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Britten: Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes

Audio Samples

>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Prologue. Peter Grimes
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Prologue. You sailed your boat round the coast
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Prologue. Peter Grimes, I here advise you!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Prologue. In truth... the pity... and the truth
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Prologue. Interlude 1. On the beach
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. Oh! hang at open doors the net, the cork
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. Hi! Give us a hand!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. I have to go from pub to pub
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. Let her among you without fault cast the first stone
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. Look, the storm cone!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. And do you prefer the storm
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. What harbour shelters peace
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. Interlude 2. The Storm
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 2. Past time to close!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 2. We live and let live
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 2. Have you heard? The cliff is down
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 2. Now the Great Bear and Pleiades
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 2. Old Joe has gone fishing
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 2. The bridge is down, we haff swam over
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Interlude 3. Sunday morning by the beach
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. Glitter of waves and glitter of sunlight
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. Let this be a holiday
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. This unrelenting work
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. Fool to let it come to this!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. What is it?
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. People!... No! I will speak!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. We planned that their lives should have a new start
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. Swallow! Shall we go and see Grimes in his hut?
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. Now is gossip put on trial
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. From the gutter, why should we trouble at their ribaldries?
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Interlude 4. Passacaglia
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 2. Go there!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 2. Now!... Now!...
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 2. Peter Grimes! Nobody here?
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Interlude 5. Evening
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 1. Assign your prettiness to me
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 1. Pah!... Ahoy!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 1. Come along, Doctor!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 1. Embroidery in childhood was a luxury of idleness
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 1. Mister Swallow! Mister Swallow!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 1. Who holds himself apart, lets his pride rise
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Interlude 6. Fog
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 2. Grimes! Grimes!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 2. Peter, we've come to take you home
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 2. To those who pass the Borough

Track List

>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Prologue. Peter Grimes
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Prologue. You sailed your boat round the coast
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Prologue. Peter Grimes, I here advise you!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Prologue. In truth... the pity... and the truth
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Prologue. Interlude 1. On the beach
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. Oh! hang at open doors the net, the cork
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. Hi! Give us a hand!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. I have to go from pub to pub
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. Let her among you without fault cast the first stone
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. Look, the storm cone!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. And do you prefer the storm
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. What harbour shelters peace
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 1. Interlude 2. The Storm
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 2. Past time to close!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 2. We live and let live
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 2. Have you heard? The cliff is down
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 2. Now the Great Bear and Pleiades
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 2. Old Joe has gone fishing
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 1. Scene 2. The bridge is down, we haff swam over
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Interlude 3. Sunday morning by the beach
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. Glitter of waves and glitter of sunlight
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. Let this be a holiday
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. This unrelenting work
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. Fool to let it come to this!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. What is it?
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. People!... No! I will speak!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. We planned that their lives should have a new start
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. Swallow! Shall we go and see Grimes in his hut?
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. Now is gossip put on trial
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 1. From the gutter, why should we trouble at their ribaldries?
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Interlude 4. Passacaglia
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 2. Go there!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 2. Now!... Now!...
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 2. Scene 2. Peter Grimes! Nobody here?
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Interlude 5. Evening
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 1. Assign your prettiness to me
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 1. Pah!... Ahoy!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 1. Come along, Doctor!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 1. Embroidery in childhood was a luxury of idleness
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 1. Mister Swallow! Mister Swallow!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 1. Who holds himself apart, lets his pride rise
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Interlude 6. Fog
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 2. Grimes! Grimes!
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 2. Peter, we've come to take you home
>Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 2. To those who pass the Borough

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Gramophone - James Jolly
Pear's heart-rending portrayal of Grimes central to a magnificent cast

Gramophone Magazine
...a studio has rarely witnessed anything so poignant as [Pears's] singing of the mad scene in the last Act. It is almost unbearably moving...The Covent Garden Orchestra rise superbly to their task and indeed one is left with an impression of the entire cast, of everybody concerned, being inspired by the presence and direction of the composer.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The Decca set, which in 1958 introduced this opera to many listeners, has never been superseded in its refinement or insight. Britten's conducting, lithe and lucid, reveals his work as a complex, ambiguous drama. Peter Pears, in the title-role written for him, brings unsurpassed detail of nuance to Grimes's words while never losing sight of the essential plainness of the man's speech. The rest of the cast form a vivid portrait gallery of characters.

The recording is as live and clear as if it had been made yesterday, and takes the listener right onto the stage. The bustle of activity and sound effects realise nicely Britten's own masterly painting of dramatic foreground and background.



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