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  • Audio CD (17 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00COYOFRE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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a four cd box set of works that Decca have chosen to represent as Britten's masterpieces at £10 or so is certainly an attractive re-release of some of the composer's key works. however, whilst there is no doubting the historical importance of several key recordings here (Peter Pears features on several premier recordings here from this main era) - it is a great shame that Decca have for me played a little safely by including the lesser, albeit populist works such as Simple Symphony in favour of what are arguably Britten's true masterpieces - his chamber works such as his 3 String quartets, Cello sonata (Decca's recording of Britten himself on piano with Rostropovich is a great missed opportunity here i feel. the Violin Concerto IS included in this collection in favour of the stodgy Cello Concerto at least.

a 4 cd box set at £10 or so is undeniably good value , but to not include some of the chamber works is a great shame. as with any single label box set not all versions here are neccesarily the definitive ones for me. Bear in mind that both EMI + Virgin have released fine Brtten recordings over the years. still - an attractive set for newcomers to one of the UK'd finest ever composers.

full 4 cd track listing :
cd 1:
A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Frank Bridge Variations
Sea Interludes
Simple Symphony
Peter Grimes, Op.33 (Edited)

cd 2:
Edited works :
Ceremony of Carols, Op.28
A boy was born, Op.3
A Hymn to the Virgin (1930, rev. 1934)
Festival Te Deum, Op.32 (1944)
Jubilate Deo in C (1961)
Hymn to St. Cecilia (1942), Op.27

cd 3 :
Songs from "Friday Afternoons", Op.7
Noye's Fludde, Op.59

cd 4:
Les Illuminations, Op.18
Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31
Violin Concerto, Op.15
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HASH(0xa09a83d8) out of 5 stars THE Britten Compilation... 13 Nov. 2013
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
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...at least for me. This four-disc set brings together many of Britten's signature works in classic renditions, many of them directed by the composer himself. I purchased it largely for the presence of Noye's Fludde, with which I began acquainted through the film Moonrise Kingdom, figuring that at the price I was also going to get a minor trove of Britten gems. And so it was. I admit that, for two or three of the works, I might prefer other versions -- Vernon Handley's recording of the Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, for instance, or David Hill leading the Westminster Cathedral Choir in A Ceremony of Carols -- but, as an untrained layman, I find nothing but excellence in this album. A small complaint is that the Grimes Interludes recording does not include the Passacaglia. And, if it matters to you, this version of the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is without narration. If you want to assemble a small library of Britten works, this set will give you a big head start in one swoop.
HASH(0xa09a8438) out of 5 stars OMG, this is FABULOUS. 3 Jun. 2014
By Anne Beversdorf - Published on Amazon.com
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This four disc set will absolutely take you to other dimensions. Wonderful selections, wonderful performances, excellent sequencing of pieces. If you like Britten at all, do get this.
HASH(0xa09a8714) out of 5 stars Four Stars 10 Oct. 2014
By Tim Gaines - Published on Amazon.com
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CD/music great! Package/jewel box all smashed up!
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HASH(0xa09a8c3c) out of 5 stars Britten introduction to new listeners 1 May 2014
By TheImprobable1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Outstanding sampler of Britten's output. The usual suspects are all here. Nice collection of works to acquaint yourself with the English composer's legacy.
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