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Britten: Peter Grimes [Double CD]

Richard Hickox Audio CD
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  • Performer: Philip Langridge, Janice Watson, Alan Opie, Ameral Gunson
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Chorus, City of London Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000AYW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Prologue: Peter Grimes (Hobson, Swallow, Peter)Philip Langridge 1:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Prologue: You sailed your boat round the coast (Swallow, Peter, Mrs. Sedley, Hobson, Ellen, Chorus)Philip Langridge 3:050.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Prologue: Peter Grimes, I here advise you (Swallow, Hobson, Peter, Chorus)Philip Langridge 2:050.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Prologue: The truth - the pity - and the truth (Peter, Ellen)Philip Langridge 1:550.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Prologue: Interlude IPhilip Langridge 3:130.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 1: Oh, hang at open doors (Auntie, Boles, Balstrode, Chorus)Philip Langridge 4:420.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 1: Good morning, good morning! (Rector, Nieces, Mrs. Sedley, Ned, Swallow, Auntie, Boles, Balstrode, Chorus)Philip Langridge 1:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 1: Hi! Give us a hand (Peter, Boles, Balstrode, Ned, Auntie, Hobson)Philip Langridge 3:420.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 1: I'll have to go from pub to pub (Hobson, Ellen, Ned, Chorus)Philip Langridge 1:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 1: Let her among you without fault (Ellen, Hobson, Mrs. Sedley, Ned)Philip Langridge 3:130.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 1: Look! The storm cone! (Balstrode, Ned, Boles, Chorus)Philip Langridge 2:470.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 1: And do you prefer the storm (Balstrode, Peter)Philip Langridge 3:300.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 1: They listen to money (Peter, Balstrode)Philip Langridge 1:320.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 1: What harbour shelters peace (Peter)Philip Langridge 1:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 1: Interlude IIPhilip Langridge 4:110.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 2: Past time to close (Auntie, Mrs. Sedley, Balstrode, Boles, Nieces)Philip Langridge 2:160.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 2: Loud man (Auntie, Nieces, Mrs. Sedley)Philip Langridge 1:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 2: There's been a landslide up the coast (Fisherman, Boles, Balstrode, Auntie)Philip Langridge 1:080.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 2: No, I mean love (Boles, Balstrode, Chorus)Philip Langridge0:370.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 2: Pub conversation should depend (Balstrode, Chorus)Philip Langridge 1:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 2: Have you heard the cliff is down (Ned, Auntie, Mrs. Sedley, Chorus)Philip Langridge 1:390.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 2: Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (Peter, Nieces, Boles, Balstrode, Auntie, Chorus)Philip Langridge 3:420.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 2: For peace sake (Balstrode, Peter)Philip Langridge 2:290.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act I Scene 2: The bridge is down (Hobson, Ned, Ellen, Boles, Auntie, Nieces, Peter)Philip Langridge 1:440.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II: Interlude IIIPhilip Langridge 2:290.59  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 1: Glitter of waves (Ellen)Philip Langridge 1:320.59  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 1: Now that the daylight fills the sky (Ellen, Rector, Chorus)Philip Langridge 3:400.59  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 1: Child you're not too young (Ellen, Rector, Peter, Chorus)Philip Langridge 3:150.59  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 1: This unrelenting work (Ellen, Peter, Chorus)Philip Langridge 4:260.59  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 1: Fool to let it come to this (Auntie, Ned, Boles, Mrs. Sedley, Balstrode, Swallow, Nieces, Rector, Chorus)Philip Langridge 3:180.59  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 1: People . . . No! I will speak! (Boles, Balstrode, Rector, Auntie, Ellen, Chorus)Philip Langridge 2:070.59  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 1: We planned that their lives (Ellen, Rector, Mrs. Sedley, Boles, Ned, Nieces, Auntie, Balstrode, Hobson, Swallow, Chorus)Philip Langridge 2:300.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 1: Swallow - shall we go and see Grimes in his hut? (Rector, Swallow, Balstrode, Mrs. Sedley, Boles, Chorus)Philip Langridge0:440.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 1: Now gossip is put on trial (Chorus)Philip Langridge 2:180.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 1: From the gutter (Nieces, Auntie, Ellen)Philip Langridge 4:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II: Interlude IVPhilip Langridge 5:480.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 2: Go there (Peter)Philip Langridge 2:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 2: They listen to money (Peter)Philip Langridge 5:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 2: Now! Now! (Peter, Chorus)Philip Langridge 2:140.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act II Scene 2: Peter Grimes (Rector, Swallow, Ned)Philip Langridge 3:270.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act III: Interlude VPhilip Langridge 5:090.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act III Scene 1: Assign your prettiness to me (Swallow, Nieces, Ned)Philip Langridge 3:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act III Scene 1: Mr. Keene (Mrs. Sedley, Ned)Philip Langridge 1:310.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act III Scene 1: Murder most foul it is (Mrs. Sedley, Ned)Philip Langridge 1:320.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act III Scene 1: Come along, Doctor (Burgess, Burgesses, Rector, Mrs. Sedley, Ellen, Balstrode)Philip Langridge 2:570.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act III Scene 1: Embroidery in childhood was (Ellen, Balstrode)Philip Langridge 5:490.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act III Scene 1: Mr. Swallow (Mrs. Sedley, Auntie, Swallow, Hobson)Philip Langridge 2:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act III Scene 1: Who holds himself apart (Chorus)Philip Langridge 3:570.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act III: Interlude VIPhilip Langridge 2:460.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act III Scene 2: Grimes! (Voices, Peter)Philip Langridge 5:220.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act III Scene 2: Peter, we've come to take you home (Ellen, Peter, Balstrode)Philip Langridge 2:410.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Act III Scene 2: To those who pass the Borough (Swallow, Fisherman, Auntie, Boles, Chorus)Philip Langridge 5:060.59  Buy MP3 


