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    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 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 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip In 1935 Britten hinted that a large and elaborate suite for oboe and strings was under way However this work did not materialize and instead he wrote the Temporal Variations for oboe and piano dedicated to Montagu Slater later the librettist of Peter Grimes Moods Calm Gentle Reflective Genres Chamber music Instruments Oboe Piano Recording credits Derek Wickens oboe John Constable piano Recording 1993 Unicorn Kanchana Records London Published by Faber Music Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this

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    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 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 Variation Fish Creatures Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Britten s only full length ballet was written for Covent Garden and first performed with choreography by John Cranko In more recent years it has been successfully revived in new productions by Kenneth MacMillan and David Bintley The score is notable for its highly sophisticated emulation of the gamelan ensembles that Britten heard on a trip to Bali in 1956 used to portray the colourful and exotic world of Pagoda Land Moods Calm Reflective Genres Ballet Instruments Harp Orchestra Recording credits Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1957 Decca Music Group Ltd Available from Decca Classics Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more

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    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 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 Variation Fish Creatures The Rape of Lucretia op 37 1946 She sleeps as a rose upon he night Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Post war austerity encouraged Britten to develop the concept of chamber opera employing a small cast without chorus and an orchestra of just thirteen players a pared down intensification of Britten s operatic vision Here the Female Chorus watches over Lucretia as she innocently sleeps having been forced by etiquette to offer hospitality to her absent husband s comrade Tarquinius when he came calling late at night Moods Calm Gentle Genres Opera Instruments Orchestra Solo voice or voices Recording credits Pears Harper Shirley Quirk Drake Luxon Baker Bainbridge Hill English Chamber Orchestra Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1971 Decca

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    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 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 Variation Fish Creatures The Rape of Lucretia op 37 1946 She sleeps as a rose upon he night The Turn of the Screw op 54 1954 Variation III The Tower Act 1 Scene 4 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Britten s tautly constructed final chamber opera is based on the Henry James novel a tale of good versus evil natural versus the supernatural possession and exorcism Here on a beautiful sunny evening the Governess strolls through the grounds of Bly the isolated country house where she now lives and works but there is an undercurrent of menace Moods Calm Gentle Genres Opera Instruments Orchestra Solo voice or voices Recording credits Pears Vyvyan Hemmings Dyer Cross Pears Mandikian

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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 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 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 Variation Fish Creatures The Rape of Lucretia op 37 1946 She sleeps as a rose upon he night The Turn of the Screw op 54 1954 Variation III The Tower Act 1 Scene 4 Three Two part Songs 1932 The rainbow Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip These three lovely songs were Britten s first published works They were originally called Three Studies in Canon and that says all that needs to be said about how these pieces are structured Britten loved writing in canon and seemed to tease out the fun of having voices leading and following each other Remember that fabulous three part canon

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    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 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 Variation Fish Creatures The Rape of Lucretia op 37 1946 She sleeps as a rose upon he night The Turn of the Screw op 54 1954 Variation III The Tower Act 1 Scene 4 Three Two part Songs 1932 The rainbow The Prince of the Pagodas op 57 1956 Variation Belle Rose Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Britten s only full length ballet was written for Covent Garden and first performed with choreography by John Cranko In more recent years it has been successfully revived in new productions by Kenneth MacMillan and David Bintley The score is notable for its highly sophisticated emulation of the gamelan ensembles that Britten heard on a trip to Bali in

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    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 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 Variation Fish Creatures The Rape of Lucretia op 37 1946 She sleeps as a rose upon he night The Turn of the Screw op 54 1954 Variation III The Tower Act 1 Scene 4 Three Two part Songs 1932 The rainbow The Prince of the Pagodas op 57 1956 Variation Belle Rose War Requiem op 66 1962 Let us sleep now Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip This choral masterpiece is one of the most powerful statements in music about war and the pity of war It was first performed as part of celebrations to mark the opening of a new cathedral for the city of Coventry The previous medieval cathedral had been destroyed by bombing in 1940 Britten a lifelong pacifist took the opportunity presented by this important commission to create a very

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    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 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 Variation Fish Creatures The Rape of Lucretia op 37 1946 She sleeps as a rose upon he night The Turn of the Screw op 54 1954 Variation III The Tower Act 1 Scene 4 Three Two part Songs 1932 The rainbow The Prince of the Pagodas op 57 1956 Variation Belle Rose War Requiem op 66 1962 Let us sleep now Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes op 33a 1945 Moonlight Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip These concert hall favourites depicting the sea around Aldeburgh in its various moods Dawn

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