Britten: Albert Herring / Graham-Hall, Johnson, Haitink, et al

Release Date: 7/26/2005
Label: Kultur Video
Catalog Number: 1424
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Number of Discs: 1

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Running Time: 150 minutes
Region Code: 1 (US, Canada)
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound: Dolby 2.0
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Starring: John Graham-Hall, Patricia Johnson
Conductor: Bernard Haitnik
Composer: Benjamin Britten

Directed by Peter Hall

Britten's Albert Herring, a comic opera in three acts, is a parody on life in an English market town at the turn of the century. Albert, a gullible, naïve green-grocer, is much to his embarrassment crowned village May King when Lady Billows realizes there are no longer any local girls with the necessary virtuous qualifications. The ensuing antics are brilliantly characterized by a strong cast in this Peter Hall production infused with freshness and limitless charm. John Graham-Hall's gangling Albert marvelously expresses the development of the young man's character, matched by performances of pure poetry by Alan Opie and Jean Rigby as Sid and Nacy and the total control of Patricia Kern's Mrs. Herring.
Works on This Recording
1. Albert Herring, Op. 39 by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Richard Van Allan (Bass), Alan Opie (Baritone), Elizabeth Gale (Soprano), Derek Hammond-Stroud (Baritone), Felicity Palmer (Soprano), Alexander Oliver (Tenor), John Graham-Hall (Tenor), Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano), Patricia Kern (Mezzo Soprano), Patricia Johnson (Soprano)
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947 ; England
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