Few recordings made during the partnership between Decca Records and composer Benjamin Britten rival the pair that are presented here. Supervised by producer Erik Smith during three sessions in London’s Kingsway Hall on May 27 and 28, 1963, this recording of the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra & Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge preserves one of the classic examples of the Decca sound. The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra was originally conceived as a score for a documentary film and has since established itself as one of the most popular and immediately appealing of all Britten’s instrumental compositions. Available on XRCD24, feel the warmth and depth of this important Classical work.
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London Symphony Orchestra
English Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten, conducting
Recorded December 1963 & December 1966, Kingsway Hall, London.
Engineers: G. Fletcher & E. Burkett
Executive Producer: Kevin Berg
This XRCD24 was produced by Akira Taguchi.
XRCD24 mastered by Alan Yoshida at Ocean Way/JVC Mastering Hollywood California.
Musicians: London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Britten.
1. Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34
2. Introduction and Theme
6. Aria Italiana
7. Bourree Calssique
8. Wiener Walzer
9. Moto Perperuo
10. Funeral March
12. Fugue & Finale