Tag Archives: Colin Matthews

Listening to Britten – Hadrian’s Wall: Roman Wall Blues

Britten and Auden, an image used by NMC for their free download of Roman Wall Blues Hadrian’s Wall – Incidental music for male voice, chorus, percussion and string quartet (12 – 16 November 1937, Britten aged 23) Approximately fifteen numbers, … 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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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 – A Charm of Lullabies, Op.41

Yarnton Monument by John Piper (1947-8) (c) the John Piper Estate A Charm of Lullabies, Op.41 – for mezzo-soprano and piano (November – 17 December 1947, Britten aged 34) 1 A Cradle Song (William Blake) 2 The Highland Balou (Robert … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Britain in Wartime

The HallĂ© 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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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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Listening to Britten – Village Organist’s Piece

Organ, Wimborne Minster (c) Ben Hogwood Village Organist’s Piece (unfinished) for organ (ca1941, Britten aged 27) Dedication not known Duration 3′ Background and Critical Reception Completed by Colin Matthews, the Village Organist’s Piece is an almost complete mystery – and … Continue reading

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