Notes and Editorial Reviews
Britten’s operas have an interesting history at Glyndebourne beginning with the premiere of The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne (1946) and Albert Herring (1947). In 2007, 50 years after its composition, Glyndebourne staged The Turn of the Screw. This recording was captured from that production.
Every role is beautifully cast; through tenor William Burden, as both Prologue and Peter Quint, Camilla Tilling as the troubled Governess, Anne-Marie Owens as the affable Mrs. Grose, Joanna Songi as a feisty Flora, Christopher Sladdin’s hauntingly beautiful treble voice, and Emma Bell as the mentally fragmented Miss Jessel.
The recording is aided in no small part by conductor Edward Gardner whose intense understanding of the score is made all the more satisfying by the faultless playing of the ensemble from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.