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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: Gordon Clerk (Voice); Thomas Hemsley (Baritone); Kenneth MacDonald (Voice); Peter Pears (Voice); Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano); David Kelly (Voice); Eric Alder (Voice); Keith Raggett (Voice); Ian Wodehouse (Voice); John Pryer (Voice); Alfred Deller (Voice); Stephen Terry (Boy Soprano); Helen Watts (Voice); Elizabeth Harwood (Voice); Owen Brannigan (Bass); Richard Dakin (Voice); Heather Harper (Soprano); Norman Lumsden (Bass); 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: Elisabeth Bainbridge (Mezzo Soprano); Heather Harper (Soprano); Benjamin Luxon (Voice); Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Peter Pears (Voice); John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone); Bryan Drake (Baritone); Jenny Hill (Soprano)
  • 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: Arda Mandikian (Mezzo Soprano); Olive Dyer (Soprano); Joan Cross (Soprano); David Hemmings (Boy 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: James Bowman (Countertenor); John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone); Michael Bauer (Voice); Peter Pears (Voice); Robert Turner (Voice); Kenneth Bowen (Tenor); Anne Wilkens (Mezzo Soprano); Sheila Brand (Voice); Ronald Murdock (Voice); Angela Bates (Voice); Peter Leeming (Voice); Anna Vincent (Voice); Neville Williams (Bass Baritone); Michael Follis (Voice); Penelope MacKay (Voice); Stephen Adams (Voice); Janice Roe (Mezzo Soprano); Iris Saunders (Soprano); Stuart Harling (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: Peter Hoare (Tenor); Philip Langridge (Voice); John Ainsley (Tenor); Dominic Gill (Voice); Jenevora Williams (Voice); Jonathan Summers (Baritone); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Janice Watson (Soprano); James Miller-Coburn (Voice); Christopher Cornall (Voice); Yvonne Kenny (Voice); Alan Opie (Voice); Bryn Terfel (Voice); John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone); Josephine Barstow (Soprano); Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano); Tom Finucane (Gittern); Willard White (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