Benjamin Britten - Britten: Nocturne

 (Numbered Limited Edition)


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ORG - Original Recordings Group

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Classical

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AORG 152-45
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45 RPM Vinyl Record


No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

45 RPM

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180-gram gatefold double LP set

Limited, numbered edition cut at 45 RPM and pressed at RTI

Mastered from the original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman

180-gram vinyl, 45 RPM on two LPs. Nocturne for tenor solo, seven obligato instruments and string orchestra, Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes — Peter Pears and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Britten

Although numerous truly remarkable and wholly satisfactory recordings of works by Benjamin Britten — conducted namely by the composer's assistant of many years standing, Steuart Bedford — have been released in recent years, those recordings made with the composer himself simply cannot be surpassed.

What can be more authentic than a composer conducting his own works? And this is certainly true for the present recording. The song cycle Nocturne Op. 60 was composed by Britten for the tenor Peter Pears who was not only Britten's life companion but also the most supreme interpreter of his works. Pears is, however, not only the key to the Nocturne, a work which takes night and sleep as its theme, but also to Peter Grimes, Britten's very first opera. This work not only brought the composer his international breakthrough but opened the gateway to British opera in its own right.

The sharply focussed Four Sea Interludes which separate the individual acts of the opera reflect the various states of mind and soul of the tragic hero and often appear on a concert programme as a self-contained work. The Interludes are complemented here by the Passacaglia from the Second Act of the opera, again conducted by the composer. It really goes without saying that this truly authentic recording can never be bettered.

 

 



Side 1
Britten: Nocturne, Op. 60, for tenor solo – seven obligato instruments and string orchestra
Part 1 of 2

Side 2
Britten: Nocturne, Op. 60, for tenor solo – seven obligato instruments and string orchestra
Part 2 of 2

Side 3
Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from “Peter Grimes”, Op. 33
1. Dawn (act I)
2. Sunday Morning (act II)
3. Moonlight (act III)

Side 4
Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from “Peter Grimes”, Op. 33
1. Storm (act I)
2. Passacaglia (act II)

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