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BOTW0120130204Paul Kildea's major biography of the twentieth-century composer, Benjamin Britten, is published in the year that marks his centenary.
In this vivid portrait of the composer, Paul Kildea explores the private and creative life of the man who composed operas that have entered the popular consciousness as well as the musical canon. These include, Peter Grimes, Billy Budd and The Turn of the Screw. Kildea also explores his forty-year complex relationship with Peter Pears for whom Britten created an array of operatic and vocal roles. Kildea brings his experience as a conductor who has performed many of Britten's works to bear in his insightful interpretation of the composer's music. Radio 3 will be marking Britten's Centenary across the year including broadcasts of all his operas
Read by Alex Jennings who is well known to Radio 4 audiences, and has appeared in many films, and television dramas. He is currently appearing at the National Theatre in Hymn by Alan Bennett. In 2009 he played Benjamin Britten in The Habit of Art also by Alan Bennett.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton.
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
By Paul Kildea. Biography of the composer, published in the year marking his centenary.
BOTW0220130205By Paul Kildea. Biography of the composer, published in the year marking his centenary.
Paul Kildea's major biography of the twentieth-century composer, Benjamin Britten, is published in the year that marks his centenary. This vivid portrait of the composer explores the private and creative life of the man who composed operas that have entered the popular consciousness as well as the musical canon. Today, new beginnings.
Read by Alex Jennings.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton.
Produced by Elizabeth Allard
BOTW0320130206Paul Kildea. Biography of the composer, published in the year marking his centenary.
Paul Kildea's major biography of the twentieth-century composer, Benjamin Britten, is the first in over twenty years, and is published in the year that marks his centenary. This vivid portrait of the composer explores the private and creative life of the man who composed operas that have entered the popular consciousness as well as the musical canon. Today, Aldeburgh and Billy Budd.
Read by Alex Jennings.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton.
Produced by Elizabeth Allard
BOTW0420130207Paul Kildea's major biography of the twentieth-century composer, Benjamin Britten, is published in the year that marks his centenary. This vivid portrait of the composer explores the private and creative life of the man who composed operas that have entered the popular consciousness as well as the musical canon. Today, Gloriana.
Read by Alex Jennings.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton.
Produced by Elizabeth Allard
By Paul Kildea. Biography of the composer, published in the year marking his centenary.
BOTW05 LAST20130208By Paul Kildea. Biography of the composer, published in the year marking his centenary.
Paul Kildea's major biography of the twentieth-century composer, Benjamin Britten, is published in the year that marks his centenary. This vivid portrait of the composer explores the private and creative life of the man who composed operas that have entered the popular consciousness as well as the musical canon. Today, the final years.
Read by Alex Jennings.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton.
Produced by Elizabeth Allard

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