Includes all works with opus numbers and all works commercially recorded to date.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of England s greatest composer since Henry Purcell, Decca Classics presents the ultimate Britten box, the first ever Complete Works on 65 CDs and 1 DVD. Each limited edition set is individually numbered, (1 to 3,000)
Included in the Complete Works is:
208 page hardback book including:-
- A gallery of original LP sleeves
- Copious Recording session pictures and Aldeburgh landscapes newly photographed
- Choosing a Record Company by Philip Stuart
- Ben A Tribute to Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) by John Culshaw (originally published in Gramophone Magazine, Feb 1977)
- Peter Glossop s Memoir on the role of Billy Budd and working with Britten
- Alphabetical index of works included in the edition.
Each book contains a detailed article by Andrew Huth, full track listings and recording information.
4 bonus CDs - including a series of interviews by Jon Tolansky, first recordings and rarities never before released on CD and the War Requiem rehearsal sequence
New War Requiem hi-res transfer from original master tapes
The set also features the Tony Palmer film on the making of the 1967 recording of The Burning Fiery Furnace, an unrivalled look at John Culshaw and the Decca team at work
Paul Bunyan|Peter Grimes|The Rape of Lucretia|Albert Herring|Billy Budd|Gloriana|The Turn of the Screw|A Midsummer Night's Dream|Owen Wingrave|Death in Venice
STAGE & SCREEN
The Beggar's Opera|Noye's Fludde|The Golden Vanity|Curlew River|The Burning Fiery Furnace|The Prodigal Son|The Little Sweep|The Children's Crusade|The Prince of the Pagodas|Plymouth Town|Night Mail|The Tocher|The King's Stamp|Music from GPO Film The Way To The Sea|Telegrams| Peace Of Britain|Men Behind The Meters|Coal Face|When You're Feeling Like Expressing Your Affection|Love From A Stranger|Johnson Over Jordan|The Rescue Of Penelope|The Company Of Heaven|The Sword In The Stone|Russian Funeral|Fanfare|On The Frontier|This Way To The Tomb
War Requiem|Spring Symphony|Cantata Academica|Hymn to St. Cecilia|Saint Nicolas|Five Flower Songs|Cantata Misericordium|A boy was born|Corpus Christi Carol|A Wealden Trio|Christ's Nativity|Ceremony of Carols|The Holly and the Ivy|Songs from "Friday Afternoons"|Three Two-Part Songs|Two Two-Part Songs|The Birds|A Hymn to the Virgin|Advance Democracy|AMDG|Rejoice in the Lamb|The Ballad of Little Musgrave|Chorale|God Save The Queen|Voices For Today|Sacred and Profane|Welcome Ode|Praise We Great Men|Quatre Chansons Françaises|Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal|Our Hunting Fathers|Ballad Of Heroes|Serenade|Les Illuminations|Nocturne|Phaedra|Canticles I-V| The Heart Of The Matter|Tit for Tat|On this Island |Cabaret Songs|Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo|The Holy Sonnets of John Donne|A Charm of Lullabies|Winter Words|Six Hölderlin Fragments|Songs From The Chinese|Songs & Proverbs of William Blake|The Poet's Echo|Who Are These Children?|Songs, Folksongs & Realisations|Church Canticles, Masses, Psalms & Anthems
Sinfonietta|Simple Symphony|Soirées/Matinées Musicales|Rondo Concertante|Two Portraits For String Orchestra|Double Concert|Piano Concerto|Violin Concerto|Mont Juic|Young Apollo|Canadian Carnival |Sinfonia da Requiem|Diversions|Scottish Ballad|An American Overture|Prelude and Fugue|The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra|Men Of Goodwill|Occasional Overture|Symphony for Cello and Orchestra|In Memoriam Dennis Brain|The Building Of The House|A Time There Was|Lachrymae|Reflection|Cello Sonatas & Suites|String Quartets|Holiday Diary|Metamorphoses|Nocturnal|Instrumental pieces
Making Music with Britten|War Requiem Rehearsal|Historic Recordings|The Burning Fiery Furnace (Tony Palmer)
Benjamin Britten was born 22nd November 1913, the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music. Over four intensely creative decades he went on to publish over 100 works, of which the most important dominated and shaped their respective genres opera with Peter Grimes, the choral oratorio with War Requiem, music to inspire newcomers (Young Person s Guide to the Orchestra), the Song Cycle (Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings).