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5.0 out of 5 stars What I Grew Up With, 18 Dec 2013
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Mr. A. R. Boyes "Alan Boyes" (Newcastle, England) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Vickers as Grimes, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good recording, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recording., 7 Feb 2014
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Well recorded classic performance. No obvious weaknesses in the cast. Spectacular choral singing and orchestral playing. An essential recording to have alongside the Britten original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, 5 Aug 2013
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Beautiful singing, Challenging but thrilling music. Great recording. Tragic story about an outcast in a fishing community. Very fitting for Britten's centenary year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, 6 Mar 2013
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Very enjoyable and a fine bunch of soloists. Well recommended to anyone with a love of Britten and moder opera.
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