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Britten: Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach [Arthaus: 102179] [DVD]  [Region Free] [NTSC]
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PETER GRIMES on Aldeburgh beachFilmed at the Aldeburgh Festival, June 2013
Peter Grimes Alan Oke
Ellen Orford Giselle Allen
Captain Balstrode David Kempster
Conductor Steuart Bedford
Directed for the screen by Margaret Williams
Live production directed by Tim Albery
Filmed in June 2013 during three extraordinary performances that took place during the Aldeburgh Festival, Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh beach takes place in the heart of the town that inspired it and is the film interpretation of Britten's Peter Grimes, the most successful opera of post-war Britain.
Based on George Crabbe's 1810 poem The Borough', Britten's powerful and masterful evocation of the North Sea in all its moods has become inextricably linked with the Aldeburgh that was home to Crabbe in the late eighteenth century and Britten in the twentieth, and where both poem and opera were written. Conceived and hosted by the Aldeburgh Festival, the performances of Peter Grimes were directed by Tim Albery who placed the audience on the beach watching the story of Peter Grimes unfold as dusk fades over the sea.
The cast and chorus, with Alan Oke in the eponymous role of Peter Grimes, Giselle Allen as Ellen Orford, and David Kempster as Captain Balstrode, sing live with amplification, while the Britten-Pears Orchestra under the baton of Britten expert Steuart Bedford is pre-recorded.
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC
Running Time: 145 mins & 20 mins (Bonus)
Subtitles: GB (Original Language), DE, FR, ES, IT, JP
Critics Choice --Gramophone, Dec'14
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The oldest is the Royal Opera recording with Jon Vickers and Heather Harper, conducted by Colin Davis, dating from 1981. The second is the Met performance with Anthony Dean Griffey and Patricia Racette, conducted by Donald Runnicles, dating from 2008. The third is the recent (2013) Aldeburgh on the Beach performance with Alan Oke and Giselle Allen conducted by Steuart Bedford.
The two opera house recordings have crowded, claustrophobic sets, whereas the wide sprawling set on Aldeburgh beach emphasises the presence of nature. The Royal opera set is the most conventional of the three. The Met set often compartmentalises the singers. The Aldeburgh beach set is a very impressive panorama, brilliantly designed and implemented. However it does reduce the scale of the performers, who become more vulnerable to the forces of nature.
The singing and performances are excellent on all three recordings.
The sound quality is best on the Met production.
There are many layers to the opera.
Two factors bear down on Peter Grimes: the forces of nature and the forces of society. The stage productions can only hint at the forces of nature, while the Aldeburgh production actually adds the scale of nature to the power of the music.
Grimes is undoubtedly an unpleasant loner with a temper. He loves Ellen Orford, a widowed school teacher who describes her life in drab terms. He is overplayed as a tortured soul in the Met performance. His very ordinariness on Aldeburgh beach gives him a greater depth as the action progresses, he is a flawed everyman rather than a misunderstood poet.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film is very interesting but not the best way to enjoy Britten's music. Interpreters are fine but the environment of the performance was not adequate for music. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Durval Castro
This seemed like a great idea: filming Britten's atmospheric, brooding Peter Grimes on the beach, in the sea-side environment at Aldeburgh for which it was written. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bob Epstein
Really enjoyed it. Had not seen or heard Peter Grimes before. The set is amazing. The cast were superb, and when night fall came it added a certain magic to the while experience. Read morePublished 18 months ago by RWG
The sound quality is excellent but the picture quality is awful - really pixelated.Published 19 months ago by Summer Alp