Britten: Peter Grimes

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Britten: Peter Grimes


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11th Sept 2006




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

Recorded: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, December 1958

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Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes, Op.33 / Prologue

"Peter Grimes!"

"You Sailed Your Boat"

"Peter Grimes, I Here Advise You!"

"The Truth...the Pity..."

Interlude I: On the beach

"Oh, Hang At Open Doors"

"Hi! Give Us a Hand"

"I Have To Go From Pub To Pub"

"Let Her Among You"

"Look, the Storm Cone!"

"And Do You Prefer the Storm"

"What Harbour Shelters Peace"

Interlude II: The Storm

"Past Time To Close!"

"We Live and Let Live"

"Have You Heard?"

"Now the Great Bear and Pleiades"

"Old Joe Has Gone Fishing"

"The Bridge Is Down, We Half Swam Over"

Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes, Op.33 / Act 2

Interlude III: Sunday Morning By the Beach

"Glitter Of Waves"

"Let This Be a Holiday"

"This Unrelenting Work"

"Fool To Let It Come To This!"

"What Is It?"

"People!...No! I Will Speak!"

"We Planned That Their Lives"

"Swallow! Shall We Go"

"Now Is Gossip Put On Trial"

"From the Gutter"

Interlude IV: Passacaglia

"Go There!"


"Peter Grimes! Nobody Here?"

Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes / Act 3

Interlude V: Evening

"Assign Your Prettiness To Me"


"Come Along, Doctor!"

"Embroidery In Childhood"

"Mr. Swallow!"

"Who Holds Himself Apart"

Interlude VI: Fog

"Grimes! Grimes!"

"Peter, We've Come To Take You Home"

"To Those Who Pass The Borough"

BBC Music Magazine

October 2007

“Almost 50 years on, Britten's own recording is still fresh. His conducting has great naturalness and the sound is amazing for 1958.”

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