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7 CDs box-set of Choral Works & Opera for Children, Benjamin Britten’s new release on EMI

Posted on 06 June 2013 by admin

This year is  Benjamin Britten’s 100 years birthday. In this very special Britten year,  EMI Classics celebrate his birthday with several box-set releases of his works, the most recent one is this collection box-set of his choral works and opera for children.

This special collection showcases the way in which the composer’s love of poetry formed a crucial basis for much of his choral and operatic music; inspired by poets such as Auden, Smart and Hopkins, Britten crafted their works into compelling narratives. His imaginative text setting and the artful melodies of works such as Rejoice in the LambA Ceremony of Carols and the iconic War Requiem have captivated listeners throughout the 20th century and beyond. Among the world-class performers featured in the collection are Robert Tear, Janet Baker, Elisabeth Söderström and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

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Benjamin Britten’s new release 65 CDs box-set on Decca

Posted on 01 June 2013 by admin

English composer, conductor, and pianist , Baron Edward Benjamin (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, and wrote music in many genres. This year is his 100 years birthday. ‘In this very special Britten year it seemed to us at Decca that something unique had to be attempted to honour such a huge figure in British music. The first ever “complete works” on disc best fitted the bill, and we are most grateful to all participating labels and to the Britten-Pears Foundation for their support in making this happen.’ said Paul Moseley, managing director of Decca Classics.

The 65-CD set includes every Britten work with an opus number, and draws on recordings from across 20 labels, including EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, Naxos, Warner Classics and NMC. But it is appropriate that Decca is behind the initiative. Britten had strong links with Decca, many of his most important recordings being produced and released by the label, and indeed Decca discs make up three-quarters of this anniversary set. The 1963 Decca recording of the War Requiem remains one of the fastest-selling classical releases of all time – this new set offers a version newly remastered from the analogue tapes, as well as material from Britten’s rehearsals at the recording session.  In addition to the recordings the box-set will also contain a 208-page full-colour hardback book featuring articles, a complete alphabetical index of works included in the edition, a gallery of original Decca LP sleeves from 1953 onwards, and photographs of recording sessions and the landscape around Aldeburgh where Britten lived and founded his festival. Four bonus CDs offer newly conducted interviews with musicians who worked closely with the composer, historic recordings and other rarities, and there’s also a DVD of Tony Palmer’s film on the making of the 1967 recording of The Burning Fiery Furnace.

Britten Conducts Britten

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For the year of Benjamin Britten’s 100th anniversary, EMI Brilliant new releases 6 CD box-set of Britten’s chamber and instrumental works

Posted on 08 April 2013 by admin

6 CD box-set of Britten's chamber and instrumental works

6 CD box-set of Britten’s chamber and instrumental works

This November is English composer Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday. This 6 CD boxset features many recordings of great documentary value, featuring a selection of quartets, suites and sonatas, as well as some of the many works that Britten wrote for distinguished soloists of his time. On recordings, Julian Bream, who inspired Britten to write it, plays the “Nocturnal after John Dowland” from 1963. Truls Mørk’s recordings of Britten’s solo cello suites won the Norwegian cellist a Grammy in 2002…This 6-CD box set is a fitting tribute to one of the 20th century’s most accomplished chamber music composers.

Britten: Chamber & Instrumental Works

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Ian Bostridge’s new album of songs by Benjamin Britten on EMI Classical

Posted on 24 March 2013 by admin

English composer Benjamin Britten was one of the most prolific song composers of the 20th century, that said his song cycles were an important part of his body of work. This year is in honour of Britten’s 100th Birthday, in celebration of the anniversary, Ian Bostridge has recorded the new recordings on EMI & Virgin Classics. The disc features first recordings by Bostridge of  Seven sonnets of Michelangelo, Holderlin Fragments, Songs From the Chinese, Winter Words and Four English Songs from the last cycle Who are These Children. Accompanied by Anotnio Pappano playing piano, and Xuefei Yang playing guitar. “It is interesting for me working with Tony on these songs,” Bostridge says. “ because we have done the mainstream lieder repertoire together. We have recorded Schubert’s Schwanengesang, Wolf lieder, composers who were incredibly important to Britten. He performed them a lot in recitals with Peter Pears. In a way, he is the last composer who wrote in that tradition.”

Ian Bostridge Britten Songs

Ian Bostridge’s new album of songs by Benjamin Britten on EMI

Britten Songs

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