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, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Les Violons du Roy & Karina Gauvin
Les Illuminations
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Les Illuminations Les Illuminations Les Illuminations Les Illuminations
Benjamin Britten, National Philharmonic Orchestra & Richard Bonynge
Soirees musicales Op.9 for orch [after Rossini]: Tirolese; Bolero; Tarantella
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Soirees musicales Op.9 for orch [after Rossini]: Tirolese; Bolero; Tarantella Soirees musicales Op.9 for orch [after Rossini]: Tirolese; Bolero; Tarantella Soirees musicales Op.9 for orch [after Rossini]: Tirolese; Bolero; Tarantella Soirees musicales Op.9 for orch [after Rossini]: Tirolese; Bolero; Tarantella
Benjamin Britten, George Malcolm & London Symphony Chorus
Hymn to St Cecelia
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Hymn to St Cecelia Hymn to St Cecelia Hymn to St Cecelia Hymn to St Cecelia
Daniel Harding, Benjamin Britten
Our hunting fathers - symphonic cycle for voice and orch (Op.8), Rats away
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Our hunting fathers - symphonic cycle for voice and orch (Op.8), Rats away Our hunting fathers - symphonic cycle for voice and orch (Op.8), Rats away Our hunting fathers - symphonic cycle for voice and orch (Op.8), Rats away Our hunting fathers - symphonic cycle for voice and orch (Op.8), Rats away
Benjamin Britten, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Martyn Brabbins
Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from 'Peter Grimes'
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Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from 'Peter Grimes' Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from 'Peter Grimes' Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from 'Peter Grimes' Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from 'Peter Grimes'
Benjamin Britten & Galena Vichnievskaia Soprano / Mstislav Rostropovi
The Poet's echo for voice and piano
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The Poet's echo for voice and piano The Poet's echo for voice and piano The Poet's echo for voice and piano The Poet's echo for voice and piano

The Poet's echo for voice and piano

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Galena Vichnievskaia Soprano / Mstislav Rostropovi
Benjamin Britten & Aviva Fortunata (soprano), Llyr Williams (piano)
Two songs from The Poet's Echo
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Two songs from The Poet's Echo Two songs from The Poet's Echo Two songs from The Poet's Echo Two songs from The Poet's Echo
Benjamin Britten
Midsummer Night's Dream - "Bottom's Dream"
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Midsummer Night's Dream - "Bottom's Dream" Midsummer Night's Dream - "Bottom's Dream" Midsummer Night's Dream - "Bottom's Dream" Midsummer Night's Dream - "Bottom's Dream"
Benjamin Britten, English Chamber Orchestra & Steuart Bedford
Death in Venice: Act 2, end of dream sequence
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Death in Venice: Act 2, end of dream sequence Death in Venice: Act 2, end of dream sequence Death in Venice: Act 2, end of dream sequence Death in Venice: Act 2, end of dream sequence
Benjamin Britten, English Chamber Orchestra & Steuart Bedford
Death in Venice: Act 1 Scene 2
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Death in Venice: Act 1 Scene 2 Death in Venice: Act 1 Scene 2 Death in Venice: Act 1 Scene 2 Death in Venice: Act 1 Scene 2
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
Peter Donohoe, Benjamin Britten, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle
Young Apollo, Op 16
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Young Apollo, Op 16 Young Apollo, Op 16 Young Apollo, Op 16 Young Apollo, Op 16
Benjamin Britten & English Chamber Orchestra
Simple Symphony, op. 4 - Playful Pizzicato - Presto possibile pizzicato sempre
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Simple Symphony, op. 4 - Playful Pizzicato - Presto possibile pizzicato sempre Simple Symphony, op. 4 - Playful Pizzicato - Presto possibile pizzicato sempre Simple Symphony, op. 4 - Playful Pizzicato - Presto possibile pizzicato sempre Simple Symphony, op. 4 - Playful Pizzicato - Presto possibile pizzicato sempre
Benjamin Britten
Interval feature
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Interval feature Interval feature Interval feature Interval feature
Benjamin Britten, Keith Lockhart & BBC Concert Orchestra
Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
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Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Benjamin Britten & City of London Sinfonia/Hickox
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream
Benjamin Britten, Polyphony & Stephen Layton
Five Flower Songs
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Five Flower Songs Five Flower Songs Five Flower Songs Five Flower Songs
Inon Barnatan, Ronald Stevenson & Benjamin Britten
Fantasy on Peter Grimes
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Fantasy on Peter Grimes Fantasy on Peter Grimes Fantasy on Peter Grimes Fantasy on Peter Grimes
Benjamin Britten, Benjamin Britten & Peter Pears
O waly, waly
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O waly, waly O waly, waly O waly, waly O waly, waly
BBC Philharmonic, Benjamin Britten & Richard Hickox
King Arthur Suite - Scherzo
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King Arthur Suite - Scherzo King Arthur Suite - Scherzo King Arthur Suite - Scherzo King Arthur Suite - Scherzo
Benjamin Britten, Huw Watkins & Mary Carewe
Roman Wall Blues
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Roman Wall Blues Roman Wall Blues Roman Wall Blues Roman Wall Blues
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, Dennis Brain, Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten & The Boyd Neel Orchestra
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op.31: Dirge; Hymn; Sonnett; Epilogue
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Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op.31: Dirge; Hymn; Sonnett; Epilogue Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op.31: Dirge; Hymn; Sonnett; Epilogue Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op.31: Dirge; Hymn; Sonnett; Epilogue Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op.31: Dirge; Hymn; Sonnett; Epilogue
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

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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)
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