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Britten: The Complete Works (Decca box set) Box set, CD+DVD, Limited Edition


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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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  • Audio CD (17 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 66
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Limited Edition
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00CJCHJ1U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

THE OPERAS
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
THE VOICE
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
INSTRUMENTS
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
BONUS MATERIAL
Making Music with Britten|War Requiem Rehearsal|Historic Recordings|The Burning Fiery Furnace (Tony Palmer)

About the Artist

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).

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mason Taylor on 10 Dec. 2013
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I pondered long and hard before taking the plunge with this, though not due to any personal doubts over Britten's music - it's been a central part of my life ever since the Concertgebouw/van Beinum 'Young Person's Guide' and 'Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia' became one of the first LPs to grace the turntable of our brand-new radiogram in my pre-school days nearly sixty years ago. The issue lay mainly with the fact that I've already possessed the majority of its recordings in several previous incarnations; as mono, then stereo, LPs, followed by their CD reissues and more recently the four box Decca and big EMI compendia. There were just a few things in this set I didn't already have, and several of those were on the supplementary discs which it seems will not not reappear once 'The Complete Works' is split up and reissued as four separate boxes, so in the end, I felt I should do it.

Decca have had a busy year with anniversary sets, with Wagner and Verdi and "Le Sacre du Printemps" as well as Britten well served - indeed, I've already commented here on the Stravinsky set (which again inveigled me into duplicating quite a few performances) that it was done out of love, rather than out of duty, when compared to Sony's parallel edition. Upon opening it, it was immediately apparent that Decca's Britten box goes further still - it's a labour of devotion. Gaining the cooperation of other labels to fill in the gaps in their own catalogue must have been a herculean task, and even if there are one or two cases where I wish they'd managed to obtain clearance for other available versions, there's little to quibble about.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By R. Yeatman on 19 Jun. 2013
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This is a huge collaborative effort, between 20 or so labels, in service of one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. At far as absolute completeness is concerned, this isn't quite achieved. There are lots of very early pieces included, but there are lots of bits of juvenilia yet to be recorded. Also, the Purcell Realisations aren't here, and neither are the incidental music scores for King Arthur / The World of the Spirit (available from Hyperion and Chandos respectively). But the point is we aren't likely to see anything as comprehensive as this again.

It's very nicely put together. The main 200 page book (all in English) contains an introduction and a few memoirs of life with Britten, followed by a gallery of original LP designs and relevant pictures and bits of memorabilia - a visual history of Britten's recording career. For me, the more interesting notes come in the individual booklets accompanying the various sections. These are newly written by Andrew Huth, and are well worth reading. There are no texts except where the language set is not English (or Latin), where original texts and translations are provided. I've no idea why, in a set of this scope, the words could not have been included on PDF files.

And the music is wonderful, of course. Obviously no-one considering this box is likely to be unfamiliar with Britten's uniquely compelling sound world. Where possible, Britten's own recordings have been used, which is a very important point. He wrote with the voices, skills and particular humanity of his interpreters in mind. However you may feel about the voice of Peter Pears, for example, he always sounds absolutely right in this music. This hasn't been blindly applied for every piece however.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roy Howitt on 3 Dec. 2013
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This is a truly remarkable achievement. The complete works plus extras, all beautifully recorded . Congratulations to all concerned in compiling this marvelous anthology.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TATTY T on 18 July 2013
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Brilliant value and quality; just what it said on the label and the Radio 3 review!
It will become a collectors item.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2013
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Britten was born on the 22nd November 1913 in Lowestoft.He died 4th December 1976 in Aldeburgh, where his festival is still held.He was supported by protective friends.But as Bernstein stated"that Britten was a man at odds with the World".For he was a pacifist and homosexual,which caused him to feel oppressed,isolated and alienated. These feelings he worked out in his opera's such as Peter Grimes.( I have reviewed as many of the CD's as I can).However,Britten was remarkably sensitive which is shown in the Serenade for tenor,horn and strings.He found British music of the time, too conservative and British musical training too amateurish. He prefered the European model.Britten's' favourite composers were Purcell,Mozart,Schubert,Mahler and Shostatokovich,also,Far Eastern music such as Balinese and Japanese music.He was a gifted composer and pianist;see Britten the performer.Eventually,he was considered part of the establishment,but I think that was to disguise his relationship with Peter Pears. His War Requiem portray's his real feelings about that subject.(St James Encyclopedia Eds Guinn and Stone.Britten, a life in the 20th Century,Kildea.)

A big blue tough cardboard box with a lid, with two holes cut out, so you can lift it;covers the entire box.Inside the box, the sides and bottom are entirely covered with black foam to protect the CD's.Beneath the box is the limited edition number,mine is:O2440/3000.Also,which companies are involved in this project,such as EMI,Virgin,Warner, Naxos,Coro etc.For example,CD 1-20 sleeves and CD are Cobalt blue with a design of a wharf and a boat on the sleeves.The difference is that near the middle, the tonal values of the sleeves become lighter,until white,then gradually back to cobalt blue. This is the same for all sleeves.
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