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Britten on Film ()

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It might reasonably be assumed that a collection of new performances of music Benjamin Britten wrote for industrial and educational films in the mid-'30s (e.g., Men Behind the Meters for the British Commercial Gas Association) would be of interest solely to the most rabid collectors of Britteniana. The music, however, is totally charming, and while it may not rank among the composer's greatest works, its inventiveness, illustrative power, compassion, and sly wit make this CD a real pleasure. Britten recycled some of the ...

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  1. Night Mail, film score for speaker & chamber ensemble
  2. The Tocher, film ballet for boys' voices, flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion & piano
  3. The King's Stamp, film score for flute or piccolo, clarinet, 2 pianos & percussion
  4. Negroes/God's Chillun, film score for soloists, male chorus & chamber ensemble
  5. The Way to the sea, film score for speaker, winds, percussion, harp & piano
  6. Telegrams, film score for boys' voices, flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion & piano (music composed but not used in film)
  7. Peace of Britain, film score for chamber ensemble
  8. Men Behind the Meters, film score for flute, oboe, clarinet, glockenspiel, piano, violin & cello
  9. Coal Face, film score for speaker, whistler, chorus, percussion & piano
  10. When you?re feeling like expressing your affection, song for high voice & piano
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Britten on Film
2007, NMC

UPC: 675754978020


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