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George Benjamin: Written on Skin, opera / Purves, Hannigan, Mehta, Loeb, Clayton; Pierre-Laurent Aimard: piano

Album Summary

>Benjamin, George : Written on Skin, opera in 3 parts
>Benjamin, George : Duet, for piano & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The universally acclaimed opera Written On Skin is the second collaboration between George Benjamin and Martin Crimp after their similarly lauded one-act opera, Into the Little Hill. Written On Skin was jointly commissioned by the Festival d Aix-en-Provence, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and this recording was taken from the premiere in July 2012 at Aix-en-Provence conducted by the composer. George Benjamin's status as one of the UK's leading composers has created unprecedented demand for this new opera!

The New Yorker
Written On Skin feels like the work of a genius unleashed.

The Guardian
A landmark in British opera ... It's not often that you feel you were present at a truly significant artistic event - one that people will talk about for years to come, one that throws down a gauntlet to other artists, one that raises the bar.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
The instrumental and vocal performances are excellent. The result is an opera that is compelling all the way through, potent and vital. I imagine it will continue to enjoy popularity on European and American stages for some time, and this recording is one of the few necessary purchases this year for collectors of opera. Also included is Duet for piano and orchestra, a vibrant work that shows Benjamin's skills as a composer of instrumental music. The performance by Aimard is fine and helps to bring out that the piece really is a duet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence (07/07/2012/07/14/2012).



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Works Details

>Benjamin, George : Written on Skin, opera in 3 parts
  • Performers: Allan Clayton (Tenor); Bejun Mehta; Rebecca Loeb
  • Conductor: George Benjamin
  • Ensemble: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence (07/07/2012/07/14/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Benjamin, George : Duet, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
  • Conductor: George Benjamin
  • Ensemble: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008