Britten: The Turn of the Screw

Arthaus Musik: 102303

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Britten: The Turn of the Screw

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29th April 2013




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Britten: The Turn of the Screw

Live Recording from The Schwetzingen SWR Festival, 1990

Helen Field (Governess), Menai Davies (Mrs Grose), Richard Greager (Quint/Prologue) & Machiko Obata (Flora)

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), Steuart Bedford (conductor) & Michael Hampe (stage director)

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This interpretation of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw by Michael Hampe was recorded in 1990 at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival in a co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, and the Opera of Cologne in 1990. The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra played under the direction of Steuart Bedford, an expert in Britten’s orchestral language.

Based on the novel by Henry James The Turn of the Screw is certainly more than just a beautifully spine-chilling gothic story. In his musical rendering, Britten succeeds in masterfully portraying the fateful relationships of the characters involved. Helen Field, Menai Davies, Machiko Obata and Richard Greager bring the characters in this moving plot to life in a very impressive way and convince the audience with superb voices.

BONUS: Introduction to the opera.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: GB (Original Language), DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 114 mins (Opera) & 8 mins (Bonus)

FSK: 0

BBC Music Magazine

September 2013

“Britten's master-opera is suitably harrowing in this dead-straight, beautifully designed Schwetzingen Festival staging.”

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