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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. An American Overture, Op.27Sir Simon Rattle/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra10:31Album Only
listen  2. Ballad of Heroes, Op.14: 1. Funeral March -Sir Simon Rattle/Cbso Chorus/Simon Halsey/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Robert Tear 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ballad of Heroes, Op.14: 2. Scherzo (Dance of Death)Sir Simon Rattle/Cbso Chorus/Simon Halsey/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Robert Tear 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ballad of Heroes, Op.14: 3. Recitative and Choral - Epilogue (Funeral March)Sir Simon Rattle/Cbso Chorus/Simon Halsey/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Robert Tear 6:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op.21: Theme -Peter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op.21: Var.I Recitative -Peter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op.21: Var.II Romance -Peter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op.21: Var.III March -Peter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op.21: Var.IV ArabesquePeter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op.21: Var.V Chant -Peter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op.21: Var.VI Nocturne -Peter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op.21: Var.VII BadineriePeter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Diversions For Piano (Left Hand) And Orchestra, Op.21: Var.VIII BurlesquePeter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op.21: Var.IX Toccata I - Toccata II -Peter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op.21: Var.X AdagioPeter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Diversions for piano (left hand) and orchestra, Op.21: Var.XI TarantellaPeter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Building of the House - Overture, Op.79Sir Simon Rattle/Cbso Chorus/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Halsey 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Praise We Great Men (1976): 'Praise we great men' -Robert Tear/Simon Halsey/Sir Simon Rattle/Alison Hargan/Mary King/Sir Willard White/Cbso Chorus/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Praise We Great Men (1976): 'Praise we the just'Simon Halsey/Robert Tear/Sir Simon Rattle/Alison Hargan/Mary King/Sir Willard White/Cbso Chorus/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Praise We Great Men (1976): [Coda]Robert Tear/Simon Halsey/Sir Simon Rattle/Alison Hargan/Mary King/Sir Willard White/Cbso Chorus/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Suite on English Folk Tunes: 'A time there was...' Op.90: I. Cakes and AleSir Simon Rattle 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Suite on English Folk Tunes: 'A time there was...' Op.90: II. The Bitter WithySir Simon Rattle 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Suite on English Folk Tunes: 'A time there was...' Op.90: III. Hankin BoobySir Simon Rattle 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Suite on English Folk Tunes: 'A time there was...' Op.90: IV. Hunt the SquirrelSir Simon Rattle 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Suite on English Folk Tunes: 'A time there was...' Op.90: V. Lord MelbourneSir Simon Rattle 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Canadian Carnival, Op.19City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle/Wesley Warren14:02Album Only
listen  2. Young Apollo, Op.16Sir Simon Rattle/Peter Donohoe/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Felix Kok/Jeremy Ballard/Peter Cole/Michal Kaznowski 7:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Quatre Chansons françaises (1928): 1. Nuits de juin (wds. Victor Hugo)Sir Simon Rattle/Jill Gomez 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Quatre Chansons françaises (1928): 2. Sagesse (wds. Paul Verlaine)Sir Simon Rattle/Jill Gomez 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Quatre Chansons françaises (1928): 3. L'Enfance (wds. Victor Hugo)Sir Simon Rattle/Jill Gomez 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Quatre Chansons françaises (1928): 4. Chanson d'automne (wds. Paul Verlaine)Sir Simon Rattle/Jill Gomez 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Scottish Ballad, Op.26Sir Simon Rattle/Peter Donohoe/Philip Fowke/City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra15:22Album Only
listen  8. Occasional Overture, Op.38City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 7:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sinfonia da Requiem, Op.20: I. Lacrymosa (Andante ben misurato) -City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 8:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sinfonia da Requiem, Op.20: II. Dies irae (Allegro con fuoco) -City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sinfonia da Requiem, Op.20: III. Requiem aeternam (Andante molto tranquillo)City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Benjamin Britten, Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Jill Gomez, Peter Donohoe, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 23, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00004TL06
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is very much like a war trilogy of sorts.
Transfigured Knight
The music was important in Britten's development as a composer, particularly when he wrote the War Requiem.
David A. Wend
All in all, a wonderful selection of Britten's work with performances worthy of the material.
kamus

