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 Tracks

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Benjamin Britten - The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra album art 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 (Album) Columbia Masterworks, Columbia Masterworks US 1947 Sell This Version
D.X. 1441, D.X. 1442 Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes From The Opera "Peter Grimes"  album art London Symphony Orchestra*, Sir Malcolm Sargent - Benjamin Britten London Symphony Orchestra*, Sir Malcolm Sargent - Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes From The Opera "Peter Grimes" (2xShellac, 12", Album) Columbia, Columbia D.X. 1441, D.X. 1442 UK 1947 Sell This Version
Benjamin Britten - Rossini-Britten  Matinees Musicales  Anderson-Irish Suite album art 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
Benjamin Britten - Mass In G Major / A Ceremony of Carols album art Poulenc* / Britten* - Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Robert Shaw Poulenc* / Britten* - Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Robert Shaw - Mass In G Major / A Ceremony of Carols RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
ML 2145 Benjamin Britten - The Rio Grande / Four Sea Interludes album art Sacheverell Sitwell, Constant Lambert / Benjamin Britten, Sir Malcolm Sargent Sacheverell Sitwell, Constant Lambert / Benjamin Britten, Sir Malcolm Sargent - The Rio Grande / Four Sea Interludes(10", Album) Columbia Masterworks ML 2145 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 - Ceremony Of Carols, Te Deum In C Major, Hymn To St. Cecilia album art 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 art Benjamin Britten A Ceremony Of Carols (Album) Decca, Decca UK 1952 Sell This Version
F-8 Benjamin Britten - Variations On A Theme By Frank Bridge, Op. 10 / Concerto Accademico album art 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 - Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge / Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis album art 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
LXT 2798 Benjamin Britten Aldeburgh Festival, 1953(LP, Album, Mono) Decca LXT 2798 UK 1953 Sell This Version
LL 801, LL.801 Benjamin Britten - Variations: Frank Bridge Theme / Capriol Suite album art 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 - Sinfonia Da Requiem, Opus 20 / Diversions For Piano (Left Hand) And Orchestra, Opus 21 album art 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
Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes And Passacaglia From "Peter Grimes" / Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra album art Britten* - Eduard van Beinum Conducting The Concertgebouw Orchestra* Britten* - Eduard van Beinum Conducting The Concertgebouw Orchestra* - Four Sea Interludes And Passacaglia From "Peter Grimes" / Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra Decca, Decca UK 1954 Sell This Version
Benjamin Britten - A Simple Symphony album art Britten* A Simple Symphony London Records UK 1954 Sell This Version
H-4 Benjamin Britten - Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op.35 / A Simple Symphony, Op.4 / Six Metamorphoses After Ovid, Op.49 album art Dmitri Shostakovich, Benjamin Britten - Noel Mewton-Wood*, Harry Sevenstern, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Otto Ackermann / Egon Parolari / Lausanne Chamber Orchestra*, Victor Desarzens Dmitri Shostakovich, 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 Benjamin Britten - Alassio, Op. 50, Froissart, Op. 19 / Soirées Musicales album art 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 - Alassio, Op. 50, Froissart, Op. 19 / Soirées Musicales(LP, Album) Urania Records (3) URLP-7136 US 1954 Sell This Version
16 128 LP Benjamin Britten - 6 Kontretänze KV 462 ‧ Simple Symphony album art 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 - Four Sea Interludes From "Peter Grimes" Opus 33a album art 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 (Album) Decca UK 1956 Sell This Version
Benjamin Britten - The Little Sweep (Let's Make An Opera) Opus 45 album art 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
Benjamin Britten - Piano Concerto No. 1 In D Major, Op.13 / Piano Concerto No. 1 album art Britten* / Rawsthorne*, Jacques Abram / Moura Lympany*, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert Menges Britten* / Rawsthorne*, Jacques Abram / Moura Lympany*, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert Menges - Piano Concerto No. 1 In D Major, Op.13 / Piano Concerto No. 1 (Album) His Master's Voice UK 1957 Sell This Version
Benjamin Britten - Peter And The Wolf / Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra album art 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 Benjamin Britten - Concerto No. 12 In A Major For Piano And Orchestra (K.414) album art 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
LXT 5336-7 Benjamin Britten - The Prince Of The Pagodas album art Britten* / Covent Garden Orchestra* Britten* / Covent Garden Orchestra* - The Prince Of The Pagodas(2xLP + Box, Mono) Decca LXT 5336-7 UK 1957 Sell This Version
NCT .17008 Benjamin Britten - Matinees Musicales / Soirees Musicales album art Benjamin Britten, The Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult Benjamin Britten, The Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult - Matinees Musicales / Soirees Musicales(10", Mono) Pye Nixa NCT .17008 UK 1957 Sell This Version