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Peter Grimes - Snape 1969,
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This review is from: Peter Grimes: (The Britten-Pears collection) [DVD]  (DVD)
This was filmed for TV under studio conditions, but has the energy and feel of a live performance. And it is a riveting performance.
Peter Pears is mesmerising in the title role, which he sings superbly, is a convincing actor, and has terrific stage presence. The poetic, haunted, and manic aspects of the role come over well, and he somehow manages to look both aristocratic and grizzled. Heather Harper is a sympathetic Ellen Orford. The other cast and chorus are very good, clearly relishing their contributions. The realistic staging is atmospheric. Benjamin Britten conducts his work as it should go, injecting plenty of energy, momentum and colour into a fairly brisk reading.
Carefully remastered, picture and sound quality are very good, quite reasonable even by today's standards. There are optional subtitles. The performance held my interest enough to play it straight through in one go. At the asking price of under £10 (at the time of writing) this DVD is highly recommended.