Pre-order at a special price. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of England’s greatest composer since Henry Purcell, Decca Classics presents the ultimate Britten box, the first ever Complete Works.
Includes all works with opus numbers and all works commercially recorded to date. Includes folksongs, excludes Purcell realisations and Hindmarsh’s arrangements of incidental music to King Arthur and World of the Spirit.
Britten and Decca enjoyed a unique relationship with the composer recording most of his key works for the label. Decca’s 1963 set of the War Requiem remains one of the fastest-selling classical releases of all time. The recordings not in the Decca catalogue have been licensed from other companies including EMI, Virgin Classics, Naxos and Warner – a total of 18 rights holders have assisted to make this extraordinary achievement possible, plus the endorsement & support of the Britten-Pears Foundation.
Benjamin Britten was born 22nd November 1913, the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music. Over four intensely creative decades he went on to publish over 100 works, of which the most important dominated and shaped their respective genres – opera with Peter Grimes, the choral oratorio with War Requiem, music to inspire newcomers (Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra), the Song Cycle (Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings). The sheer range is astonishing.
- Individually numbered, limited edition (1 to 3,000)
- 208 page hardback book including:-
- A gallery of original LP sleeves, arranged chronologically from 1953 onwards
- Copious Recording session pictures and beautiful Aldeburgh landscapes newly photographed
- ‘Choosing a Record Company’ by discographer Philip Stuart
- ‘Ben – A Tribute to Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)’ by John Culshaw (originally published in Gramophone Magazine, February 1977)
- Peter Glossop’s Memoir on the role of Billy Budd and working with Britten
- - Complete alphabetical index of works included in the edition.
- The set is organised into 4 main sections, each with its own individual book:
- The Operas
- Stage & Screen
- Voices Instruments
- Each book contains a detailed article by Andrew Huth, full track listings and recording information.
- 4 bonus CDs – including a series of interviews by Jon Tolansky, first recordings and rarities never before released on CD and the War Requiem rehearsal sequence
- New War Requiem hi-res transfer from original master tapes
- The set also features the Tony Palmer film on the making of the 1967 recording of The Burning Fiery Furnace, an unrivalled look at John Culshaw and the Decca team at work
Pre-order at a special price of just £170 (Standard price £192.75)