Peter Pears

Biography

Born: June 22, 1910; Farnham, England   Died: April 3, 1986; Aldeburgh, England  
Peter Pears, for many years, embodied British vocal music, both opera and song. Benjamin Britten wrote 14 operas and over 50 songs and song cycles for him, and he appeared in the premieres of many other major English works. He was one of the three founders of the Aldeburgh Festival, and he and Britten established the Britten/Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, where he directed the various singing programs until his death.

Given
Read more these impressive credentials and influence, it is rather surprising that as a singer he had distinct limitations. While he was capable of excellent singing, his voice was not especially beautiful, with a rather reedy tone, and at times also with a pronounced wobble. However, his musical intelligence, elegant phrasing, and expressive use of text and the vocal line were to create his place in music history.

His first musical career plan was to be an organist, and he studied that at the Hertford College of Oxford, but he later enrolled at the Royal College of Music in London, where he remained from 1933 to 1935 as an "Operatic Exhibitioner." He then pursued studies with Elena Gerhardt and Dawson Freer. He began his professional singing career as a member of the BBC Singers in 1934, and it was through that group that he and Britten first met.

His first recital with Britten was in 1937 at Balliol, followed by a tour of the United States and Europe performing chamber music, including material written by Britten. When they returned, they performed his Michelangelo Sonnets at Wigmore Hall. His operatic debut was as Hoffmann in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann at the Strand Theater in London in 1942; he joined the Sadler's Wells Opera Company in 1943, singing lyric tenor leads. Britten had begun to write the role of Peter Grimes for him, with funding from the Koussevitsky Foundation, and the opera had its world premiere in 1945 at the Sadler's Wells. Thereafter, while he still appeared in other composer's works, he and Britten were an established musical team, and the next decades saw the appearances of many more operas written for Pears. In 1946, he created the role of the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, the title role of Albert Herring in 1947, Captain Vere in Billy Budd in 1951, Essex in Gloriana in 1963, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw in 1954, Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1960, and Aschenbach in Death in Venice in 1973. He also created the role of Pandarus in Walton's Troilus and Cressida. In the song repertoire, he premiered Berkeley's Stabat Mater, Tippett's A Child of Our Time and Boyhood's End, as well as Britten's Michelangelo Sonnets, Donne Sonnets, and Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, to name just the most famous. He was a noted student of early music, frequently performing English lute songs in his recitals, and he and Britten published editions of several songs by Purcell.

While most strongly associated with English music and English venues, he was also a noted soloist at the Holland Festival and the Salzburg Festival.

Pears and Britten were necessarily discreet about the intimate nature of their relationship, but in music history, their lifelong partnership and love affair is one of the most productive and influential, perhaps surpassed only by that of Robert and Clara Schumann. They are buried next to one another in Aldeburgh. Read less
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  • 51.
    Salute To Percy Grainger / Pears, Britten
    Label: London/Decca British Collection   Catalog: 425159 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Peter Pears,  Benjamin Britten,  Viola Tunnard
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten,  Steuart Bedford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Linden Singers
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  • 52.
    Britten: Albert Herring / Britten, English Opera Group
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5824 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Otakar Kraus,  Gladys Parr,  Margaret Ritchie,  Anne Sharp  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra,  English Opera Group
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  • 53.
    Britten: Spring Symphony / Britten
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436396 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Pears
    Conductor:  George Malcolm,  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 54.
    Britten: Peter Grimes / Pears, Harper, Britten
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001147709 Release Date: 07/08/2008  
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  Elizabeth Bainbridge,  Owen Brannigan,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Sir William Walton - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Alto Records   Catalog: 1026 Release Date: 04/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  Edith Sitwell,  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Ensemble Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7034 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Lennox Berkeley,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dennis Brain,  Peter Pears,  Manoug Parikian,  Colin Horsley
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Boyd Neel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra Strings,  Boyd Neel Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Handel: Acis & Galatea Scenes / Sutherland, Boult, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3147 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Owen Brannigan,  Peter Pears,  David Galliver,  Dame Joan Sutherland
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philomusica of London,  St. Anthony Singers
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  • 58.
