Benjamin Britten Archive
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto; BRITTEN: Violin Concerto – Vilde Frang, violin/ Frankfurt Radio Symphony/ James Gaffgan – Warner Classics
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; BRITTEN: Violin Concerto, Op. 15 – Vilde Frang, violin/ Frankfurt Radio Symphony/ James Gaffgan – Warner Classics 08225646009213, 58:12 (2/26/17) ****: Violinist Frang fulfills her wish to bring two of her favorite concertos together, reflections of the “divisive” era of the 1930s. Youthful but brilliantly gifted violin […]
The Innocents, Blu-ray (1961/2014)
A mild Victorian-era ghost story, beautifully photographed, with a screenplay largely written by Truman Capote.
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BRITTEN: War Requiem – Galina Visnevskaya, sop./Peter Pears, tenor/ Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar./ Highgate School Choir/ The Bach Choir/ Melos Ensemble/ Simon Preston, organ/ London Sym. Orch. & Chorus/ Benjamin Britten – Decca (Blu-ray+2 CDs)
One of the greatest achievements of classical recording, now in hi-res form with lots of extras.
Home Page for November 2013
Our November drawing/giveaway again is unusual: It is for three copies of the new Decca hi-res remastering of Benjamin Britten’s original conducting of his own very moving War Requiem in 1963, with Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears and Fischer-Dieskau as soloists. Gramophone called it “one of the most magnetic performances of British music ever put on record.” […]
Editorial for November 2013
Decca Records has donated three copies of the three-disc BENJAMIN BRITTEN: War Requiem for our November drawing, celebrating the Britten Centenary. One disc is a Blu-ray audio-only version of the 96/24 stereo remastering from the original 1963 tapes of Britten conducting the soloists, Melos Ensemble and London Symphony in his moving work, using poetry of […]
Benjamin Britten: Choral and Organ Music – Luke Bond, organist/ Truro Cathedral Choir/ Christopher Gray – Regent
An intensely rich and well sung recording of Britten’s major sacred works—with a couple of surprises as well.
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Billy Budd (complete opera), Blu-ray (2011)
New look and feel makes Britten’s darkest even more so.