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BRITTEN, B.: Saint Nicolas / A Ceremony of Carols / A Boy Was Born / The Rape of Lucretia / Billy Budd (Britten) (1939-1956)

Composer(s)Britten, Benjamin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredInstrumentalOperaOrchestralVocal
Catalogue 231134
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BRITTEN, B.: Saint Nicolas / A Ceremony of Carols / A Boy Was Born / The Rape of Lucretia / Billy Budd (Britten) (1939-1956) 9:28:34   
  Saint Nicolas, Op. 42          
      Introduction 5:14       
      The Birth of Nicolas 2:23       
      Nicolas devotes himself to God 4:18       
      He journeys to Palestine 7:29       
      He comes to Myra and is chosen Bishop 6:49       
      Nicolas from Prison 3:01       
      Nicolas and the Pickled Boys 6:25       
      His Piety and Marvellous Works 5:07       
      The Death of Nicolas 6:19       
  A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28          
      Procession 19:44       
      Wolcum yole! 1:19       
      There is no rose 1:58       
      That yonge child 1:34       
      Balulalow 1:23       
      As dew in Aprille 0:57       
      This little Babe 1:18       
      Interlude 3:01       
      In freezing winter night 4:02       
      Spring Carol 1:06       
      Deo Gracias! - Adam lay ibounden 1:03       
      Recession 1:14       
  A Boy Was Born, Op. 3          
      Theme: A boy was Born — 2:03       
      Variation 1: Lullaby, Jesu — 4:18       
      Variation 2: Herod — 2:14       
      Variation 3: Jesu, As Thou Art Our Saviour — 2:33       
      Variation 4: The Three Kings 3:38       
      Variation 5: In the Bleak Mid-winter — 4:52       
      Variation 6 (Finale): Noel! 8:48       
  The Rape of Lucretia, Op. 37          
      Act I Scene 1: Rome is now ruled by the Etruscan upstart … (Male Chorus) 2:33       
      Act I Scene 1: It is an axiom among kings (Female Chorus) 3:01       
      Act I Scene 1: Here the thirsty ev'ening has drunk the wine of light … (Male Chorus) 2:22       
      Act I Scene 1: Who reaches heaven first is the best philosopher (Collatinus) 2:36       
      Act I Scene 1: Maria was unmasked at a mask ball (Junius, Tarquinus, Collatinus, male Chorus) 4:14       
      Act I Scene 1: Collatinus is politically astute (Male Chorus, Junius, Collatinus, Tarquinus) 6:11       
      Act I Scene 1: There goes a happy man (Tarquinus, Junius) 4:17       
      Act I Scene 1: Tarquinus doses not dare (Male Chorus) 1:58       
      Act I Scene 1: My horse! My Horse! … Tarquinus does not wait (Tarquinus, Male Chorus) 3:19       
      Act I Scene 2: Their spinning wheel unwinds (Female Chorus, Lucretia, Bianca, Lucia) 5:06       
      Act I Scene 2: Listen! I heard a knock. Somebody is at the gate … (Lucretia, Bianca) 2:49       
      Act I Scene 2: Time turns upon the hands of women … (Female Chorus) 3:20       
      Act I Scene 2: The oatmeal slippers of sleep (Female Chorus, Male Chorus, Tarquinus, Bianca, Lucretia, Lucia) 7:20       
  The Rape of Lucretia, Op. 37          
      Act II Scene 1: The prosperity of the Etruscans was due to the richness … (Female Chorus) 8:36       
      Act II Scene 1: She sleeps as a rose upon the night … (Female Chorus) 5:06       
      Act II Scene 1: Within this frail crucible of light … (Tarquinius) 4:27       
      Act II Scene 1: Lucretia! (Tarquinius) 6:18       
      Act II Interlude: Here in this scene you see Virtue assailed by sin … (Female Chorus, Male Chorus) 4:33       
      Act II Scene 2: O what a lovely day … (Lucia, Bianca) 3:52       
      Act II Scene 2: We'll leave the orchids for Lucretia (Bianca, Lucia, Lucretia) 4:14       
