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Benson, Clifford (piano)
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Clifford Benson (piano)

Clifford Benson was a pianist highly acclaimed for his sensitivity, outstanding musicianship and strong feeling for poetry and colour. He enjoyed a varied career of performing, recording, teaching and composing.

Mr Benson studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Lamar Crowson and Cyril Smith and was awarded the Chopin Sonata Prize and the Tagore Gold Medal as the outstanding musician of his year. With the violinist Levon Chilingirian he was First Prize-winner in the BBC Beethoven and Munich International Duo Competitions, which led to numerous collaborations with prestigious artists, to solo and chamber music recitals, and to recordings for BBC Radio 3. He was the pianist for Jacqueline du Pré master-classes on BBC2 television and appeared as a soloist and chamber pianist at the BBC Promenade Concerts. He was also a member of The Nash Ensemble for many years, playing a wide range of repertoire.

Clifford Benson performed at many major music festivals and his recitals have taken him to Europe, the Middle and Far East, the USA and Canada and more recently to Bermuda and the Caribbean. In many of these countries he has given master-classes, and in London he currently gives piano chamber music workshops at the Royal Academy of Music.

As a recording artist his many CDs include much of the flute and piano repertoire with William Bennett. Other collaborations have produced numerous recordings of English music, both vocal and instrumental, for Hyperion, and with the violinist Shlomo Mintz he he recorded Kreisler pieces for Deutsche Grammophon.

He had a number of works published, all of which have received critical acclaim. His solo piano piece 'Au revoir Sylvie' was arranged and performed at a gala concert by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Clifford Benson died in August 2007.


Brahms: Clarinet Quintet & Clarinet Trio
Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas
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Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music
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English Music for Clarinet
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Finzi: Earth and air and rain
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Martinů: Chamber Music
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Parry: Songs
Songs by Finzi and his Friends
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Stanford: Songs, Vol. 1
Stanford: Songs, Vol. 2
War's Embers
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War's Embers
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A Treasury of English Song
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Complete works available for download

SIR ARTHUR BLISS (1891-1975)
Pastoralwith Dame Thea King (clarinet)
Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op 120 No 2with Dame Thea King (clarinet)
Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op 120 No 1with Dame Thea King (clarinet)
Trio for piano, clarinet and cello in A minor, Op 114with Dame Thea King (clarinet), Karine Georgian (cello)
Arabiawith Martyn Hill (tenor)
Diapheniawith Martyn Hill (tenor)
Epitaph on Salathiel Pavywith Martyn Hill (tenor)
To Gratiana dancing and singingwith Martyn Hill (tenor)
Requiescatwith Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
ARNOLD COOKE (1906-2005)
Sonata for clarinet and piano in B flat majorwith Dame Thea King (clarinet)
ERNEST FARRAR (1885-1918)
Brittany, Op 21 No 1with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Come you, Mary, Op 21 No 2with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
O mistress mine!with Ian Partridge (tenor)
Vagabond Songs, Op 10with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Who would shepherds pipe, Op 21 No 3with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Five Bagatelles, Op 9
Four Short Pieces, Op 6with Dame Thea King (clarinet)
Violin Sonata No 2, Op 10with Levon Chilingirian (violin)
GERALD FINZI (1901-1956)
A Young Man's Exhortation, Op 14with Martyn Hill (tenor)
As I lay in the early sun, Op 13b No 3with Ian Partridge (tenor)
Before and After Summer, Op 16with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Earth and Air and Rain, Op 15with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Elegywith Levon Chilingirian (violin)
Five Bagatelles, Op 23with Dame Thea King (clarinet)
Harvest, Op 13b No 6with Ian Partridge (tenor)
I said to Love, Op 19bwith Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
I say 'I'll seek her side', Op 13b No 1with Ian Partridge (tenor)
Intrada, Op 13a No 3with Stephen Roberts (baritone)
June on Castle Hill, Op 13a No 5with Stephen Roberts (baritone)