    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Munchinger, Pears, Prey, Wunderlich
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 414057 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Marga Höffgen,  Heinz Wunderlich,  Tom Krause  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Choir,  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Britten: Spring Symphony, Etc / Van Beinum, Ferrier, Pears
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440063 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  Jo Vincent,  Peter Pears
    Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Willibrod Boy's Choir,  Netherlands Radio Choir,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Elizabethan Lute Songs / Pears, Bream
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444524 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Ford,  Thomas Morley,  Philip Rosseter,  John Dowland
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  Peter Pears
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  • 61.
    Schütz: Matthäus-passion
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436221 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  Derek McCulloch,  Peter Pears,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Terry Edwards  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Heinrich Schütz Choir
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  • 62.
    Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Solti, Pears, Meyer, Davies
    Label: London/Decca Enterprise   Catalog: 430001 Release Date: 04/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Benjamin Luxon,  Stafford Dean,  Donald McIntyre,  Alec McGowan  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
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  • 63.
    Heavenly Love, Earthly Joy / Bream, Pears
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 704927 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Morley,  Philip Rosseter,  John Dowland,  Thomas Ford
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  Peter Pears
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  • 64.
    Originals - Britten: Peter Grimes / Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000747802 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Iris Kells,  Claire Watson,  Jean Watson,  Raymond Nilsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 65.
    Igor Stravinsky Conducts His Own Works - Apollo, Etc
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1184 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Helmut Krebs,  Heinz Rehfuss,  Werner Hessenland,  Peter Pears  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Northwest German Radio Chorus,  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Wind Quintet
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  • 66.
    Britten: Serenade, Les Illuminations, Nocturne / Pears, Brain, Britten
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4768470 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  Dennis Brain,  Willie Anthony Waters,  Osian Ellis  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Britten: War Requiem / Britten, London Symphony
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000638902 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  Simon Preston,  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Highgate School Chorus  ... 
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  • 68.
    Holnd Fstvl - A Dutch Miracle - Fifty Years - 1947-1997
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 6900 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Rudolf Escher,  Richard Strauss,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Renato Capecchi,  Teresa Berganza,  Giulietta Simionato,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  George Szell,  Jean Fournet,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Danzi Woodwind Quintet  ... 
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  • 69.
    Mozart: Concertos & Arias / Gulda, Szeryng, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93129 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Henryk Szeryng,  Dennis Brain,  Suzanne Danco  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Ariadne - Bach: Mass In B Minor / Enescu, Bbc Chorus, Et Al
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 5000 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Norman Walker,  Douglas [French Horn] Moore,  Maurice Clare,  Charles Spinks  ... 
    Conductor:  George Enescu,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Reginald Jacques
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  Boyd Neel Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 71.
    Kathleen Ferrier And Friends - Handel, Bach, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 229 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  George Roth,  John Francis,  Millicent Silver  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Boyd Neel,  Bruno Walter,  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Boyd Neel Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 72.
    Bach: St. John's Passion / Peter Pears, Hans Hotter, Et Al
    Label: Melodram   Catalog: 40076 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Margarethe Scharitzer,  Anton Nowakowski,  Kieth Engen,  John Van Kesteren  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Britten: The Rape Of Lucretia / Goodall, Ferrier, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 231 Release Date: 08/23/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Pears,  Kathleen Ferrier,  Otakar Kraus,  Joan Cross  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Goodall,  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group
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  • 74.
    The Age Of Gold
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 227 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Michael Tippett,  Paul Hindemith,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Britten,  Peter Pears,  Noel Mewton-Wood,  Dennis Brain
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  • 75.
