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listen  1. Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" (version for orchestra): The TournamentOsian Ellis 4:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" (version for orchestra): The Lute SongOsian Ellis 5:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" (version for orchestra): Courtly Dance No. 1: MarchOsian Ellis0:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" (version for orchestra): Courtly Dance No. 2: CorantoOsian Ellis 1:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" (version for orchestra): Courtly Dance No. 3: PavaneOsian Ellis 2:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" (version for orchestra): Courtly Dance No. 4: Morris DanceOsian Ellis 1:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" (version for orchestra): Courtly Dance No. 5: GalliardOsian Ellis 2:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" (version for orchestra): Courtly Dance No. 6: LavoltaOsian Ellis 1:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" (version for orchestra): Courtly Dance No. 7: MarchOsian Ellis0:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Symphonic Suite, Op. 53a, "Gloriana" (version for orchestra): Gloriana MorituraOsian Ellis 6:53$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: I. DawnLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:53$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: II. Sunday MorningLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: III. MoonlightLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: IV. StormLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Peter Grimes: Passacaglia, Op. 33b: Passacaglia, Op. 33bAlexander Taylor 7:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20: I. LacrymosaLondon Symphony Orchestra 8:51Album Only
listen17. Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20: II. Dies IraeLondon Symphony Orchestra 5:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20: III. Requiem AeternamLondon Symphony Orchestra 6:08$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Composer: B. Britten
  • Audio CD (May 17, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0008JEKC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bedford does a nice job here, and the sound is very good.
E. Weed
Never one of my favorite Britten works, nonetheless this committed performance by Bedford and the LSO makes a strong case for this stern and minatory work.
J Scott Morrison
Steuart Bedford conducts stunning performances of the suite from Gloriana as well as the Interludes.
Brian Cook

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Most people think of Britten primarily in terms of his operas, but he was an undisputed master of orchestral composition as well, and this CD taken from a 1990 release of the now-defunct Collins Classics is one of the really good ones in their Britten series conducted by supreme Britten conductor Steuart Bedford. It contains the suite from his coronation opera 'Gloriana,' the 'Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia' from 'Peter Grimes,' and the 'Sinfonia da Requiem.' Amazon does not as yet seem to note that this CD contains the 'Gloriana' Suite, which is probably the least-recorded of the music here, and it's a corker. Assisted by Imogen Holst, Britten concocted the suite about a year after the disappointing première of the opera before an uncomprehending audience during Elizabeth II's coronation season. It contains 'The Tournament' (a fanfare-y section full of vigor), 'The Lute Song' (a lovely Dowlandesque piece that in this recording features the inimitable harpist Osian Ellis and oboist Keiron Moore), a set of 'Courtly Dances' from Act II, and 'Gloriana Moritura,' Elizabeth I's death. The suite is a marvelous concoction because on the one hand one could not hear more than a few bars before realizing it to be Britten, and yet it is a very skillful pastiche of Elizabethan music. It is played brilliantly by the London Symphony.

The set of pieces from 'Peter Grimes' are surely among Britten's most popular works and they have been recorded many times. They are tours de force of brilliant orchestration as well as aptly setting the emotional tone for their particular scenes in the opera. Bedford and the LSO give us a marvelous performance.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Weed on March 4, 2006
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This has been very well-reviewed already...and sometimes the main point of a review may be to join in the critical consensus. As reported, the Symphonic Suite: Gloriana is a very charming and, at the same time, not insubstantial work. It is a work of Britten's maturity, and this listener, at least, is likely to come back to it more often that the Sinfonia de Requiem.

The Four Sea Interludes has been one of my favorite 20th Century orchestral pieces for years. With it, Britten demonstrated in a striking fashion that tonally-centered music was very much alive at the time (1940's), and, that there was much yet to be explored within the tonal language (including, as here, unique and very effective ways to tug at the edges).

It's a hard piece to pull off because of its unusual and somewhat fragmentary structure. Bedford does a nice job here, and the sound is very good. However, he doesn't quite maintain the tension of my favorite performance by Colin Davis, which hasn't made it to CD, that I'm aware. In the interim, Bedford will do fine.

Overall, this is another welcome and hard-to-beat bargain from Naxos. If all the Britten you know is the Young Person's Guide and the Frank Bridge variations, I would call this a must-have release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jt52 on July 25, 2012
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This disc contains three Britten orchestral scores, presented in reverse chronological order. Steuart Bedford (no typo there) has long been closely associated with Benjamin Britten's work and is something of a specialist as a conductor, focusing on contemporary British music. The London Symphony produced numerous excellent recordings in the 1980s and is in fine form here.

The most impressive part of the program, factoring in both music and performance, is the Sinfonia da Requiem from 1940. This is the first time I have listened to the Sinfonia so while I tend to think Bedford's interpretation is very good, I don't have a basis for comparison. The Sinfonia is an austere three-movement work which intensively uses a few short themes and whose central Dies Irae is clearly influenced by Igor Stravinsky. Though prejudiced against it by some negative commentary, the Sinfonia grew on me as I listened to it more.

The two other works included here are both taken from Britten operas. The Interludes and Passacaglia from "Peter Grimes" may be the composer's most famous single piece. I found Bedford's interpretation to be pretty good, but not up to the extremely musical version done by Andrew Davis with the BBC Symphony. Another excellent interpretation of the Interludes was done by Andre Previn, again with the London Symphony. The symphonic suite from "Gloriana" was pulled from an opera whose 1954 premiere marked probably the low point of Britten's entire career. The suite contains a lot of neo-Elizabethan writing, some of it very attractive. However, I was puzzled that a world famous composer like Britten would have released the finale, "Gloriana Moritura", to the public.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Cook on September 18, 2013
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As an orchestral musician I have performed the Four Sea Interludes and the entire opera Gloriana. Steuart Bedford conducts stunning performances of the suite from Gloriana as well as the Interludes. While I'm not a huge fan of the Sinfonia da Requiem, I still must rate this recording with five stars.
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