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Britten: The Turn Of The Screw / Britten, English Opera


Release Date: 02/07/1990 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 425672   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jennifer VyvyanJoan CrossOlive DyerDavid Hemmings,   ... 
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Turn of the Screw bids fair to be considered Benjamin Britten's most perfect opera, indeed his greatest work in any form, and this remains its finest recording. Yes, the sound is mono, but very good mono. The playing of the English Opera Group under the composer's direction is magnificent, the cast unbeatable, headlined by Peter Pears' incomparably creepy Quint and Jennifer Vyvyan's moving and desperate Governess. The two kids are also terrific. Decca has included this performance in its multi-disc sets of Britten's complete operas (assuming that they are still available), but if you want the opera separately, then this Arkivmusic.com "on demand" production is just the ticket. Listen to the hair-raising last scene of the first Read more act, or to the unearthly dialog between the two ghosts that begins Act 2, and marvel at Britten's largeness of vision expressed with miraculous precision and economy. Thrilling, simply thrilling.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

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Turn of the Screw, Op. 54 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano), Joan Cross (Soprano), Olive Dyer (Soprano),
David Hemmings (Boy Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor), Arda Mandikian (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; England 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 105 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act One: Prologue
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act One: Theme - Scene 1: The Journey
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act One: Interlude: Variation I - Scene 2: The Welcome
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act One: Interlude: Variation II - Scene 3: The Letter
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act One: Interlude: Variation III - Scene 4: The Tower
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act One: Interlude: Variation IV - Scene 5: The Window
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act One: Interlude: Variation V - Scene 6: The Lesson
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act One: Interlude: Variation VI - Scene 7: The Lake
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act One: Interlude: Variation VII - Scene 8: At Night
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act Two: Interlude: Variation VIII - Scene 1: Colloquy and So- lioquy
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act Two: Interlude: Variation IX - Scene 2: The Bells
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act Two: Interlude: Variation X - Scene 3: Miss Jessel
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act Two: Interlude: Variation XI - Scene 4: The Bedroom
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act Two: Interlude: Variation XII - Scene 5: Quint
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act Two: Interlude: Variation XIII - Scene 6: The Piano
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act Two: Interlude: Variation XIV - Scene 7: Flora
The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 / Act Two: Interlude: Variation XV - Scene 8: Miles

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