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Britten Conducts Britten Operas Vol 1


Release Date: 10/12/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000321302   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sheila AmitCatherine WilsonOwen BranniganEdgar Evans,   ... 
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraAmbrosian Opera Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These recordings of four of Britten’s operas conducted by the composer are all classics. Owen Wingrave remains unique as an audio recording and this reissue restores it to the catalogue. In addition, these recordings feature many of the singers who were involved in the creation of these operas — not least Peter Pears in the title-role of the earliest of the operas featured, Peter Grimes. This was the first complete recording of what was quickly acknowledged as a landmark work of international stature. These recordings of four of Britten’s operas conducted by the composer are all classics. Owen Wingrave remains unique as an audio recording and this reissue restores it to the catalogue. In addition, these recordings feature many of the singers who were involved in the creation of these operas — not least Peter Pears in the title-role of the earliest of the operas featured, Peter Grimes. This was the first complete recording of what was quickly acknowledged as a landmark work of international stature. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Albert Herring, Op. 39 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sheila Amit (Soprano), Catherine Wilson (Mezzo Soprano), Owen Brannigan (Bass),
Edgar Evans (Tenor), Sheila Rex (Mezzo Soprano), Sylvia Fisher (Soprano),
April Cantelo (Soprano), John Noble (Baritone), Joseph Ward (Baritone),
Peter Pears (Tenor), Anne Pashley (Soprano), Stephen Terry (Boy Soprano),
Johanna Peters (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
Length: 139 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Owen Wingrave, Op. 85 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Benjamin Luxon (Baritone),
Peter Pears (Tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (Bass Baritone), Sylvia Fisher (Soprano),
Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano), Nigel Douglas (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; England 
Length: 128 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Billy Budd, Op. 50 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Michael Langdon (Bass), Robert Tear (Tenor), Peter Glossop (Baritone),
John Shirley-Quirk (Bass Baritone), Peter Pears (Tenor), Bryan Drake (Baritone),
David [bass baritone] Kelly (Bass), Owen Brannigan (Bass), David Bowman (Baritone),
Delme Bryn-Jones (Baritone), Eric Garrett (Baritone), Benjamin Luxon (Baritone),
Nigel Rogers (Tenor), Norman Lumsden (Bass)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951/1960; England 
Length: 161 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Peter Grimes, Op. 33 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  James Pease (Baritone), Raymond Nilsson (Tenor), David [bass baritone] Kelly (Bass),
Lauris Elms (Mezzo Soprano), David Bowman (Baritone), Owen Brannigan (Bass),
Peter Pears (Tenor), Marion Studholme (Soprano), Jean Watson (Alto),
John Lanigan (Tenor), Iris Kells (Soprano), Claire Watson (Soprano),
Sir Geraint Evans (Bass)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
Length: 122 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Composition written: England (1944 - 1945). 

Sound Samples

Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "Flor-ence! Tell The Midwife!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "Doctor Jessop's Midwife"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "I Hope We're Not Too Early, Florence?"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "Stuffy!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "Now Then! Notebook, Florence!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "The First Suggestion On My List"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "Is This All You Can Bring?"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "Beggin' Your Pardon"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "Right! We'll Have Him!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: Interlude
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "Bounce Me High"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "Shop! Hi! Albert!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "Tickling A Trout"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "Meet Me At A Quarter Past Eight"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "He's Much Too Busy"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "Good Morning, Young Man"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1: "We Bring Great News To You"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "Isn't He Here?"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "For Three Precious Weeks"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "Quickly! Quickly, Come Along!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "Here They Are, Dears!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "My Flowers Are Few"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "I'm Full Of Happiness"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "As Representing The Local Council"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "My Heart Leaps Up With Joy"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "Er-humph! Er-humph! I'm No Great Shakes"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "Well Tried, Albert!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: Interlude
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "Albert The Good!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "You Oughtn't To Whistle!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2: "Heaven Helps Those Who Help Themselves!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3: Introduction
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3: "Is She Asleep?"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3: "I'm Hungry, I'm Tired"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3: "Give Me A Decent Murder With A Corpse!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3: "Have You Found Him?"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3: "Fools! Fools! Blundering Fools!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3: "In The Midst Of Life Is Death"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3: "Albert!"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3: "I'm Sorry About That"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3: "I Can't Remember Everything"
Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3: "Albert's Come Back To Stay"

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