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