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Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, OM (1913–1976) was a British composer, conductor, and pianist.

Britten was born on 22nd November 1913 in Lowestoft in Suffolk, the son of a dentist and a talented amateur musician. He began composing prolifically as a child, and in 1927 began private lessons with Frank Bridge. He also studied, less happily, at the Royal College of Music under John Ireland and with some input from Ralph Vaughan Williams. Although ultimately held back… read more

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  • Avatar for schoenboner
    The Takacs Quartet album is indeed wonderful, particularly the third (and best!) quartet. I love the pace they play at; it's much more fulfilling than the recording by the Britten Quartet, which feels a bit too slow when I listen to it now. I will never tire of the Passacaglia from that quartet.
  • Avatar for Iliterat
    The Takács Quartet album is indeed superb. I was just listening to the third string quartet. They play it at a brisker pace than most others I'm familiar with, and it sounds amazing during the Passacaglia. I can never get enough of it, and I cannot think of any other post-war composition that is so evocative and beautiful. Hyperion is such a good label.
  • Avatar for OG-Gurda
    Good.
  • Avatar for lejk_ap_nijo
    Well, I didn't liked Moonrise Kingdom, but this movie introduced me to his music. So thanks.
  • Avatar for MisterJunior
    Just got the Takacs Quartet album of his string quartets and it's every bit as wonderful as expected.
  • Avatar for saltyknuckles
    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Classics №VII - http://classics.saltyknuckles.net/2013-52/
  • Avatar for stupidstuff
    The Symphonic Suite from Gloriana is wonderful.
  • Avatar for emptysituation
    my favourite pedophile composer. the four sea interludes are hella tight
  • Avatar for midgie
    Just got the CD of Janine Jansen playing the violin concerto - perfect!
  • Avatar for headey
    Here's a tour with a bit of Britten http://www.matthewbarley.com/wordpress/?page_id=962

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