      Act II Scene 2: Flowers bring to ev'ry year the same perfection … (Luceretia) 3:13       
      Act II Scene 2: You were right (Lucia, Bianca, Collatinus, Junius, Lucretia) 4:38       
      Act II Scene 2: Lucretia! Lucretia! O never again must we two dare to part … (Collatinus, Lucretia) 3:01       
      Act II Scene 2: Last night Tarquinius ravished me (Lucretia, Collatinus) 3:46       
      Act II Scene 2: This dead hand lets fall all that my heart held when full … (Collatinus, Junius, Bianca, Lucia, Female Chorus, Male Chorus) 4:28       
      Act II Scene 2: Is it all? Is all this suffering and pain, is this in vain? (Female Chorus, Male Chorus) 5:26       
  Billy Budd, Op. 50 (excerpts)          
      Act II: There you are again, Master-at-Arms. 5:50       
      Act II: Oh, this cursed mist! 4:21       
      Act II: Claggart, John Claggart, beware! 3:31       
      Act II: Master-at-Arms and foretopman … 2:16       
      Act II: God o' mercy! 2:08       
      Act II: Great God! For what reason? 1:24       
      Act II: William Budd, you are accused … 4:57       
      Act II: Poor fellow, who could save him? 4:32       
  4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a          
      No. 1. Dawn 3:24       
      No. 2. Sunday Morning 3:44       
      No. 3. Moonlight 4:24       
      No. 4. Storm 4:20       
  Passacaglia, Op. 33b 6:30       
  The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Henry Purcell, Op. 34          
      Theme 1:55       
      Variation A [The Flutes] 0:34       
      Variation B [The Oboes] 0:59       
      Variation C [The Clarinets] 0:37       
      Variation D [The Bassoons] 0:51       
      Variation E [The Violins] 0:39       
      Variation F [The Violas] — 1:12       
      Variation G [The Cellos] 1:18       
      Variation H [The Double Basses] 0:53       
      Variation I [The Harp] 0:52       
      Variation J [The Horns] 0:43       
      Variation K [The Trumpets] 0:35       
      Variation L [The Trombones and Bass Tuba] 1:00       
      Variation M [Percussions] 1:34       
      Fugue: Allegro molto 3:01       
  The Little Sweep, Op. 45          
      Sweep! Sweep! (Chorus) 1:57       
      Sweep this chimney (Miss Baggott) 1:59       
      Now, little white boy! (Black Bob, Clem) 4:03       
      Pull the rope gently until he is free! (Chorus) 1:42       
      Is he wounded? (Chorus) 1:29       
      Sooty tracks (Chorus) 2:24       
      Run, poor sweep-boy (Rowan) 4:18       
      The kettles are singing (Chorus) 2:45       
      O why do you weep (Chorus, Rowan, Sam) 3:07       
      Pantomime - Ah!…Blackguards! (Miss Baggott) 4:17       
      Help! Help! She's collapsed! (Miss Baggott) 2:07       
      The owl, wide-winging through the sky (Chorus) 4:05       
      Soon the coach will carry you away (Juliet) 2:28       
      Morning, Sammy! Lovely weather (Johnnie) 1:51       
      Ready Alfred? (Tom) 2:51       
      Coaching song: The horses are champing (Tutti) 2:20       
  The Turn of the Screw, Op. 54          
      Act I: The Prologue: It is a curious story 2:46       
      Act I: Theme: Scene 1 - The Journey: Nearly there (Governess) 3:25       
      Act I: Variation I: Scene 2 - The Welcome: Mrs. Grose! Will she be nice? (Miles, Flora, Mrs. Grose, Governess) 4:08       
      Act I: Variation II: Scene 3 - The Letter: Miss! Miss! A letter for you (Mrs. Grose, Governess, Flora, Miles) 3:51       
      Act I: Variation III: Scene 4 - The Tower: How beautiful it is (Governess) 5:49       
      Act I: Variation IV: Scene 5 - The Window: Tom, Tom, the piper's son (Miles, Flora, Governess, Mrs. Grose) 9:59       
      Act I: Variation V: Scene 6 - The Lesson: Many nouns it is we find (Miles, Flora, Governess) 4:44       
