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Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream / Lott, Cotrubas, Glyndebourne Festival

Britten / Lott / Cotrubas / Bowman
Release Date: 07/27/2004 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 1411  
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Felicity LottJames BowmanRyland DaviesIleana Cotrubas,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Benjamin Britten’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare in Peter Hall’s Glyndebourne stage production has been a favorite of mine on videotape for many years. It looks and sounds substantially better on DVD, provoking a sudden desire for a wide screen TV. The cast and conductor are superb, and the staging—whether in moonlight or sunlight—is magical. There are no special features—simply a fine transfer of a classic performance. Don’t wait to acquire this if you’re a fan of the opera.

-- Michael Fine, FANFARE

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Glyndebourne's production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night's Dream is pure magic. Brilliantly adapted from Shakespeare's play, the opera follows the adventures of four lovers and a
Read more group of naïve rustics who, in a wood on a moonstruck midsummer night, fall foul of Oberon and Tytania, the quarrelling king and queen of the fairies. In Peter Hall's remarkable staging the very wood comes alive as logs and trees move and rustle, creating ambiguous silhouettes in the dark mysterious woodland, lit only by designer John Bury's wonderful rising sun and moon. Stars Felicity Lott, Ileana Cotrubas, and James Bowman.
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Works on This Recording

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), James Bowman (Countertenor), Ryland Davies (Tenor),
Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano), Dale Duesing (Baritone), Curt Appelgren (Bass),
Cynthia Buchan (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 

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