Britten Grimes

Arabella Steinbacher - Britten & Hindemith: Violin Concertos (2017)

Arabella Steinbacher, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Vladimir Jurowski - Britten & Hindemith: Violin Concertos
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 65:40 min | 266 MB
Label: PentaTone | Tracks: 06 | Rls.date: 2017

Breathtaking virtuosity flows seamlessly with expansive lyrical passages and fiendish passagework in this commanding performance by Arabella Steinbacher of the restless and technically demanding violin concertos of Britten and Hindemith in this new release from PENTATONE, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
Arabella Steinbacher, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Vladimir Jurowski - Britten & Hindemith: Violin Concertos (2017)

Arabella Steinbacher, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Vladimir Jurowski - Britten & Hindemith: Violin Concertos (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:05:46 | 151 Mb
Classical | Label: Pentatone Music

Breathtaking virtuosity flows seamlessly with expansive lyrical passages and fiendish passagework in this commanding performance by Arabella Steinbacher of the restless and technically demanding violin concertos of Britten and Hindemith in this new release from PENTATONE, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
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. - 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.
Halle Orchestra, Kent Nagano - Benjamin Britten: The Rescue of Penelope; Phaedra (1996)

Benjamin Britten - The Rescue of Penelope; Phaedra (1996)
Dame Janet Baker, narrator; Alison Hagley, soprano; Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor; William Dazeley, bass; Lorraine Hunt, soprano
Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 200 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 94 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630 12713-2 | Time: 00:51:10

Soon after his return from America, at the height of the war in 1943, Britten wrote incidental music for a radio play by Edward Sackville-West on the Homeric subject of Odysseus’s return to Penelope. Drawn from the complete score with barely any amendment of the original, and compressed into a 36-minute cantata, with Chris de Souza tailoring the text and Colin Matthews, Britten’s last amanuensis, most tactfully editing the music, the result is extraordinarily powerful. The most important role is that of the narrator, here masterfully taken by Dame Janet Baker who brings the story vividly to life despite the stylized classical language (e.g. “Odysseus, Lord of sea-girt Ithaca” or “His fair wife, white-armed Penelope”). Rather confusingly Athene also appears as a soprano, with the radiant Alison Hagley sounding totally unlike Dame Janet. She is one of a godly quartet of singers who contribute Greek-style commentaries – vocal passages which regularly add to the atmospheric beauty of the piece.
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

Takacs Quartet - Britten: String Quartets No 1, 2 & 3 (2013)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at July 31, 2014
Takacs Quartet - Britten: String Quartets No 1, 2 & 3 (2013)

Takacs Quartet - Britten: String Quartets No 1, 2 & 3 (2013)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 345 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 68004

‘Arguably the greatest string quartet before the public today’ (The Sunday Times), the Takács Quartet have recorded much of the great Classical and Romantic quartet repertoire during their fruitful career. Now they turn to three masterpieces of the twentieth century.