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Highly rewarding experience for all ages.,
This review is from: Britten: Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach [Arthaus: 102179] [DVD]  [Region Free] [NTSC] (DVD)
I have to admit, I am a Britten fan and that I find that rarely I am let down when interacting across all of his works. That said, rarely am I REALLY engaged with his works as I am so used to them. However, I was privileged enough to sit on the beach for the actual performance of this version of Grimes. The collective beach experience, staging, dramaturgy, REALLY WELL DIRECTED PERFORMERS and use of Aldeburgh beach as a backdrop was just beyond belief. Simply, because one gets to really understand where Britten's inspiration came from and then it goes even further in a way I can't describe. It elevates the work into a different realm.
This DVD tis not the wedding video version. The film version goes even closer to the heart of this work with wonderful close-ups, the interludes are instantly recognisable by the meditations on the place itself. The performers are even better when seen this close and it is indeed a different version of the same thing. It feels very recognisable but unique at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this.
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Initial post: 17 Dec 2013 19:42:58 GMT
Music fan says:
Do we get the Spitfire too ? Sitting on that beach on a misty showery Friday night watching this superb production marvellously sung and acted was an experience that will never be forgotten
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