Monthly Archives: March 2014

Listening to Britten – Lachrymae, Op.48a

Marsh harrier (c) Graham Catley, whose rather wonderful blog Pewit can be found here Lachrymae: Reflections on a song of John Dowland op. 48a for viola and orchestra (16 May 1950, arranged February 1976, Britten aged 62) Dedication Cecil Aronowitz … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Tema ‘SACHER’

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Tema SACHER (5 January 1976, Britten aged 62) Dedication For Paul Sacher at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich Duration 1′ Audio The beginning of a recent recording of Tema SACHER made by Alban Gerhardt can be … Continue reading

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Britten on Record: Schubert: Die Sterne D939; Nachtviolen D752; Auflösung D807

Britten on Record: Schubert: Die Sterne D939; Nachtviolen D752; Auflösung D807 (BBC Legends: Britten The Performer) Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano) Live recording: Aldeburgh Festival – Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, 15 June 1958 Die Sterne D939 Nachtviolen D752 Auflösung D807 … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – String Quartet no.3, Op.94

(c) Brian Hogwood String Quartet No.3, Op.94 (October – 20 November 1975, Britten aged 61) 1 Duets: With moderate movement 2 Ostinato: Very fast 3 Solo: Very calm 4 Burlesque: Fast, con fuoco 5 Recitative and Passacaglia Dedication Hans Keller … Continue reading

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Britten on Record: Schubert: Fantasy in C major, D934

Britten on Record: Schubert: Fantasy in C major, D934 (BBC Legends) Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Benjamin Britten (piano) Live recording: Aldeburgh Festival – Blythburgh Church, Aldeburgh, 16 June 1957 Andante molto – Allegretto – Andantino – Tempo I – Allegro vivace … Continue reading

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Britten on Record: Mozart: Piano Concerto no.12 in A major, K414

Britten on Record: Mozart: Piano Concerto no.12 in A major, K414 (Decca) Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra / Benjamin Britten (piano) Live recording: Aldeburgh Festival – Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, 19 June 1956 1 Allegro 2 Andante 3 Allegretto Background and Critical Reception … Continue reading

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Britten on Record: Haydn: Symphony no.55 in E flat major, ‘The Schoolmaster’

Britten on Record: Haydn: Symphony no.55 in E flat major, ‘The Schoolmaster’ (Decca) Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra / Benjamin Britten Live recording: Aldeburgh Festival – Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, 19 June 1956 1 Allegro di molto 2 Adagio ma semplicemente 3 Menuetto … Continue reading

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