Notes & Reviews:
Reissued as part of Decca Opera or the Britten Centenary
The Penguin Guide
Sir Colin Davis takes a fundamentally darker, tougher view of Peter Grimes than the composer himself. Jon Vickers' heroic interpretation sheds keen new illumination what arguably remains the greatest of Britten's operas. Heather Harper as Ellen Oxford is very moving, and there are fine contributions from Jonathan Summers as Captain Balstrode and Thomas Allen as Ned Keene. The recording is full and vivid, with fine balancing.