Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

Real Name:
Edward Benjamin Britten
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English composer, conductor, and pianist (born November 22, 1913, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England - died December 4, 1976, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England).

He showed talent from an early age, and first came to public attention with the a cappella choral work A Boy Was Born in 1934. With the premiere of his opera Peter Grimes in 1945, he leapt to international fame. For the next fifteen years he devoted much of his compositional attention to writing operas, establishing him as one of the leading 20th century figures in this genre. Britten's interests as a composer were wide-ranging; he produced important music in such varied genres as orchestral, choral, solo vocal (much of it written for the tenor Peter Pears), chamber and instrumental, as well as film music. He also took a great interest in writing music for children and amateur performers, and was a fine pianist and conductor.

One of Britten's most important works, The War Requiem was completed 20 December 1961, and first performed 30 May 1962. Britten received many prizes and honors, including becoming a Companion of Honour in 1952, and a member of the Order of Merit in 1965.
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Benjamin Britten Discography

Albums

MM 703, MM-703 Benjamin Britten : Sir Malcolm Sargent Conducting The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra* Benjamin Britten : Sir Malcolm Sargent Conducting The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra* - The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra(3xShellac, 12", Album) Columbia Masterworks, Columbia Masterworks MM 703, MM-703 US 1947 Sell This Version
Benjamin Britten, Leroy Anderson, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler Benjamin Britten, Leroy Anderson, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler - Rossini-Britten Matinees Musicales Anderson-Irish Suite RCA Victor US 1950 Sell This Version
WCFM-LP-4 Britten*, Kodaly*, The Chancel Choir Of The National Presbyterian Church Britten*, Kodaly*, The Chancel Choir Of The National Presbyterian Church - Rejoice In The Lamb / Missa Brevis In Tempore Belli(LP) WCFM Recording Corp. WCFM-LP-4 US 1951 Sell This Version
WCFM-LP-11 Benjamin Britten, Paul Callaway Benjamin Britten, Paul Callaway - Ceremony Of Carols, Te Deum In C Major, Hymn To St. Cecilia(LP, Album, Mono) WCFM Recording Corp. WCFM-LP-11 US 1951 Sell This Version
Benjamin Britten A Ceremony Of Carols (Album) Decca, Decca UK 1952 Sell This Version
F-8 Benjamin Britten / Ralph Vaughan-Williams* - Lausanne Chamber Orchestra*, Victor Desarzens / Louis Kaufman, Radio Zurich Symphony Orchestra*, Clemens Dahinden Benjamin Britten / Ralph Vaughan-Williams* - Lausanne Chamber Orchestra*, Victor Desarzens / Louis Kaufman, Radio Zurich Symphony Orchestra*, Clemens Dahinden - Variations On A Theme By Frank Bridge, Op. 10 / Concerto Accademico(LP, Mono, Ltd, Num, Tra) Concert Hall F-8 US 1952 Sell This Version
Benjamin Britten, Vaughan Williams*, Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra Benjamin Britten, Vaughan Williams*, Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra - Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge / Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis (Album) Columbia UK 1953 Sell This Version
LL 801, LL.801 Benjamin Britten / Peter Warlock / Boyd Neel Conducting The Boyd Neel String Orchestra Benjamin Britten / Peter Warlock / Boyd Neel Conducting The Boyd Neel String Orchestra - Variations: Frank Bridge Theme / Capriol Suite(LP, Album) London Records, London Records LL 801, LL.801 US 1953 Sell This Version
Benjamin Britten - The Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra* / Julius Katchen, The London Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Britten - The Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra* / Julius Katchen, The London Symphony Orchestra - Sinfonia Da Requiem, Opus 20 / Diversions For Piano (Left Hand) And Orchestra, Opus 21 (Album) London Records, London Records, London Records US 1954 Sell This Version
