Benjamin Britten

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Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten of Aldeburgh (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes (1945), the War Requiem (1962) and the orchestral showpiece The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945).

Born in Suffolk, the son of a dentist, Britten showed talent from an early age. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and privately with the composer Frank Bridge. Britten first came to public attention with the a cappella choral work A Boy was Born in 1934. With the premiere of Peter Grimes in 1945, he leapt to international fame. Over the next 28 years, he wrote 14 more operas, establishing himself as one of the leading 20th-century composers in the genre. In addition to large-scale operas for Sadler's Wells and Covent Garden, he wrote "chamber operas" for small forces, suitable for performance in venues of modest size. Among the best known of these is The Turn of the Screw (1954). Recurring themes in his operas include the struggle of an outsider against a hostile society and the corruption of innocence.

Britten's other works range from orchestral to choral, solo vocal, chamber and instrumental as well as film music. He took a great interest in writing music for children and amateur performers, including the opera Noye's Fludde, a Missa Brevis, and the song collection Friday Afternoons. He often composed with particular performers in mind. His most frequent and important muse was his personal and professional partner, the tenor Peter Pears; others included Kathleen Ferrier, Jennifer Vyvyan, Janet Baker, Dennis Brain, Julian Bream, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Mstislav Rostropovich. Britten was a celebrated pianist and conductor, performing many of his own works in concert and on record. He also performed and recorded works by others, such as Bach's Brandenburg concertos, Mozart symphonies, and song cycles by Schubert and Schumann.

