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    yes, I saw a CD of it finally not too long ago. The EMI Classics record above does have the Nocturnal and the Martin Quatre Pieces Breves (which are also really interesting modern guitar music), but all the rest of the cuts are different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate Miller View Post
    yes, I saw a CD of it finally not too long ago. The EMI Classics record above does have the Nocturnal and the Martin Quatre Pieces Breves (which are also really interesting modern guitar music), but all the rest of the cuts are different.
    The Henze and Brindle pieces are excellent too. This album was my introduction to modern classical guitar compositions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I saw Peter Grimes twice at the Met back when Jon Vickers sang the title role.
    Also saw Billy Budd there too. Memorable.

    The guy could write accessible colorful, moving music.
    I grew up (musically) listening to the Vickers recording of Peter Grimes. I don't normally listen to complete recordings of opera, but this work is a great achievement IMO. Many are familiar with the interludes, but the brilliance of Britten shines throughout. It's my favourite work of his.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronaldgeorge View Post
    I grew up (musically) listening to the Vickers recording of Peter Grimes. I don't normally listen to complete recordings of opera, but this work is a great achievement IMO. Many are familiar with the interludes, but the brilliance of Britten shines throughout. It's my favourite work of his.
    I saw Vickers do Peter Grimes at the Met. I was so impressed, I saw it again, same season!

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    These two sets from Warner Classics are amazing; just lovely to put it in the CD player and let the catalogue roll along over so many nights.

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    OK - think I could be going places with Britten's works.
    Listened to a phenomenal violin concerto on the radio 2 days ago - not knowing who the composer is - and feeling - this is a major work of the 20thC - at end revealed to be Britten's VC - Daniel Hope playing live.
    Such an interesting work - any recommendations for a fine recording?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stomanek View Post
    Such an interesting work - any recommendations for a fine recording?
    I think Janine Jansen's performances/recordings of it are just fantastic.

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    Such an interesting work - any recommendations for a fine recording?
    Frank Peter Zimmermann made also a stunning recording on Sony.
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    I have the ones by Ida Haendel (1977) Lydia Mordkovich (2001) and Vilde Frang (2016). Love all three of them but if forced to pick one it would be Ida Haendel. The Frang is coupled with the Korngold, Mordkovich with Shostakovich and the Haendel with Walton. So the answer really is get all three for the excellent couplings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Frank Peter Zimmermann made also a stunning recording on Sony.
    That's my pick! A stronger performance all around than the Ida Haendel. Plus you get the Szymanowski concertos as well. But the Haendel performance comes with that EMI (now Warner) box pictured above, which is a great set for very little money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stomanek View Post
    Such an interesting work - any recommendations for a fine recording?
    I'm happy to hear that you've discovered the piece - I think it's one of the best violin concertos in the repertoire, and it should be played more often. I managed to hear it live a few years ago, played by the violinist Simone Lamsma, but unfortunately I was sitting quite far away from the stage so the intensity of the solo writing (especially in the finale) didn't quite reach me. Anyway, Janine Jansen made a pretty good recording of the work, as Avey mentioned earlier on this thread.

    PS. Can we all take a moment to appreciate the fantastic bit in the second movement where the tuba and flutes have a quick little dialogue? It's so weird...

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    Britten is a very special composer to me. I remember hearing War Requiem for the first time and being absolutely drawn into its sparseness. It opened up a world of possibilities. I have draped over the score of Peter Grimes for hours, pinpointing the subtleties of his Harmony and orchestration. It's all so simple yet so unlike anyone else... a true gem.

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