Benjamin Britten: Peace And Conflict

Tony Britten & John Hurt

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Format: DVD

Cat No: CAP08

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Format Details:

Release Date:  07 October 2013

Label:  Capriol Films

Packaging Type:  DVD Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  5052442004530

Genres:  Classical  Soundtrack  

  • Description

    This drama documentary explores the pacifism nurtured at Gresham's School that was such a powerful influence on composer Benjamin Britten's life and work. Episodes from his schooling and early career, illustrated by performances of his music and unique observations from experts and friends, help us understand his growing pacifism.

    The film features performances of Britten's music by tenor James Gilchrist with pianist Iain Burnside, the Benyounes Quartet, cellist Raphael Wallfisch, baritone Gerard Collett and the Gresham School choir and brass group. The narration is spoken by legendary actor John Hurt and interviewees include Anita Lasker Wallfisch, composer Joseph Horovitz and Sue Phipps, Britten's and Peter Pears's agent for many years.

    "Peace and Conflict is a beautiful and touching evocation of Britten's schooling at Gresham's and the values there inculcated, which remained with him for life. This is a moving and engrossing film, with terrific performances and tender appreciation of Britten's music." Paul Kildea (Britten's biographer).