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    op 77 1966 Salus aeternam The Prodigal Son op 81 1968 Jam lucis orto sidere Owen Wingrave op 85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip This fascinating and brilliant concert work was written for Peter Pears Wilbye Consort One of its most satisfying elements is the humour and boundless good nature which Britten lifts from these earthy poems The music is a wonderful mix of styles and moods This is very late Britten completed only a year before his death and therefore the work of a composer absolutely on the top of his game hugely experienced and writing for a group of professionals he knew he could challenge as much as he liked Moods Calm Reflective Genres Songs Instruments Choir Recording credits The Finzi Singers Paul Spicer director Recording 1999 Chandos Records Ltd Available from Chandos Published by Faber Music Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work Carol Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade op 31 1943 Pastoral Sinfonia da Requiem op 20 1940 Requiem aeternam Andante molto tranquillo Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta String Quartet

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    Son op 81 1968 Jam lucis orto sidere Owen Wingrave op 85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip This work devised and orchestrated by Colin Matthews is based on three Britten compositions dating from the early 1940s the complete first movement of an unfinished Clarinet Concerto a solo line adapted from the Mazurka Elegiaca for two pianos and an orchestral sketch that may be the Sonata for Orchestra Britten is known to have been working on in the spring of 1942 Colin Matthews says that the piece cannot of course be Britten s Clarinet Concerto in any real sense but I hope that I have devised a work that stands in for what Britten hoped to write Moods Calm Gentle Genres Orchestral Instruments Clarinet Orchestra Recording credits Michael Collins clarinet Northern Sinfonia Thomas Zehetmair cond Recording 2009 NMC Recordings Ltd Available from NMC Published by Faber Music Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work I III Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade op 31 1943 Pastoral Sinfonia da Requiem op 20 1940 Requiem aeternam Andante

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    Menacing Passionate Playful Reflective Rough Sad Spiky Spooky Stirring 29 clips Canticle II Abraham and Isaac op 51 1952 Curlew River op 71 1964 Te lucis ante terminum The Burning Fiery Furnace op 77 1966 Salus aeternam The Prodigal Son op 81 1968 Jam lucis orto sidere Owen Wingrave op 85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Written for the 1963 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition this was a compulsory item in the second round The eventual winner that year Michael Roll gave the first broadcast of the piece Moods Calm Gentle Reflective Genres Chamber music Instruments Piano Recording credits Michael Dussek piano Recording 1995 Hyperion Records Ltd Available from Hyperion Records Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade op 31 1943 Pastoral Sinfonia da Requiem op 20 1940 Requiem aeternam Andante molto tranquillo Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta String Quartet No 3 op 94 1975 Solo Very calm Suite on English Folk Tunes op 90 1974 The bitter withy Temporal Variations 1936 Chorale The Prince of the Pagodas op 57 1956

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    Curlew River op 71 1964 Te lucis ante terminum The Burning Fiery Furnace op 77 1966 Salus aeternam The Prodigal Son op 81 1968 Jam lucis orto sidere Owen Wingrave op 85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Written at the age of just 18 while he was still a student at the Royal College of Music the Sinfonietta shows that Britten had already found a mature and unmistakable voice by the time of his official opus 1 The piece is tautly constructed and shows an assured and sophisticated command of structure that anticipates many later works Moods Calm Gentle Reflective Genres Chamber music Instruments Orchestra Recording credits Vienna Octet Recording 1965 The Decca Record Company Ltd Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work Tarantella Presto vivace Poco presto ed agitato A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade op 31 1943 Pastoral Sinfonia da Requiem op 20 1940 Requiem aeternam Andante molto tranquillo Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta String Quartet No 3 op 94 1975 Solo Very calm Suite on English Folk Tunes