Ode on the rejection of St Cecilia 'Arioso', Op 13a No 6with Stephen Roberts (baritone)
Oh fair to see, Op 13b No 2with Ian Partridge (tenor)
On parent knees, Op 13a No 2with Stephen Roberts (baritone)
Only the wanderer, Op 13b No 4with Ian Partridge (tenor)
Since we loved, Op 13b No 7with Ian Partridge (tenor)
The Birthnight, Op 13a No 4with Stephen Roberts (baritone)
Till Earth outwears, Op 19awith Martyn Hill (tenor)
To a poet a thousand years hence, Op 13a No 1with Stephen Roberts (baritone)
To Joy, Op 13b No 5with Ian Partridge (tenor)
HARRY GILL (1897-1987)
In Memoriamwith Stephen Roberts (baritone)
IVOR GURNEY (1890-1937)
Black Stitchelwith Michael George (bass)
Blawearywith Michael George (bass)
By a biersidewith Michael George (bass)
Cathleen ni Houlihanwith Michael George (bass)
Down by the salley gardenswith Stephen Roberts (baritone)
Edward, Edwardwith Michael George (bass)
Epitaph in Old Modewith Michael George (bass)
Even such is timewith Michael George (bass)
Five Elizabethan Songswith Martyn Hill (tenor)
Goodnight to the meadowwith Michael George (bass)
Ha'nacker Millwith Michael George (bass)
Hawk and Bucklewith Stephen Roberts (baritone)
Hawk and Bucklewith Michael George (bass)
In Flanderswith Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Last hourswith Michael George (bass)
Most Holy Nightwith Michael George (bass)
Nine of the clockwith Michael George (bass)
Severn Meadowswith Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
The boat is chafingwith Michael George (bass)
The fiddler of Dooneywith Michael George (bass)
The night of Trafalgarwith Michael George (bass)
The shipwith Michael George (bass)
The twa corbieswith Michael George (bass)
Thou didst delight my eyeswith Michael George (bass)
To violetswith Michael George (bass)
You are my skywith Michael George (bass)
Sonata for clarinet and pianowith Dame Thea King (clarinet)
Four Characteristic Pieceswith Dame Thea King (clarinet)
Shall I compare thee?, Op 1 No 1with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Five Madrigal Stanzaswith The Dartington Ensemble
Madrigal Sonatawith The Dartington Ensemble
ROBIN MILFORD (1903-1959)
If it's ever spring againwith Ian Partridge (tenor)
So sweet love seemedwith Ian Partridge (tenor)
The Colourwith Ian Partridge (tenor)
SIR HUBERT PARRY (1848-1918)
Three Songs, Op 12with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Arabesques, Op 47with Dame Thea King (clarinet)
A Fire of Turf, Op 139with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
A Lullaby, Op 19 No 2with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Dass du mich liebst, Op 4 No 3with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Der Schmetterling ist in die Rose verliebt, Op 4 No 6with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
For ever minewith Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Frühling, Op 4 No 4with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Heraclitus, Op 110 No 4with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Ich halte ihr die Augen zu, Op 7 No 5with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Ich lieb' eine Blume, Op 7 No 1with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
La belle dame sans merciwith Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
My love's an arbutuswith Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Phoebe, Op 125 No 3with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Schlummerlied, Op 7 No 6with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Sonata for clarinet and piano, Op 129with Dame Thea King (clarinet)
Songs of the Sea, Op 91with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Sterne mit den gold'nen Füsschen, Op 4 No 1with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
The clown's songs from 'Twelfth night', Op 65with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
The Glens of Antrim, Op 174with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
The little red larkwith Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
The Spanish Gypsy, Op 1with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
The Tombwith Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
To the Rose, Op 19 No 3with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Tom Leminnwith Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Tragödie, Op 14 No 5with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Wie des Mondes Abbild zittert, Op 7 No 2with Stephen Varcoe (baritone)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A Child's Garland of Songs, Op 30 (Stanford)
A fire of turf  
A Fire of Turf, Op 139 (Stanford)
A gray day and quiet  
A Lullaby, Op 19 No 2 (Stanford)
A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster, Op 140 (Stanford)
A soft day  
A soft day, thank God!  
