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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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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 – The Heart of the Matter

Baptistry window by John Piper, at Coventry Cathedral Photo (c) Steve Cadman (from Wikipedia) The Heart of the Matter – for speaker, tenor voice, horn and piano (May 1956, Britten aged 42) Prologue – Fanfare: Where are the Seeds of … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Canticle III: Still falls the rain, Op.55 (The Raids, 1940, Night and Dawn)

Interior of Coventry Cathedral, 15 November 1940 by John Piper. (c) The Piper Estate Canticle III: Still falls the rain, Op.55 (The Raids, 1940, Night and Dawn) – for tenor voice, horn and piano (27 November 1954, Britten aged 40) … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op.31

(c)Brian Hogwood Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op.31 (March – April 1943, Britten aged 29) Prologue 1 Pastoral (Charles Cotton) 2 Nocturne (Alfred, Lord Tennyson) 3 Elegy (William Blake) 4 Dirge (Anon, 15th century) 5 Hymn (Ben Jonson) 6 … Continue reading

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Foundations – Britten and Tchaikovsky

It may come as something of a surprise to think of Tchaikovsky as an influence on the music of Britten, especially when the big, Romantic gestures of the Piano Concerto no.1 and the Violin Concerto are considered. Where is their … Continue reading

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Foundations – Britten and Schumann

Britten’s admiration for Robert Schumann is not revealed in an explicit way – there are no immediately obvious quotes for instance – but the frequency with which he performed Schumann’s music indicates more than just respectability. There are parallels with … Continue reading

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