Britten - The Complete Operas | Decca 4785448

Britten - The Complete Operas

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4785448

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 20

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 4th November 2013

Contents

Artists

Alan Opie
Alfred Deller
April Cantelo
Arda Mandikian
Benjamin Luxon
Bryan Drake
Bryn Terfel
Catherine Wilson
Christopher Cornall
Clifton Ware
Dan Dressen
David Hemmings
David Kelly
Della Jones
Edgar Evans
Elisabeth Comeaux-Nelson
Elizabeth Bainbridge
Elizabeth Harwood
Geraint Evans
Gordon Clark
Heather Harper
Helen Watts
Iris Kells
James Bohn
James Bowman
James Lawless
James Pease
James Westbrock
Janet Baker
Janice Hardy
Jean Watson
Jennifer Vyvyan
Joan Cross
Johanna Peters
John Lanigan
John Noble
John Shirley-Quirk
Jonathan Summers
Joseph Ward
Josephine Barstow
Josephine Veasey
Kenneth Bowen
Lauris Elms
Maria Jette
Marion Studholme
Merle Fristad
Michael Langdon
Nigel Douglas
Norman Lumsden
Olive Dyer
Owen Brannigan
Peter Glossop
Peter Pears
Philip Langridge
Pop Wagner
Raymond Nilsson
Richard van Allen
Robert Tear
Sheila Rex
Stephen Terry
Sue Herber
Sylvia Fisher
Thomas Hemsley
Vern Sutton
Yvonne Kenny
Choir of Downside School, Purley
Emanuel School Wandsworth, Boys’ Choir
Wandsworth School Boys Choir
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Chorus & Orchestra of the Plymouth Music Series
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra & Chorus of Welsh National Opera
English Opera Group
English Chamber Orchestra

Conductors

Philip Brunelle
Charles Mackerras
Benjamin Britten
Steuart Bedford

Works

Britten, Benjamin

A Midsummer Night's Dream, op.64
Albert Herring, op.39
Billy Budd, op.50
Death in Venice, op.88
Gloriana, op.53
Owen Wingrave, op.85
Paul Bunyan, op.17
Peter Grimes, op.33
The Rape of Lucretia, op.37
The Turn of the Screw, op.54

Artists

Alan Opie
Alfred Deller
April Cantelo
Arda Mandikian
Benjamin Luxon
Bryan Drake
Bryn Terfel
Catherine Wilson
Christopher Cornall
Clifton Ware
Dan Dressen
David Hemmings
David Kelly
Della Jones
Edgar Evans
Elisabeth Comeaux-Nelson
Elizabeth Bainbridge
Elizabeth Harwood
Geraint Evans
Gordon Clark
Heather Harper
Helen Watts
Iris Kells
James Bohn
James Bowman
James Lawless
James Pease
James Westbrock
Janet Baker
Janice Hardy
Jean Watson
Jennifer Vyvyan
Joan Cross
Johanna Peters
John Lanigan
John Noble
John Shirley-Quirk
Jonathan Summers
Joseph Ward
Josephine Barstow
Josephine Veasey
Kenneth Bowen
Lauris Elms
Maria Jette
Marion Studholme
Merle Fristad
Michael Langdon
Nigel Douglas
Norman Lumsden
Olive Dyer
Owen Brannigan
Peter Glossop
Peter Pears
Philip Langridge
Pop Wagner
Raymond Nilsson
Richard van Allen
Robert Tear
Sheila Rex
Stephen Terry
Sue Herber
Sylvia Fisher
Thomas Hemsley
Vern Sutton
Yvonne Kenny
Choir of Downside School, Purley
Emanuel School Wandsworth, Boys’ Choir
Wandsworth School Boys Choir
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Chorus & Orchestra of the Plymouth Music Series
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra & Chorus of Welsh National Opera
English Opera Group
English Chamber Orchestra

Conductors

Philip Brunelle
Charles Mackerras
Benjamin Britten
Steuart Bedford

About

Following the monumental 3000-set Limited Edition Complete Works, we are delighted to present four boxed sets which together present Britten’s Complete Works.

In each of the genres represented here, Britten created works which defined and shaped their genres going forward: opera was never the same after Peter Grimes in 1945; War Requiem re-defined the Oratorio genre; Britten’s extraordinary gifts for choosing and setting texts, as well as his life-long artistic relationship with Peter Pears, reshaped the Song Cycle for the late 20th century; while his pioneering works like Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and works for children to perform showed the world how composers could connect to and educate a wide audience. The sheer range of his creative work, and output, is astonishing.

Each set comes with a detailed article by Andrew Huth, full track listings and recording information.

The Complete Works of each genre - conducted by Britten where Britten recorded the work – contains all works with opus numbers and all works commercially recorded to date, including folksongs, but excluding Purcell realisations and Hindmarsh’s arrangements of incidental music to King Arthur and World of the Spirit.

Contents:
CDs 1-2 Paul Bunyan

Pop Wagner, James Lawless, Dan Dressen, Elisabeth Comeaux-Nelson, James Westbrock, James Bohn, Vern Sutton, Merle Fristad, Maria Jette, Sue Herber, Janice Hardy, Clifton Ware
Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Plymouth Music Series / Philip Brunelle

CDs 3-4 Peter Grimes
Peter Pears, Jean Watson, James Pease, David Kelly, Lauris Elms, Raymond Nilsson, Marion Studholme, Iris Kells, John Lanigan, Marion Studholme, Geraint Evans
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Benjamin Britten

CDs 5-6 The Rape of Lucretia
Peter Pears, Heather Harper, John Shirley-Quirk, Janet Baker, Bryan Drake, Benjamin Luxon, Elizabeth Bainbridge
English Chamber Orchestra / Benjamin Britten

CDs 7-8 Albert Herring
Sylvia Fisher, Johanna Peters, John Noble, Owen Brannigan, Peter Pears, Edgar Evans, April Cantelo, Joseph Ward, Catherine Wilson, Sheila Rex
English Chamber Orchestra / Benjamin Britten

CDs 9-10 Billy Budd
Peter Glossop, Peter Pears, Michael Langdon, John Shirley-Quirk, Benjamin Luxon, Robert Tear
Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra / Benjamin Britten

CDs 11-12 Gloriana
Josephine Barstow, Philip Langridge, Alan Opie, John Shirley-Quirk, Yvonne Kenny, Della Jones, Jonathan Summers, Christopher Cornall, Bryn Terfel, Richard van Allen
Orchestra & Chorus of Welsh National Opera / Charles Mackerras

CDs 13-14 The Turn of the Screw
Peter Pears, Jennifer Vyvyan, Joan Cross, Arda Mandikian, David Hemmings, Olive Dyer
English Opera Group / Benjamin Britten

CDs 15-16 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Alfred Deller, Elizabeth Harwood, Peter Pears, Thomas Hemsley, Josephine Veasey, John Shirley-Quirk, Helen Watts, Heather Harper, Owen Brannigan, David Kelly, Robert Tear, Norman Lumsden, Gordon Clark, Stephen Terry
Choir of Downside School, Purley, Emanuel School Wandsworth, Boys' Choir
London Symphony Orchestra / Benjamin Britten

CDs 17-18 Owen Wingrave
Benjamin Luxon, John Shirley-Quirk, Nigel Douglas, Sylvia Fisher, Heather Harper, Jennifer Vyvyan, Janet Baker, Peter Pears
Wandsworth School Boys Choir, English Chamber Orchestra / Benjamin Britten

CDs 19-20 Death in Venice
Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, James Bowman, Kenneth Bowen
English Chamber Orchestra / Steuart Bedford

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