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  • Audio CD (29 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 37
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B001EOOC3W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 July 2010
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Along with Sony's Stravinsky box (22 CDs for £17.99) I would class this as one of the most astonishing bargains available in classical CD sets. These 37 CDs cover almost every important work by Britten and find space from some intriguing rarities as well. The performances never fall short of satisfying and are often among the best available. You do miss out, by and large, on performances conducted by Britten himself (he was a Decca artiste latterly, though there are some early recordings here - a little Purcell, some folk song arrangements, the Donne Holy Sonnets and the Michelangelo Sonnets, all recorded in the 1940s for HMV - and all sounding remarkably clear and immediate, with Pears in fine voice). But you have Rattle, Pesek, Iona Brown (excellent Frank Bridge Variations), Isserlis, Hickox, Marriner, Alexander Gibson, Knussen, the Endillion String Quartet, Truls Mork, Hough, Julian Bream, Previn, Soderstrom, Robert Tear, Thomas Allen, Janet Baker, Willcocks, Robert Lloyd, Donald Maxwell, Neil Mackie, Barry Tuckwell, Bedford, Bostridge, Haitink, Goodall and others - not a bad cast. The list of works is almost exhausting (the CDs play for about 42 hours) - you can find it separately on the Web. Of the operas, you have 'Peter Grimes' (Haitink), 'Paul Bunyan', 'The Turn of the Screw', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (an excellent cast directed by Richard Hickox - wonderful!) and 'The Rape of Lucretia', with some additional scenes from 'Peter Grimes' recorded in 1948 with Peter Pears, Joan Cross and Reginald Goodall. Quality is very high, the CDs come in an adequate box and presentation is good, with a fine photo of Britten at Aldeburgh on the box front and an atmospheric photo on each disc sleeve. The 50-page booklet lists all works, performers and recording dates fully and thoroughly. There are no notes, which might be seen as a disadvantage, but really, when there is so much here for so little outlay, it would seems carping to criticise. Very highly recommended.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Equus on 25 Mar. 2013
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Disc 1
Sinfonia da Requiem Op. 20
Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes Op. 33
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Op. 34
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pesek. rec. 1989

Disc 2
Canadian Carnival Op. 19
Wesley Warren, trumpet. City of Birmingham SO/Sir Simon Rattle.
rec. 1982
Diversions for Piano (left hand) and Orchestra Op. 21
Peter Donohoe, piano. City of Birmingham SO/Sir Simon Rattle. rec.
1990
Scottish Ballad Op. 26
Peter Donohoe, Philip Fowke, pianos. City of Birmingham SO/Sir
Simon Rattle. rec. 1982
An American Overture Op. 27
Occasional Overture Op. 38
City of Birmingham SO/Sir Simon Rattle. rec. 1984
Building of the House Op. 79
CBSO Chorus/Simon Halsey. City of Birmingham SO/Sir Simon Rattle
rec. 1990

Disc 3
Piano Concerto Op. 13
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano. City of Birmingham SO/Paavo Järvi. rec.
1997
Violin Concerto Op. 15
Ida Haendel, violin. Bournemouth SO/Paavo Berglund. rec. 1977
Young Apollo Op. 16
Peter Donohoe, piano. Felix Kok, Jeremy Ballard, violins. Peter Cole,
viola. Michal Kaznowski, cello.
City of Birmingham SO/Sir Simon Rattle. rec. 1982

Disc 4
Simple Symphony Op. 4 (rec. 1990)
Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge Op. 10 (rec. 1988)
Prelude and Fugue Op. 29
Lachrymae Op. 48a
Lars Anders Tomter, viola. Norwegian Chamber Orchestra/Iona Brown.
rec. 1991

Disc 5
Symphonic Suite from `Gloriana' Op. 53a
Royal Liverpool PO/Takuo Yuasa. rec. 1994
Cello Symphony Op. 68
Steven Isserlis, cello. City of London Sinfonia/Nicholas Ward,
Richard Hickox. rec.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Nigel J. Morgan on 10 Aug. 2012
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I bought this set from Amazon a year ago and I must admit I am still working my way through the discs. The set has given me outstanding pleasure and although there are some obvious gaps in the collection - e.g.Billy Budd, Albert Herring - this offers a wonderful cross section of Britten's work including some lesser known gems.

My only criticism seems rather minor but it is important. The cardboard slip cases for the 37 discs - as attractive as they are - are simply too small. As a result, it is a constant struggle to get the discs in and out of the cases. I recently bought the EMI Delius box set and this is something they have remedied.

Other than this design flaw, this is a stunning set.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 2 April 2013
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Excellent purchase,a survey of Britten with a lot of earlier and chamber music not available in the Decca set of "Britten conducts Britten",which concentrates more on the operas.Pity this has no Billy Budd ,Death in Venice,etc.,but is not without opera--the Haitink Peter Grimes,my own personal favorite,even over BB's own,Turn of the Screw,etc.The only thing this doesn't always have is the immediacy of the Decca sound,but rather seeks to place the listener in a realistically "seat in the house" position.Both styles have their merits,so it isn't a drawback,just not as intense as the older,absolutely authoritative set with the composer conducting. For a pound as disc,one cannot carp about anything at all herein,and I'm not easily pleased!For lovers of packaging,this is pretty unremarkable,but if that,more than content,is a concern,it's a pity.I cannot imagine anyone feeling disappointed in this,should they choose to make the decision to buy,especially in this Britten centenary year.The only serious competition comes from Decca,but this EMI set,as a "next generation" of interpreters,is admirable.
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