Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

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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
LM-1093 / LM(x)1093 / LM (x)-1093 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(LP) RCA Victor LM-1093 / LM(x)1093 / LM (x)-1093 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
LW 5070, LW.5070 Benjamin Britten A Ceremony Of Carols (Album) Decca, Decca LW 5070, LW.5070 UK 1952 Sell This Version
33 CX 1159 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 33 CX 1159 UK 1953 Sell This Version
LL.917 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 LL.917 US 1954 Sell This Version
LW 5163, LW.5163 Britten* A Simple Symphony London Records LW 5163, LW.5163 UK 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
XLL-1439 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 XLL-1439 US 1956 Sell This Version
ML 5183 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 ML 5183 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
G 7105 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 G 7105 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
LXT 5416 Benjamin Britten A Boy Was Born / Rejoice In The Lamb (Album) Decca LXT 5416 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
LXT 5521-3 Benjamin Britten Peter Grimes (Album) Decca, Decca LXT 5521-3 UK 1959 Sell This Version
LXT 5674, LXT.5674 Benjamin Britten Peter Grimes - Highlights Decca, Decca LXT 5674, LXT.5674 UK 1959 Sell This Version
STS 15081/82 Benjamin Britten Prince of the Pagodas (opus 57)(LP, Album) London Stereo Treasury STS 15081/82 UK 1959 Sell This Version
SXL 6179 Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, London Symphony Orchestra* Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, London Symphony Orchestra* - Nocturne - Four Sea Interludes - Passacaglia (Peter Grimes) (Comp) London Records SXL 6179 UK 1960 Sell This Version
SXL 2200, SXL.2200 Schubert*, Peter Pears And Benjamin Britten Schubert*, Peter Pears And Benjamin Britten - Die Schöne Müllerin (Album) Decca, Decca SXL 2200, SXL.2200 UK 1961 Sell This Version
CSD 3773 Benjamin Britten Canticles (Album) Argo (2) CSD 3773 UK 1961 Sell This Version
SOL 60037 Britten* - Jennifer VyvyanPeter PearsHelen WattsOwen Brannigan Britten* - Jennifer VyvyanPeter PearsHelen WattsOwen Brannigan - Cantata Academica L'Oiseau-Lyre, London Records SOL 60037 UK 1961 Sell This Version
NF 1 Benjamin Britten Noye's Fludde (Album) Argo (2) NF 1 UK 1961 Sell This Version
OS 25271 Vaughan Williams*Benjamin Britten / Choristers Of Canterbury Cathedral, The*The Renaissance Singers Vaughan Williams*Benjamin Britten / Choristers Of Canterbury Cathedral, The*The Renaissance Singers - Mass In G Minor / A Ceremony Of Carols Argo (2) OS 25271 US 1961 Sell This Version