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By kamus on April 10, 2002
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This album is a must for any classical music fan and for any Britten fan in particular. Rattle brings to these great pieces a vibrancy and energy that Britten would surely have enthusiastically approved . Aside from some of the more familiar works of Britten's such as the powerful and touching "Sinfonia da Requiem", we are treated to the less familiar "The Building of the House" written for the re-opening of the concert hall at Snape-Maltings which had previously burned down. This shows Britten at his inventive best in a rare orchestral work from his late period. Also included is "Suite on English Folk Songs" which was one of the last things he wrote before his premature death and shows that tragically, he was struck down at the height of his powers. Also we get to hear two recently unearthed pieces that had been apparently forgotten by Britten himself-"Occasional Overture" and one of my favorites from this collection, the wonderful "American Overture". All in all, a wonderful selection of Britten's work with performances worthy of the material. At the two-for-one price here, this is a collection you can't afford not to have.
Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Transfigured Knight on September 6, 2009
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This is a great compilation of some of Britten's lesser-known orchestral works conducted by the great Simon Rattle who shows a great affinity for this music. Much of this music has been coupled with other releases like a pairing of Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 10" with Britten's "Sinfonia da Requiem," which was a great choice as both deal with war. I sometimes like to think of Britten as the English equivalent to Shostakovich. Both composers were very much anti-war and used music to deliver their messages. Listen to Britten's "Ballad of Heroes," "Sinfonia da Requiem," and "War Requiem" back-to-back. This is very much like a war trilogy of sorts. Anyway, this release with Rattle and the City of Birmingham Orchestra is top-notch. This orchestra proves yet again why it's one of the best under Rattle's baton.

Of particular interest to Britten fans, are some lesser known gems like "Suite On English Folk Tunes," "The Building of a House Overture," "Young Apollo," and "Scottish Ballad." This is a great introduction to Britten and will get you inside of Britten's sound-world. The next stop for some, who are interested in orchestral music, will be his "War Requiem" and "Les Illuminations." Some people, after hearing this set, will probably even start exploring his operas. Whatever the case may be, you'll enjoy this set immensely.

Don't forget to checkout Richard Hickox's Britten recordings on Chandos and Britten conducting his own music on Decca.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2006
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This 2 CD set is a compilation of recordings made by Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus between 1982 and 1991 and a better selection of works by the brilliant composer Benjamin Britten would be difficult to match. Here Simon Rattle seems truly in his element, appearing to have a fine affinity for Britten's compositions. The works are indeed varied, yet for this listener the crowning work is Rattle's immensely powerful performance of the controversial 'Sinfonia da Requiem', a work with a charged history, having been originally commissioned by Japan in 1940 but later deemed unfit because of its 'Christian' identities. Would that the pacifist Britten had known what lay ahead with the world at war he probably would have not submitted this work. Yet as a pacifist the gorgeous orchestral requiem is a powerful and poignant anti-war vehicle. Rattle plays it with all of the quotes to future lines in 'Peter Grimes' and 'Death in Venice' subtly recognized.

But that is only one of the works in this well performed collection. Opening with the rarely heard 'American Overture' and early 'Ballad of Heroes' with Robert Tear as the fine soloist, the collection features the unusually lovely 'Diversions for piano left hand and orchestra' that Britten wrote for Paul Wittgenstein, here performed by Peter Donohoe (who also collaborates with Felix Kok, Jeremy Ballard, Peter Cole and Michal Kaznowski for the opus 16 'Young Apollo'.

Included are 'Quatre Chansons Françaises' with Jill Gomez as the exquisite soloist, several overtures, 'Praise We Great Men' in the 1976 orchestration by Colin Matthews, 'Suite on English Folk tunes' and 'Scottish Ballad'. The performances by the orchestra, chorus, and various soloists are on a consistently high level. This is one of the opportunities to really understand the works of Benjamin Britten outside of his famous operas and War Requiem. It is a joy. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, March 06
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2012
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This is a superb collection providing an endlessly fascinating and variegated portrait of Britain's perhaps greatest composer. Not all of the works here - perhaps even none of them (apart from Sinfonia da Requiem) - belong among the composer's most familiar ones. The set is nevertheless riddled with masterpieces and the performances are uniformly excellent. The earliest works here, composed when Britten was 14, are the beautiful and musically sophisticated Four French Songs of which Jill Gomez delivers a rapturous and sensitively accompanied performance. Their fragile beauty is well contrasted on disc 2 with superb performances of the volatile, scurrying and brilliant Young Apollo (one of the best performances I have heard) and the folksy, more robust Scottish Ballad. The Canadian Overture is lively and light and cheery if not perhaps among Britten's most memorable works; neither is the splendidly scored Occasional Overture, but at least Rattle and the Birmingham players make the most out of them. Disc 2 concludes with an immensely powerful rendition of the powerful (awe-inspiring, even) Sinfonia da Requiem, possibly the best in the catalogue of this deeply stirring work.

Moving to disc 1 we get a spry and brilliant and ebullient performance of the American Overture, an interesting if not wholly convincing work discovered after the composer's death. Ballad of Heroes is a major, stirring work, however, and it receives a moving, effective and muscular reading here with particularly impressive singing. The captivating and brilliantly written Diversions for left hand and orchestra may not be a timeless masterpiece, but the performances here certainly make you believe it is.
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