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Britten Conducts Britten Operas Vol 2

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64
>Britten, Benjamin : Phaedra, Op. 93
>Britten, Benjamin : The Rape of Lucretia
>Britten, Benjamin : Turn of the Screw, chamber opera, Op. 54
>Britten, Benjamin : Death in Venice, opera, Op. 88
>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, opera, Op. 53
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

These recordings of the remaining five Britten operas in the Decca catalog are conducted by mixture of the composer and two colleagues, Steuart Bedford and Sir Charles Mackerras. All are classics of the gramophone and while there have been a few other audio recordings of some of these operas none has matched what the composer himself had to offer by way of interpretative insights to these works.

Penguin Guide
the set remains an essential bargain investment for collectors drawn to this repertoire



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64
  • Performers: Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano); David Kelly (Voice); Richard Dakin (Voice); Keith Raggett (Voice); Eric Alder (Voice); John Pryer (Voice); Norman Lumsden (Bass); Stephen Terry (Boy Soprano); Alfred Deller (Countertenor); Ian Wodehouse (Voice); Helen Watts (Voice); Gordon Clerk (Voice); Thomas Hemsley (Baritone); Kenneth MacDonald (Voice); Peter Pears (Voice); Owen Brannigan (Bass); Heather Harper (Soprano); Elizabeth Harwood (Voice); John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone); Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Ensemble: Welsh National Opera Chorus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1960

>Britten, Benjamin : Phaedra, Op. 93
  • Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1975

>Britten, Benjamin : The Rape of Lucretia
  • Performers: Jenny Hill (Soprano); Bryan Drake (Baritone); Elisabeth Bainbridge (Mezzo Soprano); Peter Pears (Voice); Heather Harper (Soprano); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Benjamin Luxon (Voice); John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Ensemble: Welsh National Opera Chorus
  • Notes: Composition written: 1946.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1946

>Britten, Benjamin : Turn of the Screw, chamber opera, Op. 54
  • Performers: David Hemmings (Boy Soprano); Joan Cross (Soprano); Olive Dyer (Soprano); Arda Mandikian (Mezzo Soprano); Peter Pears (Voice); Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Ensemble: Welsh National Opera Chorus
  • Running Time: 101 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Britten, Benjamin : Death in Venice, opera, Op. 88
  • Performers: Michael Follis (Voice); Neville Williams (Bass Baritone); Anna Vincent (Voice); Peter Leeming (Voice); Angela Bates (Voice); Stephen Adams (Voice); Janice Roe (Mezzo Soprano); Iris Saunders (Soprano); Sheila Brand (Voice); Penelope MacKay (Voice); Anne Wilkens (Mezzo Soprano); Ronald Murdock (Voice); Stuart Harling (Baritone); Peter Pears (Voice); Kenneth Bowen (Tenor); Robert Turner (Voice); Michael Bauer (Voice); James Bowman (Countertenor); John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Notes: Composition written: 1973.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1973

>Britten, Benjamin : Gloriana, opera, Op. 53
  • Performers: Christopher Cornall (Voice); James Miller-Coburn (Voice); Jonathan Summers (Baritone); Peter Hoare (Tenor); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Yvonne Kenny (Voice); Jenevora Williams (Voice); Dominic Gill (Voice); John Ainsley (Tenor); Philip Langridge (Voice); Janice Watson (Soprano); Josephine Barstow (Soprano); Tom Finucane (Gittern); Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano); Alan Opie (Voice); John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone); Willard White (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Voice)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (10/26/1992-11/06/1992)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1953