Britten - The Turn of the Screw (DVD) | Chandos CHDVD5290

Britten - The Turn of the Screw (DVD)

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHDVD5290

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th October 2021

Gramophone Editor's Choice

Contents

Artists

Robert Murray (tenor)
Rhian Lois (soprano)
Leo Jemison (treble)
Alys Mererid Roberts (soprano)
Gweneth Ann Rand (soprano)
Francesca Chiejina (soprano)
Sinfonia of London

Conductor

John Wilson

Works

Britten, Benjamin

The Turn of the Screw, op.54

Artists

Robert Murray (tenor)
Rhian Lois (soprano)
Leo Jemison (treble)
Alys Mererid Roberts (soprano)
Gweneth Ann Rand (soprano)
Francesca Chiejina (soprano)
Sinfonia of London

Conductor

John Wilson

About

Henry James’s novella The Turn of the Screw has become notorious as at once the most stylish and elusively ambiguous of all nineteenth-century ghost stories. In June 1932, the eighteen-year-old Benjamin Britten heard a radio adaptation of James’s story and noted in his diary that it was ‘wonderful, impressive but terribly eerie & scary’. He read the novella for himself in January the following year, telling his diary that he still found it ‘glorious & eerie’ and judging it to be an ‘incredible masterpiece’. His subsequent operatic setting is unequivocally a masterpiece, and is here seen in a first-class production made for television with an outstanding cast led by Robert Murray and Rhian Lois, accompanied by Sinfonia of London, and conducted by John Wilson. Originally planned as a run of live performances, subsequently cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the production was quickly transformed into a film for television with spectacular results.

Cast:
- Prologue / Quint: Robert Murray (tenor)
- The Governess: Rhian Lois (soprano)
- Miles: Leo Jemison (treble)
- Flora: Alys Mererid Roberts (soprano)
- Mrs Grose: Gweneth Ann Rand (soprano)
- Miss Jessel: Francesca Chiejina (soprano)

Film produced by Selina Cadell and Eliza Thompson

Picture format: NTSC, 16:9
Sound formats: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 1:52:39

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