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Title Britten: Songs Cycles; Orchestral Works
Composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Main Performer Jill Gomez; John Whitfield; Barry Tuckwell (Horn); Neil Mackie; Neil Mackie (Tenor)
Orchestra / Ensemble(s) Endymion Ensemble; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; English Chamber Orchestra
Date of Release 06/07/2009
Label / Distributor EMI Classics / -, Warner Classics / -
Pieces in Set 2
Running Time 2 hours 26 minutes
Genre(s) Vocal and Choral, Orchestral
Producer David Groves, John H. West
SPAR Code DDD
EAN 5099969557927
Catalogue Number 695579, 5099969557

Work 1

Work Title Les illuminations, song cycle for high voice & strings, Op. 18
Excerpt(s) 1. Fanfare
2. Villes
3. Phrase
4. Antique
5. Royaute
6. Marine
7. Interlude
8. Being Beauteous
9. Parade
10. Depart
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Composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Genre Vocal and Choral
Date Written 1939
Date Recorded 1986
Orchestra / Ensemble Endymion Ensemble
Main Performer Jill Gomez, John Whitfield
Opera Part(s) Jill Gomez, John Whitfield

Work 2

Work Title Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31
Excerpt(s) 1. Prologue
2. 1. Pastoral (Cotton)
3. 2. Nocturne (Tennyson)
4. 3. Elegy (Blake)
5. 4. Dirge (Anon. 15th Century)
6. 5. Hymn (Jonson)
7. 6. Sonnet (Keats)
8. Epilogue
Composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Genre Vocal and Choral
Date Written 1943
Date Recorded 1988
Conductor Steuart Bedford
Orchestra / Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Main Performer Barry Tuckwell (Horn), Neil Mackie, Neil Mackie (Tenor), Steuart Bedford
Opera Part(s) Barry Tuckwell, Neil Mackie, Neil Mackie, Steuart Bedford

Work 3

Work Title Nocturne, for tenor, 7 instruments & strings, Op. 60
Excerpt(s) 1. On a poet's lips I slept
2. Below the thunders of the upper deep
3. Encinctured with a twine of leaves
4. Midnight's bell goes ting, ting, ting, ting, ting
5. But that night when on my bed I lay
6. She sleeps on soft, last breaths
7. What is more gentle than a wind in summer?
8. When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see
Composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Genre Vocal and Choral
Date Written 1958
Date Recorded 1987
Conductor Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra / Ensemble English Chamber Orchestra
Main Performer Jeffrey Tate, Robert Tear (Tenor)
Opera Part(s) Jeffrey Tate, Robert Tear

Work 4

Work Title Simple Symphony, for string orchestra, Op. 4
Excerpt(s) 1. Boisterous Bourrée
2. Playful Pizzicato
3. Sentimental Saraband
4. Frolicsome Finale
Composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Genre Orchestral
Date Written 1934
Date Recorded 1988
Conductor Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra / Ensemble London Chamber Orchestra
Main Performer Christopher Warren-Green, Christopher Warren-Green (Violin)
Opera Part(s) Christopher Warren-Green, Christopher Warren-Green

Work 5

Work Title Sinfonia da Requiem, for orchestra, Op. 20
Excerpt(s) 1. Lacrymosa
2. Dies irae
3. Requiem aeternam
Composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Genre Orchestral
Date Written 1940
Date Recorded 1989
Conductor Libor Pesek
Orchestra / Ensemble Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Main Performer Libor Pesek
Opera Part(s) Libor Pesek

Work 6

Work Title Sea Interludes (4) from Peter Grimes, for orchestra, Op. 33a
Excerpt(s) 1. Dawn
2. Sunday Morning
3. Moonlight
4. Storm
Composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Genre Orchestral
Date Written 1944
Date Recorded 1989
Conductor Libor Pesek
Orchestra / Ensemble Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Main Performer Libor Pesek
Opera Part(s) Libor Pesek

Work 7

Work Title Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell), for speaker ad l
Excerpt(s) 1. Theme. Allegro maestoso e largamente
2. Theme: Woodwinds
3. Theme: Brass
4. Theme: Strings & Harp
5. Theme: Percussion
6. Variation A: Flute & Piccolo. Presto
7. Variation B: Oboe. Lento
8. Variation C: Clarinet. Moderato
9. Variation D: Bassoon. Allegro alla marcia
10. Variation E: Violins. Brillante - Alla polacca
11. Variation F: Violas. Meno mosso
12. Variation G: Cellos
13. Variation H: Doublebasses. Comminciando lento ma poco a poco accel. al Allegro
14. Variation I: Harp. Maestoso
15. Variation J: Horn. L'istesso tempo
16. Variation K: Trumpet. Vivace
17. Variation L: Trombone & Tuba. Allegro pomposo
18. Variation M: Timpani. Moderato
19. Variation M: Bass Drum & Cymbals
20. Variation M: Tambourine & Triangle
21. Variation M: Snare Drum & Wood Block
22. Variation M: Xylophone
23. Variation M: Castanets & Gong
24. Variation M: Whip
25. Fugue. Allegro molto
26. Theme
Composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Genre Orchestral
Date Written 1946
Date Recorded 1989
Conductor Libor Pesek
Orchestra / Ensemble Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Main Performer Libor Pesek
Opera Part(s) Libor Pesek

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