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on 12 December 2013
This is an interesting way of doing a drama documentary with acted scenes interspersed with narration and some interviews. I wasn't sure it would, but it does work. A lot has been released on Britten in this centenary year and you might wonder if there is anything left to say, but this does take a new angle, looking at the influences on the young Britten and the formation of his pacifism. There are also thoughtfully selected musical examples. Highly recommended.
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on 5 February 2014
A film for enthusiasts - if you love Britten's music then you will love this film. The majestic setting of Gresham's school in Norfolk is superb and some of the performances by the drama pupils and staff, provided by many of the school members themselves are excellent. I was particularly moved by the intensity of the OTC officer, epitomising the horror of war.
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on 12 November 2013
Charming performances in the character of the child Britten and one or two others. I don't think I had expected the documentary aspect of this alongside the drama. But some interesting information on one of the 20th Centuries leading composers.
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on 10 November 2013
Excellent film detailing the influence of early years and Gresham's on the very gifted young composer and with ample musical examples from the works
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on 18 September 2015
about an hour into the disc it's faulty. Returns policy doesn't allow exchange after a month, but this was a birthday present so wasn't opened and played until perhaps five weeks after purchase.
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on 18 November 2013
for those interested in Benjamin Britten and wanting a quiet and thoughtful tale of his early years ,background and education.
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on 3 July 2015
A most interesting dvd. Thoroughly recommended for Britten enthusiasts
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