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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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Johann Sebastian Bach, Benjamin Britten, Zoltán Kodály
In Memoriam II: The Scordatura Album
Pieter Wispelwey
Benjamin Britten, Lars Petter Hagen, Richard Strauss
Britten/Hagen/Strauss
Ensemble Allegria
Various composers
Between The Clouds
Charlie Siem
Benjamin Britten
Britten - Saint Nicolas & A Ceremony of Carols
Crouch End Festival Chorus
George Enesco, Maurice Ravel, Benjamin Britten
Enescu & Britten & Ravel
Amatis Trio
Various composers
Locus Iste
The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
Leon Kirchner, Anton Webern, Benjamin Britten
Into The Light
The Telegraph Quartet
Various composers
Advent Live
The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge
Various composers
Albion Refracted
Piatti Quartet
Various composers
Nocturnal Variations
Ruby Hughes | Joseph Middleton
Various composers
Much Ado About Nothing
Amernet String Quartet / Brian Powell
Various composers
A Matter of Heart
Olivier Darbellay / Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Various composers
Silence & Music
Gabrieli Consort
Benjamin Britten, William Byrd
Byrd | Britten
The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
Benjamin Britten
Cello Suites
Quirine Viersen
Benjamin Britten
Three Cello Suites - a film by Paul Joyce
Jamie Walton
Arpeggione Sonata / Lachrymae / Viola Sonata
Rachel Roberts
Liederkreis
Anna Lucia Richter | Michael Gees
Benjamin Britten
The Complete String Quartets
Brodsky Quartet
Various composers
The Cello Suites
Mayke Rademakers
Various composers
On Christmas Night
Armonico Consort / Christopher Monks
Various composers
Roaring Twenties
Calefax / Cora Burggraaf
Various composers
The Spirit Of Turtle [Longbox]
Various artists
Benjamin Britten, Mieczysław Weinberg
Violin Concertos
Linus Roth / Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Mihkel Kütson
Benjamin Britten, Paul Mealor
Britten - Mealor: ... the Flowers have their angels
The Rodolfus Choir
Benjamin Britten
Solo Cello Suites
Jamie Walton
Benjamin Britten
War Requiem, 1963
Paul McCreesh
Steuart Bedford, Benjamin Britten
Peter Grimes
Chorus of Opera North, Britten–Pears Orchestra / Bedford
Benjamin Britten, Gavin Bryars, John Tavener
Around Britten
Barley, Matthew: cello
Benjamin Britten
The Canticles
Ben Johnson / James Baillieu / Christopher Ainslie / Benedict Nelson / Martin Owen / Lucy Wakeford
Violent Viola
Esther Apituley
Various composers
Folk Stories - Songs by Beethoven, Britten, Mahler, Respighi, Sibelius a.o.
Cora Burggraaf / Simon Lepper
Benjamin Britten
War Requiem Op. 66
Jaap van Zweden / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Benjamin Britten, Robert Schumann, Dmitri Shostakovich
Works for Viola & Piano
Krzysztof Chorzelski / Katya Apekisheva
Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Benjamin Britten
Cello Sonatas by Shostakovich, Britten and Prokofiev
Jamie Walton / Daniel Grimwood
Various composers
A Ceremony of Carols
Claire Jones
Benjamin Britten
Britten Sinfonia - Songs of the Sky
Britten Sinfonia
Cello Concerto No. 2
Jamie Walton
Benjamin Britten
Britten Abroad
Susan Gritton / Mark Padmore / Iain Burnside
Various composers
Allegri Miserere
Tenebrae
Benjamin Britten, Michael Tippett
Remember Your Lovers: Songs by Tippett, Britten
John Mark Ainsley tenor, Iain Burns
Folk Songs of the British Isles (Arr. Britten)
Jette/kogan
Gerald Finzi, Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams
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