Together with Pears and the librettist and producer Eric Crozier, Britten founded the annual Aldeburgh Festival in 1948, and he was responsible for the creation of Snape Maltings concert hall in 1967. In his last year, he was the first composer to be given a life peerage.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Guitar Recital: Bach / Britten / Duarte / Castelnuovo-Tedesco András Csáki 1
2010 The essential Trumpet: Bright, Bold and Beautiful Various Artists 1
2011 Après un rêve Sandrine Piau, Susan Manoff 1
2011 Le violoncelle parle Emmanuelle Bertrand 5 1
2011 L'opéra pour les nuls Various Artists 1
2011 Chanticleer Takes You Out of This World! Chanticleer 1
2011 Celebrate Christmas The Choristers of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle 1
2011 Music: An Appreciation Tenth Edition - Brief Set of 5 CDs Roger Kamien 1
2011 Shakespeare Inspired Michelle Breedt, Nina Schumann 1
2012 Darknesse Visible Inon Barnatan 2
2012 Solo Marika Lombardi 1
2012 This Is the Day: Music on Royal Occasions The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter 2
2012 Royal Rhymes and Rounds The King’s Singers 1
2012 Journey Into Light: Music for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge, Mark Williams 1
2012 British Choral Music Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Michael Leighton-Jones 1
2012 In Dublin's Fair City The Choristers of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, David Leigh, Stuart Nicholson 1
2013 Britten: Cello Suites Nos. 1, 2 & 3 Antoine Pierlot 1
2014 Solo Alisa Weilerstein 2
2015 Nocturnes Rupert Charlesworth, Edwige Herchenroder 1
2015 Fleurs Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton 1
2015 Departures U.S. Air Force Band, Col Larry H. Lang 1
2015 Oboe Concertos Ralph Vaughan Williams, James MacMillan; Nicholas Daniel, Britten Sinfonia, James MacMillan 1
2015 BBC Music, Volume 23, Number 7: Elgar: Sea Pictures / Bax: Tintagel / Stanford: Songs of the Sea Elgar, Bax, Stanford 1
2015 Carols with St Paul’s Cathedral Choir St Paul’s Cathedral Choir, Andrew Carwood 2
2015 Radio Clásica 50 aniversario: La música de una historia Various Artists 1
2016 War Memorials: Music for Brass Band Cory Band, Tredegar Town Band 1
2016 The Tree of Life Daniel Taylor, The Trinity Choir 1
2016 Himmelslieder - Songs of Heaven SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart 1
2017 Songs From Our Ancestors Ian Bostridge, Xuefei Yang 1
2017 東京藝大音楽学部 推薦学生によるクラシックから純邦楽まで!現在(いま)聴くべき究極(9曲)! Various Artists 3
2017 Let Beauty Awake Ellen Nisbeth, Bengt Forsberg 1
2017 Guitar Recital Andrea González Caballero 1
20th Century Guitar Michael Partington 1
Cardiff Singer of the World: Highlights from the 1997 Final Various Artists 1
Det brinner en stjärna Hägerstens kammarkör, Kerstin Börjesson, Susanne Rydén 1
English Experience Various Artists 1
English String Music English Sinfonia, John Farrer 1
Faire Is The Heaven The Cambridge Singers 1
Goder afton mitt herrskap (Adolf Fredriks Gosskör & Flickkör, feat. conductor: Jan'Åke Hillerud & Bo Johansson) Various Artists 1
Lachrymae Various Artists 1
Peter and the Wolf, Etc. Prokofiev; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Schola Crucis Schola Lucis: Geistliche Chorwerke Dresdner Kreuzchor 1
The Art of the Viola Heinrich Koll, Madoka Inui, Peter Schmidl, Alexandra Koll, Milan Karanovic 1
Weihnachtskonzert: Liedsätze und Motetten für gleiche Stimmen a cappella, mit Harfe, Klavier und Vokalsolisten BonnSonata, Markus Karas 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Golden Brass: Five Centuries of Music for Brass Philip Jones Brass Ensemble 1
1978 Sir Adrian Boult Conducts Marches Sir Adrian Boult 1
1983 Your Songs of Praise Choice Various Artists 1
1984 Telarc Sampler, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1986 Exile on Classical Street Various Artists 1
1987 Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 Heitor Villa‐Lobos; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Karita Mattila 2
1988 Assorted Images: Virgin Classics Compact Disc Sampler 1988 Various Artists 1
1988 Pasticcio: Kulinarische Musikalitäten In Audiophilen Beispielen Various Artists 1
1988 Virtuoso Harp Marion Hofmann 1
1989 Palmarès de l'année 1990 Various Artists 1
1989 The Spirit of England William Boughton, English Symphony Orchestra, English String Orchestra 1
1990 England's Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1990 Sound Sampling Various Artists 1
1991 Bernstein Favorites: Children's Classics: Carnival of the Animals / Peter and the Wolf / Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Leonard Bernstein 1
1991 Child of Light: Music for Christmas The Elysian Singers 1
1991 Evening, Morning and Night: The Art of Graham Johnson Various Artists 1
1991 Seascapes Various Artists 1
1992 Love Songs Arleen Augér, Dalton Baldwin 1
1992 Esquire: Classical Music Sampler Various Artists 1
1992 The HMV Collection Sampler Various Artists 4
1992 The Orchestra Various Artists 1
1993 Julian Bream Edition, Volume 6 Julian Bream Consort 1
1993 Classic Experience IV Various Artists 1
1993 English Anthems Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury 1
1993 Harp Favourites Marisa Robles 1
1993 Nocturnal Julian Bream 1
1993 The Simon Rattle Selection Simon Rattle 1
1994 Classic CD, Volume 50: Kiri at 50 Various Artists 1
1994 25 TV Commercial Classics Various Artists 1
1994 Classic CD, Volume 56: Christmas Classics Various Artists 1
1994 20th Century String Music Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Richard Studt 1
1994 A Treasury of All-Time Classics Various Artists 1
1994 Classic Creepies Various Artists 1
1994 Das Cambridge Buch der Musik Various Artists 1
1994 Gateway to Classical Music, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 L'Univers du classique Various Artists 1
1994 Modern Times Various Artists 1
1994 Proms 1994: Music featured during the 100th season of the Proms Various Artists 1
1994 The HMV Classics Collection Various Artists 1
1994 The Virgin Classics Collection Various Artists 1
1995 200 Greatest Classics XI Various Artists 1
1995 British Music on Hyperion Various Artists 1
1995 Carols From Trinity Choir of Trinity College, Richard Marlow 1
1995 Classics by Moonlight Various Artists 1
1995 In dulci jubilo: Music for Advent & Christmas London Oriana Choir, Leon Lovett, Osian Ellis 1
1995 The English Tradition Various Artists 1
1995 The Ultimate Demonstration Disc: Chesky Records’ Guide to Critical Listening Various Artists 3
1995 Treasures of English Church Music The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter 1
1996 Classic CD, Volume 73: Peter Grimes and Cabaret Various Artists 1
1996 Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
1996 Richard Hickox - Exclusively On Chandos Richard Hickox 1
1996 Sensual Classics Various Artists 2
1996 The Classical Russian Revelation Various Artists 1
1996 The Singing Apes & Other Songs of Love & War Orphei Drängar, Robert Sund 1
1996 The Sunday Times Music Collection: The Orchestra, Volume 4: Brass Various Artists 1
1996 Top of the Spot Classic 1996 Various Artists 1

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