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Britten: Peter Grimes

Britten: Peter Grimes


Peter Pears (Grimes), Claire Watson (Ellen Orford), James Pease (Balstrode), Jean Watson (Auntie), Geraint Evans (Ned Keene), Lauris Elms (Mrs Sedley), David Kelly (Hobson), Owen Brannigan (Swallow), Raymond Nilsson (Bob Boles), Marion Studholme, Iris Kells (Nieces)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten

The project was produced by John Culshaw in stereo’s early prime. Taking full advantage of this then-revolutionary stereo technology, members of the cast moved around a sonic ‘stage’ that Decca’s engineers created, giving the recording a new sense of presence and

More than any other opera recording, this helped to launch the fortunes of Britten's operas and remains one of the most exemplary ever made.

“Almost 60 years on, Britten's own recording is still fresh. His conducting has great naturalness and the sound is amazing for 1958.” BBC Music Magazine

“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…The balance is remarkably good.” Gramophone Magazine

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Decca - 4830401

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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex

Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex


Jean Cocteau (narrator), Peter Pears (Oedipus), Heinz Rehfuss (Creon/Messenger), Otto von Rohr (Tiresias), Martha Mödl (Jocasta), Helmut Krebs (Shepherd)

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne Radio Symphony Chorus, Igor Stravinsky

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Sony - G0100034675136

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Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245

Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245


Sir Peter Pears (tenor), David Ward (bass), Helen Watts (contralto), Elizabeth Harwood (soprano), Lindsay Heather (baritone), Robert Tear (tenor), Alexander Young (tenor), Brian Etheridge (baritone), Hervey Alan (bass)

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Philomusica of London, Sir David Willcocks

Argo - 4789530

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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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Britten: Song Cycles

Britten: Song Cycles


Britten:

Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22

Benjamin Britten (piano)

Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31

Dennis Brain (horn)

New Symphony Orchestra of London, Eugene Goossens

Winter Words, Op. 52

Benjamin Britten (piano)


Peter Pears (tenor)

Heritage - HTGCDM047

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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)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Zubin Mehta

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

“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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Summer Opera Sale

Decca - 4787815

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Britten: Peter Grimes

Britten: Peter Grimes


Peter Pears (Peter Grimes), Claire Watson (Ellen Orford), James Pease (Balstrode), Jean Watson (Auntie), Raymond Nilsson (Bob Boles), Owen Brannigan (Swallow), Geraint Evans (Ned Keene), Lauris Elms (Mrs Sedley), David Kelly (Hobson), Marion Studholme (First Niece), Iris Kells (Second Niece), John Lanigan (Horace Adams)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten

Summer Opera Sale

Decca 20C - 4787429

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The Essential Collection: Vol. 4

The Essential Collection: Vol. 4


Beethoven:

Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17

Denis Matthews (piano)

Britten:

Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31

Peter Pears (tenor)

New Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Hindemith:

Horn Concerto

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Hindemith


Dennis Brain (horn)

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Documents Dennis Brain: The Essential Collection - 299707

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Britten 100: The Birthday Collection, Vol. 4

Britten 100: The Birthday Collection, Vol. 4


Schubert:

Die schöne Müllerin, D795


Peter Pears (tenor), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Documents Britten 100 - The Birthday Collection - 299273

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Britten 100: The Birthday Collection, Vol. 3 (Recorded 1958)

Britten 100: The Birthday Collection, Vol. 3 (Recorded 1958)


Britten:

Peter Grimes


Owen Brannigan (Swallow), Peter Pears (Peter Grimes), Jean Watson (Auntie), Raymond Nilsson (Bob Boles), James Pease (Balstrode), David Kelly (Hobson), Claire Watson (Ellen Orford), Geraint Evans (Ned Keene), Marion Studholme (First niece), Iris Kells (Second niece), Lauris Elms (Mrs Sedley)

Royal Opera House Orchestra at Covent Garden, Royal Opera House Chorus at Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten

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