    Gay/Britten: The Beggar's Opera / Britten, Pears, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 225 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Gay
    Performer:  Norman Platt,  Otakar Kraus,  Rose Hill,  Jennifer Vyvyan  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Opera Group Orchestra
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Biography

Born: June 22, 1910; Farnham, England   Died: April 3, 1986; Aldeburgh, England  
Peter Pears, for many years, embodied British vocal music, both opera and song. Benjamin Britten wrote 14 operas and over 50 songs and song cycles for him, and he appeared in the premieres of many other major English works. He was one of the three founders of the Aldeburgh Festival, and he and Britten established the Britten/Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, where he directed the various singing programs until his death.

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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Prelude
"Jesu, Maria, I Am Near To Death"
"Rouse Thee, My Fainting Soul"
"Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Deus"
"Proficiscere, Anima Christiana"
"I Went To Sleep"
"It Is a Member Of That Family Of Wondrous Beings"
"But Hark! Upon My Senses Comes a Fierce Hubbub"
"I See Not Those False Spirits"
"But Hark! A Grand Mysterious Harmony"
"Thy Judgement Now Is Near"
"I Go Before My Judge"
"Softly and Gently"
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - I. Fanfare
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - II. Villes
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IIIa. Phrase
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IIIb. Antique
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IV. Royauté
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - V. Marine
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - VI. Interlude
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - VII. Being beauteous
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - VIII. Parade
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IX. Départ
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Prologue
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Pastoral - The Day's Grown Old
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Nocturne - The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Elegy - O Rose, Thou Art Sick
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Dirge - This Ae Night
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Hymn - Queen and Huntress Chaste and Fair
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Sonnet - O Soft Embalmer of the Still Midnight
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Epilogue
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Prologue
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Pastoral
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Nocturne
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Elegy
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Dirge
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Hymn
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Sonnet
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Op.31 - Epilogue
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto XVI
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto XXXI
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto XXX
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto LV
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto XXXVIII
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto XXXII
Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op.22 - Sonetto XXIV
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 1. Oh, My Blacke Soule!
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 2. Batter My Heart
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 3. Oh Might Those Sighes and Teares
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 4. Oh, To Vex Me
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 5. What If This Present
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 6. Since She Whom I Loved
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 7. At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 8. Thou Hast Made Me
Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 - 9. Death, Be Not Proud
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - On Wenlock Edge
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - From Far, From Eve And Morning
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - Is My Team Ploughing?
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - Oh, When I Was In Love With You
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - Bredon Hill
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - Clun
Tippett: Boyhood's End - What, then did I want? What did I ask to have?
Tippett: Boyhood's End - To rise each morning and to look out on the sky...
Tippett: Boyhood's End - To climb trees and put my hand down in the deep hot nest of the Bienteveo...
Tippett: Boyhood's End - To ride at noon on the hottest days...
Tippett: Boyhood's End - To lie on my back on the rust-brown grass in January
Tippett: The Heart's Assurance - 1. Song
Tippett: The Heart's Assurance - 2. The Heart's Assurance
Tippett: The Heart's Assurance - 3. Compassion
Tippett: The Heart's Assurance - 4. The Dancer
Tippett: The Heart's Assurance - 5. Remember your Lovers
Tippett: Songs for Ariel - Come Unto These Yellow Sands
Tippett: Songs for Ariel - Full Fathom Five
Tippett: Songs for Ariel - Where The Bee Sucks
Ireland: The Land of Lost Content - The Lent Lily
Ireland: The Land of Lost Content - Ladslove
Ireland: The Land of Lost Content - Goal & Wicket
Ireland: The Land of Lost Content - The Vain Desire
Ireland: The Land of Lost Content - The Encounter
Ireland: The Land of Lost Content - Epilogue
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Ouvertüre
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Erste Abteilung (Part One) - Du kanntest mich, O kleiner Engel
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Erste Abteilung (Part One) - Ach neige, du Schmerzenreiche
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Erste Abteilung (Part One) - Wie anders, Gretchen, war dir's
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Die ihr dies Haupt umschwebt im luft'gem Kreise
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Des Lebens Pulse schlagen frisch-lebendig
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Ich heiße der Mangel
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Vier sah ich kommen
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Die Nacht scheint tiefer tief hereinzudringen
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Herbei! herbei! Herein! herein!
