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

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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) | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 6.79 Gb+4.03 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 164 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.

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

Posted By: ArlegZ
100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.40 Gb | Total time: 05:28:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6001 | Recorded: 1961-2017

This imaginatively-curated, generously-filled Christmas package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. Why? Because it packs in every conceivable carol, tune, choral work or song in timeless performances from the greatest artists in the world: singers of immense communicative gifts including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. It truly offers something of every Christmas mind, spirit, and looks fantastic.

Susan Bullock, Malcolm Martineau - Strauss, Wagner, Britten, Prokofiev, Quilter, Rorem: Lieder (2007)

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Susan Bullock, Malcolm Martineau - Strauss, Wagner, Britten, Prokofiev, Quilter, Rorem: Lieder (2007)

Susan Bullock, Malcolm Martineau - Strauss, Wagner, Britten, Prokofiev, Quilter, Rorem: Lieder (2007)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 279 MB | 01:15:15
Genre: Classical | Label: Avie

Leading dramatic soprano Susan Bullock offers a stunning recording for Avie’s innovative Crear Classics series with a recital of songs which are linked by the theme of love and aspects of love. Covering a vast period from 1880 to the 1950s, the 19th century is represented by Richard Strauss in his youthful and flirtatious three early Lieder, and Wagner in his mature romance with Mathilde Wesendonck which resulted in the songs bearing her name. Prokofiev’s wistful and woebegone love songs are a fascinating complement to Britten’s Pushkin settings. Selections by the quintessential song composers Roger Quilter and Ned Rorem round out the eclectic programme.

Dima Slobodeniouk, Lahti Symphony Orchestra - Poulenc, Prokofiev, Britten: Sinfoniettas (2022)

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Dima Slobodeniouk, Lahti Symphony Orchestra - Poulenc, Prokofiev, Britten: Sinfoniettas (2022)

Dima Slobodeniouk, Lahti Symphony Orchestra - Poulenc, Prokofiev, Britten: Sinfoniettas (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 294 Mb | Total time: 62:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-SACD-2601 | Recorded: 2021

The term sinfonietta is generally used to describe a work that is smaller in scale or lighter in approach than a standard symphony. It only came into common usage during the first half of the 20th century, which is when the three works included on this disc were in fact composed. Worth noting is also that Sergei Prokofiev and Benjamin Britten wrote their respective sinfoniettas while they were still in their teens – early attempts at multi-movement works for ensemble. Prokofiev revised his Sinfonietta twice, with the 1929 version recorded here, and later went on to become one of the great symphonists of his time.

Vilde Frang, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, James Gaffigan - Britten, Korngold: Violin Concertos (2016)

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Vilde Frang, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, James Gaffigan - Britten, Korngold: Violin Concertos (2016)

Vilde Frang, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, James Gaffigan - Britten, Korngold: Violin Concertos (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:12 | 316 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | Catalog: 0825646009213

When Vilde Frang programs violin concertos in unexpected pairs, such as her 2010 coupling of Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor with Sergey Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, or her 2012 disc of Carl Nielsen's Violin Concerto matched against Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, the results are quite fascinating. For this 2016 release on Warner Classics, Frang plays the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 of Erich Wolfgang Korngold and the Violin Concerto, Op. 15 of Benjamin Britten, and the works invite comparisons because they are so dramatically different.

Carlo Maria Giulini, New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (2001)

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Carlo Maria Giulini, New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (2001)

Carlo Maria Giulini, New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 79:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BBC Music | # BBCL 4046-2 | Recorded: 1969

This performance is a revelation. Philip Reed, in his authoritative note, points out that, unbeknown to many, Britten and Giulini had a mutual respect for and an admiration of each other’s work. Here they combine to give a performance that is a true Legend, as this BBC series has it. Giulini’s reading is as dramatic and viscerally exciting as any I have heard. The music leaps from the page new-minted in his thoroughgoing, histrionically taut hands, the rhythmic tension at times quite astonishing. For instance, the sixth movement, ‘Libera me’, is simply earth-shattering in its effect, every bar, every word, every instrument sung and played to the hilt – and so it is throughout, with the live occasion added to the peculiar, and in this case peculiarly right, acoustics of the Albert Hall adding its own measure of verite to the inspired occasion.

