Cello Britten

Benjamin Britten & The English Chamber Orchestra - Britten & Haydn (1964/2017)

Benjamin Britten & The English Chamber Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello)
Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra
Haydn: Concerto in C for Cello and Orchestra (1964/2017)

DSD128 2.0 | 1-bit/5.6 MHz | Time: 01:12:28 | ~ 4.92 GB
or 24-bit/96 kHz | Flac(Tracks) | ~ 959 Mb
Classical/Orchestral/Cello | London / HDTT | Official Digital Download

~ Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra & Haydn: Concerto in C for Cello and Orchestra - Benjamin Britten Conducts the English Chamber Orchestra ~
Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto; Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
William Walton: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (2014)
Li-Wei Qin, cello; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Zhang Yi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 8896661 | Time: 01:15:26

An offering of two iconic British cello concertos, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and distinguished cellist Li-Wei Qin, separated by an atmospheric and musically detailed recording of Britten’s Four Sea Interludes conducted by Zhang Yi.
Julian Lloyd Webber, Neville Marriner - Britten: Cello Symphony; Walton: Cello Concerto (1997)

Julian Lloyd Webber, Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields - Britten: Cello Symphony; Walton: Cello Concerto (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 66:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 454 442-2 | Recorded: 1996

Despite all the praise heaped on this late work by England's greatest 20th-century composer, it remains a very difficult nut to crack. The best adjective to describe it would have to be "gnarly." The music is dark, dissonant, and only elusively melodic until the transfiguring finale, when sunlight finally bursts through the clouds in the form of a lyrical trumpet tune. It takes real concentration on the listener's part, and although the experience is worth the effort, it's something you have to understand from the beginning. Walton's Concerto is easier on the ear, but also of lighter musical substance. Andrew Lloyd Webber plays both pieces with total conviction and considerable tonal beauty.
Truls Mørk & Håvard Gimse - Bridge, Britten, Debussy: Cello Sonatas (2022)

Truls Mørk & Håvard Gimse - Bridge, Britten, Debussy: Cello Sonatas (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 1:10:52 | 260 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Alpha Classics

The great Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk makes a triumphal return to chamber music with his regular piano partner Håvard Gimse. The programme features two English composers, Benjamin Britten and his teacher Frank Bridge, whose Cello Sonata was written during the First World War and is tinged with despair and searing emotional force. Britten composed his Cello Sonata in 1961, following his meeting with Mstislav Rostropovich, to whom he dedicated the work.
Another person traumatised by the Great War was Debussy, who wrote: ‘it was cowardly to think only of the horrors being committed, without trying to react by rebuilding, insofar as my strength allowed, a little of that beauty which is currently under attack’. His Cello Sonata (1915) was the first of a series of six sonatas for various instruments that he planned to compose, only managing to write three before his death. As a determined Moravian nationalist, Janáček did not entitle his three-movement work of 1910 ‘sonata’; he called it Pohádka ("Fairy tale") and based it on a poem by Vasily Zhukovsky.
Truls Mørk & Håvard Gimse - Bridge, Britten, Debussy & Janáček: Cello Sonatas (2022) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Truls Mørk & Håvard Gimse - Bridge, Britten, Debussy & Janáček: Cello Sonatas (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Front Cover & Digital Booklet | Time - 70:59 minutes | 1,16 GB
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics, Official Digital Download

The great Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk makes a triumphal return to chamber music with his regular piano partner Håvard Gimse. The programme features two English composers, Benjamin Britten and his teacher Frank Bridge, whose Cello Sonata was written during the First World War and is tinged with despair and searing emotional force.
Raphael Wallfisch, Steuart Bedford - Britten: Symphonie for Cello & Orchestra, Death in Venice (suite) (2004)

Raphael Wallfisch, English Chamber Orchestra, Steuart Bedford - Britten: Symphonie for Cello & Orchestra, Death in Venice (suite) (2004)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 251 MB | 01:01:02
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos

For admirers of Steuart Bedford's recordings of the music of Benjamin Britten, this re-release of his 1984 recordings of the Symphony for cello and orchestra with his arrangement of a concert suite from Death in Venice will be gratefully received. Bedford had been anointed by Peter Pears, Britten's musical executor, as a Britten interpreter and even allowed to create the concert suite. Bedford's conducting is surely more assured than Britten's in general, but his interpretations were clearly steeped in Britten's interpretations.
Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Metamorphosen Berlin - Very British: Elgar, Britten, Warlock, Jenkins (2021)

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Metamorphosen Berlin - Very British: Elgar, Britten, Warlock, Jenkins (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 310 Mb | Total time: 78:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 19439873312 | Recorded: 2019, 2020

The new recording is entirely dedicated to British music and offers a great selection of works by famous but also lesser-known composers: recorded are works by Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Peter Warlock (1894-1930) and Karl Jenkins (b. 1944). The album opens with the earliest masterpiece, the famous Serenade in E minor for string orchestra by Edward Elgar, one of the greatest British composers and leading European composers of his generation. Among the hallmarks of Elgar's compositions are ingratiating character pieces that often share elements with English folk music.
Miklos Perenyi - Britten, Bach, Ligeti (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Miklós Perényi - Britten, Bach, Ligeti (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 58:21 minutes | 604 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Renowned cellist Miklos Perenyi interprets three masterpieces by Britten, Bach and Ligeti. Exhibiting a stirring display of ferocity and finesse, Perenyi plays with detailed expertise. The repertoire includes Benjamin Britten’s Third Suite op.87, Bach’s Suite VI in D Major BWV 1012 and Ligeti’s cello sonata of 1948-1953. The program showcases Perenyi’s rich sonic palette, a truly breathtaking release.
Hélène Clément, Dame Sarah Connolly & Alasdair Beatson - Bridge & Britten: Works for Viola (2022) [Digital Download 24/96]

Hélène Clément, Dame Sarah Connolly & Alasdair Beatson - Bridge & Britten: Works for Viola (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Front Cover & Digital Booklet | Time - 61:16 minutes | 964 MB
Classical, Vocal | Label: Chandos Records, Official Digital Download

Both Benjamin Britten and his teacher Frank Bridge at one point owned the Giussani viola played by Hélène Clément on this album, which features pieces the two composers wrote for the instrument. The most substantial work here, Britten’s Lachrymae, is a series of pensive variations on a theme by John Dowland and is performed evocatively by Clément. In the Elegy, also by Britten, the Giussani viola’s special eloquence is evident in its deep tonal resonance and vivid responsiveness to Clément’s pizzicatos. Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly’s stirring performance of Bridge’s Three Songs is another highlight, as is the vein of aching sadness Clément finds in another of Bridge’s works, There Is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook.
Hélène Clément, Dame Sarah Connolly & Alasdair Beatson - Bridge & Britten: Works for Viola (2022)

Hélène Clément, Dame Sarah Connolly & Alasdair Beatson - Bridge & Britten: Works for Viola (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 194 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 142 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:01:16
Classical, Vocal | Label: Chandos Records

Both Benjamin Britten and his teacher Frank Bridge at one point owned the Giussani viola played by Hélène Clément on this album, which features pieces the two composers wrote for the instrument. The most substantial work here, Britten’s Lachrymae, is a series of pensive variations on a theme by John Dowland and is performed evocatively by Clément. In the Elegy, also by Britten, the Giussani viola’s special eloquence is evident in its deep tonal resonance and vivid responsiveness to Clément’s pizzicatos. Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly’s stirring performance of Bridge’s Three Songs is another highlight, as is the vein of aching sadness Clément finds in another of Bridge’s works, There Is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook.