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Benjamin Britten: A Time There Was by Tony Palmer
Benjamin Britten: A Time There Was by Tony Palmer

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Item #:  D1158
Our Price: $29.99
Region: 1
Running Time: 100 minutes
Color: Color
UPC: 032031115897
ISBN: 0-7697-8418-6

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Benjamin Britten is one of the most extraordinary composers of the 20th century. His motto was simple: "our job is to be useful, and to the living." And to this end, he poured out a torrent of music for every conceivable occasion - grand opera, symphony, concerto, a War Requiem, children's pieces - all of it passionate, traditional but with an acutely modern flavor, above all tuneful. His music is now in the standard repertoire of orchestras around the world.

As a composer and a man he had many remarkable collaborators. The novelist E.M. Foster; the cellist Rostropovich; the guitarist Julian Bream; and above all the tenor Peter Pears. Theirs was a loving relationship whose deep mutual understanding brought forth some of the most beautiful love music of our century.

This film is both a celebration of Benjamin Britten's life and work, and a first hand account of an inspired and inspiring human relationship.


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Cast & Crew

Benjamin Britten
Leonard Bernstein
Peter Pears
Barbara Britten
Beth Welford
Sviatoslav Richter
Janet Baker
Imogen Holst
Billy Budd
Julian Bream
Heather Harper
John Shirley-Quirk
Rosamund Strode
Rudolf Bing
and many others.

The English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Steuart Bedford

Director: Tony Palmer
Associate Producer: Donald Mitchell
Executive Producer: Nick Elliott
Film Editor: Graham Bunn
Edited by: Melvyn Bragg
Researchers: Jill Burrows and Annunziata Asquith
Camera: Nick Knowland
Sound Dubbing: Bill Rowe with Ray Merrin

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