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Britten to America: Music for Radio and Theatre - Andrew Kennedy (tenor); Bruce Nockles (trumpet); Ex Cathedra Choir; Huw Watkins (piano); Jean Rigby (mezzo-soprano);...
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  1. The Ascent of F6, incidental music for female voice, 2 male voices, percussion, ukelele & 2 pianos
  2. An American in England, music for a 6-part radio program, for orchestra
  3. Roman Wall Blues, song for male voice, string quartet & percussion (for the radio play Hadrian's Wall)
  4. On the Frontier, incidental music for male voice, chorus, 2 trumpets, percussion, accordion & piano
  5. Britain to America, music for 3 radio programs, for orchestra: Where do we go from here?
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It's very hard to tell from the packaging what one is getting with this group of hitherto unrecorded music by Benjamin Britten. The subtitle "Music for Radio and Theatre" is ambiguous; included are two sets of incidental music for plays and one group of excerpts from a six-part radio series, An American in England, that is less a drama than a propaganda broadcast. (There are also two blues songs as intermezzi, one of them drawn from a lost larger work.) The title Britten to America is downright inaccurate; none of the music ...