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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grimes to surpass the composer's own vision. 30 Mar 2001
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Most opera on disc tries, vainly, to take the listener into the theatre; this performance bypasses the stage and transports the listener to the Suffolk coast, to the very source of the action itself. Not only can you hear the ebb and flow of the tide in every bar, but you can smell the salt water pulsing through the score's veins.
Langridge's performance as the fisherman estranged from his community is simply unsurpassable. Listening to "Now the great bear and Pleiades..." or the final "mad" scene can be a harrowing and emotional experience. Langridge also brings to the role an innocence, a childishness, which both reviles and yet earns sympathy - Langridge's Grimes is no monster, he is vulnerable and frightened. In short, his Grimes is human.
Alan Opie's Captain Balstrode is also worthy of commendation; more sympathetic than some interpretations, it allows the character to stand more apart from the powerful chorus in his relationship with the doomed Grimes.
The chorus itself, as the voice of the Borough, is thrilling in its menace; as threatening and unpredictable in its behaviour as the sea itself. It is they, and not the waves, which wash over the dead Grimes, closing as though nothing had ever disturbed them.
The only slight doubt concerns Janice Watson's Ellen Orford; she sings beautifully, but her tone is too lovely for a widowed schoolteacher with grown-up children; compare her rendition on "Embriodery in childhood..." with that of Heather Harper under Colin Davis on Phillips and you might see what I mean. However, like Opie, she does succeed in separating herself from the voice of the Borough, and provides a believable object for Grimes' desires.
In all, this is a powerful cast with strong orchestral and choral support, which, given the excellent recording quality and two-disc price (opposed to the composer's own three-disc set), must make a top recommendation for this materpiece of twentieth century opera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Shattering Performance 15 Mar 2005
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
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Peter Grimes is one of the most engaging operas written. It is riveting to see it staged and equally attention holding just to hear a performance. Peter Grimes is a highly dramatic story of someone slowly sinking into misfortune, shunned by the community and misunderstood. The drama of the opera is reflected in the splendid music that Benjamin Britten wrote defining the mood of his story. The many interludes that come between scenes have achieved their own fame in Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. When heard in the context of the opera the show their true significance setting up the story that is unfolding.

This recording has been considered among the very best performances of Peter Grimes. Philip Langridge is superb as Grimes, conveying the frustration of an outcast and the menace of his character. This is especially true in Act 2 Scene 2 where Grimes imagines a kind of paradise with his new apprentice that disintegrates into a vision of Hell when he hears the villagers approaching his hut, and in the final scene he is excellent in expressing Grimes' collapse. Mr. Langridge is well supported by Janice Watson as Ellen Orford, Alan Opie as Captain Balstrode and Roderick Williams as Ned Keene, to name just a few. But it is Richard Hickox and the City of London Sinfonia who deserve the credit for creating a performance that is second to none. The playing by the orchestra is beautifully interwoven with the voices and the balance of the recording is outstanding. The London Symphony Chorus, who has a major role in the opera, are magnificent.

There are many great recordings of Peter Grimes, among them that of Benjamin Britten himself. It is a difficult decision to choose just one Peter Grimes but one can rest assured that the Hickox performance is certainly among the very best. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Grimes as song not drama 6 Aug 2006
By S. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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At first it seems inappropriate to title a review of Hickox's Grimes as "song not drama," because he is so expressly dramatic at many points in the opera. You can't find a storm interlude more ferocious -- almost terrifying -- and there are other meaningful gestures here and there. However, there are two things Hickox does consistently that work against the drama of the story and of Britten's writing: (1) he makes all musical gestures crystal clear, and (2) he gets his singers to sing almost all lines with smooth lyricism. Now, I am normally in favor of conductors that bring out the elements of compositions (I generally like what Hickox does with the War Requiem, though the sound isn't great, and I'm crazy over his DVD conducting of Turn of the Screw); and, as Hickox proves, much of Grimes is extremely lyrical, even gorgeous. But these two practices make much of the action sound extremely stilted, sometimes ludicrous. One could blame Britten himself for some of those moments, but then one could listen to Britten's own recording and hear them worked into a dynamic, realistic whole. (Admittedly, some of Ellen's music is just too precious.) Examples are too plentiful to mention, but I will note one of the more subtle cases: Grimes's "In dreams I've built myself..." Hickox and Langridge take pains to bring out the emotion of what he's singing -- by highlighting everything. For me at least, at no time am I drawn into Peter's state, perhaps because it's a dissertation not an experience. On top of the Hickox problems (and despite the lyricism he demands), the singing itself is inferior to Britten's recording, and probably to Davis's (it has been a while since I heard it); Watson's voice some across shallow, and Langridge is often reedy and unpleasant (and his lower register is not at all musical). Williams does make some nice points with Ned Keene, Opie does some nice acting as Balstrode, and Collins sounds good. All in all, I doubt I will get rid of this recording when I get another Grimes -- there is much that is rewarding to listen to. But I found it a disappointment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes 9 Jun 2012
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes is a 1996 Chandos recording under direction of Richard Hickox who leads the City of London Sinfonia. One also gets to hear the London Symphony Chorus. The booklet contains not only music notes, but also all the lyrics and photographs of the performers from the time of the recording. Have never listened to Britten's Operas I did not know what to expect. As it turned out, I was quite liked it. Recommended. 4/5.
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