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Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream

20 Feb 2014 | Format: MP3

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1
4:04
2
3:03
3
3:24
4
4:32
5
3:40
6
4:30
7
7:36
8
2:41
9
1:45
10
5:14
11
1:58
12
2:14
13
1:46
14
3:19
15
7:36
16
3:05
17
1:16
18
5:13
19
3:39
20
3:06
Disc 2
1
6:32
2
3:05
3
2:09
4
6:02
5
3:04
6
7:08
7
4:46
8
3:37
9
3:09
10
7:24
11
1:20
12
1:16
13
1:10
14
1:51
15
2:30
16
0:46
17
1:50
18
1:52
19
2:32
20
2:46
21
5:03


Product details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1990 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 2:23:33
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  • ASIN: B00536C65S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,438 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Klingsor Tristan VINE VOICE on 12 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
This was the first opera I ever saw live, during its initial London run a few months after the Aldeburgh premiere. I still carry vivid memories of that evening as a magical experience. And magic certainly lies at the heart of this entrancing (almost literally) piece.

From the sounds of the forest breathing in the opening string glissandos to the fairies' glittering benediction on Duke Theseus house at the end, Britten conjures a wonderful array of colours and pictures from his relatively modest orchestra. Each group of characters is given its own distinctive orchestral palette - strings with woodwinds predominate for the Lovers, the trombone fills in its fatter, comical tones when the Rustics appear, horns add a touch of regality for Theseus' court and the Fairies sparkle with the inspired combination of Purcellian harpsichord with harp and modern tuned percussion. Puck flits around with a sprightly trumpet always in tow (brilliantly played by William Lang on this recording).

But the piece is much deeper and more disturbing than all that surface magic suggests. Britten and Pears extracted one of the most successful of all Shakespearean librettos from the play. They managed to excise the whole of Shakespeare's First Act merely by the addition of their one and only original line ('Compelling thee to marry with Demetrius'). Thus the opera focuses even more than the play on the Wood and the misunderstandings, confusions, dreams, nightmares and, above all, the power of sleep that it brings to all the characters (including, of course, Oberon and Tytania despite their delusions of omnipotence).
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
As soon as you hear the glissandi double basses at the opening of this opera you will enter the world of Titania and Oberon.Britten captures this other worldliness by making Oberon a counter-tenor,a vocal quality both strange and powerful in this magical world. Childrens voices add to the atmosphere of delicacy; Puck circles the world and Titania -a high lyric soprano idles away with some of the most heart moving arias.
Britten's use of a small orcheatra creates all the varied colour needed for the fairy world and that of the mechanicals.
Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the best 'stories' there is and in the hands of Britten becomes even more 'fantastic'.I can't recommend it highly enough to someone who has never tried a Britten opera...you will be amazed!
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