      Act I: Variation VI: Scene 7 - The Lake: O rivers and seas and lakes! (Flora, Governess, Miles) 6:37       
      Act I: Variation VII: Scene 8 - At Night: Miles! Miles! Miles! (Quint, Miles, Miss Jessel, Flora, Governess, Mrs. Grose) 10:20       
  The Turn of the Screw, Op. 54          
      Act II: Variation VIII: Scene 1 - Colloquy and Soliloquy: Why did you call me? (Miss Jessel, Quint, Governess) 8:34       
      Act II: Variation IX: Scene 2 - The Bells: O sing unto them a new song (Miles, Flora, Mrs. Grose, Governess) 8:29       
      Act II: Variation X: Scene 3 - Miss Jessel: She is here (Governess, Miss Jessel) 6:20       
      Act II: Variation XI: Scene 4 - The Bedroom: Malo: than a naughty boy… (Miles, Governess, Quint) 5:57       
      Act II: Variation XII: Scene 5 - Quint: So! She has written (Quint) 2:06       
      Act II: Variation XIII: Scene 6 - The Piano: O what a clever boy (Governess, Mrs. Grose, Flora) 4:51       
      Act II: Variation XIV: Scene 7 - Flora: Flora! (Mrs. Grose, Governess, Miss Jessel, Flora) 4:54       
      Act II: Variation XV: Scene 8 - Miles: Mrs. Grose (Governess, Mrs. Grose, Miles, Quint) 11:38       
  Simple Symphony, Op. 4          
      I. Boisterous Bouree 3:22       
      II. Playful Pizzicato 3:14       
      III. Sentimental Sarabande 8:06       
      IV. Frolicsome Finale 2:38       
  Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10          
      Introduction and Theme 1:51       
      Variation 1: Adagio 2:14       
      Variation 2: March 1:09       
      Variation 3: Romance 1:35       
      Variation 4: Aria Italiana 1:13       
      Variation 5: Bouree Classique 1:10       
      Variation 6: Wiener Waltzer 2:33       
      Variation 7: Moto Perpetuo 1:08       
      Variation 8: Funeral March 3:10       
      Variation 9: Chant 1:04       
      Variation 10: Fugue 3:04       
      Finale 3:16       
  Introduction and Rondo alla burlesca, Op. 23, No. 1 8:58       
  Mazurka Elegiaca, Op. 23, No. 2 7:29       
  7 Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22          
      No. 1. Sonetto XVI: Si come nella penna e nell'inchiostro 2:00       
      No. 2. Sonetto XXXI: A che piu debb'io mai l'intensa voglia 1:18       
      No. 3. Sonetto XXX: Veggio co' bei vostri occhi un dolce lume 3:08       
      No. 4. Sonetto LV: Tu sa' ch'io so, signior mie, che tu sai 1:45       
      No. 5. Sonetto XXXVIII: Rendete a gli occhi miei, o fonte o fiume 1:48       
      No. 6. Sonetto XXXII: S'un casto amor, s'una pieta superna 1:14       
      No. 7. Sonetto XXIV: Spirto ben nato, in cui si specchia e vede 4:40       
  Serenade, Op. 31          
      No. 1. Prologue 1:13       
      No. 2. Pastoral 4:06       
      No. 3. Nocturne 3:19       
      No. 4. Elegy 4:18       
      No. 5. Dirge 4:13       
      No. 6. Hymn 2:02       
      No. 7. Sonnet 4:10       
      No. 8. Epilogue 1:21       
  Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles" (excerpts)          
      No. 1. The Salley Gardens 3:04       
      No. 2. Little Sir William 2:37       
      No. 7. Oliver Cromwell 0:40       
      No. 6. The Ash Grove 3:03       
      No. 3. The Bonny Earl o' Moray 2:57       
  Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 2, "France": No. 8. Quand j'etais chez mon pere (Heigh ho! heigh hi!) 2:10       
  Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles" (excerpts)          
      No. 3. Sweet Polly Oliver 3:02       
      No. 2. There's none to soothe 2:17       
      No. 1. The Plough Boy 2:03       
      No. 7. Come you not from Newcastle? 1:16       
      No. 5. The Foggy, Foggy Dew 2:42       
      No. 6. O Waly, Waly 3:45       
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