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