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