Monthly Archives: September 2013

Listening to Britten – Purcell: I’ll sail upon the dog-star

It may be when the iron is cold – Gloriana by Jane Mackay – her visual response to Britten’s music, used with many thanks to the artist. Jane Mackay’s Sounding Art website can be found here I’ll sail upon the … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Purcell: Not all my torments can your pity move

Not all my torments by Jane Mackay – her visual response to Britten’s realization, used with many thanks to the artist. This picture is used for the cover of Hyperion’s complete recordings of the Purcell Realizations. Jane Mackay’s Sounding Art … Continue reading

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The Rest is Noise – Britten comes to town

Image courtesy of the Southbank website for The Rest Is Noise Benjamin Britten was on occasion criticized for not bringing his music to London more often, yet over the weekend of Friday 27 – Sunday 29 September his music will … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Prelude and Fugue, Op.29

(c) Brian Hogwood Prelude and Fugue for 18-part string orchestra, Op.29 (May 1943, Britten aged 29) Dedication To Boyd Neel and his orchestra, on the occasion of their 10th birthday, 23 June 1943 Duration 9′ Audio clip: using Britten’s own … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op.31

(c)Brian Hogwood Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op.31 (March – April 1943, Britten aged 29) Prologue 1 Pastoral (Charles Cotton) 2 Nocturne (Alfred, Lord Tennyson) 3 Elegy (William Blake) 4 Dirge (Anon, 15th century) 5 Hymn (Ben Jonson) 6 … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Quand j’étais chez mon père

River and Bridge in the South of France by Josephine Bowes. Used with many thanks to The Bowes Museum Quand j’étais chez mon père (Heigh Ho! Heigh Hi!) (Folksong Arrangements, Volume 2 no.8 (France)) – folksong arrangement for high or … Continue reading

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Britten through the eyes of…Michael Collins

Photo: Ben Ealovega The clarinetist and conductor Michael Collins made the first recording of Britten’s Movement for clarinet and orchestra, which was expanded into a full Clarinet Concerto through the work of Colin Matthews. In this interview he talks about … Continue reading

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