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…
Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten - Britten: War Requiem (1963/2013) [24/96]

Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten - Britten: War Requiem (1963/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 81:12 minutes | 1.63 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

“DECCA has used the most recent digital and Cedar technology to improve the original sound, under the overall supervision of veteran technician James Lock. This is one of the great performances of recording history.” Over half a century has passed since this classic DECCA recording was made in Kingsway Hall, London in January 1963. While the performance remains a benchmark, time has left the original analogue master tapes more fragile than ever.
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Benjamin Britten - Britten Peter Grimes (2015)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Benjamin Britten - Britten Peter Grimes (2015)
Classical, Opera | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 626 MB
Label: Decca | Tracks: 45 | Time: 142:00 min

Britten's first great opera, written in 1945, remains a touchstone not only for postwar opera, but also anticipates the direction that postmodern music would take later in the century. Written at a time when high modernism was in full swing, Britten bucked the trends by taking a personal, political and musically eclectic approach. It's a small story with great ramifications: A sadistic fisherman and his violent actions turn him into the bane of his community, resulting in his suicide.
The Britten Quartet - Benjamin Britten: Complete String Quartets (2010)

The Britten Quartet - Benjamin Britten: Complete String Quartets (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:09:43 | 565 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog: 9168

Benjamin Britten (1913-76) was one of the most precocious of all composers who have the term child prodigy attached to them. Britten showed a keen interest in music from a very early age – both as a pianist and composer. He would become a formidable pianist, but as remarkable as his early compositions are (he had composed 6 string quartets by the age of 12!), very few people, including Frank Bridge could predict that he would become the 20th centuries greatest opera composers.

Maggini Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Vol.2 (1999) (Repost)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at March 24, 2018
Maggini Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Vol.2 (1999) (Repost)

Maggini Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Vol.2 (1999)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:04:35 | 257 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.554360

The Third String Quartet is one of Britten's last works before his untimely death and shows that the composer was still at the height of his powers. The music, inspired by the beauty of Venice, begins tentatively with a delicately wistful opening which contrasts with the passionate outburst that follows it. It is tempting to wonder if Britten had intimations of mortality when he wrote this work.

Belcea Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Divertimenti (2005)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at March 23, 2018
Belcea Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Divertimenti (2005)

Belcea Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Divertimenti (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:34:33 | 412MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 57968

Due to the profundity of Beethoven's late string quartets and the significance composers and critics have placed on them, few modern string quartets have been regarded as masterpieces on the same level. Bartók's, yes, and Shostakovich's, but almost no other set of twentieth century quartets has been similarly elevated. It is almost axiomatic, then, that Benjamin Britten's three string quartets have not received comparable recognition or reverence, because these bright, transparent works deny most expectations of the genre.
Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Part, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)

Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Pärt, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Nicolas Bône (viola)
Douglas Boyd, William Conway, Richard Egarr (conductors)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Apex | # 2564 66070-5 | Time: 01:12:00

This CD is one of two Warner Classics recordings taped live during a series of concerts presented by the world renowned Chamber Orchestra of Europe during Easter Week 2003. The title for the concert series, presented in London, was Passions and Diversions as the works relate to different aspects of reflection and inspiration. In this program, Britten and Stokowski interpret works by Purcell in their own idioms; Britten draws on his English musical roots to inspire an original work, Lachrymae and Britten himself is the source of inspiration in Pärt’s Cantus. In the case of the Vaughan Williams, Tippett and Walton works, the inspirations are other composers and literature. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe has been described in The Financial Times as “the best orchestra in Europe.” The COE was founded in 1981 and has a membership of 50 musicians from 15 countries who perform together mainly in continental Europe and occasionally in the US and Japan. Since its inception, it has appeared with the world’s leading conductors and soloists, and its recordings have consistently won the highest praise and international prizes, including three Gramophone “Record of the Year” awards.
Engegard Quartet - String Quartets: Schubert, Ratkje, Britten, Haydn (2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/352,8kHz]

Engegård Quartet - String Quartets: Schubert, Ratkje, Britten, Haydn (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/352,8 kHz | Time - 97:42 minutes | 4,71 GB
or FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 97:42 minutes | 1,6 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Formed under the midnight sun in Lofoten in 2006, the Engegård Quartet rapidly became one of the most sought after ensembles in Norway, performing at the Bergen Festival and the Oslo Chamber Music Festival in their very first season. This extraordinary quartet, named after the first violinist Arvid Engegård, led the audience into the unique world of Norwegian classical and folk music, with intimacy and mystique playing an ever recurring role.