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Peter Grimes On Aldeburgh Beach / Kempster, Oke, Allen, Wyn-rogers, Bedford [blu-ray]

Britten / Oke / Britten-pears Orchestra / Williams
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 108101  
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Catherine Wyn-RogersAlan OkeHenry WaddingtonGaynor Keeble,   ... 
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera North ChorusGuildhall School ChorusBritten-pears Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Filmed in June 2013 during three extraordinary performances that took place during the Aldeburgh Festival, “Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh beach” takes place in the heart of the town that inspired it and is the film interpretation of Britten’s “Peter Grimes”, the most successful opera of post-war Britain. Based on George Crabbe’s 1810 poem ‘The Borough’, Britten’s powerful and masterful evocation of the North Sea in all its moods has become inextricably linked with the Aldeburgh that was home to Crabbe in the late
Read more eighteenth century and Britten in the twentieth, and where both poem and opera were written. Conceived and hosted by the Aldeburgh Festival, the performances of “Peter Grimes” were directed by Tim Albery who placed the audience on the beach watching the story of “Peter Grimes” unfold as dusk fades over the sea. The cast and chorus, with Alan Oke in the eponymous role of Peter Grimes, Giselle Allen as Ellen Orford, and David Kempster as Captain Balstrode, sing live with amplification, while the Britten-Pears Orchestra under the baton of Britten expert Steuart Bedford is pre-recorded.

Benjamin Britten
PETER GRIMES on Aldeburgh Beach
(Blu-ray Disc Version)

Peter Grimes – Alan Oke
Ellen Orford – Giselle Allen
Captain Balstrode – David Kempster
Auntie – Gaynor Keeble
First Niece – Alexandra Hutton
Second Niece – Charmian Bedford
Bob Boles- Robert Murray
Swallow – Henry Waddington
Mrs. Sedley – Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Ned Keene – Charles Rice
Rev. Horace Adams – Christopher Gillett
Hobson – Stephen Richardson

Opera North Chorus
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Chorus
Britten-Pears Orchestra
Steuart Bedford, conductor

Tim Albery, stage director
Leslie Travers, set and costume designer
Lucy Carter, lighting designer

Recorded live at the Aldeburgh Beach during the Aldeburgh Festival, June 2013

- Introduction by Jonathan Reekie
- Interviews with the cast and time-lapse of set build

Picture format: 1080i High Definition
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 141 mins (opera) + 20 mins (bonus)
No. of Discs: 1
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Works on This Recording

Peter Grimes, Op. 33 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Alan Oke (Baritone), Henry Waddington (Baritone),
Gaynor Keeble (Mezzo Soprano), Giselle Allen (Soprano), Charmian Bedford (Soprano),
Alexandra Hutton (Soprano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor), David Kempster (Baritone),
Robert Murray (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera North Chorus,  Guildhall School Chorus,  Britten-pears Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 

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