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NM 0112

Britten On Film

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Martyn Brabbins


Mary Carewe


Daniel Auchincloss


Adam Green


Adam Green

baritone

Daniel Auchincloss

tenor

Mike Flower

whistler

Choir of King Edwards School, Birmingham


City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus


Birmingham Contemporary Music Group



Venue:

CBSO Centre, Birmingham

11-12 Mar 2006

Producer:

Colin Matthews



Engineer:

Mike Clements



Record Label
NMC

Genre:

Contemporary




Total Time - 77:52
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

 

Night Mail

5:50  
1 Title Music 0:47
2 Percussion Sequence 0:55
3 End Sequence 4:08
  with Simon Russell Beale narrator  
 

The Tocher (Rossini Suite)

9:32  
4 I Allegro brillante 1:53
5 II Allegretto 2:20
6 III Allegretto 2:01
7 IV Bolero: Allegro moderato 2:00
8 V Allegro con brio 1:18
 

The King's Stamp

14:07  
9 Part One: Allegro molto alla marcia 0:38
10 Allegro: 'Opening door...' 2:20
11 Allegretto: 'Messenger boy' 0:40
12 Lento ma non troppo: 'Entry to lithograph works' 1:46
13 Allegro moderato: 'Stamp factory - Machine starts' 2:48
14 Part Two: Minuet: Andante lento 0:56
15 Allegretto: 'Train sequence' 1:37
16 Allegretto: 'Parliament - The Stamp Bill' 0:53
17 Allegro 1:12
18 Allegro moderato alla marcia 1:17
 

Negroes

13:03  
19 Allegro appassionato: Title Music 3:01
20 I Allegro: 'In the middle ages' 1:04
21 II Allegro: 'Then the Portuguese and Spaniards' 1:04
22 III Allegro ritmico: 'At the mouth of the Senegal' 1:08
23 IV Andante con moto: 'To sail from Africa to Jamaica' 0:58
24 V Andante lento: 'The more advanced thinkers in Europe' 1:32
25 VI Andante con molto moto: 'Still at their accustomed hour' 3:26
26 VII Allegro ritmico: Coffee from the Blue Mountains' 0:50
 Mary Carewe
 Daniel Auchincloss tenor
 Adam Green baritone
 

The Way To The Sea

15:29  
27 Allegro: Introduction 0:33
28 Andante maestoso: Romans 0:39
29 Andante maestoso: Alfred 0:48
30 Moderato: 'There is, at this point of the haven' 1:27
31 Allegro: 'The eighteenth century' 1:19
32 Allegro con fuoco: 'Nelson has gone' 0:56
33 Lento e pesante: '169 trains a week' 0:41
34 'The line waits' 2:56
35 Piu lento: 'Here is a harbour' 3:00
36 Slow: 'We seek a spectacle' 1:16
37 Allegro molto - alla marcia 1:54
  with Simon Russell Beale narrator  
38 

Telegrams

2:30
39 

Peace of Britain

1:30
 

Men Behind The Meters

3:11  
40 Title Music 0:22
41 Andantino: 'I Dreamt that I Dwelt in Marble Halls' 1:16
42 Allegro moderato: 1935 Sequence 1:33
 

Coal Face

11:47  
43 I Andante: 'A sterile landscape' 0:39
44 II 'Coal mining is the baisc industry of Britain' 1:10
45 III Andante: 'The chief coal-producing centres' 0:42
46 IV 'Yorkshire and Lancashire' 1:01
47 V Moderato: 'The temp'rature often reaches' 0:28
48 VI Andante: 'The seven and a half hour shift' 0:47
49 VII Ad libitum sempre: 'One thirty a.m.' 0:50
50 VIII Allegro ma non troppo: 'In many pits' 1:04
51 IX Allegro molto: 'The shift is finished' 2:03
52 X 'Making up coal trains' 2:26
53 XI Allegro: 'Coal mining is the basic industry' 0:14
54 XII Andante: 'There are the miners' 0:23
  with Simon Russell Beale narrator  
 Daniel Auchincloss
 Adam Green
 Mike Flower whistler
55 

When You're Feeling Like Expressing Your Affection

0:53
 Mary Carewe
   
'Britten on Film'. NMC D112

'It was an important development in Benjamin Britten's career in the mid-1930s, when he was commissioned to write incidental music for documentaries produced by the GPO Film Unit and Strand Films This disc of surviving examples, some of them mere fragments, demonstrates this, notably in the classic Night Mail , in which his music accompanies W.H. Auden's poem, here recited in an intimate recording by Simon Russell Beale The first film he wrote for was The Tocher (the Scots word for dowry), using pieces from Rossini's Soirées musicales The King's Stamp follows the design of the Silver Jubilee stamps for George V in 1935, while Coal Face , with choral comments, celebrates the mining industry. The Way to the Sea , also with words by W.H. Auden, was commissioned by the Southern Railway to celebrate the electrification of the line down to Portsmouth . The final item, a song sung by Mary Crewe accompanied by Malcolm Wilson is a cabaret number, again to words by Auden. The fragmentary Telegrams has children reciting, and uses the dots and dashes of Morse code in the orchestration Martyn Brabbins conducts the Birmingham Players in brilliant performances, very well-recorded.'

Edward Greenfield in the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

"A catalogue hole has been filled with this conspectus of Britten’s imaginative film music of the 1930’s, including  the GPO Film Unit classics Coal Face and Night Mail. Perky winds, brass and percussion dominate, and Brabbins’s accounts with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group vibrate with character."

The Times



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