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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
By the time this heart warming performance, captured so well in this recording, comes to an end with Puck's final words, and the cheeky fanfare bang from brass and percussion, you are guaranteed to be left with a smile on your face. This music Is tough to perform, from technical perspective, but it has to come over with a lightness and fizz and heartfelt emotion that...
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by maximus

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3.0 out of 5 stars Come back Alfred - all is forgiven
Yes, a fine performance. Hickox was an excellent Britten conductor, much at home in this piece. But here magic is the principal ingredient, and I find it a bit in short supply. Whatever his qualities as an actor, Deller's ethereal voice (and he has the benefit of BB himself on the podium) is unsurpassed in the central role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, 28 Aug 2011
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By the time this heart warming performance, captured so well in this recording, comes to an end with Puck's final words, and the cheeky fanfare bang from brass and percussion, you are guaranteed to be left with a smile on your face. This music Is tough to perform, from technical perspective, but it has to come over with a lightness and fizz and heartfelt emotion that requires virtuoso musicianship from all cast and orchestra and sharp and visionary understanding by the conductor. They all do so convincingly in this recording and really it is a must have whether you are a fan of Britten or not.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Come back Alfred - all is forgiven, 7 Feb 2013
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Yes, a fine performance. Hickox was an excellent Britten conductor, much at home in this piece. But here magic is the principal ingredient, and I find it a bit in short supply. Whatever his qualities as an actor, Deller's ethereal voice (and he has the benefit of BB himself on the podium) is unsurpassed in the central role.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing opera, well performed, 6 Jan 2014
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I work in opera and I bought this for a girlfriend who had seen it on stage with me and adored it. Under the baton of Richard Hickox, this is a fine, fine opera. A good introduction into Britten's neautiful, but disturbing, world.
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