A spirit passed before my face  
A star looks down at me  
A wind sways the pines  
A Young Man's Exhortation, Op 14 (Finzi)
After a long lab'ring in the windy ways  
An empty book is like an Infant’s Soul  
An Irish Idyll in Six Miniatures, Op 77 (Stanford)
And yet I love her till I die  
Arabesques, Op 47 (Reizenstein)
Arabia (Browne)
As I came by Blaweary  
As I lay in the early sun, Op 13b No 3 (Finzi)
As I was crossing Tanner's Hill  
As I was lying on Black Stitchel  
As I was walking all alane  
As I went down to Taunton Town  
As I went up a woodland walk  
At a lunar eclipse  
At last I put off love, for twice ten years  
At Middle-Field Gate in February  
At sea  
Beautiful up from the deeps of the solemn sea  
Before and After Summer, Op 16 (Finzi)
Beneath a knap where flown  
Beneath the light-leaved sycamores  
Black Stitchel (Gurney)
Blackberry time  
Blaweary (Gurney)
Brittany, Op 21 No 1 (Farrar)
Budmouth Dears  
By a bierside (Gurney)
Call off your eyes from care  
Cathleen ni Houlihan (Gurney)
Channel Firing  
Childhood among the Ferns  
Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op 120 No 2 (Brahms)
Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op 120 No 1 (Brahms)
Cold is the air  
Come away, death  
Come you, Mary, Op 21 No 2 (Farrar)
Come, sleep, and with thy sweet deceiving  
Cowslip time  
Darest thou now, O soul  
Dass du mich liebst, Op 4 No 3 (Stanford)
Dear Earth, near Earth, the clay that made us men  
Dear Lizbie Browne  
Dear, think not that they will forget you  
Dearest, it was a night  
Denny's daughter  
Der Schmetterling ist in die Rose verliebt, Op 4 No 6 (Stanford)
Devon, O Devon, in wind and rain  
Diaphenia (Browne)
Die Wellen blinken und fliessen dahin  
Dirge in woods  
Down by the salley gardens (Gurney)
Drake he's in his hammock and a thousand miles away  
Drake in the North Sea grimly prowling  
Drake's drum  
Earth and Air and Rain, Op 15 (Finzi)
Edward, Edward (Gurney)
Elegy (Finzi)
English Lyrics II (Parry)
English Lyrics III (Parry)
English Lyrics IV (Parry)
English Lyrics V (Parry)
English Lyrics VI (Parry)
English Lyrics VII (Parry)
English Lyrics VIII (Parry)
English Lyrics XI (Parry)
Entflieh mit und sei mein Weib  
Epitaph in Old Mode (Gurney)
Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy (Browne)
Even such is time (Gurney)
Far are the shades of Arabia  
Five Bagatelles, Op 23 (Finzi)
Five Bagatelles, Op 9 (Ferguson)
Five Elizabethan Songs (Gurney)
Five Madrigal Stanzas (Martinů)
For ever mine (Stanford)
For Life I had never cared greatly  
Former Beauties  
Four Characteristic Pieces (Hurlstone)
Four Short Pieces, Op 6 (Ferguson)
Frühling, Op 4 No 4 (Stanford)
Go happy rose, and interwove  
God bless the time when cowslips grow  
Golden slumbers kiss your eyes  
Goodnight to the meadow (Gurney)
Ha'nacker Mill (Gurney)
Harvest, Op 13b No 6 (Finzi)
Hawk and Buckle (Gurney)
He Abjures Love  
he was born in Ballytearim where there's little work to do  
Her Temple  
Heraclitus, Op 110 No 4 (Stanford)
Here is the ancient floor, footworn and hollowed and thin  
Homeward bound  
I had a dream last night  
I have had enough of women, and enough of love  
I kissed them in fancy as I came away in the morning glow  
I liken my love to a gossamer afloat in the summer air  
I look into my glass  
I marked her ruined hues  
I mind the day  
I need not go  
I said to Love, Op 19b (Finzi)
I sat one sprinkling day upon the lea  
I say 'I'll seek her side', Op 13b No 1 (Finzi)
I who am dead a thousand years  
I will make you brooches and toys for your delight  
Ich halte ihr die Augen zu, Op 7 No 5 (Stanford)
Ich lieb' eine Blume, Op 7 No 1 (Stanford)
If it's ever spring again (Milford)
If thou would'st ease thine heart  
I'm homesick for my hills again  
In a Churchyard  
In blackberry time herself and me  
In Brittany the churches all day are open wide  
In five-score summers  
In Flanders (Gurney)
In London here the streets are grey, and grey the sky above  
In Memoriam (Gill)
In summer time I foot the turf  
In the Mind's Eye  
In the wild October night-time  
In years defaced  
Intrada, Op 13a No 3 (Finzi)
Irish skies  
Is not this enough for moan  
It bends far over Yell'ham Plain  
It is sad that so many of worth  
It never looks like summer here  
It was in the prime of the sweet springtime  
Joy, shipmate, joy!  