Magdalena Hoffmann - Nightscapes for Harp (2022)

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Magdalena Hoffmann - Nightscapes for Harp (2022)

Magdalena Hoffmann - Nightscapes for Harp: Respighi, Chopin, Pizzetti, Britten, Field, Tournier, Hersch, Damase, Clara Schumann (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 236 Mb | Total time: 75:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 486 1724 | Recorded: 2020, 2021

Night falls in diverse ways in Magdalena Hoffmann's debut album. Nightscapes sees the German harpist dive deep into the intimate, mysterious, magical world of night music, as well as exploring the theme of dance. Its track list spans everything from the austere beauty of Britten's Suite for Harp Op. 83 to the folk-like colors of Tournier's La danse du moujik. The recording comprises both original pieces for solo harp and compositions for piano, skillfully transcribed by Hoffmann herself.

Bryden Thomson - Britten: Les Illuminations; Quatre Chansons Françaises; Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (1989)

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Bryden Thomson - Britten: Les Illuminations; Quatre Chansons Françaises; Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (1989)

Bryden Thomson, Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations, Quatre Chansons Françaises, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 232 Mb | Total time: 58:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 8657 | Recorded: 1988

Les Illuminations was premiered by Sophie Wyss in 1939, but, as with much of Britten's work, has been colonised since by tenors. Here, it is a joy to hear Felicity Lott singing a soprano version. Her voice is in the full bloom of youth, and she sings with a thrilling freshness and verve, entirely in keeping with the mood of excitement. There are many delicious moments – how wittily she confides "Des drôles trés solides" in Parade, and explodes with an ecstatic "J'ai seul la clef de cette parade sauvage !" echoing the sole phrase in the opening fanfare, but with a completely different tone. When the same phrase appears again, in Interlude, she sings it in yet another way, echoing the instrumental colouring around it.

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Metamorphosen Berlin - Very British: Elgar, Britten, Warlock, Jenkins (2021)

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Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Metamorphosen Berlin - Very British: Elgar, Britten, Warlock, Jenkins (2021)

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Metamorphosen Berlin - Very British: Elgar, Britten, Warlock, Jenkins (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 310 Mb | Total time: 78:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 19439873312 | Recorded: 2019, 2020

The new recording is entirely dedicated to British music and offers a great selection of works by famous but also lesser-known composers: recorded are works by Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Peter Warlock (1894-1930) and Karl Jenkins (b. 1944). The album opens with the earliest masterpiece, the famous Serenade in E minor for string orchestra by Edward Elgar, one of the greatest British composers and leading European composers of his generation. Among the hallmarks of Elgar's compositions are ingratiating character pieces that often share elements with English folk music.

Raphael Wallfisch, Steuart Bedford - Britten: Symphonie for Cello & Orchestra, Death in Venice (suite) (2004)

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Raphael Wallfisch, Steuart Bedford - Britten: Symphonie for Cello & Orchestra, Death in Venice (suite) (2004)

Raphael Wallfisch, English Chamber Orchestra, Steuart Bedford - Britten: Symphonie for Cello & Orchestra, Death in Venice (suite) (2004)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 251 MB | 01:01:02
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos

For admirers of Steuart Bedford's recordings of the music of Benjamin Britten, this re-release of his 1984 recordings of the Symphony for cello and orchestra with his arrangement of a concert suite from Death in Venice will be gratefully received. Bedford had been anointed by Peter Pears, Britten's musical executor, as a Britten interpreter and even allowed to create the concert suite. Bedford's conducting is surely more assured than Britten's in general, but his interpretations were clearly steeped in Britten's interpretations.

