The Burning Fiery Furnace is an English music drama with music composed by Benjamin Britten, his Opus 77, to a libretto by William Plomer. One of Britten's three Parables for Church Performances, this work received its premiere at the St Bartholomew's Church, Orford, Suffolk, England, on 9 June 1966 by the English Opera Group. Colin Graham was the stage director of this first production. Set designs were by Annena Stubbs.
The Burning Fiery Furnace. 2. Good People, In His Holy Name. Directed By – Benjamin Britten. Engineer – Gordon Parry, Kenneth Wilkinson. Libretto By – William Plomer. Liner Notes – Christopher Palmer. Orchestra – English Opera Group. Producer – John Culshaw. Tenor Vocals – Peter Pears, Robert Tear.
Burning Fiery Furnace Second Parable for Church Performance. By Benjamin Britten Vocal Libretto Item: 12-0571500889.
Music Under The Direction Of Benjamin Britten And Viola Tunnard With Peter Pears, Bryan Drake, John Shirley-Quirk And Others. Artist: Britten Title: Burning Fiery Furnace Genre: Choral Type: Used - LP Label: Decca Catalog ID: SET 356 Country: UK Our ID: 128179. View other items by this Artist View other items on this Label.
It is not as emotionally affecting as Curlew River, perhaps, but is a worthy successor in a genre all of Britten’s own. Recordings used.
Arrangement: Libretto (OPERA). Published by Faber Music. It tells the story of Nebuchadnezzar and the three Israelites, Ananias, Misael and Asarias who were thrown into a furnace for their refusal to worship Nebuchadnezzar's image of gold. The music revolves around the plainsong, Salus Aeterna, which recurs throughout as a symbol of the Israelites' integrity, and Nebuchadnezzar, the cult of the & of gold,' and the resistance of the three Israelites are given themes of clear, contemporary significance.