. Storm

Performer
London Symphony Orchestra, Steuart Bedford
Benjamin Britten & Doric Quartet
Quartet No 2 in C Op 36
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Quartet No 2 in C Op 36 Quartet No 2 in C Op 36 Quartet No 2 in C Op 36 Quartet No 2 in C Op 36
Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten & Łukasz Borowicz
Courtly Dances from Gloriana op 53
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Courtly Dances from Gloriana op 53 Courtly Dances from Gloriana op 53 Courtly Dances from Gloriana op 53 Courtly Dances from Gloriana op 53
Benjamin Britten, Les Sirenes & Andrew Nunn
This Little Babe
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This Little Babe This Little Babe This Little Babe This Little Babe
Benjamin Britten, Les Sirenes & Andrew Nunn
As Dew in Aprille
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As Dew in Aprille As Dew in Aprille As Dew in Aprille As Dew in Aprille
Henry Purcell, English Chamber Orchestra & Benjamin Britten
Chacony (arranged Britten)
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Chacony (arranged Britten) Chacony (arranged Britten) Chacony (arranged Britten) Chacony (arranged Britten)
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