Britten 2015

Sviatoslav Richter - Complete Decca, Philips & DG Recordings (51CDs, 2015)

Sviatoslav Richter - Complete Decca, Philips & DG Recordings (51CDs, 2015)
Classical, Piano | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 7,38 Gb
Label: Decca (UMO)

Many collectors would agree that Sviatoslav Richter was the greatest pianist of the 20th century. His enormous recorded legacy hides hundreds of treasures, many of which are included in this beautiful 51CD set. Released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth (20th March 2015), the edition encompasses his complete Decca, Philips and DG recordings, including his Sofia Recital as well as his collaborations with Rostropovich, Karajan and Benjamin Britten.
Britten Sinfonia & Thomas Gould - Bach: Goldberg Variations (arr Dmitry Sitkovetsky) (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/88.2]

Britten Sinfonia & Thomas Gould - Bach: Goldberg Variations (arr Dmitry Sitkovetsky) (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 72:34 minutes | 1.34 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The Britten Sinfonia s Associate Leader, Thomas Gould directs the ensemble in Dmitry Sitkovetsky s beautifully realised and heartfelt arrangement for strings of Bach s great keyboard work, 'The Goldberg Variations'. Sitkovetsky s arrangement (first conceived for string trio and later expanded for string orchestra), made in 1985 on the 300th anniversary of Bach s birth, is lovingly and painstakingly done. He dedicates the string trio arrangement to Glenn Gould, and it is clear from much of the written-out ornamentation that Gould s recordings of the Goldbergs were Sitkovetsky s passport into the music.
Nicholas Daniel & Britten Oboe Quartet - Mozart, Britten, Knussen & Françaix: A Tribute to Janet (2017) [24/96]

Nicholas Daniel & Britten Oboe Quartet - Mozart, Britten, Knussen & Françaix: A Tribute to Janet (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 65:52 minutes | 1.12 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The Britten Oboe Quartet here makes its recording debut with a programme of its core repertory. It naturally includes the great Mozart Quartet K.370 and Britten’s own Phantasy op.2, but also two pieces that have a special resonance for the distinguished oboist Nicholas Daniel, because they were commissioned and premiered by Janet Craxton (1929-81), his ‘beloved teacher’ and inspiration, and her London Oboe Quartet. Thus Oliver Knussen’s Cantata (1977) and the delightful Cor Anglais Quartet of Jean Françaix add further variety to a fascinating anthology that also features Nicholas Daniel’s own completion of Mozart’s elegiac fragment K580a.
Emerson String Quartet - Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/44]

Emerson String Quartet - Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 73:33 minutes | 671 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Emerson String Quartet releases Chaconnes and Fantasias – Music of Britten and Purcell.
Sviatoslav Richter - Richter: The 100th Anniversary Edition (2015) (50 CD Box Set)

Sviatoslav Richter - Richter: The 100th Anniversary Edition (2015) (50 CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image+.cue, log) | 50 CDs, 55:00:00 min | 12,9 Gb | Scans -> 50,8 mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Melodiya

For the 100th anniversary of Sviatoslav Richter, Firma Melodiya presents its arguably biggest project in its semicentennial history: a 50-CD set of Sviatoslav Richters concert recordings! This collection is far from the complete phonographic legacy of the great musician. Nevertheless, the set includes plenty of exclusive, previously unreleased recordings that will make the hearts of even most erudite connoisseurs and collectors rejoice.
Jaap van Zweden, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic - Britten: War Requiem (2012) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Jaap van Zweden, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic - Britten: War Requiem (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 82:32 minutes | 1.70 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This live performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem was recorded at a memorable concert in Utrecht in May last year. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, and Netherlands Children's Choir are directed by the highly-rated Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden. The soloists are soprano Evelina Dobracheva, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, and baritone Mark Stone.
English String Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, William Boughton, Roger Best - Works for String Orchestra (1985)

English String Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, William Boughton, Roger Best - Works for String Orchestra (1985)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork (600dpi, png) | 415 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 321 mb
Classical, Modern | Label: Nimbus Records - NI 5025

Here is the 1985 Nimbus release 'Benjamin Britten: Works for String Orchestra' performed by English String Orchestra conducted by William Boughton with Roger Best on viola. This particular Nimbus release has been out of print for some time now, but all of these works by Britten has been included on various later and more recent Nimbus releases.
Joo Yeon Sir & Irina Andrievsky - Britten, De Falla, Gershwin, Milhaud & Schnittke: Suites & Fantasies (2017) [24/96]

Joo Yeon Sir & Irina Andrievsky - Britten, De Falla, Gershwin, Milhaud & Schnittke: Suites & Fantasies (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 77:27 minutes | 1.42 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Korean born British violinist Joo Yeon Sir is a name to watch. The Strad magazine reviewing a Wigmore Hall concert commented ‘Exuberant…feline and seductive, rattling off the fiendish cadenza with bravura and oodles of personality’.
Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar; Benjamin Britten; William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto; Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
William Walton: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (2014)
Li-Wei Qin, cello; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Zhang Yi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 8896661 | Time: 01:15:26

An offering of two iconic British cello concertos, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and distinguished cellist Li-Wei Qin, separated by an atmospheric and musically detailed recording of Britten’s Four Sea Interludes conducted by Zhang Yi.
V.A. - Mercury Living Presence: The Collector's Edition Vol.3 (53CDs, 2015)

V.A. - Mercury Living Presence: The Collector's Edition Vol.3 (53CDs, 2015)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 7,38 Gb
Label: Decca Classics

This 53-CD set is more than the sum of its parts. While not all the performances and recordings are top-notch, the overall quality is very high and as a historical overview of a label known for its sonic as well as musical merits, it's full of treasures. The Mercury sound at its best is vivid and still sounds remarkable and many of these recordings - such as the marches, show tunes and orchestral showpieces conducted by Frederic Fennell - demonstrate this amply. But it's not all lollipops by any means.