Britten

Ida Haendel, Bournemouth SO, Paavo Berglund - Benjamin Britten & William Walton: Violin Concertos (1978) Reissue 1992

Benjamin Britten & William Walton: Violin Concertos (1978) Reissue 1992
Ida Haendel (violin); Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Berglund

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 270 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDM 7 64202 2 | Time: 01:02:27

Ida Haendel’s sinewy and athletic reading of the often under-rated Britten combines toughness with a cumulative dramatic impetus which is hard to resist. Berglund and the Bournemouth players respond with a terse and argumentative vigour, suitably balanced between resignation and defiant rhetoric, especially in the closing Passacaglia. The Walton Concerto, also dating from 1938-9, is played with an apposite blend of inscrutable panache, as in the irrepressibly brilliant central movement, and elsewhere, a sensuous, if occasionally over-indulgent languor. Rare lapses in the finale can be safely overlooked, in a performance of eloquence and undisputed stature.

Noémi Boutin - Britten Cello Suites (2017)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Jan. 18, 2017
Noémi Boutin - Britten Cello Suites (2017)

Noémi Boutin - Britten Cello Suites (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:14:05 | 171 MB
Label: NoMadMusic | Release Year: 2017

Britten's works for the cello were the result of a close friendship with Mstislav Rostropovitch. The cellist inspired the composer with his Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, his Sonata for Cello and Piano, and the following three Suites - undoubtedly the most important corpus of cello music since the Bach Suites. This is a completely new music, totally unclassifiable and marked by the personality of Britten; A kind of re-reading of a baroque form that contains some of the most overwhelming pages that have been composed for the cello. Often absent from concert programs, the young French cellist Noémi Boutin chose to record them because, she says, "they possess the density, delicacy and visionary sensitivity of the greatest works.
Emerson String Quartet - Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell (2017)

Emerson String Quartet - Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell
Classical, Chamber Music | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 73:33 min | 304 MB
Label: Decca | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Emerson String Quartet releases Chaconnes and Fantasias – Music of Britten and Purcell.

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.

(Arte) Benjamin Britten War Requiem (2016)  Music

Posted by Morocco at Oct. 15, 2016
(Arte) Benjamin Britten War Requiem (2016)

(Arte) Benjamin Britten War Requiem (2016)
Webrip | Subtitles : French | 1h41min | 1280 x 720 | 25.000 fps | MKV | AVC Main@L3.1 @ 2725 Kbps | AAC @ 125 Kbps | 2,03 GB
Genre : Classical music

Le War Requiem op. 66 compte parmi les œuvres majeures de Benjamin Britten. Ode à la mémoire des morts de toutes les guerres, elle exprime tour à tour l'affliction et la réconciliation. Dans ce cri de révolte lancé contre la guerre, le compositeur britannique entremêle le texte traditionnel de la messe de requiem en latin et les vers déchirants de Wilfred Owen, «poète de guerre» tombé au champ d'honneur à l'âge de 25 ans, quelques jours avant l'armistice de 1918.
Britten / Debussy / Ravel & Others - Robert Shaw Festival Singers - Appear & Inspire (1996, Telarc # CD-80408) [RE-UP]

Britten / Debussy / Ravel & Others - Robert Shaw Festival Singers - Appear & Inspire
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 198 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Telarc # CD-80408 | Country/Year: US 1996
Genre: Classical | Style: Vocal

The great contribution of Robert Shaw to choral music has brought the listener to expect that nearly any recording or live performance under Shaw's direction will be thoroughly stunning, refreshing and performed with remarkable musical insight…

Mozart - Idomeneo (Benjamin Britten) (2008/1969)  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Sept. 6, 2016
Mozart - Idomeneo (Benjamin Britten) (2008/1969)

Mozart - Idomeneo (Benjamin Britten) (2008/1969)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 6.78 Gb+4.03 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 163 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

This DVD of the recently issued Britten/Pears mini series recorded by the BBC for television way back in the 1960's and the 70's is for all intents and purposes another resounding success. All four priceless documents were thought lost, but this Idomeneo seems to have had a charmed life more than others. Indeed, three days before the Aldeburgh première, the hall was left in cinders and it is something of a miracle that the television production could actually go ahead. First broadcast in May 1970, critics and viewers alike were unanimous in their praise. Sung in English to a version prepared by Maisie and Evelyn Radford, Mozart's first operatic masterpiece is even more telling. A lot of credit should go to Britten himself, who not only conducted with committed ardour, but also prepared a musical edition all of his own. The staging has a classical dignity and avoids austerity altogether and both Pears and Harper give impressive performances. (Gerald Fenech)
Nicholas Daniel, Britten Sinfonia & James MacMillan - Vaughan Williams & James Macmillan: Oboe Concertos (2015)

Nicholas Daniel, Britten Sinfonia & James MacMillan - Vaughan Williams & James Macmillan: Oboe Concertos (2015)
Classical | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Artwork | 01:05:59 | 269 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalogue No: HMU807573

Two major British oboe concertos featuring soloist Nicholas Daniel with the Britten Sinfonia. Composer James MacMillan conducts the world premiere recording of his own Concerto (dedicated to Nicholas Daniel), as well as his 2012 composition 'One' and the Britten 'Suite on English Folk Tunes: A Time There Was'. The oboist himself directs the Ralph Vaughan Williams concerto, the work with which he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition at the age of 18.

Vilde Frang - Britten & Korngold: Violin Concertos (2016)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at May 8, 2016
Vilde Frang - Britten & Korngold: Violin Concertos (2016)

Vilde Frang - Britten & Korngold: Violin Concertos (2016)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 248 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 134 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | Catalog Number: 554297

Both concertos on this new disc were written when their composers were in the USA around the time of World War II: the Korngold was completed in 1945, the Britten in 1939. In the course of the 1930s Korngold, an Austrian Jew, had become a prominent Hollywood composer, but could not return to his homeland after 1938; the young Britten, a pacifist, left the UK for New York shortly before the declaration of war in 1939. Both composers had been child prodigies and both concertos are centred around the key of D, the most ‘natural’ key on the violin and the tonal focus for the violin concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky
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.