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Elizabeth Joy Roe - Britten & Barber: Piano Concertos & Nocturnes (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Elizabeth Joy Roe - Britten & Barber: Piano Concertos & Nocturnes (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 74:29 minutes | 1,15 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This solo release from Elizabeth Joy Roe and the London Symphony Orchestra under Emil Tabakov couples two of the 20th century’s greatest piano concertos by Britten and Barber. Roe has been performing both works since a student at Julliard and has extensively studied the intriguing parallels between the two composers. The programme is completed with solo piano nocturnes by each composer: Britten’s Night Piece and Barber’s Nocturne, Homage to John Field, widely considered the father of the nocturne.
The Britten Quartet - Benjamin Britten: Complete String Quartets (2010)

The Britten Quartet - Benjamin Britten: Complete String Quartets (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:09:43 | 565 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog: 9168

Benjamin Britten (1913-76) was one of the most precocious of all composers who have the term child prodigy attached to them. Britten showed a keen interest in music from a very early age – both as a pianist and composer. He would become a formidable pianist, but as remarkable as his early compositions are (he had composed 6 string quartets by the age of 12!), very few people, including Frank Bridge could predict that he would become the 20th centuries greatest opera composers.
Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten - Britten: War Requiem (1963/2013) [24/96]

Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten - Britten: War Requiem (1963/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 81:12 minutes | 1.63 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

“DECCA has used the most recent digital and Cedar technology to improve the original sound, under the overall supervision of veteran technician James Lock. This is one of the great performances of recording history.” Over half a century has passed since this classic DECCA recording was made in Kingsway Hall, London in January 1963. While the performance remains a benchmark, time has left the original analogue master tapes more fragile than ever.
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Benjamin Britten - Britten Peter Grimes (2015)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Benjamin Britten - Britten Peter Grimes (2015)
Classical, Opera | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 626 MB
Label: Decca | Tracks: 45 | Time: 142:00 min

Britten's first great opera, written in 1945, remains a touchstone not only for postwar opera, but also anticipates the direction that postmodern music would take later in the century. Written at a time when high modernism was in full swing, Britten bucked the trends by taking a personal, political and musically eclectic approach. It's a small story with great ramifications: A sadistic fisherman and his violent actions turn him into the bane of his community, resulting in his suicide.

Maggini Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Vol.2 (1999) (Repost)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at March 24, 2018
Maggini Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Vol.2 (1999) (Repost)

Maggini Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Vol.2 (1999)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:04:35 | 257 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.554360

The Third String Quartet is one of Britten's last works before his untimely death and shows that the composer was still at the height of his powers. The music, inspired by the beauty of Venice, begins tentatively with a delicately wistful opening which contrasts with the passionate outburst that follows it. It is tempting to wonder if Britten had intimations of mortality when he wrote this work.

Belcea Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Divertimenti (2005)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at March 23, 2018
Belcea Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Divertimenti (2005)

Belcea Quartet - Britten: String Quartets, Divertimenti (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:34:33 | 412MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 57968

Due to the profundity of Beethoven's late string quartets and the significance composers and critics have placed on them, few modern string quartets have been regarded as masterpieces on the same level. Bartók's, yes, and Shostakovich's, but almost no other set of twentieth century quartets has been similarly elevated. It is almost axiomatic, then, that Benjamin Britten's three string quartets have not received comparable recognition or reverence, because these bright, transparent works deny most expectations of the genre.
Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Part, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)

Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Pärt, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Nicolas Bône (viola)
Douglas Boyd, William Conway, Richard Egarr (conductors)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Apex | # 2564 66070-5 | Time: 01:12:00

This CD is one of two Warner Classics recordings taped live during a series of concerts presented by the world renowned Chamber Orchestra of Europe during Easter Week 2003. The title for the concert series, presented in London, was Passions and Diversions as the works relate to different aspects of reflection and inspiration. In this program, Britten and Stokowski interpret works by Purcell in their own idioms; Britten draws on his English musical roots to inspire an original work, Lachrymae and Britten himself is the source of inspiration in Pärt’s Cantus. In the case of the Vaughan Williams, Tippett and Walton works, the inspirations are other composers and literature. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe has been described in The Financial Times as “the best orchestra in Europe.” The COE was founded in 1981 and has a membership of 50 musicians from 15 countries who perform together mainly in continental Europe and occasionally in the US and Japan. Since its inception, it has appeared with the world’s leading conductors and soloists, and its recordings have consistently won the highest praise and international prizes, including three Gramophone “Record of the Year” awards.
Ellen Nisbeth, Bengt Forsberg - Let Beauty Awake: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Benjamin Britten (2017)

Let Beauty Awake: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Benjamin Britten (2017)
Ellen Nisbeth, viola; Bengt Forsberg, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2182 | Time: 01:20:19

Despite her youth, Ellen Nisbeth has received acclaim both in her native Sweden and abroad and is one of the Rising Stars selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2017/2018 season. A former student of London's Royal College of Music, she hails from a family of Scottish origin and feels a particular affinity for the landscapes of Scotland, and for the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. For her first recital disc Ellen Nisbeth has devised an all-British programme which includes her own transcriptions of selected songs from Songs of Travel – Ralph Vaughan Williams's settings of poems by Stevenson. The songs intersperse the remainder of the programme, and one of them – Let Beauty Awake – has also lent its title to the entire disc. Together with the eminent pianist and chamber musician Bengt Forsberg, Nisbeth goes on to perform the impassioned Viola Sonata composed in 1919 by Rebecca Clarke – a well-known piece among viola-players, but deserving of a wider audience.
Concertegbouw Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli - Barbirolli conducts Erik Satie, Benjamin Britten, Antonin Dvorak (2003)

Erik Satie: Gymnopédies Nos. 1 & 3; Benjamin Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony #7 in D minor, Op. 70 (2003)
Concertegbouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; conducted by Sir John Barbirolli

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Testament | # SBT1252 | Time: 01:07:28

This is a fine Testament release taken from the archives of Netherlands Radio and enshrines some magnificent Barbirolli performances in somewhat opaque sound. The Satie Gymnopedie's have a delicate and loving sound that reveal Sir John's deep and intrinsic love for the miniaturistic charm of these enchanting pieces. Britten's 'Sinfonia da Requiem' was another Barbirolli speciality and this is one of many recordings available. However it is intriguing to observe the special attention and alertness that the Concertgebouw players impart to the music that takes on an added grandeur. However it is the Dvořák Seventh that is the real highlight of the disc as it is a version to die for! Sir John handles the music with real imagery and heart-on-sleeve emotion that almost rivals Kertész and Sejna, my other preferred versions in this landmark work.
Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton - Handel: Messiah (2009)

Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton - Handel: Messiah (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:13:29 | 676 MB
Genre: Classical, Oratorio | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67800

There are so many excellent recordings of Messiah that the addition of another only further complicates the decision for the listener, but having such an abundance of riches should be no cause for complaint. Hyperion's recording with Stephen Layton leading the choir Polyphony and the Britten Sinfonia is not among the flashiest or most star-studded, but it is immensely musically satisfying.