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