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Recent Benjamin Britten NewsBenjamin Britten at 100: voice of the century | Editorial - Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Above all, he was the writer of music that still thrills because of its toughness, beauty, originality and quality Imagine an English classical music composer who is so famous in his own lifetime that his name is known throughout the country, who is the first British composer to end his life as a peer of the realm, a composer from whom the BBC uniquely commissions a prime-time new opera for ...
April 15, 2014 - Tue, 15 Apr 2014
I first heard the music of Benjamin Britten in 1975, a year before he died. I was a sophomore music major at William Jewell College, a school not far from Kansas City. Some long-forgotten magazine piece--probably a review in High Fidelity or Stereo Review , to both of which I subscribed--had made me curious about him, so I drove to a mall in Independence and bought an LP whose first side ...
Oliver Knussen: 'Britten pointed me on the right path in the simplest, kindest way' - Sat, 12 Apr 2014
The arts interview: In the week of Benjamin Britten's centenary Oliver Knussen, in a rare interview, tells Fiona Maddocks about their meeting in Aldeburgh, and the ongoing friendship that inspired his career as a composer When did you first meet Britten? What were the circumstances? What were you first impressions? I came up to Aldeburgh with my dad who was playing bass in the English Opera ...
The Prince Consort "? review - Mon, 07 Apr 2014
Wigmore Hall, London Britten's 100th birthday celebration includes two new worthy commissions from Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Gwilym Simcock Wigmore Hall celebrated the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth with a programme of the composer's five canticles "? a series of vocal pieces written between 1947 and 1974, each of them effectively a small cantata for one, two or three voices. In a ...
Pavel Haas Quartet/Trifonov "? review - Fri, 11 Apr 2014
Wigmore Hall, London The Pavel Haas produced outstanding solos in Britten's Second String Quartet and soul-searching in Shostakovich Though the genre may not be the first one associates with Benjamin Britten , his three canonical string quartets comprise a distinguished contribution to the medium. The Second, composed after the 1945 premiere of Peter Grimes had brought him national acclaim, was ...
Related Information for Benjamin Britten» Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, OM (1913–1976) was a British composer, conductor, and pianist.Britten was born on 22nd November 1913 in Lowestoft in Suffolk, the son of a dentist and a talented amateur musician. He began composing prolifically as a child, and in 1927 began private lessons with Frank Bridge. He also studied, less happily, at the Royal College of Music under John Ireland and with some input from Ralph Vaughan Williams.
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