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Benjamin Britten - Peter Grimes - Peter Pears, Claire Watson, Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten (1959/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Benjamin Britten - Peter Grimes - Peter Pears, Claire Watson, Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten (1959/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

–°omposer: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Artist: Peter Pears, Claire Watson, Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten
Title: Britten - Peter Grimes, Op.33
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca Music Group
Release Date: 1959/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:21:57
Recorded: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, December 1958

Tenor Sir Peter Pears leads the cast on this famous and highly-lauded presentation of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes, conducted by the composer himself and recorded live in London in December 1958. The album has been included on the list of the 100 greatest recordings by Gramophone, which said this version "has never been superseded in its refinement or insight." BBC Music Magazine named this album the greatest Britten recording of all time.

"(The role of Grimes) was written for Pears and this recording is still the benchmark ... no one should be without this evocative, wonderfully sung recording." --BBC Music Magazine
"... a studio has rarely witnessed anything so poignant as (Pears's) singing of the mad scene in the last act. It is almost unbearably moving ... the Covent Garden Orchestra rise superbly to their task and indeed one is left with an impression of the entire cast, of everybody concerned, being inspired by the presence and direction of the composer." --Gramophone


Tracklist:
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Peter Grimes, Op.33
Prologue
1. Peter Grimes! 01:28
2. You Sailed Your Boat 03:04
3. Peter Grimes, I Here Advise You! 02:09
4. The Truth...the Pity... 01:54
5. Interlude I: On the beach 02:58
ACT ONE Scene 1
6. Oh, Hang At Open Doors 05:35
7. Hi! Give Us a Hand 03:19
8. I Have To Go From Pub To Pub 01:58
9. Let Her Among You 03:08
10. Look, the Storm Cone! 02:42
11. And Do You Prefer the Storm 04:57
12. What Harbour Shelters Peace 01:12
13. Interlude II: The Storm 04:08
ACT ONE Scene 2
14. Past Time To Close! 04:21
15. We Live and Let Live 01:58
16. Have You Heard? 01:22
17. Now the Great Bear and Pleiades 03:41
18. Old Joe Has Gone Fishing 02:29
19. The Bridge Is Down, We Half Swam Over 01:41
ACT TWO Scene 1
20. Interlude III: Sunday Morning By the Beach 02:23
21. Glitter Of Waves 05:41
22. Let This Be a Holiday 03:00
23. This Unrelenting Work 04:41
24. Fool To Let It Come To This! 02:18
25. What Is It? 01:02
26. People!...No! I Will Speak! 02:14
27. We Planned That Their Lives 02:27
28. Swallow! Shall We Go 00:44
29. Now Is Gossip Put On Trial 02:12
30. From the Gutter 04:35
31. Interlude IV: Passacaglia 05:27
ACT TWO Scene 2
32. Go There! 07:18
33. Now!...Now! 02:09
34. Peter Grimes! Nobody Here? 03:08
ACT THREE Scene 1
35. Interlude V: Evening 04:18
36. Assign Your Prettiness To Me 02:38
37. Pah! 02:49
38. Come Along, Doctor! 03:19
39. Embroidery In Childhood 05:09
40. Mr. Swallow! 01:59
41. Who Holds Himself Apart 03:46
42. Interlude VI: Fog 02:35
ACT THREE Scene 2
43. Grimes! Grimes! 04:57
44. Peter, We've Come To Take You Home 02:30
45. To Those Who Pass The Borough 04:53


Personnel:
Geraint Evans, baritone vocals (Ned Keene)
Owen Brannigan, baritone vocals (Swallow, Bass-Bariton)
James Pease, bass vocals (Captain Balstrode)
David Kelly, bass vocals (Hobson) (on track 7)
Jean Watson, contralto vocals (Auntie)
Lauris Elms, mezzo-soprano vocals (Mrs. Sedley)
Claire Watson, soprano vocals (Ellen Orford)
Marion Studholme, soprano vocals (Niece 1)
Iris Kells, soprano vocals (Niece 2)
Raymond Nilsson, tenor vocals (Bob Boles)
Peter Pears, tenor vocals (Peter Grimes)
John Lanigan, tenor vocals (The Rector)
Marcus Norman, treble vocals (John) (on track 2)
Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Douglas Robinson, chorus master
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Benjamin Britten, conductor



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