Julian Lloyd Webber, Neville Marriner - Britten: Cello Symphony; Walton: Cello Concerto (1997)

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Julian Lloyd Webber, Neville Marriner - Britten: Cello Symphony; Walton: Cello Concerto (1997)

Julian Lloyd Webber, Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Britten: Cello Symphony; Walton: Cello Concerto (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 66:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 454 442-2 | Recorded: 1996

Despite all the praise heaped on this late work by England's greatest 20th-century composer, it remains a very difficult nut to crack. The best adjective to describe it would have to be "gnarly." The music is dark, dissonant, and only elusively melodic until the transfiguring finale, when sunlight finally bursts through the clouds in the form of a lyrical trumpet tune. It takes real concentration on the listener's part, and although the experience is worth the effort, it's something you have to understand from the beginning. Walton's Concerto is easier on the ear, but also of lighter musical substance. Andrew Lloyd Webber plays both pieces with total conviction and considerable tonal beauty.

Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia - À sa guitare (2021)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia - À sa guitare (2021)

Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia - À sa guitare (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 67:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029500570 | Recorded: 2020, 2021

The first joint album from countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and guitarist Thibaut Garcia, À sa guitare takes it's name from a song by the 20th century French composer Francis Poulenc. But it's frame of reference is extraordinarily wide - both culturally and stylistically. It's 22 tracks range across 400 years and music by composers and songwriters from France, Britain, Austria, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and the USA. "The album is a journey between different cultures, different continents and different languages," says Philippe Jaroussky, "but each piece is a world in itself. The idea was to take some risks… sometimes moving to a completely different world between one track and the next." "We can evoke hugely different colours as we juggle between renaissance music and a song by Barbara," explains Thibaut Garcia. "It's our job to play with a palette of colours to produces something unique… We put a great deal of thought into the album, but we also put our hearts into it."

Glorious Majesty - Music for English Kings & Queens [3CDs] (2012)

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Glorious Majesty - Music for English Kings & Queens [3CDs] (2012)

Glorious Majesty - Music for English Kings & Queens: Handel, Purcell, Byrd, Britten, Elgar, Walton, Williams [3CDs] (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,06 Gb | Total time: 72:12+76:44+78:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 3 27285 2

Glorious Majesty Music for English Kings and Queens is a 3CD collection of classical music written for English Kings and Queens through the ages. From Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II (via Queen Mary II, Queen Anne, George II, Edward VI, and George V) the collection includes the much-loved classics Handel s Zadok the Priest and Music for the Royal Fireworks, Parry s I was glad, Elgar s Coronation March, Walton s Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre, and not forgetting Elgar s arrangement of the National Anthem

Alejo Pérez, Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra - Britten: Death in Venice (2018) [BDRip]

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Alejo Pérez, Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra - Britten: Death in Venice (2018) [BDRip]

Alejo Pérez, Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra - Britten: Death in Venice (2018) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,970 fps | 152 min | 3,48 Gb
Audio: English / AC3 / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 448 Kbps
Classical | Naxos | Sub: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

Adapted from Thomas Mann’s 1912 novella, Death in Venice was Benjamin Britten’s last opera, the composer insisting on its completion while delaying badly needed heart surgery. The starkly simple narrative of a famous but failing novelist travelling to Venice to seek inspiration only to find unhealthy infatuation and deadly cholera, is given a chamber-like precision and clarity through Britten’s score, becoming a haunting drama filled with musical symbols, disquieting mystery and richly evocative atmospheres of Venice and its strange characters. Willy Decker’s Teatro Real production was described as ‘one of his most brilliant stage works… a remarkable technical feat.’ (bachtrack.com)

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - The British Project (2021)

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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - The British Project (2021)

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - The British Project: Elgar, Britten, Walton, Vaughan Williams (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 421 Mb | Total time: 71:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 486 1547 | Recorded: 2019-2021

The British Project is composed of four separate performances by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its young conductor, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, issued as digital-only single performances by the Deutsche Grammophon label during the pandemic and compiled into a single album in 2021. It's not clear whether the whole thing was in the performers' sights at the beginning, but it may as well have been; it's a coherent and effective program. With Elgar's lovely Sospiri, Op. 70, as a kind of preamble, Gražinytė-Tyla launches into Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20. This work is not exactly obscure, but it's a youthful piece much less often heard than its cousin, the War Requiem, Op. 66.