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Britten on Record: English songs by Bridge, Butterworth, Moeran, Warlock, Ireland and Lennox Berkeley

Britten on Record: English songs by Bridge, Butterworth, Moeran, Warlock, Ireland and Lennox Berkeley (Decca) Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano) Studio recording: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, September and October 1955 Bridge – Go not, happy day (Alfred Tennyson); … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10

Britten and Frank Bridge, picture courtesy of the Britten-Pears Foundation Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 (5 June – 12 July 1937, Britten aged 23) Introduction and theme Variation 1: Adagio Variation 2: March Variation 3: Romance Variation … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Our Hunting Fathers, Op.8

(c) Brian Hogwood Our Hunting Fathers, Op.8 – symphonic cycle for high voice and orchestra (13 May – 23 July 1936, Britten aged 22) Prologue (W.H. Auden) 1 Rats away! (anon) 2 Messalina (anon) 3 Dance of death (Thomas Ravenscroft) … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Three Divertimenti

(c) Brian Hogwood Three Divertimenti for string quartet, also known as Go play, boy, play (13 February 1933 – 15 February 1936, Britten aged 22) 1 March 2 Waltz 3 Burlesque (to Francis Barton) Dedication Third movement to Francis Barton, … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – There is a willow grows aslant a brook

(c) Ben Hogwood There is a willow grows aslant a brook (arrangement of Bridge for viola and piano) (11 – 13 December 1932, Britten aged 19) Dedication not known Duration 9′ Background and Critical Reception Britten arranged his teacher’s intriguing … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Phantasy Quartet, Op.2

(c) Brian Hogwood Phantasy Quartet, Op.2 for oboe and string trio (9 September – 25 October 1932, Britten aged 18) Dedication Leon Goossens Duration 15′ Audio – a clip of the version by Sarah Francis and members of the Delmé … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Sinfonietta, Op.1

(c) Brian Hogwood Sinfonietta, Op.1 for chamber ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and string quintet) (20 June – 9 July 1932, Britten aged 18) 1 Poco presto ed agitato 2 Variations 3 Tarantella Dedication Frank Bridge Duration 15′ Audio … Continue reading

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