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