June on Castle Hill, Op 13a No 5 (Finzi)
La belle dame sans merci (Stanford)
Last hours (Gurney)
Last night the air was cold and still  
Lay a garland on my hearse  
Let me enjoy the earth  
Life Laughs Onward  
Little head against my shoulder  
Lookin' back  
Looking forward to the spring  
Loughareema! Lies so high among the heather  
Love is a bable  
Madrigal Sonata (Martinů)
Maiden crowned with glossy blackness  
More fond than Cushat Dove  
Most Holy Night (Gurney)
My love's an arbutus (Stanford)
Nightfall in winter  
Nine leaves a minute swim down shakily  
Nine of the clock (Gurney)
No longer mourn for me  
Nobody took any notice of her as she stood on the causey kerb  
Now what is he after below in the street  
O mistress mine  
O mistress mine  
O mistress mine! (Farrar)
O never say that I was false of heart  
O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms  
Ode on the rejection of St Cecilia 'Arioso', Op 13a No 6 (Finzi)
Oh fair to see, Op 13b No 2 (Finzi)
Oh swan of slenderness, dove of tenderness  
Oh! We're off to the fair now the lot of us together  
On a time the amorous Silvy  
On its grassy brow  
On parent knees, Op 13a No 2 (Finzi)
Only a man harrowing clods  
Only the wanderer knows England's graces  
Only the wanderer, Op 13b No 4 (Finzi)
Orpheus with his lute made trees  
Outward bound  
Overlooking the River  
Past the hills that peep  
Pastoral (Bliss)
Phoebe sat, sweet she sat  
Phoebe, Op 125 No 3 (Stanford)
Portion of this yew is a man my grandshire new  
Proud Maisie  
Proud Songsters  
Püppchen klein, püppchen mein  
Queer are the ways of a man I know  
Rambling I looked for an old abode  
Regret not me; beneath the sunny tree  
Requiem da camera (Finzi)
Requiescat (Butterworth)
Rise, underground sleepers, rise from the grave  
Sally is gone that was so kindly  
Schlummerlied, Op 7 No 6 (Stanford)
See! with what constant motion  
Severn Meadows (Gurney)
Shall I compare thee?, Op 1 No 1 (Kelly)
She hath grown cold, whose kindness won me to her  
She is my love beyond all thought  
Shortening Days  
Should I long that dark were fair?  
