Britten: Peter Grimes

Britten: Peter Grimes

Bernard Haitink, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, David Wilson-Johnson, Felicity Lott, Gillian Webster, Maria Bovino, Neil Jenkins, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Patricia Payne, Sarah Walker, Simon Keenlyside, Simon Woods, Stafford Dean, Stuart Kale, Thomas Allen

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Benjamin Britten's second opera was the first work to be staged at the June 1945 reopening of Sadler's Wells in London. Having spent the war years touring under the direction of Joan Cross - who subsequently became the first soprano to sing the role of Ellen Orford - the company finally returned to its London home. The title character of Peter Grimes was written for and premiered by Britten's lifelong professional and personal partner, Peter Pears, and was inspired by a poem written more than a century earlier. Britten composed six orchestral interludes as part of the score, four of which are often heard in concert hall settings as 'Four Sea Interludes', while the fifth, 'Passacaglia' is unusual for featuring a prominent solo viola line, underscores a scene change at a pivotal moment in the story. Bernard Haitink's 1992 recording with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden will draw you in with sympathetically portrayed characters sung by singers at the top of their game, and superb orchestra playing. read more



    Record Label

    Warner Classics




    Simon Woods