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Britten: The Complete Works

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Celebrating the centennial of Benjamin Britten's birth, Decca has released in one box set the complete recordings of his works on 65 CDs and 1 DVD, in a limited edition. The package is divided into four sections -- The Operas, Stage & Screen, Voices, and Instruments -- each with a book documenting the recordings and providing track listings. In his lifetime, Britten was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and because his works were regularly released on Decca under his supervision, his music has received better coverage than most composers of his time. For many critics and devoted listeners, Britten's recordings of the operas are the best available, and the much praise recording of the War Requiem has been remastered in high resolution from the original tapes. Serious collectors are likely to own most, if not all, of these recordings, but fans of Britten will appreciate the convenience of having all of these albums in one box set.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
Paul Bunyan, Op. 17
1 1:12
2 3:34
3 0:45
4 1:46
5 2:34
6 3:11
7 2:57
8 2:50
9 0:32
10 1:58
11 0:21
12 1:17
13 1:38
14 3:36
15 1:44
16 0:34
17 0:47
18 4:25
19 0:53
20 3:30
21 4:03
22 0:40
23 3:08
24 1:03
25 4:51
26 0:48
27 1:28
28 4:06
29 2:00
30 2:04

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
Paul Bunyan, Op. 17
1 3:15
2 0:46
3 0:26
4 2:11
5 1:14
6 6:13
7 0:43
8 1:49
9 1:27
10 2:29
11 4:45
12 3:06
13 2:06
14 1:56
15 1:03
16 1:21
17 2:15
18 1:29
19 1:36
20 2:13
21 6:01
22 5:01
23 3:38
24 9:00

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time
Peter Grimes, Op. 33
1 1:28
2 3:04
3 2:10
4 1:54
5 2:58
6 5:35
7 3:19
8 1:58
9 3:09
10 2:41
11 4:57
12 1:12
13 4:08
14 4:22
15 1:58
16 1:23
17 3:40
18 2:28
19 1:39
20 2:25
21 5:41
22 3:00
23 4:41
24 2:18
25 1:03
26 2:13

Track Listing - Disc 11

Title/Composer Performer Time
Gloriana, Op. 53
1 2:20
2 4:19
3 1:25
4 1:30
5 1:08
6 1:24
7 1:43
8 4:53
9 1:29
10 2:02
11 1:57
12 1:56
13 2:36
14 1:59
15 3:44
16 4:13
17 5:10
18 4:03
19 11:04
20 2:52
21 2:14
22 1:25
23 1:47
24 3:38

Track Listing - Disc 12

Title/Composer Performer Time
Gloriana, Op. 53
1 2:10
2 1:21
3 1:50
4 1:04
5 1:25
6 0:49
7 1:04
8 0:25
9 1:49
10 2:51
11 0:47
12 2:05
13 3:09
14 1:16
15 2:55
16 0:57
17 8:01
18 2:46
19 1:04
20 0:48
21 0:58
22 1:38
23 10:03
24 6:16
25 0:57
26 1:30
27 2:31
28 2:36
29 1:41
30 8:51