Category Archives: Orchestral

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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Listening to Britten – Suite from Death in Venice, Op.88b

[title not known], from Death In Venice (1972) by John Piper. (c) The Piper Estate. Image used courtesy of the Tate Gallery. Suite from Death in Venice, Op.88b – arranged by Steuart Bedford from the opera in two acts, Op.88b … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Building of the House, Op.79

Britten with Pears at Snape Maltings. Photo by Hans Wild, used courtesy of http://www.britten100.org The Building of the House, overture for orchestra with or without chorus, Op.79 (January – 16 March 1967) Dedication For the opening of The Maltings Concert … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Symphony for cello and orchestra, Op.68

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Symphony for cello and orchestra, Op.68 (Autumn 1962 – 3 May 1963, Britten aged 49. Revised March – April 1964) 1 Allegro maestoso 2 Presto inquieto 3 Adagio 4 Passacaglia: Andante allegro Dedication Mstislav Rostropovich Duration … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – In memoriam Dennis Brain

Dennis Brain (photo: Tully Potter Collection) In memoriam Dennis Brain for four horns, tubular bells and string orchestra (ca January 1958, orchestrated by Colin Matthews. Britten aged 44) 1 Introduction 2 Allegro Dedication Dennis Brain Duration 4’30” Audio Excerpts from … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Pas de Six (The Prince of the Pagodas), Op.57a

Image from the Royal Opera House production of The Prince of the Pagodas. (c) Royal Opera House 2012 Pas de Six (The Prince of the Pagodas), Op.57a – excerpt from the ballet for orchestra (early 1955 – Autumn 1956), Britten … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Prince of the Pagodas, Op.57

Britten and Pears on holiday in Bali, 1956. Image courtesy of http://www.britten100.org The Prince of the Pagodas, Op.57 – a ballet in three acts for orchestra (early 1955 – Autumn 1956), Britten aged 42) Dedication Britten’s assistant Imogen Holst and … Continue reading

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