Silent Noon  
Simple was I and was young  
Since we loved, Op 13b No 7 (Finzi)
So I have fared  
So sweet love seemed (Milford)
So there’s my year, the twelvemonth duly told  
Some ask'd me where the rubies grew  
Sonata for clarinet and piano (Howells)
Sonata for clarinet and piano in B flat major (Cooke)
Sonata for clarinet and piano, Op 129 (Stanford)
Songs of a Roving Celt, Op 157 (Stanford)
Songs of Erin, Op 76 (Stanford)
Songs of Faith, Op 97 (Stanford)
Songs of the Sea, Op 91 (Stanford)
Sterne mit den gold'nen Füsschen, Op 4 No 1 (Stanford)
Summer Schemes  
Sure a terrible time I was out o' the way  
Take, O take those lips away  
Tell me not, sweet, I am unkind  
That night your great guns, unawares  
That was once her casement, and the taper nigh  
The bars are thick with drops that show  
The Birthnight, Op 13a No 4 (Finzi)
The Blackbird  
The boat is chafing (Gurney)
The bold unbiddable child  
The boy from Ballytearim  
the chapel of my childhood  
The chapel on the hill  
The Clock of the Years  
The clown's songs from 'Twelfth night', Op 65 (Stanford)
The Colour (Milford)
The Comet at Yell'ham  
The Dance Continued  
The fair  
The Fairy Lough  
The Faithful Lover  
The fiddler of Dooney (Gurney)
The first fire since summer is lit, and it smoking into the room  
The Glens of Antrim, Op 174 (Stanford)
The leaves fall gently on the grass  
The little red lark (Stanford)
The Market-Girl  
The night of Trafalgar (Gurney)
The old brown thorn-trees break in two  
The old superb  
The Phantom  
The Pibroch  
The pibroch, man, the pibroch!  
The Poet's Song  
The rain had fallen, the Poet arose  
The rain it raineth every day  
The Roadside Fire  
The sailor man  
The Self-Unseeing  
The ship (Gurney)
The Sigh  
The Spanish Gypsy, Op 1 (Stanford)
The Spirit of the Spring  
The swallows flew in the curves of an eight  
The thrushes sing as the sun is going  
The Tomb (Stanford)
The Too Short Time  
The twa corbies (Gurney)
The wanderer's song  
The west wind  
The wind was rising easterly, the morning sky was blue  
There is a bird on yonder tree  
There is a lady sweet and kind  
There was no song nor shout of joy  
These dusky evenings in December  
These market-dames, mid-aged, with lips thin-drawn  
They told me, Heraclitus, they told me you were dead  
Thine eyes still shined for me  
This is a sacred city, built of marvellous earth  
Thou didst delight my eyes (Gurney)
Three Songs, Op 12 (Parry)
Through the Ivory Gate  
Thy shadow, earth, from pole to central sea  
Till Earth outwears, Op 19a (Finzi)
'Tis the long blue head o' Garron from the sea  
To a poet a thousand years hence, Op 13a No 1 (Finzi)
To Althea, from prison  
To Gratiana dancing and singing (Browne)
To Joy, Op 13b No 5 (Finzi)
To Lizbie Browne  
To Lucasta, on going to the wars  
To the Rose, Op 19 No 3 (Stanford)
To the soul  
To violets (Gurney)
Tom Leminn (Stanford)
Tragödie, Op 14 No 5 (Stanford)
Tread lightly, she is near  
Trio for piano, clarinet and cello in A minor, Op 114 (Brahms)
Trottin' to the fair  
Two Lips  
Under the greenwood tree  
Under the greenwood tree  
Vagabond Songs, Op 10 (Farrar)
Violin Sonata No 2, Op 10 (Ferguson)
Waiting Both  
Warm whisp'ring through the slender olive trees  
Wather's o' Moyle an' the white gulls flyin'  
Weep with me all ye that read  
Weep you no more, sad fountains  
Weep you now more, sad fountains  
Welcome, maids-of-honour!  
What part of dread eternity  
What shall I bring you?  
When comes my Gwen  
When friendly summer calls again  
When I play on my fiddle in Dooney  
When I set out for Lyonnesse  
When lawyers strive to heal a breach  
When Love with unconfined wings  
When that I was and a little tiny boy  
When we lay where Budmouth Beach is, o the girls were fresh as peaches  
When, cruel fair one, I am slain  
Whenever the moon and the stars are set  
Where is landlord of old Hawk and Buckle  
Who would shepherds pipe, Op 21 No 3 (Farrar)
Why does your brand sae drop wi' blude  
Why so pale and wan?  
Wie des Mondes Abbild zittert, Op 7 No 2 (Stanford)
Windy Nights  
Ye little birds that sit and sing  
You are my sky (Gurney)
Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass  

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