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Britten: Gloriana / Barstow, Randle, Daniel

Britten / Barstow / Randle / Mcgilloway / Daniel
Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 955  
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Thomas RandleEmer McGillowayJosephine BarstowSusannah Glanville,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern PhilharmoniaOpera North Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) GLORIANA
Phyllida Lloyd’s film version of Britten’s opera, with Dame Josephine Barstow as Queen Elizabeth I

Josephine Barstow, Tom Randle, Emer McGilloway, David Ellis, Susannah Glanville, Eric Roberts, Clive Bayley
Chorus of Opera North / English Northern Philharmonia
Conductor Paul Daniel / Director Phyllida Lloyd

Picture Format: 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound Format: TBC
Menu languages: English
Running Time: 140 mins
Region Code: All regions
Subtitle: English/French/German/Spanish/Italian

Phyllida Lloyd's acclaimed adaptation for film of the opera that Benjamin Britten wrote for the celebrations of the Queen's
Read more coronation in 1953, based on the Opera North revival of a work now recognised to be one of the composer's great achievements. Paul Daniel conducts the English Northern Sinfonia, with a cast inspired by electrifying performances from Josephine Barstow and Tom Randall as Elizabeth I and Essex.


"an unforgettable portrayal of Gloriana, imperious, fickle, dangerous, noble and in the great final scene when she reviews her life, devastatingly moving. This is a performance to class with Callas’s Tosca in its total believability." -- Sunday Telegraph

"Phyllida Lloyd’s superb staging proves that Gloriana was never intended as a pièce d’occasion. Set in a high-walled jousting-yard, which fills with fabulous pageantry and empties into a prison cell, it emerges as a deeply felt drama of the struggle between public responsibility and private yearning, as well as a moving exploration of the loneliness of those, like Britten, called to a high and hard destiny." -- Daily Telegraph

"The sheer beauty and vitality of this score must surely have made anyone coming to it for the first time wonder how it could ever have been regarded as one of Britten’s lesser achievements. The pageantry is fresh and free of pastiche, the lyrical passages are ravishing...In his coronation opera Britten was true to himself: he composed not a pageant but an opera of profound and Verdian insight into the heart and soul of a human being set in authority." -- Opera
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Works on This Recording

Gloriana, Op. 53 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Thomas Randle (Tenor), Emer McGilloway (Mezzo Soprano), Josephine Barstow (Soprano),
Susannah Glanville (Soprano), Eric Roberts (Baritone), Clive Bayley (Bass)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia,  Opera North Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 

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