Peter Pears

Tenor

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Britten: Serenade, Nocturne and Les Illuminations

Britten: Serenade, Nocturne and Les Illuminations


Britten:

Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31

Barry Tuckwell (horn)

Les illuminations, Op. 18

Nocturne, Op. 60 for tenor, obbligato instruments and strings


“Pears, as always, is the ideal interpreter, the composer a most efficient conductor, and the fiendishly difficult obbligato parts are played superbly.” Penguin Guide, 2010 ****

Decca - 4363952

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Britten: Folksongs (selection), etc.

Britten:

Folksongs (selection)

Gloriana: 2nd Lute Song

A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92

Canticle V: The Death of St. Narcissus, Op. 89

Suite for harp in C major, Op. 83

Sacred and Profane, Op. 91

A Wealden Trio: Christmas Song of the Women

The Sycamore Tree - Sweet was the Song

A Shepherd's Carol


Peter Pears (tenor), Osian Ellis (harp)

Wilbye Consort

While Pears's recording of Britten folk song arrangements with piano is well known, a beautiful recording he made of songs with harp, featuring Osian Ellis, is altogether rarer and exhumed here on CD for the first time. Ellis's Decca recording of the Suite for Harp also makes its first appearance, as does the Wilbye Consort's of Sacred and Profane and other Britten choral works to make up two very well-filled CDs.

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Britten: Favourite Folk Song Arrangements

Britten: Favourite Folk Song Arrangements


The Foggy Foggy Dew

Sally In Our Alley

Tom Bowling

The Lincolnshire Poacher

A Brisk Young Widow

O Waly Waly

Sweet Polly Oliver

Early One Morning

The Bonny Earl O Moray

The Ash Grove

Come You Not From Newcastle

Le Roi S En Vaten Chasse

La Belle Est Au Jardin Damour

The Minstrel Boy

How Sweet The Answer

The Last Rose Of Summer

Avenging And Bright

Oft In The Stilly Night

The Miller Of Dee

Ca The Yowes

The Plough Boy


Peter Pears (tenor)

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The Essential Handel

The Essential Handel


Handel:

Dove sei, amato bene? (from Rodelinda)

Bernadette Greevy (contralto)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Organ Concerto No. 13 in F major, HWV295 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'

Peter Hurford (organ)

Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Joshua Rifkin

Sarabande from Suite in D minor, HWV437

Christopher Hogwood (harpsichord)

Overture Berenice: Minuet

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Jephtha: Waft her, angels, through the skies

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Judas Maccabaeus: See, the conqu'ring hero comes!

Handel Opera Society Chorus and Orchestra, Charles Farncombe

Largo from Xerxes (instrumental arrangement)

London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest'

Choir of King's College Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra, David Willcocks

Music for the Royal Fireworks Suite

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Samson: Return, O God of hosts

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4 No. 6, HWV 294

Marisa Robles (harp)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown

Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Chorus & Orchestra of Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 6 in D major, HWV317

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Ode for St Cecilia's Day: The trumpet's loud clangor

Peter Pears (tenor)

Chorus of East Anglian Choirs, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Rinaldo: March & Battle

English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Vivi, tiranno, io t'ho scampato (from Rodelinda)

Marilyn Horne (mezzo-soprano)

Vienna Cantata Orchestra, Henry Lewis

Messiah (highlights)

Academy & Chorus of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Semele: Where'er you walk

Kenneth McKellar (tenor)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Adrian Boult

Water Music (excerpts)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner


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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius


Delius:

Sea Drift

John Shirley-Quirk

London Symphony Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Hickox

Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, Yvonne Minton

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Holst:

The Hymn of Jesus, H140

BBC Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Boult


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Britten: Cello Symphony and Other Works

Britten: Cello Symphony and Other Works


Britten:

Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Cantata Misericordium, Op. 69

Peter Pears (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

English Chamber Orchestra


“The Cello Symphony, written in 1963 as part of a series for the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, was the first major sonata-form work written since the Sinfonia. The idea of a struggle between soloist and orchestra, implicit in the traditional concerto, has no part here; it's a conversation between the two. Rostropovich plays with a depth of feeling that has never quite been equalled in other recordings and the playing of the English Chamber Orchestra has great bite. The recording, too, is extraordinarily fine for its years.
From the opening drumbeat the Sinfonia employs a sonata form with dramatic power, although the tone is never fierce or savage; it has an implacable tread and momentum. The central movement, 'Dies irae', however, has a real sense of fury, satirical in its biting comment – the flutter-tongued wind writing rattling its defiance.
The closing 'Requiem aeternam' is a movement of restrained beauty. The New Philharmonia play superbly. The Cantata misericor-dium was written in 1962 as a commission from the Red Cross. It takes the story of the Good Samaritan and is scored for tenor and baritone soloists, chorus, string quartet and orchestra. It's a universal plea for charity and receives a powerful reading. A must for any Britten enthusiast.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Landmark performances of three lesser-known works by their dedicatees... The early Sinfonia da Requiem (written when Britten was just 26) is distinguished by the visceral playing of the New Philharmonia. Britten himself conducts dramatic and powerful readings of all three works.” Maurice Millward, Presto Classical, March 2014

