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Britten Conducts Britten Operas Vol 2


Release Date: 03/15/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000410202   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerJohn Shirley-QuirkElizabeth HarwoodPhilip Langridge,   ... 
Conductor:  Benjamin BrittenSteuart BedfordSir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera ChorusEnglish Chamber OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: n/a 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These recordings of the remaining five Britten operas in the Decca catalog are conducted by a mixture of the composer and two colleagues, Steuart Bedford and Sir Charles Mackerras. All are classics of the gramophone. The recording of Death in Venice was made under Britten’s supervision in April 1974 when he was already very ill and unable to conduct; it has the original cast of the opera which was first given at the Aldeburgh Festival of 1973 and is conducted here by one of his colleagues, Steuart Bedford. These recordings of the remaining five Britten operas in the Decca catalog are conducted by a mixture of the composer and two colleagues, Steuart Bedford and Sir Charles Mackerras. All are classics of the gramophone. The recording of Death in Venice was made under Britten’s supervision in April 1974 when he was already very ill and unable to conduct; it has the original cast of the opera which was first given at the Aldeburgh Festival of 1973 and is conducted here by one of his colleagues, Steuart Bedford. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano),
Philip Langridge (Tenor), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  Steuart Bedford,  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
2.
Rape of Lucretia, Op. 37 by Benjamin Britten
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
3.
Turn of the Screw, Op. 54 by Benjamin Britten
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; England 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
4.
Death in Venice, Op. 88 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1974 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
5.
Gloriana, Op. 53 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano),
Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  Steuart Bedford,  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 

Sound Samples

A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "Over Hill, Over Dale"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "Oberon Is Passing Fell and Wrath"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "Well, Go Thy Way"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "How Now My Love?"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "Be It On Lion, Bear, Or Wolf, Or Bull"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "Welcome Wanderer!"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "Is All Our Company Here?"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "Fair Love, You Faint With Wand'ring In the Wood"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "Through the Forest Have I Gone"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "Stay, Though Thou Kill Me, Sweet Demetrius"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "Come, Now A Roundel and A Fairy Song"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "You Spotted Snakes With Double Tongue"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "What Thou Seest When Thou Dost Wake"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: Introduction: The wood
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "Are We All Met?"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "I See Their Knavery"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "Be Kind and Courteous To This Gentleman"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "Hail, Mortal, Hail!"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "I Have A Reas'nable Good Ear In Music"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "How Now, Mad Spirit?"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "Flower Of This Purple Dye"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "Puppet? Why So?"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "This Is Thy Negligence"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "Up and down, Up and Down"
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "On the Ground, Sleep Sound"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "My Gentle Robin, See'st Thou This Sweet Sight?"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "Helena! Hermi! Demetrius! Lysander!"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "When My Cue Comes, Call Me"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "Have You Sent To Bottom's House?"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "Now, Fair Hippolyta"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "If We Offend, It Is With Our Good Will"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "Gentles, Perchange You Wonder At This Show"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "In This Same Interlude It Doth Befall"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "O Grim-Look'd Night, O Night With Hue So Black"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "O Wall, Full Often Hast Thou Heard My Moans"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "You Ladies, You Whose Gentle Hearts Do Fear"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "This Lanthorn Doth the Horned Moon Present"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "Sweet Moon, I Thank Thee For Thy Sunny Beams"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "Asleep, My Love?"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "Come, Your Bergomask"
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.64 / Act 3: "Now the Hungry Lion Roars"

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