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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.

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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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