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Ein Sumpf zieht am Gebirge hin
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Zweite Abteilung (Part Two) - Ihn sättigt keine Lust
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Waldung, sie schwankt heran
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Ewiger Wonnebrand
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Gerettet ist das edle Glied
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Hier ist die Aussicht frei
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Dir, der Unberührbaren
Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester - Dritte Abteilung (Part Three) - Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis
The Passionate Shepherd
My Own Country
"Peter Grimes!"
"You Sailed Your Boat"
"Peter Grimes, I Here Advise You!"
"The Truth...the Pity..."
Interlude I: On the beach
"Oh, Hang At Open Doors"
"Hi! Give Us a Hand"
"I Have To Go From Pub To Pub"
"Let Her Among You"
"Look, the Storm Cone!"
"And Do You Prefer the Storm"
"What Harbour Shelters Peace"
Interlude II: The Storm
"Past Time To Close!"
"We Live and Let Live"
"Have You Heard?"
"Now the Great Bear and Pleiades"
"Old Joe Has Gone Fishing"
"The Bridge Is Down, We Half Swam Over"
Interlude III: Sunday Morning By the Beach
"Glitter Of Waves"
"Let This Be a Holiday"
"This Unrelenting Work"
"Fool To Let It Come To This!"
"What Is It?"
"People!...No! I Will Speak!"
"We Planned That Their Lives"
"Swallow! Shall We Go"
"Now Is Gossip Put On Trial"
"From the Gutter"
Interlude IV: Passacaglia
"Go There!"
"Now!...Now!"
"Peter Grimes! Nobody Here?"
Interlude V: Evening (Moonlight)
"Assign Your Prettiness To Me"
"Pah!"
"Come Along, Doctor!"
"Embroidery In Childhood"
"Mr.Swallow!"
"Who Holds Himself Apart"
Interlude VI: Fog
"Grimes! Grimes!"
"Peter, We've Come To Take You Home"
"To Those Who Pass The Borough"
Prologue
Introducing Creon
Introducing Tiresias
Introducing Focasta
Introducing the Messenger
Epilogue
"Requiem Aeternam"
"What Passing Bells For These Who Die As Cattle?"
"Dies irae"
"Bugles Sang, Saddening the Evening Air"
"Liber Scriptus Proferetur"
"Out There, We've Walked Quite Friendly Up To Death"
"Recordare Jesu Pie"
"Be Slowly Lifted Up"
"Dies Irae"
"Lacrimosa Dies Illa"
"Move Him Into the Sun"
"Domine Jesu Christe"
"So Abraham Rose, and Clave the Wood"
"Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus"
"After the Blast Of Lightning From the East"
"One Ever Hangs Where Shelled Roads Part"
"Libera me, Domine"
"It Seemed That Out Of Battle I Escaped"
"Let Us Sleep Now...In Paradisum"
Requiem Aeternam (Rehearsal)
Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
Offertorium (Rehearsal)
Sanctus (Rehearsal)
Sanctus (Rehearsal)
Agnus Dei (Rehearsal)
Libera Me (Rehearsal)
Libera Me (Rehearsal)
Libera Me (Rehearsal)
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Salus Aeterna"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Good People, In His Holy Name"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "By the Royal Command"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Adept In Magic"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "The Waters Of Babylon"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Sirs, What Is This?"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "We Do Not Lack Enemies"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "By the Royal Decree"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - Procession
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Merodak! Lord Of Creation"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Bring Them Here Before My Majesty"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "O King, Nebuchadnezzar"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "O All Ye Works Of the Lord"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "O Ye Winter and Summer"
Britten: The Burning Fiery Furnace, Op.77 - "Good People, We Have Shown You Here"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Jam Lucis Orto Sidere"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Ah You People"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - The Ceremony
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "I Am Father To You All"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Forgive My Asking You"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Father, May I Speak To You?"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Take Your Due Portion"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Go, If You Must Go"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Welcome, Welcome Stranger!"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "You Are Tired From a Long Journey"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Nights Are Days"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "You Have Gambled and Lost"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "Now - I Have Done What I Said"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "With Joy I Sowed"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "My Son"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "O Sing Unto the Lord"
Britten: The Prodigal Son, Op.81 - "My Children, You Have Seen"
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Sweep! Sweep!
