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Peter Pears - An Anniversary Tribute

Pears,Peter
Release Date: 06/22/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001437802  
Composer:  Benjamin BrittenGeorge Frideric HandelHenry PurcellHeinrich Schütz,   ... 
Performer:  Peter PearsDennis BrainDavid HemmingsArda Mandikian,   ... 
Conductor:  Benjamin BrittenSteuart BedfordSir Adrian BoultRoger Norrington,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boyd Neel String OrchestraEnglish Opera Group OrchestraEnglish Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The recorded legacy of the great English tenor Peter Pears is substantial and wide-ranging. It embraces Baroque repertory and Elizabethan songs as well as a vast amount of twentieth-century English music and German Lieder. This anniversary collection features Pears in a wide selection of this repertory and it also charts his career as a recording artist from landmark recordings such as the first recording of Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings (made in 1944) through to Britten's Canticle V The Death of St Narcissus (composed in 1974), recorded near the end of his career in 1976. Many of the recordings appear on CD for the first time. It includes a deluxe 28-page booklet with an essay on Pears by George Hall.
Read more /> Review of Britten's "Serenade" and "Michelangelo Sonnets"

Sir Peter Pears recorded Britten's Serenade on three occasions, but the only version which features the horn soloist for whom the part was written and the composer as conductor, is this first (4), wartime effort (produced by Boyd Neel, we learn for the first time). A lovely performance, with Pears in youthfully fresh voice, and a good transfer, apart from a hint of flutter in Brain's tone which emanates from the tape transfer rather than the original 78s. Pears also recorded the Michelangelo Sonnets during the war, but for HMV. By 1954, when he re-recorded the work, his voice had already become drier, although his performance remained uniquely authoritative-the work was written for him, as was Winter Words, completed just a year before this recording. Both cycles are in good mono sound. -- Gramophone [9/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1. Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Dennis Brain (French Horn)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boyd Neel String Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
2. Turn of the Screw, Op. 54: Variation VII, Scene 8 - At Night by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  David Hemmings (Boy Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor), Arda Mandikian (Mezzo Soprano),
Olive Dyer (Soprano), Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; England 
3. Rape of Lucretia, Op. 37: Rome is now ruled by the Etruscan upstart by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
4. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Now the Great Bear and Pleiades by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Raymond Nilsson (Tenor), Iris Kells (Soprano),
James Pease (Baritone), Jean Watson (Alto), Marion Studholme (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
5. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Old Joe has gone fishing by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jean Watson (Alto), Peter Pears (Tenor), Geraint Evans (Baritone)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
6. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: The bridge is down, we half swam over by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Raymond Nilsson (Tenor), Iris Kells (Soprano),
James Pease (Baritone), Jean Watson (Alto), Marion Studholme (Soprano),
David Kelly (Bass), Claire Watson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
7. War Requiem, Op. 66: Move him into the sun by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Melos Ensemble London  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
8. Billy Budd, Op. 50: Epilogue, We committed his body to the deep by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951/1960; England 
9. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64: How now my love? by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
10. Albert Herring, Op. 39: Albert the Good! by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
11. Owen Wingrave, Op. 85: May God bless the Queen by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Nigel Douglas (Tenor), Sylvia Fisher (Soprano),
Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor),
Heather Harper (Soprano), Benjamin Luxon (Baritone)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; England 
12. Death in Venice, Op. 88: The boy, Tadzio, shall inspire me by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; England 
13. Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Love in her eyes sits playing by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Thurston Dart (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philomusica of London
Period: Baroque 
14. Fairy Queen, Z 629: When a cruel long winter by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
15. Saint Matthew Passion, SWV 479: Jesus aber stund für dem Landpleger by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Meriel Dickinson (Mezzo Soprano), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone),
Benjamin Luxon (Baritone)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Heinrich Schutz Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1666; Germany 
16. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 41, Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
17. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 62, Da nahmen die Kriegsknechte by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Choir,  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
18. Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Benedictus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
19. Saint John Passion, BWV 245: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Gwynne Howell (Bass)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes:  Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas to the judgement 
20. The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38: Sanctus fortis by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899-1900; England 
21. Scenes from Goethe's Faust: Die ihr dies Haupt umschwebt im luft'gem Kreise by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Jenny Hill (Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor),
Margaret Cable (Alto), John Elwes (Tenor), John Noble (Baritone)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Aldeburgh Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844-1853; Germany 
22. L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Le repos de la Sainte Famille by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Anthony Singers,  Goldsborough Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
23. Paroles tissées by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Witold Lutoslawski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Poland 
24. On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zorian Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
25. Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, Op. 22 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
26. Canticle II, Op. 51 "Abraham and Isaac" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano), Norma Procter (Alto)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; England 
27. Hölderlin-Fragmente (6) by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Written: 1958 
28. Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; England 
29. Canticle V, Op. 89 "The Death of St Narcissus" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Osian Ellis (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; England 
30. Folksongs (5), Volume 5: no 1, Brisk young widow by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
31. Folksongs (7), Volume 3: no 5, Foggy, Foggy Dew by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
32. Folksongs (8), Volume 2: no 4, Le roi s'en va-t'en chasse by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; England 
33. Folksongs (7), Volume 3: no 6, O waly, waly by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
34. Folksongs (7), Volume 3: no 1, The plough boy by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
35. Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 1, I saw my lady weepe by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; England 
36. What then is love but mourning? by Philip Rosseter
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
37. Rest, sweet nymphs by Francis Pilkington
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
38. First Booke of Ayres: It was a lover and his lasse by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
39. In darkness let mee dwell by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1610; England 
40. Ganymed, D 544/Op. 19 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
41. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 1, Gute Nacht by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
42. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 5, Der Lindenbaum by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
43. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 11, Frühlingstraum by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
44. Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89: no 24, Der Leiermann by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
45. Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 1, Das Wandern by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
46. Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 6, Der Neugierige by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
47. Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 14, Der Jäger by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
48. Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 16, Die liebe Farbe by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
49. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: no 1, Im wunderschönen Monat Mai by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
50. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: no 7, Ich grolle nicht by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
51. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: no 13, Ich hab im Traum geweinet by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
52. Dichterliebe, Op. 48: no 16, Die alten, bösen Lieder by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
53. Boyhood's end by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Noel Mewton-Wood (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
54. The heart's assurance by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Noel Mewton-Wood (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; England 
55. To Daffodils by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Viola Tunnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
56. The Merry Month of May by Ernest John Moeran
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Viola Tunnard (Piano)
57. Dream Pedlary by Bernard Van Dieren
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Viola Tunnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
58. Take, o take those lips away by Bernard Van Dieren
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Viola Tunnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
59. Songs for Ariel by Michael Tippett
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; England 
60. Voices of the Prophets, Op. 41 by Alan Bush
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Alan Bush (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; England 
61. Piggesnie by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Viola Tunnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
62. Along the stream by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Viola Tunnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
63. Bold William Taylor by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Viola Tunnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 
64. The echoing green by Alan Bush
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Viola Tunnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
65. The Shepherd by Alan Bush
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Viola Tunnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
66. If thou wilt ease thine heart by Alan Bush
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Viola Tunnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
67. Come, o come, my life's delight by Alan Bush
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Viola Tunnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
68. Land of Lost Content by John Ireland
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; England 
69. Tis but a week, H 146 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
70. Golden Hair, H 165 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
71. When you are old, H 142 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
72. So perverse, H 61 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
73. Journey's End, H 167 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
74. Tom O'Bedlam's Song by Richard Rodney Bennett
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Joan Dickson (Piano)
75. Songs (3): Love and friendship by John Ireland
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
76. Songs (3): Friendship in misfortune by John Ireland
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
77. Songs (3): The one hope by John Ireland
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
78. Cycle for Declamation by Priaulx Rainier
Performer:  Benjamin Britten (Piano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31: Prologue
Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31: Pastoral
Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31: Nocturne
Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31: Elegy
Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31: Dirge
Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31: Hymn
Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31: Sonnet
Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31: Epilogue
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22: Sonetto XVI
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22: Sonetto XXXI
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22: Sonetto XXX
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22: Sonetto LV
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22: Sonetto XXXVIII
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22: Sonetto XXXII
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22: Sonetto XXIV
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act One: Interlude: Variation VII - Scene 8: At Night
The Rape of Lucretia, Op.37 / Act 1: "Rome Is Now Ruled By the Etruscan Upstart"
Canticle II, Abraham and Isaac, Op.51
Peter Grimes, Op.33 / Act 1: "Now the Great Bear and Pleiades"
Peter Grimes, Op.33 / Act 1: "Old Joe Has Gone Fishing"
Peter Grimes, Op.33 / Act 1: "The Bridge Is Down, We Half Swam Over"
War Requiem, Op.66 / Dies Irae: "Move Him Into the Sun"
Six Hölderlin Fragments, Op.61: 1. Menschenbeifall
Six Hölderlin Fragments, Op.61: 2. Die Heimat
Six Hölderlin Fragments, Op.61: 3. Sokrates und Alcibiades
Six Hölderlin Fragments, Op.61: 4. Die Jugend
Six Hölderlin Fragments, Op.61: 5. Hälfte des Lebens
Six Hölderlin Fragments, Op.61: 6. Die Linien des Lebens
Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2: "We Committed His Body To the Deep"
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35: 1. Oh, My Blacke Soule!
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35: 2. Batter My Heart
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35: 3. Oh Might Those Sighes and Teares
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35: 4. Oh, To Vex Me
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35: 5. What If This Present
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35: 6. Since She Whom I Loved
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35: 7. At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35: 8. Thou Hast Made Me
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35: 9. Death, Be Not Proud
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "How Now My Love?"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "Albert The Good!"
Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1: "May God Bless the Queen"
Canticle V - The Death of Saint Narcissus, Op.89
Death in Venice, Op.88 / Act 1: "The Boy, Tadzio, Shall Inspire Me"

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