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Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano), Peter Pears (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) & Simon Preston (organ)
London Symphony Orchestra, Melos Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Highgate School Choir & The Bach Choir, Benjamin Britten
Britten was writing personally for three muses who had all shared the wartime experience...His incandescent commitment to pacificism and horror at the failure of humanism blazes forth...As you... — More…
Steven Osborne (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov
Steven Osborne and Ilan Volkov launch into the Piano Concerto's opening 'Toccata' at a headlong pace… For all the remarkable velocity, the playing has weight and incisiveness too, and Osborne's... — More…
Heather Harper (soprano), Philip Langridge (tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (bass-baritone), Martyn Hill (tenor)
Choristers of St Paul`s Cathedral, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Richard Hickox
Britten's War Requiem is the composer's most public statement of his pacifism.
The work is cast in six movements and calls for massive forces: full chorus, soprano soloist and full orchestra... — More…
Peter Pears (tenor), Dennis Brain (horn), Edith Sitwell (narrator)
Boyd Neel String Orchestra, English Opera Group Ensemble, Benjamin Britten, Anthony Collins
This disc includes one of the great highlights of the whole Britten discography, that first magical recording of the Serenade, with Pears in fresh, youthful voice and Dennis Brain's marvellous... — More…
Joan Rodgers (Governess), Ian Bostridge (Prologue/Peter Quint), Jane Henschel (Mrs Grose), Vivian Tierney (Miss Jessel), Julian Leang (Miles), Caroline Wise (Flora)
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding
This performance captures the sense of dislocation essential to this chilling ghost story — More…
Tasmin Little (violin), Howard Shelley (piano)
BBC Philharmonic, Edward Gardner
Shelley and Edward Gardner create something more mercurial [than Britten's own reading], Gardner conjuring that lithe, high-tension drama he has so successfully achieved with Britten's stage... — More…
Pop Wagner (Narrator), James Lawless (Paul Bunyan), Dan Dressen (Johnny Inkslinger), Elisabeth Comeaux Nelson (Tiny), Clifton Ware (Slim), James Bohn (Hel Helson), Phil Jorgenson (First Swede), Tim Dahl (Second Swede), Thomas Shaffer (Third Swede), Lawrence Weller (Fourth Swede), James McKeel (John...