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Sweep this chimney
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Now, little white boy!
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Pull the rope gently until he is free!
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Is he wounded?
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Sooty tracks
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Run, poor sweep-boy
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - The kettles are singing
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - O why do you weep
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Ah!...Blackguards!
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Help! Help! She's collapsed!
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - The owl, wide-winging through the sky
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Soon the coach will carry you away
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Morning, Sammy! Lovely weather
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Ready, Alfred?
Britten: The Little Sweep (Let's make an opera), Op.45 - Coaching song: The horses are champing
Britten: Cantata Academica, Op.62 - I. Bonorum summun omnium II: Quae bene beateque
Britten: Cantata Academica, Op.62 - III. At huius caelestis...V: Tum vero Aeneas Sylvius virtus
Britten: Cantata Academica, Op.62 - VI: Et Gubernacula. VII: Ut Ad Longaeva Tempora
Britten: Cantata Academica, Op.62 - VIII: Docendi ac discendi
Britten: Cantata Academica, Op.62 - IX: Rhenana erga omnes. X: Ut instissime XI: O cives..
Britten: Cantata Academica, Op.62 - XII. Nos autem cuncti. XIII. Vigeatque academia libera
Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Christe eleison (Soprano 1 and 2)
Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus)
Laudamus te (Soprano 2)
Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus)
Domine Deus (Soprano 1, Tenor)
Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus)
Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Alto)
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus (Bass) - Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)
Credo in unum Deum (Chorus)
Patrem omnipotentem (Chorus)
Et in unum Dominum (Soprano 1, Alto)
Et incarnatus est (Chorus)
Crucifixus (Chorus) - Et resurrexit terita die (Chorus)
Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum (Bass)
Confiteor unum baptisma (Chorus)
Sanctus (Chorus)
Osanna (Double Chorus)
Benedictus (Tenor)
Agnus Dei (Alto)
Dona nobis pacem (Double Chorus)
"Over Hill, Over Dale"
"Oberon Is Passing Fell and Wrath"
"Well, Go Thy Way"
"How Now My Love?"
"Be It On Lion, Bear, Or Wolf, Or Bull"
"Welcome Wanderer!"
"Is All Our Company Here?"
"Fair Love, You Faint With Wand'ring In the Wood"
"Through the Forest Have I Gone"
"Stay, Though Thou Kill Me, Sweet Demetrius"
"Come, Now A Roundel and A Fairy Song"
"You Spotted Snakes With Double Tongue"
"What Thou Seest When Thou Dost Wake"
Introduction: The wood
"Are We All Met?"
"I See Their Knavery"
"Be Kind and Courteous To This Gentleman"
"Hail, Mortal, Hail!"
"I Have A Reas'nable Good Ear In Music"
"How Now, Mad Spirit?"
"Flower Of This Purple Dye"
"Puppet? Why So?"
"This Is Thy Negligence"
"Up and down, Up and Down"
"On the Ground, Sleep Sound"
"My Gentle Robin, See'st Thou This Sweet Sight?"
"Helena! Hermi! Demetrius! Lysander!"
"When My Cue Comes, Call Me"
"Have You Sent To Bottom's House?"
"Now, Fair Hippolyta"
"If We Offend, It Is With Our Good Will"
"Gentles, Perchange You Wonder At This Show"
"In This Same Interlude It Doth Befall"
"O Grim-Look'd Night, O Night With Hue So Black"
"O Wall, Full Often Hast Thou Heard My Moans"
"You Ladies, You Whose Gentle Hearts Do Fear"
"This Lanthorn Doth the Horned Moon Present"
"Sweet Moon, I Thank Thee For Thy Sunny Beams"
"Asleep, My Love?"
