Britten - Peter Grimes | Chandos CHSA52502

Britten - Peter Grimes

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA52502

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 4th September 2020

Contents

Artists

Stuart Skelton (tenor)
Erin Wall (soprano)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)
Hanna Husahr (soprano)
Vibeke Kristensen (soprano)
Robert Murray (tenor)
Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)
James Gilchrist (tenor)
Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
Barnaby Rea (bass)
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Edvard Grieg Kor
Royal Northern College of Music Chorus
Choir of Collegium Musicum
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Edward Gardner

Works

Britten, Benjamin

Peter Grimes, op.33

Artists

Stuart Skelton (tenor)
Erin Wall (soprano)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)
Hanna Husahr (soprano)
Vibeke Kristensen (soprano)
Robert Murray (tenor)
Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)
James Gilchrist (tenor)
Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
Barnaby Rea (bass)
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Edvard Grieg Kor
Royal Northern College of Music Chorus
Choir of Collegium Musicum
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Edward Gardner

About

This studio recording was made following the acclaimed production at Grieghallen, in Bergen, in 2019 (repeated in Oslo and London and reviewed below). Luxuriant playing from the Bergen Philharmonic and a stellar cast under the assured direction of Edward Gardner make this a recording to treasure.

‘The burly Aussie tenor is now even more identified with this ill-fated protagonist than Peter Pears, the first Grimes. And everywhere Skelton has sung the part, whether at English National Opera, the Proms, the Edinburgh festival or now on this international tour of a concert staging mounted by the Bergen Philharmonic, the conductor has been Edward Gardner. Theirs is one of the great musical partnerships, and they continue to find compelling new depths in this tragic masterpiece.’ – Richard Morrison, The Times

Recorded in surround sound and available on hybrid SACD.

Cast:
- Peter Grimes: Stuart Skelton (tenor)
- Boy: Sameul Winter
- Ellen Orford: Erin Wall (soprano)
- Captain Balstrode: Roderick Williams (baritone)
- Auntie: Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)
- Niece 1: Hanna Husáhr (soprano)
- Niece 2: Vibeke Kristensen (soprano)
- Bob Boles: Robert Murray (tenor)
- Swallow: Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
- Mrs Sedley: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)
- Revd Horace Adams: James Gilchrist (tenor)
- Ned Keene: Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
- Hobson: Barnaby Rea (bass)

Reviews

Skelton, now a Grimes of considerable experience and range, has found in his vocalisation of the role a well-judged mixture of obsessive professional (sometimes rough) fisherman and troubled, confused and persecuted outsider. ... Gardner, Skelton and Chandos go straight to share the very top of the list, an exciting, committed, necessary and brilliantly recorded version for our times.  Mike Ashman (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone October 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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