Peter Pears

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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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Britten: Serenade, Les Illuminations, Nocturne

Britten: Serenade, Les Illuminations, Nocturne


Britten:

Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31

Barry Tuckwell (horn)

English Chamber Orchestra

Les illuminations, Op. 18

London Symphony Orchestra

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

Alexander Murrey (flute), Roger Lord (cor anglais), Denis Blyth (timpani), William Waterhouse (bassoon), Osian Ellis (harp), Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), Barry Tuckwell (horn)


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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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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

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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 ***

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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


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Decca British Music Collection - 4688112

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Great British Tenors

Great British Tenors


Bizet:

La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

Coleridge-Taylor:

Hiawatha's Wedding Feast: Onaway! Awake, beloved!

Eleanore (No. 6 from Six Songs, Op. 37)

German:

Merrie England: Dan Cupid hath a garden "The English Rose"

Lehár:

Patiently smiling from The Land of Smiles

A heart as pure as gold (from Friederike)

Lehmann:

Ah, moon of my delight

Leoncavallo:

Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Massenet:

Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Mendelssohn:

Elijah: Then shall the righteous

Purcell:

Hears not my Phillis how the birds ('The Knotting Song'), Z371

Quilter:

Love's Philosophy, Op. 3 No. 1 (Shelley)

O mistress mine

Schubert:

An Sylvia, D891

Auf der Bruck, D853

Im Frühling, D882

Sullivan, A:

Take a pair of sparkling eyes (from The Gondoliers)

trad.:

The briery bush

The Foggy, Foggy Dew

Vaughan Williams:

Hugh the drover: Song of the road

The Vagabond (from Songs of Travel)

Wagner:

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)

Wallace, W V:

Yes! let me like a soldier fall

Warlock:

As ever I saw

White, M:

To Mary


Ben Davies, John Coates, Gerwase Elwes, Walter Hyde, Frank Mullings, John McCormack, Joseph Hislop, Parry Jones, Hubert Eisdell, Tudor Davies, Walter Widdop, Derek Oldham, Heddle Nash, James Johnston, Henry Wendon, Webster Booth, Peter Pears, David Lloyd, Walter Midgley, Richard Lewis

Commercial recording arrived at the ideal time to capture a golden age of British tenor singing. A range of distinctive qualities had developed in the 19th century – firm yet elegant tone, emphasis on text and on clarity of diction – that characterised the British tenor voice. The worlds of opera, operetta, oratorio and popular song nourished the tradition and benefited from the succession of fine voices the country produced. The recordings presented here capture some of the most important voices of the early 20th century, and demonstrate the range of musical styles in which the British tenor sound could flourish.

This issue secures a unique position in today’s CD market.

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Heritage - HTGCD286

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Mátyás Seiber: Ulysses, Elegy for Viola & Three Fragments

Mátyás Seiber: Ulysses, Elegy for Viola & Three Fragments


Seiber:

Three Fragments from 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'

Peter Pears (narrator)

Dorian Singers & Melos Ensemble, Mátyás Seiber

Elegy for solo viola and small orchestra

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mátyás Seiber

Ulysses

BBC Archive Performance, broadcast 21 May 1972

Alexander Young (tenor)

London Symphony Orchestra & BBC Chorus, David Atherton


Born in Budapest on 4 May 1905, Mátyás Seiber began to learn the cello at the age of ten. He studied composition at the Budapest Academy of Music under Kodály from 1919 to 1924. In 1925 he entered his 'Serenade' for wind sextet in a Budapest competition and when it failed to win the prize, Bartók resigned from the jury in protest.

In 1935 Seiber settled in London, where he founded the Dorian Singers and helped Francis Chagrin to found the Society for the Promotion of New Music. He taught at Morley College and privately, and his pupils included Don Banks, Peter Racine Fricker, Anthony Gilbert, Malcolm Lipkin, David Lumsdaine, Anthony Milner and Hugh Wood. Seiber stayed in touch with continental musical developments and frequently attended the International Society for Contemporary Music’s festivals, several of which featured his own compositions.

On 24 September 1960, at the age of 55, he was killed in a car crash in South Africa during a lecturing tour of the country’s universities. At the time of his tragically early death, Seiber was one of the most respected teachers of composition in Britain. His own body of work is distinguished by a natural versatility and by the wide range and eclecticism of his musical interests. It incorporates the successful pop song 'By the Fountains of Rome' (1956), which entered the top ten of the charts and won an Ivor Novello Award, and his score for the animated film 'Animal Farm' (1954), as well as numerous examples of incidental music for radio, television and the stage.

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