"Come, Your Bergomask"
"Now the Hungry Lion Roars"
1. Prelude
2. The Tornament
3. Recitative & Fight
4. Entrance of the Queen
5. Recitative
6. The two Lords' Explanation
7. Raleigh's Song
8. Ensemble of Reconciliation
9. Recitative & Final March
10. Prelude & Dialogue
11. The Queen's Song
12. Cecil's Song of Government
13. Recitative & Essex's Entry
14. First Lute Song
15. Second Lute Song
16. The First Duet for the Queen & Essex
17. Soliloquy & Prayer
18. Prelude & Welcome
19. The Masque
20. Finale
21. Prelude & Song
22. Duet
23. Double Duet
24. Quartet
25. Pavane
26. Conversation
27. Galliard
28. Conversation & the Queen's Entrance
29. Lavolta
30. Conversation
31. Morris dance
32. Recitative
33. The Queen's Burlesque
34. Quartet
35. March
36. The Queen's Announcement
37. Ensemble
38. Coranto
39. Prelude & Chatter
40. Essex's Intrusion
41. The Second Duet of the Queen & Essex
42. The Dressing-Table Song
43. The Entrance of Cecil
44. Cecil's Report
45. Discussion
46. The Queen's Decision
47. Ballad - Rondo
48. Prelude & Verdict
49. Cecil's Warning
50. The Queen's Dilemma
51. Trio
52. Lady Essex's Pleading
53. Penepole Rich's Pleading
54. Epilogue
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - Prelude
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "You've Got Your Maps There?"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "At Last It's Out"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "Your Sherry, Mrs. Coyle"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "Oh, How Unforeseen"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "Sirrah! How Dare You!"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "Coyle, I Wish I Had Not Come"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 1 - "May God Bless the Queen"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "There Was a Boy, a Wingrave Born"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "I Envy You, This Fine Old House"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "Paramore Shall Welcome Woe!"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "And With His Friend Young Lechmere Played"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "Now You May Save Your Scornful Looks"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "Ah, Owen, What Shall I Do?"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "Is That You, Coyle?"
Britten: Owen Wingrave, Op.85 / Act 2 - "Come In...It's Me, Lechmere"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "I Am An Old Man Who Has Experienced Much"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Pull, My Bantams!"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Guard Boat! Indomitable!"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "First Man Forward!"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Your Name? Billy Budd, Sir"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Billy Budd, King Of the Birds!"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "I Heard, Your Honour!"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Come Along Kid! Come Along!"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Christ, the Poor Chap!"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "What's That? What's Those Whistles?"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Starry Vere We Call Him"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Boy! My Compliments To Mr. Redburn"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Gentlemen, the King!"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Ay, At Spithead the Men May Have Had Their Grievances"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "We Are, Sir. Claggart Is An Able One"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Blow, Blow, Blow"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "We're Off To Samoa By Way Of Genoa"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Hi! You a... a... a..."
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Over the Water...Handsomely Done"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Come Here. Remember Your Promise"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Billy! Hist! Billy Budd!"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 1 - "Dansker, Old Friend, Glad To See You"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "I Don't Like The Look Of the Mist"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "With Great Regret I Must Disturb Your Honour"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "Deck Ahoy! Enemy Sail On Starboard Bow"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "Who'll Volunteer To Board 'Em"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "There You Are Again, Master-at-Arms"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "O This Cursed Mist"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "Claggart, John Claggart, Beware!"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "Master-at-Arms and Foretopman"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "God O' Mercy! Here, Help Me!"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "Gentlemen, William Budd Here Has Killed"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "William Budd, You Are Accused By Captain Vere"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "Poor Fellow, Who Could Save Him?"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "I Accept Their Verdict"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "Look! Through the Port"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "Here! Baby! Dansker, Old Friend"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "And Farewell To Ye"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - Interlude
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "According To the Articles Of War"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "Down All Hands! And See That They Go"
Britten: Billy Budd, Op.50 / Act 2 - "We Committed His Body To the Deep"