"Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens." - Maria von Trapp

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten is one most important British composers from the second half of the twentieth century. Remarkably, he focused on opera, a dying genre, at least in its current form. Britten's contributions however, among which Peter Grimes, The Rape of LucretiaGlorianaThe Turn of the Screw, and Death in Venice, managed to remain core repertoire for opera companies to this day. Many of these productions included a role for his artistic partner and life companion Peter Pears. Britten also wrote a number of lieder for this tenor, among which his Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra. Yet, Britten excelled in many more genres. He wasn't even 20 years old when he composed his brilliant Phantasy for hobo quartet and his friendship with the legendary cellist Rostropovich led to a Cello sonata, three Suites for cello solo and a Symphony for Cello and orchestra in the 1960s. 

Britten never became Master of the Queen's Music, yet he surely had feeling for public sentiments. For example, as a pacifist, he taught his people about world peace through his War Requiem from 1962. Britten was an excellent interpreter of his own work, just like Bartók and Stravinsky. Many of his recordings have been matched, but never exceeded. 

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In Memoriam II: The Scordatura Album
Pieter Wispelwey
Ensemble Allegria
A Lad's Love
Brian Giebler
Between The Clouds
Charlie Siem
Britten - Saint Nicolas & A Ceremony of Carols
Crouch End Festival Chorus
Enescu & Britten & Ravel
Amatis Trio
Locus Iste
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
Into The Light
The Telegraph Quartet
Advent Live
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
Albion Refracted
Piatti Quartet
Nocturnal Variations
Ruby Hughes | Joseph Middleton
Much Ado About Nothing
Amernet String Quartet / Brian Powell
A Matter of Heart
Olivier Darbellay / Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Silence & Music
Gabrieli Consort
Byrd | Britten
The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
Cello Suites
Quirine Viersen
Three Cello Suites - a film by Paul Joyce
Jamie Walton
Arpeggione Sonata / Lachrymae / Viola Sonata
Rachel Roberts
Anna Lucia Richter | Michael Gees
The Complete String Quartets
Brodsky Quartet
The Cello Suites
Mayke Rademakers
On Christmas Night
Armonico Consort / Christopher Monks
Roaring Twenties
Calefax / Cora Burggraaf
Moments of love
Dominique Labelle / Yehudi Wyner
The Spirit Of Turtle [Longbox]
Various artists
Violin Concertos
Linus Roth / Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Mihkel Kütson
Britten - Mealor: ... the Flowers have their angels
The Rodolfus Choir
Solo Cello Suites
Jamie Walton
War Requiem, 1963
Paul McCreesh
Peter Grimes
Chorus of Opera North, Britten–Pears Orchestra / Bedford
Around Britten
Barley, Matthew: cello
The Canticles
Ben Johnson / James Baillieu / Christopher Ainslie / Benedict Nelson / Martin Owen / Lucy Wakeford
Violent Viola
Esther Apituley
Folk Stories - Songs by Beethoven, Britten, Mahler, Respighi, Sibelius a.o.
Cora Burggraaf / Simon Lepper
War Requiem Op. 66
Jaap van Zweden / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Works for Viola & Piano
Krzysztof Chorzelski / Katya Apekisheva
Cello Sonatas by Shostakovich, Britten and Prokofiev
Jamie Walton / Daniel Grimwood
A Ceremony of Carols
Claire Jones
Cello Concerto No. 2
Jamie Walton
Britten Abroad
Susan Gritton / Mark Padmore / Iain Burnside
Allegri Miserere
Remember Your Lovers: Songs by Tippett, Britten
John Mark Ainsley tenor, Iain Burns
Folk Songs of the British Isles (Arr. Britten)
Oh Fair to see: Songs by English Composers
Donald Kaasch, Peter Lockwood
English Choral Music
Netherlands Chamber Choir
The Three Suites for Cello Solo
Pieter Wispelwey
String Quartets 2 & 3
Brodsky Quartet