Building a Library

First Choice - March 2005

Decca - E4251002

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The Brandenburg Concertos & 1953 Aldeburgh Festival Opening Concert

The Brandenburg Concertos & 1953 Aldeburgh Festival Opening Concert


anon.:

God Save The Queen

arr. Britten

Arne:

Rule, Britannia (from Alfred)

Now the air shall ring (from The Fairy Prince)

Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Sheep May Safely Graze, from Cantata BWV208

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Byrd:

Sellinger's Round

Incl variations by Oldham, Tippett, Berkeley, Britten, Searle & Walton

Clarke, Jeremiah:

Trumpet Voluntary 'Prince of Denmark's March'

Purcell:

O Lord, grant the King a long life, Z38


Alfred Deller (countertenor), Arda Mandikian (soprano), Peter Pears (tenor), Gladys Whitred (soprano)

English Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, Aldeburgh Festival Chorus, London Symphony Chorus, Trumpeters of Kneller Hall Royal Military School of Music, Benjamin Britten, Imogen Holst, Sir Adrian Boult

A unique release filling out Britten's voluble performances of the Brandenburg Concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra with the very rare LP issued by Decca of the 1953 Aldeburgh Festival Opening Concert. It contains the much sought-after Sellinger's Round (Variations on an Elizabethan Theme) conducted by Britten, as well as odes and anthems by Purcell and Arne, featuring Alfred Deller and Sir Peter Pears, conducted by Imogen Holst. The disc ends with four 'bonus tracks' that comprised a Decca EP: Sir Adrian Boult conducting Bach's Air from the Orchestral Suite No. 3 and Bantock's arrangement of 'Sheep may safely graze' plus Britten conducting Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary and his own, very beautiful arrangement of God Save the Queen. A true collector's item!

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Puccini: Turandot

Puccini: Turandot


Joan Sutherland (Turandot), Luciano Pavarotti (Calaf), Montserrat Caballé (Liù), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Timur), Tom Krause (Ping), Pier Francesco Poli (Pang), Piero De Palma (Pong), Peter Pears (L'imperatore Altoum), Sabin Markov (Un mandarino)

John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Studio recording, 1978

“Sutherland gives an intensely appealing interpretation, while Pavarotti gives a performance equally imaginitive. Mehta directs a gloriously rich and dramatic performance. Still the best-sounding Turandot on CD.” Penguin Guide

“Turandot is a psychologically complex work fusing appalling sadism with self-sacrificing devotion.
The icy Princess of China has agreed to marry any man of royal blood who can solve three riddles she has posed. If he fails his head will roll.
Calaf, the son of the exiled Tartar king Timur, answers all the questions easily and when Turandot hesitates to accept him, magnanimously offers her a riddle in return – 'What is his name?'.
Liù, Calaf's faithful slave-girl, is tortured but rather than reveal his identity kills herself.
Turandot finally capitulates, announcing that his name is Love. Dame Joan Sutherland's assumption of the title role is statuesque, combining regal poise with a more human warmth, while Montserrat Caballé is a touchingly sympathetic Liù, skilfully steering the character away from any hint of the mawkish. Pavarotti's Calaf is a heroic figure in splendid voice and the chorus is handled with great power, baying for blood at one minute, enraptured with Liù's nobility at the next. Mehta conducts with great passion and a natural feel for Puccini's wonderfully tempestuous drama. Well recorded.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“this recording...works for me on every level. Of course you get Pavarotti singing Nessun dorma at his lyrical best, but more importantly than that, Montserrat Caballé sings Liù, showing off her famed pianissimo to great effect at the end of Signore, ascolta. Finally, as a bonus bit of luxury casting, Peter Pears takes the small role of Turandot's father, Emperor Altoum.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, July 2014

Building a Library

First Choice - July 2012

Decca Opera Sets - 4142742

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Britten: The Rape of Lucretia, and Phaedra

Britten: The Rape of Lucretia, and Phaedra


Britten:

The Rape of Lucretia

Janet Baker (Lucretia), Peter Pears (Male Chorus), Heather Harper (Female Chorus), Benjamin Luxon (Tarquinius), Bryan Drake (Junius), John Shirley-Quirk (Collatinus), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Bianca), Jenny Hill (Lucia)

English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Phaedra, Op. 93

Janet Baker

English Chamber Orchestra, Steuart Bedford


“two outstanding performances by Dame Janet Baker, recorded at the peak of her career...Luxon makes the selfish Tarquinius into a living character...The seductive beauty of the writing - Britten then at his early peak - is caught splendidly” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

Decca Opera Sets - 4256662

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British Music Collection - Benjamin Britten - The Rarities

British Music Collection - Benjamin Britten - The Rarities


Britten:

Canticle II - Abraham & Isaac Op. 51

Gemini Variations Op. 73

A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92

Cantata Academica, Op. 62

Russian Funeral

Cantata Misericordium, Op. 69

Children's Crusade Op. 82

Ekho poeta (The Poet's Echo) Op. 76

Six Hölderlin Fragments, Op. 61

Two Insect Pieces for Oboe and Piano


Presto CD

Decca British Music Collection - 4688112

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