Britten Pears

Benjamin Britten, English Chamber Orchestra, Peter Pears - Mozart: Idomeneo (2008/1969)

Benjamin Britten, English Chamber Orchestra, Peter Pears - Mozart: Idomeneo (2008/1969)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 6.78 Gb+4.03 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 163 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

This DVD of the recently issued Britten/Pears mini series recorded by the BBC for television way back in the 1960's and the 70's is for all intents and purposes another resounding success. All four priceless documents were thought lost, but this Idomeneo seems to have had a charmed life more than others. Indeed, three days before the Aldeburgh première, the hall was left in cinders and it is something of a miracle that the television production could actually go ahead. First broadcast in May 1970, critics and viewers alike were unanimous in their praise. Sung in English to a version prepared by Maisie and Evelyn Radford, Mozart's first operatic masterpiece is even more telling. A lot of credit should go to Britten himself, who not only conducted with committed ardour, but also prepared a musical edition all of his own. The staging has a classical dignity and avoids austerity altogether and both Pears and Harper give impressive performances. (Gerald Fenech)
Britten: Serenade, Nocturne; Finzi: Dies Natalis - Padmore, Bell, Shave, Britten Sinfonia (2012)

Britten: Serenade, Nocturne; Finzi: Dies Natalis - Padmore, Bell, Shave, Britten Sinfonia (2012)
X Lossless Decoder | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 314 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog Number: 807552

Celebrated tenor Mark Padmore joins the Britten Sinfonia in some of the most beautiful English music for voice and orchestra. The centrepiece is Britten's magical evocation of twilight and nightfall, the 'Serenade' (with Stephen Bell, horn). In Gerald Finzi's war-time cycle 'Dies natalis', the ecstatic mood reflects a child's wide-eyed wonder at the world. Britten's poignant 'Nocturne' completes the programme.
Britten - LSO - War Requiem [Decca 475 7511] {UK 2006, 1963} (2 CD)

Benjamin Britten - War Requiem
London Symphony Orchestra / Vishnevskaya / Pears / Fischer-Dieskau
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 625 MB | MP3 CBR 320: 306 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Decca 475 7511 | Country/Year: UK 2006, 1963
Genre: Classical | Style: Modern

…[an] iconic recording . . . Who but Pears could have intoned "Strange Meeting" with such spectral eeriness? Who has ever matched the furious authority of Fischer-Dieskau's "Be slowly lifted up"? Listening again reminds of just how extraordinary Vishnevskaya's voice was, too: darkly voluptuous with a core of steel. Her anguished cry of "Lacrimosa" has lost none of its visceral power…
Peter Pears, Claire Watson, ROH, Benjamin Britten - Britten: Peter Grimes (1959/2016) [TR24][OF]

Peter Pears, Claire Watson, ROH, Benjamin Britten - Britten: Peter Grimes
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 141:57 min | 2.70 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Decca | Tracks: 45 | 1959/2016

Tenor Sir Peter Pears leads the cast on this famous and highly-lauded presentation of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes, conducted by the composer himself and recorded live in London in December 1958. The album has been included on the list of the 100 greatest recordings by Gramophone, which said this version "has never been superseded in its refinement or insight." BBC Music Magazine named this album the greatest Britten recording of all time.

Norman, Gould - Britten: Who Are These Children? (2008)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at April 22, 2015
Norman, Gould - Britten: Who Are These Children? (2008)

Norman, Gould - Britten: Who Are These Children? (2008)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 245 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 165 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Bis | Catalog Number: 1510

This Britten recital combines two of the composer’s major song cycles, Winter Words, from 1953, and Who are these Children? (1969). In them he explored themes of loneliness, transcience and war – difficult and harrowing material which would test any composer, but Britten is equal to the challenge. His music works its magic by bringing out poignant emotions and subtle insights, sometimes even more vividly than the texts on their own. The music’s emotional depth is grounded in compelling, quasi-naturalistic sound images, such as the whistling, rattling train in the setting of Thomas Hardy’s Midnight on the Great Western. Providing a lighter note between these gripping works are four settings of poems by Robert Burns, containing some of Britten’s most deft and delicate music. Composed on the request of Queen Elizabeth II in 1975, they originally formed part of a set of six songs for high voice and harp, and were later arranged for piano by Britten’s assistant Colin Matthews.

