Monthly Archives: August 2013

An introduction to Britten and the folksong – a new take on old music?

On The River Yare, Norfolk by Alfred Stannard. Photo (c) Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery) Listening to Britten is not long underway with the composer’s realizations of Purcell’s music, but now we approach another … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Introduction and Rondo Alla Burlesca, Op.23 no.1

(c) Brian Hogwood Introduction and Rondo Alla Burlesca, Op.23 no.1 for piano (October – November 1940, Britten aged 26) Dedication not known Duration 9′ Audio A clip from the version recorded by Britten with Clifford Curzon. With thanks to Decca. … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Seven Sonnets Of Michelangelo, Op.22

The Creation of Adam (c1511) by Michelangelo. Use of photo is from Wikipedia Seven Sonnets Of Michelangelo, Op.22 – for tenor and piano (March – 30 October 1940, Britten aged 26) 1 Sonetto XVI: Sì come nella penna e nell’inchiostro … Continue reading

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Britten at the Proms – Billy Budd

(c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou A good Billy Budd performance can be judged by the emotional wreckage left in its wake – so the annual visit of Glyndebourne to the Proms could, on that basis, be judged a complete success. So how … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Diversions, Op.21

Abstract I (1935) by John Piper (c) The John Piper Estate Diversions, Op.21 for piano (left hand) and orchestra (July – October 1940, Britten aged 26. Revised 1950, 1953-4) Theme Variation 1: Recitative Variation 2: Romance Variation 3: March Variation … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Sonatina Romantica

(c) Brian Hogwood Sonatina Romantica for piano (July 1940, Britten aged 26) 1 Moderato 2 Nocturne 3 Burlesque 4 Toccata Dedication Dr. William B. Titley Duration 7’30” Background and Critical Reception Only two movements of the Sonatina Romantica have been … Continue reading

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Britten at the Proms – Serenade for tenor, horn and strings

Ben Johnson ((c) Chris Gloag) The orchestra with the closest association to the music of Benjamin Britten is surely the English Chamber Orchestra, so it was good to see them at the BBC Proms, taking charge of the third of … Continue reading

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