Monthly Archives: February 2014

Britten on Record: Beethoven: Quintet for piano and wind in E flat major Op.16

Britten on Record: Beethoven: Quintet for piano and wind in E flat major Op.16 (BBC Legends) Benjamin Britten (piano), Leonard Brain (oboe), Stephen Waters (clarinet), Dennis Brain (horn), Cecil James (bassoon) Live recording: Aldeburgh Festival – Aldeburgh Parish Church, 22 … Continue reading

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Britten on Record: Schubert – Der Einsam; Du Bist Die Ruh; Der Musensohn; Der z├╝rnenden Diana; Sprache der Liebe

Britten on Record: Schubert – Der Einsam; Du Bist Die Ruh; Der Musensohn; Der z├╝rnenden Diana; Sprache der Liebe (Decca) Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano) Studio recording: Unknown venue, July 1954 Der Einsam D800 Du Bist Die Ruh D776 … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – A Birthday Hansel, Op.92

Painting (c) Brian Hogwood A Birthday Hansel, Op.92 – for high voice and harp (21 March 1975, Britten aged 61) 1 Birthday song 2 My early walk 3 Wee Willie Gray 4 My hoggie 5 Afton water 6 The winter … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Sacred and Profane, Op.91

Detail of painting (c) Brian Hogwood Sacred and Profane, Op.91 – Eight medieval lyrics for unaccompanied voices (SSATB) (December 1974 – January 1975, Britten aged 61) 1 St Godrick’s hymn (mid 12th century) 2 I mon waxe wod (later 13th … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Suite on English Folk Tunes ‘A time there was…’, Op.90

Picture (c) Brian Hogwood Suite on English Folk Tunes ‘A time there was…’, Op.90 for chamber orchestra (October – 16 November 1974, Britten aged 60) 1 Cakes and ale 2 The bitter withy 3 Hankin Booby 4 Hunt the squirrel … Continue reading

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Britten on Record: Mozart: Piano Quartet no.2 in E flat major K493

Britten on Record: Mozart: Piano Quartet no.2 in E flat major K493 (Pearl) Benjamin Britten (piano), Members of the Amadeus Quartet (assumed to be Norbert Brainin (violin), Peter Schidlof (viola) and Martin Lovett (cello) Private tape recording in the collection … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Canticle V: The Death of Saint Narcissus, Op.89

Ruined Chapel, Isle of Mull, 1975 by John Piper. (c) The Piper Estate. Image used courtesy of Tate Canticle V: The Death of Saint Narcissus, Op.89 – for tenor and harp (12-22 January 1971, Britten aged 57) Dedication In loving … Continue reading

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