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After the Storm

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Hear music from Carla Kihlstedt/Matthias Bossi, inspired by Bossi’s mother’s recollection of the Hurricane Carol's 1954 destruction, plus an excerpt from Ted Hearne’s “Katrina Ballads.”

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New Sounds

A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - and Tubular Bells

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Listen to some of Mike Oldfield's “Tubular Bells” where Vivian Stanshall formally announces each instrument as it joins the mix at the end of the piece, and more for this New Sounds.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

All Britten Program

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in an all-Britten program featuring Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, with Principal Horn Philip Myers and tenor Michael Slattery; and Spring Symphony with soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, the New York Choral Artists directed by Joseph Flummerfelt, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun-Menaker.

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Chamber Music Society

Youthful Britten

Monday, March 10, 2014

Elliott Forrest co-hosts with Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week features a an all-Britten program that focuses on the works of his youth. Performers include the Orion and Escher String Quartets.

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New Sounds

A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - and Other Instruments

Thursday, February 27, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to some of "Heroic Weather," – from Alexander Desplat’s score to "Moonrise Kingdom," where every instrument is identified as it enters, much in the same way that Benjamin Britten does in his “Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.”  That will probably bring to mind Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter & the Wolf," (another popularly used score in children’s music education) so perhaps we’ll also hear something from that classic work.  Plus, listen to some of Mike Oldfield's “Tubular Bells” where Vivian Stanshall formally announces each instrument as it joins the mix, towards the end of the piece.  All these, and more.

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New Sounds

After the Storm

Monday, February 03, 2014

Hear music from Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, inspired by Bossi’s mother’s recollection of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Carol in 1954 on this New Sounds.  Then there’s a musical warning from the Australian band Coolangubra, along with an excerpt from Ted Hearne’s “Katrina Ballads.” Also, listen to music from Alexander Desplat and Benjamin Britten’s score to “Moonrise Kingdom,” where the pivotal scene takes place as a hurricane sweeps through the island off the New England coast.

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Chamber Music Society

Mozart and Britten

Monday, January 27, 2014

Elliott Forrest co-hosts with Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week features a Mozart sextet is paired with a Britten cello sonata.

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Metropolitan Opera

Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, December 21, 2013

This Saturday at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera broadcast revisits Benjamin Britten's magical A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

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WQXR Features

A Centennial Ceremony of Carols: A Benjamin Britten Holiday Celebration

Sunday, December 15, 2013

This centennial celebration of Britten features the New England Conservatory Chamber Chorus, led by Erica Washburn, the NEC Brass Ensemble and the Back Bay Ringers.

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Operavore

Review: St. Louis Symphony's Intense Peter Grimes Caps Britten Centennial

Monday, November 25, 2013

The major Britten centennial event in New York on Friday was a concert version of Peter Grimes. The performers went for broke at every dramatic opportunity, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Pipedreams

Britain's Great Britten

Monday, November 25, 2013

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, Pipedreams presents a select survey of some sacred music written by one of the 20th century’s most honored composers, Benjamin Britten.

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World of Opera

Britten's Billy Budd from Sweden

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Friday marks the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth and World of Opera celebrates with one of his most profound dramas.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Ways to Commemorate the Britten Centenary

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On Friday, Benjamin Britten would have turned exactly 100 years old. Here are five ways to celebrate his life and legacy, including special programming on WQXR.

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Q2 Music

Benjamin Britten's 24-Hour Centennial Celebration

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On Friday, Nov. 22, Q2 Music presents Great Britten – a 24-hour marathon celebrating the centennial of British composer Benjamin Britten, hosted by Nico Muhly and including a star-studded roster of Britten enthusiasts.

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Chamber Music Society

Britten and Dvořák

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Chamber Music Society, this week, combines the work of two very different composers, each beloved in his own time and place, into a coherent whole. In Benjamin Britten’s Canticle, in which two singers tell the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, he not only captures the essence of Abraham’s predicament, but does it with the quintessential English voice that made him — in the opinion of many — the greatest English composer of the modern age. An early piano trio by Antonin Dvorák, who at the time was striving to perfect his craft to the standards of his German mentor Johannes Brahms, nevertheless breathes the unmistakable Bohemian air that still transports Dvorák’s listeners to the Town Square of the composer’s beloved home, the city of Prague.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

The Song of the Bird

Sunday, November 10, 2013

We hear bird-loving Bela Bartok’s songs about birds, Eric Whitacre’s brilliant evocation of birds in flight and a range of English works dating back to the Renaissance.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Great Britten

Sunday, November 03, 2013

In honor of Britten’s centennial, Kent Tritle has assembled a Choral Mix featuring moments from the War Requiem, the Hymn to Saint Cecilia as well as a lesser-known piece, the Cantata Misericordium.

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World of Opera

Evoking a Royal Heritage: Britten's Gloriana

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Written for the coronation of Britain's current queen, Elizabeth II, Benjamin Britten's Gloriana tells the much-repeated story of the Elisabeth I and the Earl of Essex. Listen today at 4 pm on Operavore.

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WQXR Blog

Britain Mints New Coin for Benjamin Britten Centennial

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Great Britain is minting a new 50 pence coin to commemorate the centenary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

A Benjamin Britten Centennial

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Today on the Mix, join us for samplings from Britten's earliest compositions like A Hymn to the Virgin to some of his final works, like Sacred and Profane.

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