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    Variation 6 Nocturne Gloriana op 53 1953 Pavanne Act 2 Scene 3 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Dedicated by gracious permission to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Gloriana was first performed as part of the 1953 Coronation celebrations The dramatic core is the unfolding relationship between Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex the Queen torn between her private affection and her sense of public duty This is one of several courtly dances in the opera that are also widely performed as standalone concert pieces Moods Flowing Stirring Genres Opera Instruments Orchestra Recording credits Barstow Langridge Jones Summers Kenny Opie Van Allan Terfel Ainsley Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera Sir Charles Mackerras cond Recording 1993 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 Prelude Act 1 Scene 1 Our lives are in your hand Act 1 Scene 1 Sovereign most loved Act 1 Scene 2 Concord is here Act 2 Scene 1 Happy were he Act 1 Scene 2 Nocturne op 60 1958 The wanderings of Cain Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Hymn Act 2 Scene 1 Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Tiny s Song Act 1 Scene 2 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 I ll give a hand the tide is near the turn Act 1 Scene 1 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 In ceaseless motion comes and goes the tide Act 3 Scene 2 Piano Concerto op 13 1938 Impromptu Saint Nicolas op 42 1948 He journeys to Palestine Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo op 22 1940 Sonetto XXX Veggio co bei vostri occhi un dolce lume Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta Symphony for Cello and Orchestra op 68 1964 Passacaglia Andante

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    Adagio Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 6 Nocturne Gloriana op 53 1953 Pavanne Act 2 Scene 3 Nocturne op 60 1958 The wanderings of Cain Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Composed as a companion piece to the earlier Serenade the Nocturne revisits the nocturnal world of that work though here the tenor solo is joined by seven solo instruments each imparting a different tone colour to each setting The full forces combine only in the final song a lyrical setting of Shakespeare s Sonnet 43 When most I wink Moods Flowing Gentle Genres Songs Instruments Harp Orchestra Solo voice or voices Recording credits Peter Pears tenor Barry Tuckwell horn William Waterhouse bassoon Osian Ellis harp Denis Blyth timpani Roger Lord English horn Alexander Murray flute Gervase de Peyer clarinet London Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1960 The Decca Record Company Ltd Available from Decca Classics Published by Boosey Hawkes Learn more about this work from the Britten Thematic Catalogue Other clips from this work Sonnet 43 The kind ghosts Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Hymn Act 2 Scene 1 Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Tiny s Song Act 1 Scene 2 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 I ll give a hand the tide is near the turn Act 1 Scene 1 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 In ceaseless motion comes and goes the tide Act 3 Scene 2 Piano Concerto op 13 1938 Impromptu Saint Nicolas op 42 1948 He journeys to Palestine Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo op 22 1940 Sonetto XXX Veggio co bei vostri occhi un dolce lume Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta Symphony for Cello and Orchestra op 68 1964 Passacaglia Andante allegro The Beggar s Opera op 43 1948 Were I Laid

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    Nocturne Gloriana op 53 1953 Pavanne Act 2 Scene 3 Nocturne op 60 1958 The wanderings of Cain Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Hymn Act 2 Scene 1 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Britten s first operatic venture this story of the legendary American lumberjack was written as a choral operetta for student performance It marked the composer s largest and only operatic collaboration with WH Auden Here Paul s daughter Tiny and Slim the cook sing a love duet while Paul and his number two Hel Helson make up after a fight Moods Flowing Joyful Genres Opera Instruments Chorus Orchestra Solo voice or voices Recording credits Coleman Wright Streit Gritton Egerton Broadbent White Earle Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Richard Hickox cond 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 Farmer s Song Act 2 Scene 1 First Ballad Interlude The Blues Act 1 Scene 1 The Christmas Party Act 2 Scene 2 I want to be Prologue The Mocking of Hel Helson Act 2 Scene 1 Tiny s Song Act 1 Scene 2 Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Tiny s Song Act 1 Scene 2 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 I ll give a hand the tide is near the turn Act 1 Scene 1 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 In ceaseless motion comes and goes the tide Act 3 Scene 2 Piano Concerto op 13 1938 Impromptu Saint Nicolas op 42 1948 He journeys to Palestine Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo op 22 1940 Sonetto XXX Veggio co bei vostri occhi un dolce lume Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta Symphony for Cello and Orchestra op 68 1964

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    op 53 1953 Pavanne Act 2 Scene 3 Nocturne op 60 1958 The wanderings of Cain Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Hymn Act 2 Scene 1 Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Tiny s Song Act 1 Scene 2 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Britten s first operatic venture this story of the legendary American lumberjack was written as a choral operetta for student performance It marked the composer s largest and only operatic collaboration with WH Auden Here Paul has brought his daughter Tiny back to the logging camp after her mother dies The men of the camp try to impress her but she is still grieving her loss Moods Flowing Gentle Loving Genres Opera Instruments Orchestra Solo voice or voices Recording credits Coleman Wright Streit Gritton Egerton Broadbent White Earle Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Richard Hickox cond 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 Farmer s Song Act 2 Scene 1 Hymn Act 2 Scene 1 First Ballad Interlude The Blues Act 1 Scene 1 The Christmas Party Act 2 Scene 2 I want to be Prologue The Mocking of Hel Helson Act 2 Scene 1 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 I ll give a hand the tide is near the turn Act 1 Scene 1 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 In ceaseless motion comes and goes the tide Act 3 Scene 2 Piano Concerto op 13 1938 Impromptu Saint Nicolas op 42 1948 He journeys to Palestine Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo op 22 1940 Sonetto XXX Veggio co bei vostri occhi un dolce lume Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta Symphony for Cello and Orchestra op

