Monthly Archives: July 2013

Britten from scratch part 1: Jamie Sellers

Britten at The Red House, (c) The Britten-Pears Foundation As a complement to Around Britten in 80 Songs, which kicks into gear next week, I have enlisted a few friends from the pop side of the fence to listen to … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Night covers up the rigid land

(c) Ben Hogwood Night covers up the rigid land – song for high voice and piano (27 October 1937, Britten aged 23) Dedication not known Text W.H. Auden Language English Duration 2’30” Audio clip (Ian Bostridge (tenor) and Graham Johnson … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – To lie flat on the back with the knees flexed

(c) Ben Hogwood To lie flat on the back with the knees flexed – song for high voice and piano (26 October 1937, Britten aged 23) Dedication not known Text W.H. Auden Language English Duration 2’30” Audio clip (Ian Bostridge … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – On This Island, Op.11

Seaton Delaval (1941) by John Piper (c) The John Piper Estate On This Island, Op.11 – five songs for voice and piano (5 May – 12 October 1937, Britten aged 23) 1 Let the florid music praise! 2 Now the … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Not even summer yet

Winter scene on the Fens (c) Ben Hogwood Not even summer yet – song for high voice and piano (9 October 1937, Britten aged 23) Dedication in memory of Peter Burra Text Peter Burra Language English Duration 2′ Audio clip … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The sun shines down

(c) Ben Hogwood The sun shines down – song for high voice and piano (October 1937, Britten aged 23) Dedication not known Text W.H. Auden Language English Duration 2′ Background and Critical Reception This short but profound Auden setting appears … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Company of Heaven

Detail of St Peter’s Church, Thetford (c) Brian Hogwood The Company of Heaven – Incidental music for speakers, soprano, tenor, chorus, timpani, organ and strings (8 August – 22 September 1937, Britten aged 23) Part I – Before the Creation … Continue reading

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