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Pears, Peter 1910-1986

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War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

104 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Public awareness of Benjamin Britten's person and works advanced dramatically -- even explosively -- twice during his lifetime. The first time was in 1945, when his opera Peter Grimes was produced for the postwar reopening of Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. The second time followed the premier at Coventry and the subsequent series of performances all across Europe and North America of the War Requiem. Except to those provincials who thought that milky pastoral was the only idiom appropriate for an Englishman and who also found the young Britten too clever by half, the triumph of Peter Grimes marked not just the confirmation of a prodigious talent; it represented a moment of hope that, for the first time since the death of Henry Purcell in 1695, England had produced a composer of international stature. The impact the War Requiem made 17 years later was wider and deeper by far. Britten, approaching 50, had become an artist whose every new utterance was awaited with the most lively interest and the highest expectations. The War Requiem, moreover, was tied to a pair of events that were heavily freighted with history and emotion: the destruction of Coventry Cathedral in an air raid during the night of November 14-15, 1940, and its reconsecration more than 21 years later. Its first performance was planned as an international event with respect both to participants and audience. Most importantly, the War Requiem was a weighty and poignant statement on the subject of piercingly urgent concern to much of humankind. In the War Requiem, Britten drew on forces larger and more complex than in any previous work of his. The basic division of the performers is into two groups, reflecting the dual source of the words; the libretto stands in a relation of text (the Latin Missa pro defunctis) and commentary (the nine Owen poems). The Latin text is essentially the province of the large mixed chorus, but from this there is spillover in two opposite directions: the solo soprano represents a heightening of the choral singing at its most emotional, while the boys' choir represents liturgy at its most distanced. The mixed chorus and solo soprano are accompanied by the full orchestra; the boys' choir, whose sound should be distant, is supported by an organ. All this constitutes one group. The other group consists of the tenor and baritone soloists, whose province is the series of Owen songs; they are accompanied by the chamber orchestra. - Program notes / Michael Steinberg
Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

89 editions published between 1945 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a small fishing community on the east coast of England, the story of conflict between an individual and a society that sees him as an outsider
A midsummer night's dream : op. 21/op. 61 = Ein Sommernachtstraum = Songe d'une nuit d'été by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy( Recording )

77 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten( )

38 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albert Herring: a comic opera in three acts, opus 39, English ChamberOrchestra Benjamin Britten, conductor Sylvia Fisher, soprano Johanna Peters, soprano John Noble, baritone John Brannigan, baritone Edgar Evans, bass April Cantelo Joseph Ward, tenor Catherin Wilson, soprano, Sheila Rex, mezzo-soprano Peter Pears, tenor Libretto included
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

42 editions published between 1973 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musical excerpts drawn from Puccini's Turandot (London 414 274-2) with descriptive narration by Robert Lyall, to promote the upcoming production of the opera on October 21 & 22, 2005 by Opera Grand Rapids in De Vos Hall
A midsummer night's dream : opera in three acts, op. 64 = Ein Sommernachtstraum by Benjamin Britten( )

68 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The turn of the screw by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

59 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a young governess whose awareness of "visitations" by dead members of the household leads to a tragic climax
Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

50 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Mann's celebrated tale of unrequited love and death is given a new perspective in Benjamin Britten's final opera, first performed just a year and a half before this Met broadcast. The composer's long-time companion, tenor Peter Pears, reprises his world-premiere portrayal of Gustav von Aschenbach, the elderly and solitary novelist at the center of the story, who tragically falls in love with the beautiful youth Tadzio (played by a dancer). Pears is joined by two other veterans of the opera's world premiere--John Shirley-Quirk, who plays the seven characters that propel Aschenbach to his destiny, and conductor Steuart Bedford
Young person's guide to the orchestra ; Simple symphony ; Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

42 editions published between 1954 and 2001 in 5 languages and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five songs medium voice by Henry Purcell( )

71 editions published between 1947 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Curlew River by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

47 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Curlew River: A Church Parable in One Act, op. 71. Text: William Plomer
St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

18 editions published between 1960 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Layton leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and his own superb choral ensemble, Polyphony, in a powerful performance of Bach's most dramatic masterpiece, the St. John Passion. Joined by a starry team of soloists, Layton directs a particularly vivid account of the work, the excitement of the narrative drama contrasting with heartbreaking moments of reflection
The operas of Benjamin Britten : the complete librettos : illustrated with designs of the first productions by Benjamin Britten( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1989 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spring symphony op. 44 by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

42 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded Nov. 1960 (1st work), and Mar. 1961 (2nd-3rd works), Kingsway Hall
The Blessed Virgin's expostulation by Henry Purcell( )

28 editions published between 1947 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

St. Matthew Passion = Matthäus-Passion = Passion selon St. Matthieu : BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach( Recording )

43 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

PEARS, Peter (tenor). SHIRLEY-QUIRK, John (baritone). LUXON, