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Britten Conducts Britten Operas Vol 1

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Albert Herring, Op. 39
>Britten, Benjamin : Owen Wingrave, opera, Op. 85
>Britten, Benjamin : Billy Budd, Op. 50
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

These recordings of four of Britten's operas conducted by the composer are all classics. Owen Wingrave remains unique as an audio recording and this reissue restores it to the catalogue. In addition, these recordings feature many of the singers who were involved in the creation of these operas. This was the first complete recording of what was quickly acknowledged as a landmark work of international stature.

Penguin Guide
An indispensable set, an obvious basis for any collection, large or small, offering the composer's definitive performances



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>Britten, Benjamin : Albert Herring, Op. 39
  • Performers: Sheila Amit (Soprano); Owen Brannigan (Bass); April Cantelo (Soprano); Edgar Evans (Tenor); Sylvia Fisher (Soprano); John Noble (Baritone); Anne Pashley (Soprano); Peter Pears (Voice); Johanna Peters (Mezzo Soprano); Sheila Rex (Mezzo Soprano); Stephen Terry (Boy Soprano); Joseph Ward (Voice); Catherine Wilson (Voice)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1947

>Britten, Benjamin : Owen Wingrave, opera, Op. 85
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Nigel Douglas (Tenor); Sylvia Fisher (Soprano); Heather Harper (Soprano); Benjamin Luxon (Voice); Peter Pears (Voice); John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone); Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1970

>Britten, Benjamin : Billy Budd, Op. 50
  • Performers: David Bowman (Baritone); Owen Brannigan (Bass); Delme Bryn-Jones (Baritone); Henry Bush (Voice); Geoffrey Coleby (Bass); Gregory Dempsey (Tenor); Bryan Drake (Baritone); Eric Garrett (Voice); Peter Glossop (Baritone); Michael Langdon (Bass); Norman Lumsden (Bass); Benjamin Luxon (Voice); James Newby (Voice); Peter Pears (Voice); David Read (Bass); John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone); Robert Tear (Tenor); Nigel Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Ensemble: Ambrosian Opera Chorus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1951

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
  • Performers: Owen Brannigan (Bass); Lauris Elms (Mezzo Soprano); Geraint Evans (Voice); Iris Kells (Soprano); David Kelly (Voice); John Lanigan (Tenor); Raymond Nilsson (Tenor); Peter Pears (Voice); James Pease (Voice); Marion Studholme (Soprano); Claire Watson (Soprano); Jean Watson (Alto)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
  • Running Time: 78 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1945