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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 – Phantasy Quintet in F minor

(c) Ben Hogwood Phantasy Quintet in F minor for two violins, two violas and cello (20 January – 25 February 1932, Britten aged 18) Dedication not known Duration 12′ Background and Critical Reception The Phantasy Quintet was one of Britten’s … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – String Quartet in D major

(c) Brian Hogwood String Quartet in D major (8 May – 2 June 1931, Britten aged 17) 1 Allegro maestoso 2 Lento ed espressivo 3 Allegro giocoso Dedication not known Duration 19′ Background and Critical Reception Britten returns to the … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Twelve Variations on a Theme

Photo (c) Ben Hogwood Twelve Variations on a Theme for piano (March – May 1931, Britten aged 17) Dedication unknown Duration 8’40” Background and Critical Reception The Variations are the first piano piece Britten wrote at the Royal College of … Continue reading

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Listening to Britten – Christ’s Nativity

Culross church window detail (c) Ben Hogwood Christ’s Nativity (also known as Thy King’s Birthday) – for soprano, contralto and double choir (13 January – 26 March 1931, Britten aged 17) 1 Christ’s nativity (Henry Vaughan) 2 Sweet was the … Continue reading

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Setting The Scene – English music in 1930 as Britten goes to college

With Listening to Britten having reached the verge of the composer’s move to the Royal College of Music, it seems an appropriate time for Good Morning Britten to pan out a little and look afresh at the musical climate in … Continue reading

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Foundations – Britten and John Ireland

“Either the boy is awarded a scholarship, or I resign”. The words of John Ireland, the first prominent composer to grasp the full musical potential of the young Benjamin Britten – who, in the event, did not have to relinquish … Continue reading

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