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    Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip One of the most successful operatic adaptations of a Shakespeare play this is possibly the most enchanting of all Britten s operas a work with a spellbinding atmosphere that evokes a truly unique dreamlike world Here fairies sing a lullaby to the four mortals Hermia Lysander Helena and Demetrius who have fled into the enchanted wood and fallen asleep Moods Calm Gentle Genres Opera Instruments Chorus Orchestra Recording credits Harwood Deller Pears Hemsley Veasey Harper Shirley Quirk Watts Brannigan London Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1966 Decca Musc Group Ltd Available from Decca Classics Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work You spotted snakes with double tongue Act I Bergomask dance Be kind and courteous to this gentleman Act II O when she s angry she is keen and shrewd Act II I have a reasonable good ear in music Act II I pray thee gentle mortal sing again Act II Now until the break of day Act III Scene 2 Over hill over dale Act I I know a bank where the wild thyme blows Act I Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2

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    nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Written when he was aware that he needed major heart surgery Britten s final opera seems to be a conscious summation of his life s work He is likely to have strongly identified with the opera s hero the writer Gustav von Aschenbach who aware of failing powers seeks inspiration by travelling to Venice Here ill and exhausted Aschenbach recalls a poem by Socrates and ponders the nature of love beauty and life Moods Calm Reflective Genres Opera Instruments Harp Orchestra Solo voice or voices Recording credits Pears Shirley Quirk Bowman English Chamber Orchestra Steuart Bedford cond Recording 1974 Decca Music Group Ltd Available from Decca Classics Published by Faber Music Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work La mia nona Act 2 Scene 10 The boy Tadzio Act 1 Scene 7 He who loves beauty Act 1 Scene 6 Overture Venice Act 1 Scene 2 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Children s games Act 1 Scene 5 We are delighted Act 1 Scene 4 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934

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    Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Written when he was aware that he needed major heart surgery Britten s final opera seems to be a conscious summation of his life s work He is likely to have strongly identified with the opera s hero the writer Gustav von Aschenbach who aware of failing powers seeks inspiration by travelling to Venice Here Aschenbach journeys to the Lido beach and feels the warm summer breezes sweep in from the sea Moods Calm Flowing Reflective Genres Opera Instruments Orchestra Recording credits Pears Shirley Quirk Bowman English Chamber Orchestra Steuart Bedford cond Recording 1974 Decca Music Group Ltd Available from Decca Classics Published by Faber Music Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work La mia nona Act 2 Scene 10 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 The boy Tadzio Act 1 Scene 7 He who loves beauty Act 1 Scene 6 Overture Venice Act 1 Scene 2 Children s games Act 1 Scene 5 We are delighted Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade

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    71 1964 Te lucis ante terminum The Burning Fiery Furnace op 77 1966 Salus aeternam The Prodigal Son op 81 1968 Jam lucis orto sidere Owen Wingrave op 85 1970 Now I am nothing Act 2 Scene 1 Sacred and Profane op 91 1975 Yif ic of luve can Movements for Clarinet and Orchestra 1942 II Night Piece Notturno 1963 Sinfonietta op 1 1932 Variations Andante lento A Midsummer Night s Dream op 64 1960 On the ground sleep sound Act II Death in Venice op 88 1973 Does beauty lead to wisdom Act 2 Scene 16 Death in Venice op 88 1973 Scene 5 On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Written for the one armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein who also commissioned works from Ravel Prokofiev and Richard Strauss among others Diversions is a brilliant score in which the simple theme is transformed in the various forms and genres culminating in a virtuosic sprint to the finish in a driving whirlwind tarantella Moods Calm Flowing Gentle Genres Orchestral Instruments Orchestra Piano Recording credits Julius Katchen piano London Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1954 Decca Music Group Ltd Available from Decca Classics Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work Variation 9 b Toccata II Variation 10 Adagio Variation 6 Nocturne Friday Afternoons op 7 1935 A new year carol Gloriana op 53 1953 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Holiday Diary op 5 1934 Night Serenade op 31 1943 Pastoral Sinfonia da Requiem op 20 1940 Requiem aeternam Andante molto tranquillo Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta String Quartet No 3 op 94 1975 Solo Very calm Suite on

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