1. Love Letters
2. Britten & Pears: Art and Life:- Part 1: Peter Grimes
3. Britten in America:- Part 1: Peter Grimes
4. Returning to Britain - "Peter Grimes"
5. 7 June 1945: The Premiere of Peter Grimes:- Part 1: Peter Grimes
6. A Legendary Premiere:- Part 1: Peter Grimes
7. Introduction:- Part II: War Requiem
8. Britten and Critics:- Part II: War Requiem
9. War Requiem & Peter Pears:- Part II: War Requiem
10. Galina Vishnevskaya and the War Requiem premiere:- Part II: War Requiem
11. Premiere at Coventry Cathedral:- Part II: War Requiem
12. Immediate and lasting impact:- Part II: War Requiem
13. Introduction:- Part III: Death in Venice
14. Britten's most personal statement:- Part III: Death in Venice
15. Confronting Demons:- Part III: Death in Venice
16. Heart surgery and the aftermath:- Part III: Death in Venice
17. The last weeks:- Part III: Death in Venice
18. A final love letter:- Part III: Death in Venice
The Hidden Heart: A Life of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears
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I would highly recommend this documentary for any serious fan of Britten's music, and of English music history. But it's only peripherally about their great partnership, their great marriage. Perhaps a fully-fleshed, respectful biographical film of Britten's life will come along at some point.
It is this dimension of insecurity in life that is at work in his music all the time and this insecurity is constantly balanced by some power, strength, force that comes from within the music and that comes from the heart of one loved man. Britten's first opera, Peter Grimes, was the launching pad of Peter Pears and Britten last opera, Death in Venice, was entirely composed for Peter Pears as an old man trying to reflect on what was old age for Benjamin Britten. Two things were happening to him at the same time.
First he was sick, was operated upon and that was not brilliant, and then he was dying, for one thing. He composed with that death by composing an opera for his life-long lover. Death in Venice expresses the second experience Benjamin Britten was going through in his last years. He rediscovered the beauty of youth and he fell in love with that beauty, the beauty of the young Venetian boy that the old dying main character is watching and observing in his youth and in his youthful insouciance. That's probably the most important and most powerful experience an old man can live through. Suddenly his life changes.
It becomes full of light, full of the light of that youth he is looking at.Read more ›