Notes & Reviews:
Reissued for the first time at mid price
The Penguin Guide
The playing of the Covent Garden orchestra is superb, to bring out the formidable passion of the piece and the transfer to CD is first class in every way.
We have had to wait almost 30 years for a stereo recording of this masterpiece, but now that it has appeared, it turns out to be a worthwhile successor to a creator's interpretation. Let me say at once that I would without hesitation recommend the new version in preference to the old because the performance is as rewarding if not more so, and the sound infinitely superior in Erik Smith's beautifully-balanced, atmospheric recording which allows you to hear every detail of Britten's subtly wrought score.
BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
Britten's devastating master-opera is graced with a performance to match, with stellar playing and a mesmerising tour de force each from Robert Tear's Quint and Helen Donath's Governess.
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