This Collector's Edition presents a challenge to reviewers. There's so much of it. I could never do it any sort of justice if I approached this as if reviewing a smaller set. This, after all, comprises 37 CDs. As it is all I have been able to do is to sample, reminisce about known recordings and write around the subject. With this caveat stated, let's make a start.
There are three principal strands of Britten recordings. These are broadly tied into and defined by record companies, artists and eras. First we have Britten recording Britten for Decca.
The twelve song collection of cuts presents a new generation of prog artists. Mystery, Big Big Train, The Pineapple Thief, No-Man, Panic Room, Mostly Autumn, Manning and more.
Andrea Mantegna’s Adoration of the Magi is based on one of Christianity’s best loved stories: the arrival of the gift-bearing Wise Men at the baby Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem. While the simple Bible text is usually depicted with sweeping, exotic pageantry, here the subject is rendered with an intimate, close-up focus on the central characters in the scene. …