Concertgebouw Orchestra Of Amsterdam*, Eduard Van Beinum, Benjamin Britten Concertgebouw Orchestra Of Amsterdam*, Eduard Van Beinum, Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes And Passacaglia From "Peter Grimes" / Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra Decca US 1954 Sell This Version
Britten* A Simple Symphony London Records UK 1954 Sell This Version
H-4 Benjamin Britten - Noel Mewton-Wood*, Harry Sevenstern, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Otto Ackermann / Egon Parolari / Lausanne Chamber Orchestra*, Victor Desarzens Benjamin Britten - Noel Mewton-Wood*, Harry Sevenstern, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Otto Ackermann / Egon Parolari / Lausanne Chamber Orchestra*, Victor Desarzens - Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op.35 / A Simple Symphony, Op.4 / Six Metamorphoses After Ovid, Op.49(LP, Mono, Ltd, Num, Red) Concert Hall H-4 US 1954 Sell This Version
URLP-7136 Elgar* - Symphony Orchestra Of Radio Leipzig*, Gerhard Pflüger / Britten* - Symphony Orchestra Of Radio Berlin*, Rolf Kleinert Elgar* - Symphony Orchestra Of Radio Leipzig*, Gerhard Pflüger / Britten* - Symphony Orchestra Of Radio Berlin*, Rolf Kleinert - Elgar: Alassio, Op. 50, Froissart, Op. 19 / Britten: Soirées Musicales(LP, Album) Urania Records (3) URLP-7136 US 1954 Sell This Version
16 128 LP Wolfgang Amadeus MozartBenjamin Britten / Münchener Kammerorchester , Dirigent: Christoph Stepp Wolfgang Amadeus MozartBenjamin Britten / Münchener Kammerorchester , Dirigent: Christoph Stepp - 6 Kontretänze KV 462 ‧ Simple Symphony(10", Mono) Deutsche Grammophon 16 128 LP Germany 1955 Sell This Version
Benjamin Britten, The English Opera Group Orchestra*, The Choir Of Alleyn's School Benjamin Britten, The English Opera Group Orchestra*, The Choir Of Alleyn's School - The Little Sweep (Let's Make An Opera) Opus 45 Decca US 1956 Sell This Version
LW 5244 Britten*, Eduard van Beinum Conducting The Concertgebouw Orchestra Of Amsterdam* Britten*, Eduard van Beinum Conducting The Concertgebouw Orchestra Of Amsterdam* - Four Sea Interludes From "Peter Grimes" Opus 33a(10") Decca LW 5244 UK 1956 Sell This Version
Prokofiev* / Cyril Ritchard / Britten* / Eugene Ormandy Prokofiev* / Cyril Ritchard / Britten* / Eugene Ormandy - Peter And The Wolf / Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra (Album) Columbia Masterworks US 1957 Sell This Version
LW 5294, LW.5294 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Benjamin Britten With The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Benjamin Britten With The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra - Concerto No. 12 In A Major For Piano And Orchestra (K.414)(10", Mono) Decca, Decca LW 5294, LW.5294 UK 1957 Sell This Version
W-LAB 7056 Britten*, Elgar* Britten*, Elgar* - Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra / Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40(LP, Album) Westminster W-LAB 7056 US 1957 Sell This Version
Britten*, Arnold* - The Philharmonia Orchestra* Conducted By Robert Irving (2) Britten*, Arnold* - The Philharmonia Orchestra* Conducted By Robert Irving (2) - Matinées Musicales - Soirées Musicales / English Dances - Four Scottish Dances (Album) Capitol Records Canada 1958 Sell This Version
Benjamin Britten A Boy Was Born / Rejoice In The Lamb (Album) Decca UK 1958 Sell This Version
XLP.30064 Prokofiev*, Britten*, Wilfred Pickles, Peter Pears, Philharmonia Orchestra, Igor Markevitch Prokofiev*, Britten*, Wilfred Pickles, Peter Pears, Philharmonia Orchestra, Igor Markevitch - Peter And The Wolf / The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra(LP, Album, Mono) His Master's Voice XLP.30064 UK 1958 Sell This Version
BSD. 754 Britten*, Gustav Holst, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent Britten*, Gustav Holst, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent - Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of Purcell, Op. 34 / "Beni Mora" Op. 29 No. 1(10", Album) His Master's Voice BSD. 754 UK 1958 Sell This Version
Benjamin Britten Peter Grimes (Album) Decca, Decca UK 1959 Sell This Version
Vaughan Williams* / Benjamin Britten - The Choristers Of Canterbury Cathedral*, The Renaissance Singers Directed By Dr. Sidney Campbell Vaughan Williams* / Benjamin Britten - The Choristers Of Canterbury Cathedral*, The Renaissance Singers Directed By Dr. Sidney Campbell - Mass In G Minor / A Ceremony Of Carols Argo (2) UK 1959 Sell This Version