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  1. Blog
    The Three Divertimenti for String Quartet was written in 1933 when Britten was in his early twenties but he revised it quite extensively in 1936 as he was unsatisfied with it. The Three Divertimenti are a set of 3 character pieces written as "pleasing entertainment" (Britten's words, not mine)...
  2. Blog
    If Britten's 1st quartet is playful and pensive then Britten's 2nd quartet is the opposite. Its a strong, highly impressive and emotionally angst-ridden quartet and regarded by many as his masterpiece of the genre. Composed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Purcell's death, it was...
  3. Blog
    Britten composed his first numbered quartet in the summer of 1941 while staying with friends in California. Although described as his as ‘1st Quartet’ by Britten, he had written numerous quartets before in his youth and college days. His huge experience of quartets showed clearly in the...
  4. Orchestral Music
    Please Enjoy this new recording of Britten's Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra With The Omega Radio Symphony Orchestra - Mark Emanuele - Conductor
  5. Blog
    The Belcea covering this quartet, below. I never used to 'get' Britten's 3rd quartet but over the years I've changed my mind about it and now regard it as a classic. With that in mind I thought it was high time that I went through my own recordings and any I haven't heard (via Spotify). As...
  6. Opera
    It's all subjective of course, but judging by the conversations here, some of our favourite operas don't even make the TC top 100... and some don't even make the list at all. Any neglected works you think should be more widely known? I look forward to reading about some gems to discover. Here's...
  7. Composer Guestbooks
    Commissioned in 2012 for a new composition at the Proms. Inspired by Britten, a fellow countryfellow.
  8. Classical Music Discussion
    I had a symphony of Benjamin Britten i gave it to my dad, i did find Britten boring no offense to Britten fan , but i did find him standard , music made by the rule very orthodox .. Not bad but not great either.. Ockay am i too harsh or is someone gonna says: your out of my mind and Britten...
  9. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    I am looking for a great opera box set of Britten. I don't care much if they cover all operas or not, but English libretto is the top priority (I am not a native English speaker, so most of the time I can't understand anything without following the libretto :p ) TC members, do you recommend any...
  10. Classical Music Discussion
    To celebrate Britten's 100th birthday today, here is a great performance of the Sea Interludes, along with a few of my thoughts: Four Sea Interludes
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