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Listening to Britten – Death in Venice, Op.88

[title not known], from Death In Venice (1972) by John Piper. (c) The Piper Estate. Image used courtesy of the Tate Gallery. Death in Venice – Opera in two acts, Op.88 (December 1971 – March 1973, Britten aged 59) Dedication … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Owen Wingrave, Op.85

Benjamin Britten conducting the recording of Owen Wingrave. Used courtesy of the BBC Owen Wingrave – Opera in two acts, Op.85 (April 1969 – August 1970, Britten aged 56) Dedication Joan and Isador Caplan (Isador was solicitor and legal adviser … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Men of Goodwill

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Men of Goodwill – Variations on a Christmas Carol (‘God rest ye merry, gentlemen’) for orchestra (pre 18 December 1947, Britten aged 34) Dedication unknown Duration 8′ Background and Critical Reception John Bridcut writes that Britten’s … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Britain in Wartime

The Hallé Orchestra in Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Britain in Wartime – Incidental music for narrator and orchestra, made into a concert suite by Colin Matthews (August 1942, Britten aged 28) Text Norman Dorwin Duration 23′ Background and Critical Reception Recently … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Rescue

Greek text of the Odyssey’s opening passage. Taken from Wikipedia The Rescue, also known as The Rescue of Penelope – Incidental music for narrator, soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra (September – November 1943, Britten aged 29) Part 1 Eight … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone – first UK edition The Sword in the Stone – Incidental music for female and male voices, chorus, flute, piccolo, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion and harp (May 1939, Britten aged 25) 1 Introduction 2 … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – The World of the Spirit

Window in Liverpool Cathedral, (c) Ben Hogwood The World of the Spirit – Radio score. Incidental music for speakers, soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, choir, orchestra and organ, made into a suite by Paul Hindmarsh in 1996 (April – 24 May … Continue reading

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