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    s Song Act 1 Scene 2 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 I ll give a hand the tide is near the turn Act 1 Scene 1 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip In 1942 Britten then living in America came across an article on the Suffolk poet George Crabbe Crabbe s poem The Borough inspired this Britten s first full scale opera which sealed his international reputation and almost single handedly revived English opera Here as the fisherman Grimes is helped to haul his boat up the beach various members of his community reveal their attitudes towards him Retired Captain Balstrode is helpful the Methodist Bob Boles disapproves pub landlady Auntie stays businesslike Meanwhile Ned Keene local apothecary and fixer has found Grimes another boy apprentice from the workhouse Moods Flowing Stirring Genres Opera Instruments Orchestra Solo voice or voices Recording credits Pears Watson Pease Kelly Elms Brannigan Watson Studholme Kells Nilsson Lanigan Evans Norman Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1959 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 Now the great Bear and Pleiades Act 1 Scene 2 Prologue Old Joe has gone fishing Act 1 Scene 2 Then the crowner sits to hint Act 1 Scene 1 In ceaseless motion comes and goes the tide Act 3 Scene 2 Now is gossip put on trial Act 2 Scene 1 Peter tell me one thing Act 2 Scene 1 Let her among you without fault Act 1 Scene 1 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 In ceaseless motion comes and goes the tide Act 3 Scene 2 Piano Concerto op 13 1938 Impromptu Saint Nicolas op

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    1 Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Tiny s Song Act 1 Scene 2 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 I ll give a hand the tide is near the turn Act 1 Scene 1 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 In ceaseless motion comes and goes the tide Act 3 Scene 2 Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip In 1942 Britten then living in America came across an article on the Suffolk poet George Crabbe Crabbe s poem The Borough inspired this Britten s first full scale opera which sealed his international reputation and almost single handedly revived English opera Here at the very end of the opera the people of the Borough dismiss reports of a boat sinking out to sea as one of those rumours and go about their daily business to the ceaseless flow of the tide Moods Flowing Stirring Genres Opera Instruments Chorus Orchestra Recording credits Pears Watson Pease Kelly Elms Brannigan Watson Studholme Kells Nilsson Lanigan Evans Norman Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1959 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 Now the great Bear and Pleiades Act 1 Scene 2 Prologue I ll give a hand the tide is near the turn Act 1 Scene 1 Old Joe has gone fishing Act 1 Scene 2 Then the crowner sits to hint Act 1 Scene 1 Now is gossip put on trial Act 2 Scene 1 Peter tell me one thing Act 2 Scene 1 Let her among you without fault Act 1 Scene 1 Piano Concerto op 13 1938 Impromptu Saint Nicolas op 42 1948 He journeys to Palestine Seven Sonnets

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    On the beach Act 1 Scene 4 Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 10 Adagio Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 4 Arabesque Diversions op 21 1940 Variation 6 Nocturne Gloriana op 53 1953 Pavanne Act 2 Scene 3 Nocturne op 60 1958 The wanderings of Cain Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Hymn Act 2 Scene 1 Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Tiny s Song Act 1 Scene 2 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 I ll give a hand the tide is near the turn Act 1 Scene 1 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 In ceaseless motion comes and goes the tide Act 3 Scene 2 Piano Concerto op 13 1938 Impromptu Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip Britten s first work for piano and orchestra was written for himself to play at a Promenade Concert in 1938 In 1945 the original slow movement Recitative and Aria was replaced with a newly composed Impromptu This is a virtuosic showcase for Britten as soloist as much as composer with the influence of Prokofiev and Liszt in this genre keenly felt Moods Flowing Passionate Stirring Genres Orchestral Instruments Orchestra Piano Recording credits Sviatoslav Richter piano English Chamber Orchestra Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1971 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 March Toccata Waltz Saint Nicolas op 42 1948 He journeys to Palestine Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo op 22 1940 Sonetto XXX Veggio co bei vostri occhi un dolce lume Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta Symphony for Cello and Orchestra op 68 1964 Passacaglia Andante allegro The Beggar s Opera op 43 1948 Were I Laid on Greenland s Coast The Beggar s Opera op 43 1948 Cease Your Funning

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    op 53 1953 Pavanne Act 2 Scene 3 Nocturne op 60 1958 The wanderings of Cain Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Hymn Act 2 Scene 1 Paul Bunyan op 17 1941 Tiny s Song Act 1 Scene 2 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 I ll give a hand the tide is near the turn Act 1 Scene 1 Peter Grimes op 33 1945 In ceaseless motion comes and goes the tide Act 3 Scene 2 Piano Concerto op 13 1938 Impromptu Saint Nicolas op 42 1948 He journeys to Palestine Unfortunately your browser appears to be unable to play the audio clip This cantata commissioned by Peter Pears old school Lancing College tells the life of the fourth century Bishop of Myra in a work of great poetry and sensitivity It was conceived and composed with semi amateur performance in mind and the technical demands of the choral and orchestral writing are appropriately straightforward although the effect is one of sheer brilliance and exuberance The audience also gets to join in two well known hymns All people that on earth do dwell and God moves in a mysterious way Moods Christmassy Flowing Menacing Genres Choral Music for Children Instruments Choir Orchestra Recording credits Peter Pears tenor David Hemmings boy soprano Ralph Downes organ Girls Choir of Sir John Leman School Beccles Boys Choir of Ipswich School Preparatory Department Aldeburgh Festival Choir and Orchestra Benjamin Britten cond Recording 1955 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 The Birth of Nicolas The death of Nicolas Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo op 22 1940 Sonetto XXX Veggio co bei vostri occhi un dolce lume Soirees musicales 1936 Canzonetta Symphony for Cello and Orchestra op

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