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Britten Conducts Britten [7 CDs] ()

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composed by Benjamin Britten

This disc is essentially self-recommending: anyone -- and that means anyone -- with an interest in the orchestral music and song cycles of the great twentieth century English composer Benjamin Britten will have to hear it. Why? Because it contains all the recordings Britten made of these works for Decca between 1954 and his death in 1976, and thereby forms the entire basis of an authentic and authoritative Britten performance practice. A fine conductor of other composers' music -- his Mozart, his Schumann, and especially ...

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  1. Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 13
  2. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 15
  3. Cello Symphony, for cello & orchestra, Op. 68
  4. Sinfonia da Requiem, for orchestra, Op. 20
  5. Cantata misericordium, for tenor, baritone, chorus, string quartet, strings, piano, harp & tympani, Op. 69
  6. Prelude & Fugue, for 18 strings, Op. 29
  7. Simple Symphony, for string orchestra, Op. 4
  8. Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, for strings, Op. 10
  9. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell), for speaker ad lib & orchestra, Op. 34
  10. The Prince of the Pagodas, ballet, Op. 57
  11. Diversions, for piano, left hand & orchestra, Op. 21
  12. Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22
  13. The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35
  14. Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74
  15. Winter Words, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 52
  16. Tit for Tat, song cycle for voice & piano
  17. Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31
  18. Les illuminations, song cycle for high voice & strings, Op. 18
  19. Nocturne, for tenor, 7 instruments & strings, Op. 60
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