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Benjamin Britten: The Beggar's Opera / Christian Curnyn, et al

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>Britten, Benjamin : The Beggar's Opera, ballad opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

The popularity of Britten's three chamber operas proper (The Rape of Lucretia, Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw) has tended to somewhat overshadow his brilliant adaptation of John Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera', the realisation of which was completed in 1948. In January 2009 The Royal Opera presented a new production directed by Justin Way, featuring a strong cast of Royal Opera performers including Tom Randle as Macheath, Jeremy White as Peachum, Leah-Marian Jones as Polly and Sarah Fox as Lucy. They are ably accompanied by the City of London Sinfonia, conducted by Christian Curnyn.

BBC Music Magazine
... wonderful singing, supported by often delectable playing from the City of London Sinfonia under Christian Curnyn...

Gramophone Magazine
... the highly skilled playing that Curnyn gets from the City of London Sinfonia and Chandos's excellent recording gives every instrument a life of its own. Tom Randle gives an attractive portrayal of Macheath as a lovable young rogue. The two women - Leah-Marian Jones's Polly Peachum and Sarah Fox's Lucy Lockit - sing with... more character, mock Cockney accents and all. Jeremy White as Peachum and, especially, Donald Maxwell as Lockit relish Gay's brand of low humour.

The Guardian
The score is fierily conducted by Christian Curnyn. Tom Randle's plays Macheath so seductively that we understand exactly why Sarah Fox's Lucy and Leah-Marian Jones's Polly are continuously fighting over him. Listen out, also, for Frances McCafferty's glorious Mrs Trapes and Donald Maxwell's superlative Lockit.


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>Britten, Benjamin : The Beggar's Opera, ballad opera
  • Performers: Thomas Barnard (Voice); Katy Batho (Voice); Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Bryn Evans (Voice); Robert Gardiner (Tenor); Siobháin Gibson (Voice); Paul Hopwood (Voice); Kathryn Jenkin (Voice); Leah-Marian Jones (Mezzo Soprano); Bernadette Lord (Voice); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Frances McCafferty (Mezzo Soprano); Clare McCaldin (Voice); Katherine Paterson (Voice); Alison Place (Voice); Thomas Randle (Bass Baritone); Mark Saberton (Voice); Aidan Smith (Voice); Ben Thapa (Voice); Sirena Tocco (Voice); Sarah Vocal] (Soprano); Miranda Westcott (Voice); Jeremy White (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Christian Curnyn
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (02/01/2009-02/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1948