BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976): Music from the Films Night Mail, The Tocher (Rossini Suite), The King's Stamp, Negroes, The Way to the Sea, Telegrams, Peace of Britain, Men Behind the Meters, Coal Face and When You're Feeling Like Expressing Your Affection.
Catalogue Number: 04I077
Reference: D 112
Description: The scores here were almost all for the GPO - industrial films and documentaries - and were scored by the young composer in 1935-6. The later Soirées Musicales originated in the Post Office Savings Bank short The Tocher while three of the scores include settings of texts by W.H. Auden, the most ambitious and interesting to us, perhaps, Negroes, which covers the abolition of the slave trade and the economic development of the Caribbean. Detailed notes. Texts included. Simon Russell Beale (narrator), Daniel Auchincloss (tenor), Mary Carewe (soprano), City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, Choir of King Edward's School, Birmingham, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Martyn Brabbins.