Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

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Britten came of age in 1934, the year in which Elgar, Holst and Delius died. He rapidly dragged British music into another era – his own. Read the full biography.

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Britten – 10 Essential Recordings

New to Britten? Here's a list of the top 10 recordings to help start your collection...

  1. Peter Grimes
  2. War Requiem
  3. Serenade
  4. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
  5. A Ceremony of Carols
  6. The Turn of the Screw
  7. Cello Suites
  8. Billy Budd
  9. String Quartets
  10. Death in Venice

Building your Collection

Select a musical category below to explore the finest Britten recordings available.

Orchestral Chamber/Inst. Vocal Opera

Piano Concerto Cello Suites AMDG Albert Herring

Violin Concerto String Quartets Carols Billy Budd

Cello Symphony Phantasy Quartet Serenade Curlew River

Young Person's Guide Songs Death in Venice

Sinfonia da Requiem War Requiem Gloriana

Film Music Golden Vanity 

Miscellaneous Works Noye's Fludde

Owen Wingrave

Peter Grimes

The Turn of the Screw

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