Benjamin Britten

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Roasted Swan

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This is what I have been listening to lately. Excellent performances of the two pieces I consider Ben's masterpieces (granted that there's so much I haven't yet heard).

The Britten Quartet didn't last that long as an ensemble but just about every disc they made was tremendous.  I can't speak with any authority on these particular performances - I know them and do like them.

Mandryka

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Looking for music whch kind of sounds a bit like it's by Britten but isn't? Look no further. David Froom's (first two) Amichai Songs

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?app=desktop&list=PL07W8yTJoV5oX28RglQpyg-9TUbhInLvV

https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/7962046--music-of-david-froom

Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen

Roasted Swan

Rather excited to pick up in a local Charity Shop yesterday a complete study score of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"  All the more so since it is signed Toby Robertson on the inside front cover.  As far as Google can tell me it looks like Toby Robertson was a theatre director who did a well-regarded staging of the work for Scottish Opera back in the early 70's.  From various stage directions scribbled through this score I'm assuming it was his working copy of the score for that production.  This is not one of the Britten operas I know at all well - even though I have a couple of recordings - so this is prompting me to listen/follow and hopefully enjoy.......

pjme

It is a magical score! 


This  Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Opéra national de Lyon production is a feast for the eyes (and the ears).

Pohjolas Daughter

Quote from: Roasted Swan on Today at 05:15:09 AMRather excited to pick up in a local Charity Shop yesterday a complete study score of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"  All the more so since it is signed Toby Robertson on the inside front cover.  As far as Google can tell me it looks like Toby Robertson was a theatre director who did a well-regarded staging of the work for Scottish Opera back in the early 70's.  From various stage directions scribbled through this score I'm assuming it was his working copy of the score for that production.  This is not one of the Britten operas I know at all well - even though I have a couple of recordings - so this is prompting me to listen/follow and hopefully enjoy.......
Oh, neat!

I found this obit in the Guardian which you (if you haven't already found it) and perhaps others might enjoy reading: 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2012/jul/08/toby-robertson

PD

Roasted Swan

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Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on Today at 07:03:59 AMOh, neat!

I found this obit in the Guardian which you (if you haven't already found it) and perhaps others might enjoy reading: 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2012/jul/08/toby-robertson

PD

Thankyou - yes I read that one too (although it doesn't mention the Britten).  But the Prospect Theatre Company was very famous in its day and - as the actor roster suggests - packed with talent.  Not sure the British Arts Council of 2024 would deign to support such 'fringe' enterprises however........... :-\

https://www.edinburghmusicreview.com/blog/midsummer-nights-dream