Peter Pears

Tenor

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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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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

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Argo - 4789530

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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, L:

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.

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.

Lyrita - SRCD348

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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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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

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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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)

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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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Britten 100: The Birthday Collection, Vol. 1

Britten 100: The Birthday Collection, Vol. 1


Britten:

Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31

Dennis Brain (horn)

Les illuminations, Op. 18


Peter Pears (tenor)

New Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Documents Britten 100 - The Birthday Collection - 299270

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