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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). 

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