Benjamin Britten conducts Mozart, Britten and Mendelssohn

English Chamber Orchestra. 1964-1970.

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English Chamber Orchestra
Peter Pears — Tenor

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The two concerts on this programme, separated by a little over five years, present two very different Benjamin Brittens. The first, at Croydon in December 1964, shows Britten at the peak of his powers. He is fifty-one years old, lean and fit, energised and beady-eyed, his hair dark and close-cropped. He has upgraded his father's tailcoat, which did him proud in the 1930s and 1940s, and offsets it with patent-leather shoes. He is the recent composer of War Requiem, a piece of international celebrity, and will soon be appointed to the Order of Merit. He will travel to India a few weeks after the concert, part of an unconvincing sabbatical year.

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Directed by:
Antony Craxton,
Brian Large
Venue: Fairfield Hall (Croydon, London, Great Britain) Snape Maltings Concert Hall (Aldeburgh, Great Britain)
Production date: 2012
Recording date: 20 December 1964 - 5 June 1970
Duration: 1 h 7 min
Production: ©BBC, under licence to International Classical Artists Ltd. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide.
Resolution: SD