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Britten: Peter Grimes / Richard Hickox, Philip Langridge


Release Date: 04/23/1996 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9447   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Yvonne BarclayJanice WatsonAlan OpieJohn Graham-Hall,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony ChorusCity of London Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set received the 1997 Grammy Award for "Best Opera Recording."
'Peter Grimes' established Benjamin Britten as the leader of his generation of English composers. Crafted by Britten and playwright Montagu Slater from a George Crabbe poem, it tells the gruesome story of the deranged fisherman Peter Grimes who seems to have a problem keeping his young boy apprentices among the living. The opera shows the striking influence of Berg's 'Wozzeck' with orchestral interludes adding commentary throughout, and Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess,' another fishing village tale, with the chorus looming large in the dialogue.
This Chandos/Opera London production is a triumph. Philip Langridge, one of the most intelligent and dramatically acute of
Read more tenors, is intense in the title role but not over-the-top, leaving enough self-awareness in the character for him to remain human and therefore all the more tragic. Richard Hickox does his usual excellent job of marshalling large forces with attention to both detail and long range goals, but the London Symphony chorus is revelatory, positively heroic in an opera where the chorus really counts. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Peter Grimes, Op. 33 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Yvonne Barclay (Soprano), Janice Watson (Soprano), Alan Opie (Baritone),
John Graham-Hall (Tenor), Ameral Gunson (Alto), John Connell (Bass),
Anne Collins (Mezzo Soprano), Philip Langridge (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone),
Pamela Helen Stephen (Soprano), Matthew Best (Bass), John Fryatt (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Venue:  Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England 
Length: 147 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Composition written: England (1944 - 1945). 

Sound Samples

Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Prologue: Peter Grimes (Hobson, Swallow, Peter)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Prologue: You sailed your boat round the coast (Swallow, Peter, Mrs. Sedley, Hobson, Ellen, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Prologue: Peter Grimes, I here advise you (Swallow, Hobson, Peter, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Prologue: The truth - the pity - and the truth (Peter, Ellen)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Prologue: Interlude I
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 1: Oh, hang at open doors (Auntie, Boles, Balstrode, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 1: Good morning, good morning! (Rector, Nieces, Mrs. Sedley, Ned, Swallow, Auntie, Boles, Balstrode, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 1: Hi! Give us a hand (Peter, Boles, Balstrode, Ned, Auntie, Hobson)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 1: I'll have to go from pub to pub (Hobson, Ellen, Ned, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 1: Let her among you without fault (Ellen, Hobson, Mrs. Sedley, Ned)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 1: Look! The storm cone! (Balstrode, Ned, Boles, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 1: And do you prefer the storm (Balstrode, Peter)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 1: They listen to money (Peter, Balstrode)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 1: What harbour shelters peace (Peter)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 1: Interlude II
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 2: Past time to close (Auntie, Mrs. Sedley, Balstrode, Boles, Nieces)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 2: Loud man (Auntie, Nieces, Mrs. Sedley)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 2: There's been a landslide up the coast (Fisherman, Boles, Balstrode, Auntie)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 2: No, I mean love (Boles, Balstrode, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 2: Pub conversation should depend (Balstrode, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 2: Have you heard the cliff is down (Ned, Auntie, Mrs. Sedley, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 2: Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (Peter, Nieces, Boles, Balstrode, Auntie, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 2: For peace sake (Balstrode, Peter)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act I Scene 2: The bridge is down (Hobson, Ned, Ellen, Boles, Auntie, Nieces, Peter)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II: Interlude III
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 1: Glitter of waves (Ellen)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 1: Now that the daylight fills the sky (Ellen, Rector, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 1: Child you're not too young (Ellen, Rector, Peter, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 1: This unrelenting work (Ellen, Peter, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 1: Fool to let it come to this (Auntie, Ned, Boles, Mrs. Sedley, Balstrode, Swallow, Nieces, Rector, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 1: People . . . No! I will speak! (Boles, Balstrode, Rector, Auntie, Ellen, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 1: We planned that their lives (Ellen, Rector, Mrs. Sedley, Boles, Ned, Nieces, Auntie, Balstrode, Hobson, Swallow, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 1: Swallow - shall we go and see Grimes in his hut? (Rector, Swallow, Balstrode, Mrs. Sedley, Boles, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 1: Now gossip is put on trial (Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 1: From the gutter (Nieces, Auntie, Ellen)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II: Interlude IV
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 2: Go there (Peter)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 2: They listen to money (Peter)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 2: Now! Now! (Peter, Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act II Scene 2: Peter Grimes (Rector, Swallow, Ned)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act III: Interlude V
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act III Scene 1: Assign your prettiness to me (Swallow, Nieces, Ned)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act III Scene 1: Mr. Keene (Mrs. Sedley, Ned)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act III Scene 1: Murder most foul it is (Mrs. Sedley, Ned)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act III Scene 1: Come along, Doctor (Burgess, Burgesses, Rector, Mrs. Sedley, Ellen, Balstrode)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act III Scene 1: Embroidery in childhood was (Ellen, Balstrode)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act III Scene 1: Mr. Swallow (Mrs. Sedley, Auntie, Swallow, Hobson)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act III Scene 1: Who holds himself apart (Chorus)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act III: Interlude VI
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act III Scene 2: Grimes! (Voices, Peter)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act III Scene 2: Peter, we've come to take you home (Ellen, Peter, Balstrode)
Peter Grimes, Op. 13: Act III Scene 2: To those who pass the Borough (Swallow, Fisherman, Auntie, Boles, Chorus)

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