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Britten Conducts Britten Operas Vol 2

Audio Samples

>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

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