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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Benjamin Britten, London Symphony Orchestra & Steuart Bedford
4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a) no.4; Storm
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4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a) no.4; Storm 4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a) no.4; Storm 4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a) no.4; Storm 4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a) no.4; Storm
Benjamin Britten, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Thomas Sondergard
'Storm' Interlude (from Peter Grimes)
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'Storm' Interlude (from Peter Grimes) 'Storm' Interlude (from Peter Grimes) 'Storm' Interlude (from Peter Grimes) 'Storm' Interlude (from Peter Grimes)
Benjamin Britten, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Sir Andrew Davis
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
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Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Benjamin Britten, Michael Bochmann, English Symphony Orchestra & William Boughton
4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a), no.3; Moonlight
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4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a), no.3; Moonlight 4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a), no.3; Moonlight 4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a), no.3; Moonlight 4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a), no.3; Moonlight
François Leleux, Benjamin Britten & Emmanuel Strosser
Two Insect Pieces
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Two Insect Pieces Two Insect Pieces Two Insect Pieces Two Insect Pieces
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea interludes - Storm
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Four Sea interludes - Storm Four Sea interludes - Storm Four Sea interludes - Storm Four Sea interludes - Storm
Benjamin Britten, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Thomas Sondergard
Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes' ('Storm' Interlude)
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Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes' ('Storm' Interlude) Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes' ('Storm' Interlude) Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes' ('Storm' Interlude) Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes' ('Storm' Interlude)
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 & Genesis Sixteen
Succession of the Four Sweet Months
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Succession of the Four Sweet Months Succession of the Four Sweet Months Succession of the Four Sweet Months Succession of the Four Sweet Months
Benjamin Britten & Brentano
Quartet 3
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Quartet 3 Quartet 3 Quartet 3 Quartet 3
Benjamin Britten, Jon Vickers, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Sir Colin Davis
Peter Grimes - opera in 3 acts Op.33
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Peter Grimes - opera in 3 acts Op.33 Peter Grimes - opera in 3 acts Op.33 Peter Grimes - opera in 3 acts Op.33 Peter Grimes - opera in 3 acts Op.33
Benjamin Britten, John Grierson & Stuart Legg
Night Mail
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Night Mail Night Mail Night Mail Night Mail
Jon Vickers, Benjamin Britten, Sir Colin Davis & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Peter Grimes - Now the Great Bear and Pleiades
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Peter Grimes - Now the Great Bear and Pleiades Peter Grimes - Now the Great Bear and Pleiades Peter Grimes - Now the Great Bear and Pleiades Peter Grimes - Now the Great Bear and Pleiades
Benjamin Britten & Scott Dickinson
Elegy for strings
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Elegy for strings Elegy for strings Elegy for strings Elegy for strings
Benjamin Britten, Christopher Robinson & The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
Rejoice in the Lamb ... (Op.30)..., no.1; Rejoice in God, O ye tongues
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Rejoice in the Lamb ... (Op.30)..., no.1; Rejoice in God, O ye tongues Rejoice in the Lamb ... (Op.30)..., no.1; Rejoice in God, O ye tongues Rejoice in the Lamb ... (Op.30)..., no.1; Rejoice in God, O ye tongues Rejoice in the Lamb ... (Op.30)..., no.1; Rejoice in God, O ye tongues
Jean-Guihen Queyras & Benjamin Britten
Suite No. 1 Op.72 For Cello Solo
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Suite No. 1 Op.72 For Cello Solo Suite No. 1 Op.72 For Cello Solo Suite No. 1 Op.72 For Cello Solo Suite No. 1 Op.72 For Cello Solo
Benjamin Britten & Heath Quartet
Divertimento No.2
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Divertimento No.2 Divertimento No.2 Divertimento No.2 Divertimento No.2
Benjamin Britten, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Ľuba Orgonášová, Anthony Rolfe Johnson & Monteverdi Choir
War Requiem: Lacrimosa... Move Him into the Sun
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War Requiem: Lacrimosa... Move Him into the Sun War Requiem: Lacrimosa... Move Him into the Sun War Requiem: Lacrimosa... Move Him into the Sun War Requiem: Lacrimosa... Move Him into the Sun
Franz Schubert, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Benjamin Britten, Claudio Abbado & Anne Sofie von Otter
Die Forelle (D.550) arranged Britten
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Die Forelle (D.550) arranged Britten Die Forelle (D.550) arranged Britten Die Forelle (D.550) arranged Britten Die Forelle (D.550) arranged Britten
Benjamin Britten & Julian Bream Consort
Courtly Dances from Gloriana
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Courtly Dances from Gloriana Courtly Dances from Gloriana Courtly Dances from Gloriana Courtly Dances from Gloriana
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, 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 & Philip Higham
Cello Suite No.1 Op 72, 1st mvt.
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Cello Suite No.1 Op 72, 1st mvt. Cello Suite No.1 Op 72, 1st mvt. Cello Suite No.1 Op 72, 1st mvt. Cello Suite No.1 Op 72, 1st mvt.
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
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, 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, 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
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Prom 45 Proms 1971
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T05:07:50
8
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Prom 45 Proms 1971

8 September 1971
Prom 05 Proms 1967
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-26T05:07:50
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Prom 05 Proms 1967

26 July 1967
Prom 47 - Benjamin Britten's Fiftieth Year Proms 1963
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Royal Albert Hall
1963-09-12T05:07:50
12
Sep

Prom 47 - Benjamin Britten's Fiftieth Year Proms 1963

12 September 1963


Biography

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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