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…
Ellen Nisbeth, Bengt Forsberg - Let Beauty Awake: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Benjamin Britten (2017)

Let Beauty Awake: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Benjamin Britten (2017)
Ellen Nisbeth, viola; Bengt Forsberg, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2182 | Time: 01:20:19

Despite her youth, Ellen Nisbeth has received acclaim both in her native Sweden and abroad and is one of the Rising Stars selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2017/2018 season. A former student of London's Royal College of Music, she hails from a family of Scottish origin and feels a particular affinity for the landscapes of Scotland, and for the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. For her first recital disc Ellen Nisbeth has devised an all-British programme which includes her own transcriptions of selected songs from Songs of Travel – Ralph Vaughan Williams's settings of poems by Stevenson. The songs intersperse the remainder of the programme, and one of them – Let Beauty Awake – has also lent its title to the entire disc. Together with the eminent pianist and chamber musician Bengt Forsberg, Nisbeth goes on to perform the impassioned Viola Sonata composed in 1919 by Rebecca Clarke – a well-known piece among viola-players, but deserving of a wider audience.
Nicholas Daniel, Britten Sinfonia - Ralph Vaughan Williams & James MacMillan: Oboe Concertos (2015) [24/88]

Nicholas Daniel, Britten Sinfonia - Ralph Vaughan Williams & James MacMillan: Oboe Concertos (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 65:50 minutes | 1.18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Two major British oboe concertos featuring soloist Nicholas Daniel with the Britten Sinfonia. Composer James MacMillan conducts the world premiere recording of his own Concerto (dedicated to Nicholas Daniel), as well as his 2012 composition 'One' and the Britten 'Suite on English Folk Tunes: A Time There Was'.
Concertegbouw Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli - Barbirolli conducts Erik Satie, Benjamin Britten, Antonin Dvorak (2003)

Erik Satie: Gymnopédies Nos. 1 & 3; Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony #7 in D minor, Op. 70 (2003)
Concertegbouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; conducted by Sir John Barbirolli

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Testament | # SBT1252 | Time: 01:07:28

This is a fine Testament release taken from the archives of Netherlands Radio and enshrines some magnificent Barbirolli performances in somewhat opaque sound. The Satie Gymnopedie's have a delicate and loving sound that reveal Sir John's deep and intrinsic love for the miniaturistic charm of these enchanting pieces. Britten's 'Sinfonia da Requiem' was another Barbirolli speciality and this is one of many recordings available. However it is intriguing to observe the special attention and alertness that the Concertgebouw players impart to the music that takes on an added grandeur. However it is the Dvořák Seventh that is the real highlight of the disc as it is a version to die for! Sir John handles the music with real imagery and heart-on-sleeve emotion that almost rivals Kertész and Sejna, my other preferred versions in this landmark work.
Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton - Handel: Messiah (2009)

Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton - Handel: Messiah (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:13:29 | 676 MB
Genre: Classical, Oratorio | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67800

There are so many excellent recordings of Messiah that the addition of another only further complicates the decision for the listener, but having such an abundance of riches should be no cause for complaint. Hyperion's recording with Stephen Layton leading the choir Polyphony and the Britten Sinfonia is not among the flashiest or most star-studded, but it is immensely musically satisfying.

Striped Pears and Polka Dots: The Art of Being Happy  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by First1 at Nov. 16, 2017
Striped Pears and Polka Dots: The Art of Being Happy

Striped Pears and Polka Dots: The Art of Being Happy by Kirsten Sevig
English | November 7th, 2017 | ASIN: B076T8586H, ISBN: 1682681963 | 128 Pages | EPUB | 74.57 MB

A portable “happy place” of whimsical illustrations!

Britten and Brulightly (2009)  Comics

Posted by First1 at Oct. 31, 2017
Britten and Brulightly (2009)

Britten and Brulightly (2009)
English | CBR | 112 pages | 102.43 Mb

A brilliant debut graphic novel. “Private Researcher” Fernández Britten clings to the hope of redemption through delivering, just once, a truth with a positive impact. Britten and his unconventional partner, Brülightly, take on a case of suicide.
Arabella Steinbacher - Britten & Hindemith: Violin Concertos (2017)

Arabella Steinbacher, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Vladimir Jurowski - Britten & Hindemith: Violin Concertos
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 65:40 min | 266 MB
Label: PentaTone | Tracks: 06 | 2017

Breathtaking virtuosity flows seamlessly with expansive lyrical passages and fiendish passagework in this commanding performance by Arabella Steinbacher of the restless and technically demanding violin concertos of Britten and Hindemith in this new release from PENTATONE, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.