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Britten: Peter Grimes (Grimes on the Beach - Aldeburgh Festival) Double CD

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  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (29 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Signum Classics
  • ASIN: B00DP5K0VG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prologue: Peter Grimes (Hobson, Swallow, Peter)
2. Prologue: You sailed your boat round the coast (Swallow, Peter, Mrs. Sedley, Hobson, Ellen, Chorus)
3. Prologue: Peter Grimes, I here advise you (Swallow, Hobson, Peter, Chorus)
4. Prologue: The truth - the pity
5. Prologue: Interlude I 'Dawn'
6. Act I Scene I: Oh, hang at open doors (Auntie, Boles, Balstrode, Chorus)
7. Act I Scene I: Good morning, good morning! (Rector, Nieces, Mrs. Sedley, Ned, Swallow, Auntie, Boles, Balstrode, Chorus)
8. Act I Scene I: Hi! Give us a hand (Peter, Boles, Balstrode, Ned, Auntie, Hobson)
9. Act I Scene I: I'll have to go from pub to pub (Hobson, Ellen, Ned, Chorus)
10. Act I Scene I: Let her among you without fault (Ellen, Hobson, Mrs. Sedley, Ned)
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Disc: 2
1. Act II Scene I: We planned that their lives (Ellen, Rector, Mrs. Sedley, Boles, Ned, Nieces, Auntie, Balstrode, Hobson, Swallow, Chorus)
2. Act II Scene I: Shall we go and see Grimes in his hut? (Rector, Swallow, Balstrode, Mrs. Sedley, Boles, Chorus)
3. Act II Scene I: Now gossip is put on trial (Chorus)
4. Act II Scene I: From the gutter (Nieces, Auntie, Ellen)
5. Act II: Interlude IV 'Passacaglia'
6. Act II Scene II: Go there (Peter)
7. Act II Scene II: They listen to money (Peter)
8. Act II Scene II: Now! Now! (Peter, Chorus)
9. Act II Scene II: Peter Grimes (Rector, Swallow, Ned)
10. Act III: Interlude V 'Moonlight'
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Benjamin Britten Britten: Peter Grimes


RECORDING OF THE MONTH Perf (5/5) *****, Rec (5/5) ***** The cast is led by Alan Oke... his strong, ballasted performance, less purely plangent than many but deeply moving in its simple strength and keen imagination. Giselle Allen is a feisty Ellen Orford with a fearless, flaring energy in the upper range of her soprano. And the Balstrode is uncompromisingly one to live and let live , in David Kempster s resonant and noble baritone voice. There is so much to relish throughout this handpicked cast... The youthful enthusiasm and commitment of the Britten-Pears Orchestra is matched by this chorus... Anyone unable to catch the cinema relays of the live event, will not be let down by the picture created in the mind s eye in this recording. --Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine October 2013

RECORDING OF THE MONTH The first glory of the set is the quality of the recorded sound, captured in the incomparable acoustic of the Snape Maltings. Every instrumental voice comes out brilliantly, from the deep brass in the Dawn interlude through to the haunting viola solo in the Passacaglia. The score is played brilliantly by the Britten-Pears Orchestra, clearly rising to the thrill of the occasion, and the whole thing is directed with security and laser-like vision by Steuart Bedford, that most experienced of Britten conductors…All told, then, this is an outstanding addition to the Peter Grimes discography, worthy to set alongside the finest in the catalogue from Davis, Hickox and, most authoritatively, from Britten himself. Everyone involved rises to the special nature of the occasion and gives of their very best. This is a set to invest in with confidence, and to continue enjoying long after the Britten centenary has passed. --Simon Thompson, August 2013

'…this recording has a storm-tossed salty tang about it. An excellent cast is helmed by the plangent… A totally gripping issue.' --BBC Music Magazine Award nomination

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Entartete Musik on 18 Aug. 2013
The Aldeburgh Festival's production of Peter Grimes on the beach will doubtless go down as one of the events of 2013. I sadly missed the chance to catch the produced, though a film has been created, to be released in cinemas on 5 September, and a recording was made at the preliminary concert performances in Snape Maltings. The results are now available on CD. Yet whatever euphoria emerged from the event itself, the musical evidence is less convincing.

Peter Grimes has an enviable discography with remarkable interpreters, such as the unidiomatic but thrilling Jon Vickers under Colin Davis, the poetic Anthony Rolfe-Johnson under Bernard Haitink or the exemplary Philip Langridge under Richard Hickox, to say nothing of Pears and Britten's own invaluable performance. For this latest addition to the roster, Steuart Bedford conducts a cast with Alan Oke in the title role. Oke is a superb stage presence, most recently in Lulu at WNO and Anna Nicole at Covent Garden. This is his first Grimes. Although infinitely suited to the role theatrically, there are distracting signs of vocal strain.

Oke's Grimes and Giselle Allen's full-voiced Ellen Orford seem surprising choices given Bedford's direct no nonsense approach to the score (aided by clear if bass-light production from Nick Parker's team). Bedford led the audio-accompanied performances on the beach and no doubt some of those practicalities influenced his precise interpretation (though Ned Keene's round slips its moorings). Throughout, however, the performance lacks the metaphorical and symphonic qualities of Davis and particularly Haitink. There is ferocity to Bedford's Storm and Passacaglia, for instance, but the impact feels very localised, lacking shape and consequence, with the drama consequently rendered episodic.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gordon Armour on 7 Aug. 2013
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The diction of the singers is quite stunning and it is rare to hear the words with such clarity . There is a tremendous feeling of a genuine ensemble working here and Bedford's pacing throughout always seems perfectly judged.
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