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Britten: Peter Grimes

12 Feb 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 2:41:02
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  • ASIN: B004LPVIGA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,495 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. R. Boyes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Dec 2013
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Take my opinion with a pinch of salt because this was the first version I really got to know and Jon Vickers has always seemed such a completely plausible Grimes with his strength, anger, desperation, isolation and paranoia - he sounds like he could kill with a single inadvertent strike. The story goes, of course, that Britten hated it, preferring Peter Pears' version. There's so much I admire about Pear's' roles for Britten but it's Vickers for me here.

Elsewhere Heather Harper is a wonderfully warm Ellen Orford and is supported by an excellent ensemble. Colin Davis can be expansive at times but the fire and rage of Act One leaves me breathless. No matter how many versions I hear I always come back to this one. After over thirty years it istill sounds thrilling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Viva Verdi on 7 Jan 2014
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Jon vickers will have you believe he is Grimes, the brute who abused his apprentices; he is the tortured soul trying to reach his dream of marriage, money and the respect of the Borough. Vickers' singing is in turns coarse and sublime. It's a thrilling and haunting performance, and for that alone this is a CD worth purchasing.

Heather Harper as the deeply moving Ellen - you can almost hear the foreboding in her timbre while she strives to save Peter from the mob. Jonathan Summers is a wonderful authoritative presence as Balstrode. All the supporting cast are on the nail, and added to this you have Colin Davis conducting the ROH orchestra and giving the score its full weight of drama and texture. Inspiring stuff.

If it's true that Britten disliked Jon Vickers as Grimes I can only assume his love for Peter Pears clouded his judgement. This is a Peter Grimes for the theatre and will easily suspend your disbelief.
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By C on 19 April 2014
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Excellent recording of this vibrant work. I enjoyed listening to it and would recommended it as an introduction to Britten's works.
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