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Melos Ensemble

Works: 379 works in 807 publications in 6 languages and 11,376 library holdings
Genres: Musical settings  Requiems  Live sound recordings  Overtures  Ballets (Music)  Rhapsodies (Music)  Symphonies  Art music  Suites  Symphonic poems 
Roles: Performer, Instrumentalist, Musician, Conductor, ens
Classifications: M2010.B75, 784.2
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Melos Ensemble
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

67 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Public awareness of Benjamin Britten's person and works advanced dramatically -- even explosively -- twice during his lifetime. The first time was in 1945, when his opera Peter Grimes was produced for the postwar reopening of Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. The second time followed the premier at Coventry and the subsequent series of performances all across Europe and North America of the War Requiem. Except to those provincials who thought that milky pastoral was the only idiom appropriate for an Englishman and who also found the young Britten too clever by half, the triumph of Peter Grimes marked not just the confirmation of a prodigious talent; it represented a moment of hope that, for the first time since the death of Henry Purcell in 1695, England had produced a composer of international stature. The impact the War Requiem made 17 years later was wider and deeper by far. Britten, approaching 50, had become an artist whose every new utterance was awaited with the most lively interest and the highest expectations. The War Requiem, moreover, was tied to a pair of events that were heavily freighted with history and emotion: the destruction of Coventry Cathedral in an air raid during the night of November 14-15, 1940, and its reconsecration more than 21 years later. Its first performance was planned as an international event with respect both to participants and audience. Most importantly, the War Requiem was a weighty and poignant statement on the subject of piercingly urgent concern to much of humankind. In the War Requiem, Britten drew on forces larger and more complex than in any previous work of his. The basic division of the performers is into two groups, reflecting the dual source of the words; the libretto stands in a relation of text (the Latin Missa pro defunctis) and commentary (the nine Owen poems). The Latin text is essentially the province of the large mixed chorus, but from this there is spillover in two opposite directions: the solo soprano represents a heightening of the choral singing at its most emotional, while the boys' choir represents liturgy at its most distanced. The mixed chorus and solo soprano are accompanied by the full orchestra; the boys' choir, whose sound should be distant, is supported by an organ. All this constitutes one group. The other group consists of the tenor and baritone soloists, whose province is the series of Owen songs; they are accompanied by the chamber orchestra. - Program notes / Michael Steinberg
Sonata for violin and piano by César Franck( Recording )

12 editions published between 1977 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ravel: Introduction et Allegro pour flûte, clarinette, harpe et quatuor à cordes / Debussy: Sonate pour violon et piano / Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe / Franck: Sonate en la majeur pour violon et piano
French songs by Jan De Gaetani( )

10 editions published between 1967 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essential Julian Bream by Julian Bream( )

5 editions published in 2008 and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Septet & octet by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orchestral works by Maurice Ravel( )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Content: Mephisto waltz, Les Preludes, Fantasia on Hungarian folk melodies, Hungarian rhapsody nos. 2,4,5, Mazeppa, Tasso Lamento e Trionfo
Daphnis et Chloé ; Bolero ; La valse ; Ma mère l'oye / Ravel. Jeux ; L'après-midi d'un faune by Maurice Ravel( )

3 editions published in 2009 in French and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Septet & octets by Melos Ensemble( )

4 editions published in 2006 and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clarinet quintet in A major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

3 editions published between 1983 and 2001 and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fuchs: Quintett Es-Dur für Klarinette, zwei Violinen, Viola und Violoncello, op. 102 / Weber: Quintett für Klarinette, zwei Violinen, Viola und Violoncello, op. 34
Sextet ; Trios ; Sonatas : for clarinet, cello, violin by John Ireland( )

2 editions published in 2007 and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symphonies nos. 5 & 6 ; Hymnus amoris ; Sleep ; Wind Quintet by Carl Nielsen( )

1 edition published in 2001 in Latin and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Joyce settings by Mátyás Seiber( )

2 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concerto for guitar and strings by Mauro Giuliani( Recording )

14 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Septet in D minor, op. 74 ; Quintet in E-flat, op. 87 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel( )

2 editions published in 1966 and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moderne Klassiker( )

and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction et allegro by Maurice Ravel( )

3 editions published between 1962 and 1998 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piano quintet, op. 57( )

and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clarinet trio( )

and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four pieces for clarinet and piano( )

1 edition published in 2010 and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melos Ensemble : complete EMI recordings 1957-1972( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Italian and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
London's Melos Ensemble.

Melos Chamber Orchestra

Melos Chamber Orchestra, London.

Melos ensemble

Melos Ensemble britische Band

Melos Ensemble Chamber music group founded in 1950

Melos Ensemble groupe britannique

Melos ensemble (London)

Melos ensemble Londres

Melos Ensemble of London

The Melos Chamber Orchestra.