Britten Grimes

V.A. - Benjamin Britten: The Collector's Edition (37CDs, 2008)  Music

Posted by Discograf_man at April 17, 2017
V.A. - Benjamin Britten: The Collector's Edition (37CDs, 2008)

V.A. - Benjamin Britten: The Collector's Edition (37CDs, 2008)
Classical, 20th century | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 5,68 Gb
Label: EMI Classics

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.
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has been included on the list of the 100 greatest recordings by Gramophone, which said this version "has never been superseded in its refinement or insight."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.
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.
Hickox, Bournemouth Symphony - Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (2013)

Hickox, Bournemouth Symphony - Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (2013)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 256 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 161 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 10784

This newly remastered recording presents a varied selection of orchestral works by Benjamin Britten, performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Richard Hickox, to mark the great composer’s centenary year. The disc is also a part of The Richard Hickox Legacy, paying tribute to the conductor and leading advocate of twentieth-century British music.

Britten's Musical Language  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by MoneyRich at Dec. 8, 2014
Britten's Musical Language

Britten's Musical Language (Music in the Twentieth Century) by Philip Rupprecht
English | February 11, 2002 | ISBN: 0521631548 | 368 pages | PDF | 8 MB

Blending insights from linguistic and social theories of speech, ritual and narrative with music-analytic and historical criticism,Britten's Musical Language offers fresh perspectives on the composer's fusion of verbal and musical utterance in opera and song. It provides close interpretative studies of the major scores (including Peter Grimes, Billy Budd, The Turn of the Screw, War Requiem, Curlew River and Death in Venice) and explores Britten's ability to fashion complex and mysterious symbolic dramas from the interplay of texted song and wordless discourse of motives and themes.
Kansas City SO / Michael Stern - Britten's Orchestra (2010, Reference Rec. # RR-120SACD) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Benjamin Britten - Britten's Orchestra
Kansas City Symphony Orchestra / Michael Stern (conductor)
SACD ISO: 3,33 GB (Stereo/MCH) | FLAC Stereo @ 24bit/88.2kHz: 984 MB | 5% Rec. Info
Label/Cat#: Reference Recordings # RR-120SACD | Country/Year: Europe 2003 | Artwork
Genre: Classical | Style: Early 20th Century, Contemporary

"…I feel with this recording, Michael Stern and the Kansas City Orchestra are now major player's in the classical music world. Superb!! Highly recommended." ~sa-cd.net
Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra - Britten's Orchestra (2009) [Official Digital Download - 24bit/88.2kHz]

Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra - Britten's Orchestra (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 912 MB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download - Source: HDtracks

One of the chief characteristics of Benjamin Britten's music is his masterful and highly distinctive orchestration, and the works on this album are among his most prized for that hallmark of his originality: the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, the Sinfonia da requiem, and the Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from the opera Peter Grimes.
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 ……
From Allmusic
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 ……
From Allmusic
Britten: Cello Symphony; Symphonic Suite From Gloriana; Four Sea Interludes From Peter Grimes (2011)

Britten: Cello Symphony; Symphonic Suite From Gloriana; Four Sea Interludes From Peter Grimes (2011)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 286 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 10658

These are outstanding performances, as good or better than the composer's own. Edward Gardner tears into the Four Sea Interludes with uninhibited excitement. It's great to hear the high violins and flutes in "Dawn" swooping and soaring like the gulls that they're supposed to be evoking. "Sunday Morning" has an infectious bounce, while "Moonlight" casts a rapt stillness abruptly shattered by perhaps the most vicious storm on disc.