Britten: Curlew River - Pears/Shirley-Quirk/Britten (1965)  Music

Posted by aeseixas at Sept. 21, 2009
Britten: Curlew River - Pears/Shirley-Quirk/Britten (1965)

Britten: Curlew River - EOG/Benjamin Britten (1965)
FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Cover, Tracks | 1CD/308MB
Classical | Label: Decca/London | Release: 1989 | RAR |

"This recording captures the intimacy of the piece; it is as though the listener is in church hearing the monks process past and reliving the story with them. Peter Pears is remarkably moving in the difficult role of the Madwoman, ably supported by singers and instrumentalists alike."
Simon Whalley, 1001 classical recordings you must hear before you die

V.A. - Benjamin Britten: The Collector's Edition (37CDs, 2008)  Music

Posted by Discograf_man at April 17, 2017
V.A. - Benjamin Britten: The Collector's Edition (37CDs, 2008)

V.A. - Benjamin Britten: The Collector's Edition (37CDs, 2008)
Classical, 20th century | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 5,68 Gb
Label: EMI Classics

This Collector's Edition presents a challenge to reviewers. There's so much of it. I could never do it any sort of justice if I approached this as if reviewing a smaller set. This, after all, comprises 37 CDs. As it is all I have been able to do is to sample, reminisce about known recordings and write around the subject. With this caveat stated, let's make a start.
There are three principal strands of Britten recordings. These are broadly tied into and defined by record companies, artists and eras. First we have Britten recording Britten for Decca.
Aldeburgh Strings - Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (2016) [TR24][OF]

Aldeburgh Strings - Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 68:36 min | 1.21 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Linn Records (CKD 478D) | Tracks: 13 | 2016

This international ensemble of crack musicians reveals the next generations star soloists; led by violinist Markus Däunert (leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra), they deliver fresh and energetic performances of some of Britten's finest music for string ensemble.

Britten - Death in Venice (Bruno Bartoletti) (2013) [Blu-ray]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Sept. 2, 2015
Britten - Death in Venice (Bruno Bartoletti) (2013) [Blu-ray]

Britten - Death in Venice (Bruno Bartoletti) (2013) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 15000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 155 min | 22,5 GB
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Audio2: English / Dolby Digital Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Audio3: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2173 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish

Here is Death in Venice in high Visconti style, ravishingly designed in greys and silver blues, and inimitably Italian in the classical elegance of its settings. No other production of this opera has so successfully transported the audience through a series of fully conceived sets – starting out from a graveyard built of piles of books, along the Grand Canal, checking in to a black-and-white marble hotel, and then out on to the beach, where the games of Apollo take place under the gaze of the god’s giant statue.

Benjamin Britten on Camera (2013)  Video

Posted by vivid23 at June 5, 2015
Benjamin Britten on Camera (2013)

Benjamin Britten on Camera (2013)
PDTV | 832x468 | MKV/x264 @ 1500 Kbps | 59mn | Audio: English AAC 128 kbps, 2 channels | Subs: English | 632 MB
Genre: Documentary

Documentary exploring the dynamic relationship that developed between British composer Benjamin Britten and the BBC as they worked together to broadcast modern classical music further and wider. Through this collaboration, Britten's music reached television audiences, from elaborately staged studio operas, intimate duets featuring his partner Peter Pears, to the massive Proms performance of his War Requiem. The programme features interviews with Britten's collaborators and singers as well as those working behind the scenes including Michael Crawford, David Attenborough, Humphrey Burton and soprano April Cantelo. James Naughtie narrates.