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One of the most moving operas of the 20th Century,
By A Customer
This review is from: Britten: Owen Wingrave (Audio CD)
This was Benjamin Britten's only opera for television and was one of his later works. It is based on Henry James's short story about a man who comes from a soldiering family but who rebels against it and becomes a pacifist. It is about his struggle against his arrogant and hateful relatives. I find it one of Britten's most personal operas (he himself was a pacifist). This recording is, without doubt, the greatest one yet. Benjamin Luxton sings Owen with more conviction than any other before him and I was almost moved to tears hearing Owen's wonderful aria at the beginning of Act II. All the other singers are wonderful and this CD is a must for any lover of Britten's music. My favourite Britten opera.