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