Britten: Peter Grimes

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
"Peter Grimes" has been well served on disc, particularly with Britten's own classic recording with Peter Pears and Jon Vickers' very different interpretation, conducted by Colin Davis. Those two recordings, and this one, starring Anthony Rolfe Johnson and conducted by Bernard Haitink, all use the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This is a very credible version of the opera, but it's just too...pretty. Johnson doesn't have a large, menacing tenor like Vickers, or the idiosyncratic timbre of Pears, or their dramatic urgency, characteristics that made their performances so memorable. His voice is entirely pleasant, if not particularly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
"Peter Grimes" has been well served on disc, particularly with Britten's own classic recording with Peter Pears and Jon Vickers' very different interpretation, conducted by Colin Davis. Those two recordings, and this one, starring Anthony Rolfe Johnson and conducted by Bernard Haitink, all use the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This is a very credible version of the opera, but it's just too...pretty. Johnson doesn't have a large, menacing tenor like Vickers, or the idiosyncratic timbre of Pears, or their dramatic urgency, characteristics that made their performances so memorable. His voice is entirely pleasant, if not particularly distinctive. Musically, his performance is immaculate, but he doesn't convince us of the depth of Grimes' internal anguish and the rage that is always simmering just under the surface. The charge of prettiness could be leveled at other leads, as well. Felicity Lott sings with warmth and clarity, in a soaring, lyrical performance, but she sounds so young that it's hard to believe her as spinster Ellen Orford. Patricia Payne as Auntie and Sarah Walker as Mrs. Sedley also miss the opportunity to create thoroughly quirky, dramatically differentiated characters. The moments that are intended to be lovely are just right, though; the women's quartet that ends the first scene of Act II is gorgeously ethereal. Stafford Dean makes an appropriately pompous Swallow, and Thomas Allen is a memorable Captain Balstrode. Bernard Haitink leads a dramatic and thoughtfully structured reading of the score, and the orchestra plays incisively; the interludes are among the highlights of this performance. The chorus, like some of the soloists, would benefit from a more aggressive and sharply etched characterization. EMI's sound is very fine -- clean and vivid, with a good sense of presence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • EAN: 5099950915620
  • Catalog Number: 09156

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–45 Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33 - Benjamin Britten & Maria Bovino (144:20)
    Composed byBenjamin Britten
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byMaria Bovino, Stafford Dean, Terry Edwards, Bernard Haitink, Neil Jenkins, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Stuart Kale, Simon Keenlyside, Felicity Lott, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchest, Patricia Payne, Royal Opera House Chorus Covent Garden, Sarah Walker, Gillian Webster, David Wilson-Johnson, Thomas Allen
    1. 1Prologue. Peter Grimes!
    2. 2Prologue. You sailed your boat round the coast
    3. 3Prologue. Peter Grimes, I here advise you!
    4. 4Prologue. The truth - the pity
    5. 5Prologue. Interlude 1. Dawn
    6. 6Act 1. Scene 1. Oh hang at open doors the net
    7. 7Act 1. Scene 1. Hi! Give us a hand!
    8. 8Act 1. Scene 1. I have to go from pub to pub
    9. 9Act 1. Scene 1. Let her among you without fault cast the first stone
    10. 10Act 1. Scene 1. Look! The storm comes!
    11. 11Act 1. Scene 1. And do you prefer the storm
    12. 12Act 1. Scene 1. They listen to money
    13. 13Act 1. Scene 1. What harbour shelters peace
    14. 14Act 1. Scene 1. Interlude 2. Storm
    15. 15Act 1. Scene 2. Past time to close!
    16. 16Act 1. Scene 2. Come on, boy!
    17. 17Act 1. Scene 2. Have you heard the cliff is down
    18. 18Act 1. Scene 2. Now the Great Bear and Pleiades
    19. 19Act 1. Scene 2. Old Joe has gone fishing
    20. 20Act 1. Scene 2. The bridge is down
    21. 21Act 2. Interlude 3. Sunday morning
    22. 22Act 2. Scene 1. Glitter of waves and glitter of sunlight
    23. 23Act 2. Scene 1. Child you're not too young to know
    24. 24Act 2. Scene 1. This unrelenting work
    25. 25Act 2. Scene 1. Fool to let it come to this!
    26. 26Act 2. Scene 1. People - ...No! I will speak!
    27. 27Act 2. Scene 1. We planned that their lives should have a new start
    28. 28Act 2. Scene 1. Now is gossip put on trial
    29. 29Act 2. Scene 1. From the gutter
    30. 30Act 2. Scene 1. Interlude 4. Passacaglia
    31. 31Act 2. Scene 2. Go there!
    32. 32Act 2. Scene 2. In dreams I've built myself some kindlier home
    33. 33Act 2. Scene 2. Now!... Now!
    34. 34Act 2. Scene 2. Peter Grimes! Nobody here?
    35. 35Act 3. Interlude 5. Moonlight
    36. 36Act 3. Scene 1. Assign your prettiness to me
    37. 37Act 3. Scene 1. Mr Keene!
    38. 38Act 3. Scene 1. Come along, Doctor
    39. 39Act 3. Scene 1. Embroidery in childhood was a luxury of idleness
    40. 40Act 3. Scene 1. Mr Swallow, Mr Swallow
    41. 41Act 3. Scene 1. Who holds himself apart lets his pride rise
    42. 42Act 3. Scene 1. Interlude 6
    43. 43Act 3. Scene 2. Grimes!
    44. 44Act 3. Scene 2. Peter, we've come to take you home
    45. 45Act 3. Scene 2. To those who pass the Borough
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Bernard Haitink Primary Artist
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