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Britten Conducts Britten [10 CDs] - Adrian Thompson (vocals); April Cantelo (vocals); Barnaby Jago (vocals); Benjamin Britten (talking); Benjamin Britten (piano); Brian Elton (percussion); Bruce Webb (vocals); Bryan Drake (vocals); Carl Duggan (vocals); Caroline Clack (vocals)
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  1. The Burning Fiery Furnace, church parable, Op. 77
  2. Curlew River, church parable, Op. 71
  3. The Prodigal Son, church parable, Op. 81
  4. Noye's Fludde, children's opera, Op. 59
  5. The Golden Vanity, vaudeville for boys' voices & piano, Op. 78
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  1. The Burning Fiery Furnace, church parable, Op. 77
  2. Curlew River, church parable, Op. 71
  3. The Prodigal Son, church parable, Op. 81
  4. Noye's Fludde, children's opera, Op. 59
  5. The Golden Vanity, vaudeville for boys' voices & piano, Op. 78
  6. The Little Sweep, children's opera, Op. 45
  7. Gemini Variations, for flute, violin & piano, 4 hands, Op. 73
  8. Children's Crusade, ballad for child voices, percussion, 2 pianos & organ, Op. 82
  9. Saint Nicholas, cantata for tenor, treble, choruses & orchestra, Op. 42
  10. Rejoice in the Lamb, festival cantata for trumpet, ATB soloists, chorus & organ, Op. 30
  11. A Ceremony of Carols, for treble voices (or chorus) & harp, Op. 28
  12. A Boy Was Born, choral variations for mixed voices, Op. 3
  13. Friday Afternoons, children's songs (12) for children's chorus & piano, Op. 7
  14. Psalm 150, for children's chorus & instruments, Op. 67
  15. Spring Symphony, for soprano, alto, tenor, boys' chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44
  16. Cantata academica, for voices, chorus & orchestra, Op. 62
  17. Hymn to St. Cecilia, for chorus, Op. 27
  18. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66
  19. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsal: Requiem aeternam
  20. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsal: Dies irae (opening section)
  21. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Discussion in the control room between Britten and Galina Vishnevskaya (via her interpreter), then
  22. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsal: Dies irae (end of movement)
  23. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsal: Offertorium
  24. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsal: Sanctus
  25. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Discussion in the control room between Britten and Vishnevskaya (via her interpreter): Sanctus
  26. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Discussion in the control room between Britten, Peter Pears and John Culshaw: Agnus Dei
  27. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Discussion in the control room between Britten and John Culshaw: Libera me
  28. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsal: Libera me
  29. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: Rehearsal: Libera me (closing page)
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For the hardcore Britten fan on your list, the 10-disc set called Britten conducts Britten is the perfect gift solution. They'll no doubt already have the classic recording of Britten conducting the War Requiem, his choral-orchestral masterpiece. But unless they collect old LPs, they probably won't have most of the rest of the recordings on these CDs including the odd but intense religious cantatas The Burning Fiery Furnace, The Prodigal Son, and Noye's Fludde; the even odder but still totally convincing children's opera ...

Britten Conducts Britten [10 CDs] 2006, Decca

UPC: 028947560401

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