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Britten: Noye's Fludde, The Golden Vanity [CD]

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Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, in 1913. Although he was already composing vigorously as a child, he nonetheless felt the importance of some solid guidance and in 1928 turned to the composer Frank Bridge; two years later he went to the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Arthur Benjamin, Harold Samuel and John Ireland. While still a student, he wrote his ... Read more in Amazon's Benjamin Britten Store

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  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (8 Jun 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: London
  • ASIN: B00000IO63
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op.59 - "Lord Jesus, Think On Me"English Opera Group Orchestra 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op.59 - "I God, That All This Worlde Hath Wroughte"English Opera Group Orchestra 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op.59 - "Have Done, You Men and Wemen All"English Opera Group Orchestra 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op.59 - "Now In the Name Of God I Will Begyne"English Opera Group Orchestra 4:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op.59 - "Noye, Noye, Take Thou Thy Company"English Opera Group Orchestra 6:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op.59 - "Wiffe, Come In! Why Standes Thou Their?"Margaret Hawes 5:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op.59 - "Ha! Children, Me Thinkes My Botte Removes"English Opera Group Orchestra 8:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op.59 - "Now Forty Dayes Are Fullie Gone"English Opera Group Orchestra 5:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op.59 - "Noye, Take Thy Wife Anone"English Opera Group Orchestra 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op.59 - "Noye, Heare I Behette Thee a Heste"English Opera Group Orchestra 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Britten: Noye's Fludde, Op.59 - "The Spacious Firmament On High"English Opera Group Orchestra 7:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Britten: The Golden Vanity - "There Was a Ship Came From the North Country"Mark Emney 6:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Britten: The Golden Vanity - "Then Up Spake the Cabin-Boy"Mark Emney 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Britten: The Golden Vanity - "Casting His Clothes Off, He Dived Into the Sea"Mark Emney 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Britten: The Golden Vanity - "They Laid Him On the Deck"Mark Emney 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical performance of Britten's music 4 Aug 2008
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This audio CD includes two works by the composer Benjamin Britten, the opera Noye's Fludde and the work for boy's choir The Golden Vanity.

The CD itself comes with an excellent, informative booklet with full librettos of both Noye's Fludde and The Golden Vanity. This is particularly useful in the case of the opera which is in medaeival English (spellings and all - hence the unusual spelling of the title) and uses the original script from the Chester miracle play. Playing time totals 65.5 minutes.

The recording of Noye's Fludde has been remastered from the original 1961 LP record. It includes the following cast:-

Trevor Anthony - the voice of God
Owen Brannigan - Noye
Sheila Rex - Mrs Noye
David Pinto - Sem
Darien Angadi - Ham
Stephen Alexander - Jaffett
Caroline Clack - Mrs Sem
Marie-Therese Pinto - Mrs Ham
Eileen O'Donovan - Mrs Jaffett

Mrs Noye's Gossips are Patricia Garrod, Margaret Hawees, Kathleen Patch and Gillian Saunders.

Further support is offered by members of the English Opera Group Orchestra, a chorus of animals (usually performed by children), an East Suffolk children's orchestra and Norman Del Mar as the Conductor. This performance is from Orford Church in Orford, Suffolk. The whole opera is a musical setting of the Chester Miracle Play Noye's Fludde.

This is a really terrific performance of the Fludde. The singing is top notch and Sheila Rex gives a fine performance as Mrs Noye. The acoustics of the church are ideal for the Voice of God recitals (which are spoken and not sung). I think the most exciting moments in the opera are the two processions, the first of the animals going into the ark and the second one of the animals coming out of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless masterpiece 13 Oct 2007
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This is one of Britten's most magical scores - not only an inspired blend of amateur musicians (from string players only able to play in first position to reasonably accomplished bugle players) with professional players and singers, but one which embraces all sorts of unconventional forces: from mugs arrayed on a length of string and struck with a wooden spoon to create the 'plink' of rain drops, to the marvellous use of hand bells to represent the appearance of the rainbow. It works because Britten never condescends to any of his musicians, but provides some of his most inspired and inspiring music in this unpretentious drama, which sets the Chester mystery play of how Noah rescued his family and the animal kingdom from the great flood. Perhaps because of the venerable source of the story, Noye's Fludde has aged better than The Little Sweep, also written by Britten for a mix of amateurs and professionals but hobbled by a slightly arch libretto by Eric Crozier (though many amateurs I know have loved performing that work!). A lovely work altogether, spell-bindingly performed by Norman Del Mar and his forces in this treasurable recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous performance of Noye's Fludde 6 Feb 2013
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I had the vinyl version of this recording long ago and loved it. It sounds like, and probably was, a live performance with the minimal instruments and all the voices making a tremendous impact. Noye's Fludde seems to be not very well known; there are very few recordings of it. But listen to this and you will be immediately hooked; Britten at his very best. On the original record there was no Golden Vanity but I did not miss it - not one of my favorite pieces. Incidentally, the cover gives the impression that it is Britten conducting this performance but, unless I am mistaken, I think it was Norman del Mar. As so often happens, Amazon give no information about who the conductor is, either before or after purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars who cannot love Noye's Fludde? 19 Dec 2012
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I first saw Noye's Fludde performed at the QEH back in the 1980s with Peter Pears providing the voice of God. I loved it.This remastered 1961 recorded version with Trevor Anthony as God and Owen Brannigan as Noye is just as good and enchanting. Let's hope we hear this and more from Britten on the radio and in concerts during his centenary year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Flood 7 Jan 2013
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Having performed in Noye's Fludde 50 years ago with almost the same cast, this brought back fantastic memories. A great live recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a MUST! 6 Jun 2011
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This is my own Best Beloved. The appearance of the rainbow still makes me tear up, after some 250 hearings too!
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