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Mozart - Idomeneo (Benjamin Britten) (2008/1969)  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Sept. 6, 2016
Mozart - Idomeneo (Benjamin Britten) (2008/1969)

Mozart - Idomeneo (Benjamin Britten) (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.
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 | Rls.date: 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.
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 | Rls.date: 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.

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.

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.
Andrew Kennedy, Richard Farnes - Benjamin Britten: The Turn Of The Screw (2014) [Official Digital Download - 24bit/96kHz]

Andrew Kennedy, Richard Farnes - Benjamin Britten: The Turn Of The Screw (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.66 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download - Source: Qobuz

Released in the Britten anniversary year, Richard Farnes, the Music Director of Opera North who led their critically acclaimed production of 'The Turn of the Screw' in 2010, conducts an all-English cast in Britten’s most ingeniously crafted opera, including Andrew Kennedy, Sally Matthews, and 11-year old Michael Clayton-Jolly in the role of Miles.

Benjamin Britten - St. Nicolas (Philips Langridge)  Music

Posted by tapaz9 at Dec. 4, 2012
Benjamin Britten - St. Nicolas (Philips Langridge)

Benjamin Britten - St. Nicolas (Philips Langridge)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 323 Mb
Label: Naxos - Date: 2003

A blithely youthful homage, this, to the patron saint of children. The earliest work on the disc, the posthumously published ‘Christmas suite’ Christ’s Nativity, dates from the 17-year-old Britten’s first year at the Royal College of Music; while its two companion pieces, the dramatic cantata St Nicolas and Psalm 150 (joyously celebrated here by the New London Children’s Choir and London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra), although written at approximately 15-year intervals thereafter, still sport their old school ties, having been composed as centenary offerings …….
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Benjamin Britten - Cello Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem (Britten Conducts Britten)

Benjamin Britten - Cello Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem (Britten Conducts Britten)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Cover+Booklet | 417 Mb
Label: Decca - Date: 1989

With the arrival of Benjamin Britten on the international music scene, many felt that English music gained its greatest genius since Purcell. A composer of wide-ranging talents, Britten found in the human voice an especial source of inspiration, an affinity that resulted in a remarkable body of work, ranging from operas like Peter Grimes (1944-1945) and Death in Venice (1973) to song cycles like the Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings (1943) to the massive choral work War Requiem (1961). He also produced much music for orchestra and chamber ensembles, including symphonies, concerti, and chamber and solo works. Britten's father was a prosperous oral surgeon in the town of Lowestoft, Suffolk; his mother was a leader in the local ……
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Benjamin Britten - Nocturne, Serenade, Les Illuminations (John Mark Ainsley, David Pyatt)

Benjamin Britten - Nocturne, Serenade, Les Illuminations (John Mark Ainsley, David Pyatt)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Cover+Booklet | 303 Mb
Label: EMI - Date: 1996

With the arrival of Benjamin Britten on the international music scene, many felt that English music gained its greatest genius since Purcell. A composer of wide-ranging talents, Britten found in the human voice an especial source of inspiration, an affinity that resulted in a remarkable body of work, ranging from operas like Peter Grimes (1944-1945) and Death in Venice (1973) to song cycles like the Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings (1943) to the massive choral work War Requiem (1961). He also produced much music for orchestra and chamber ensembles, including symphonies, concerti, and chamber and solo works. Britten's father was a prosperous oral surgeon in the town of Lowestoft, Suffolk; his mother was a leader in the local ……
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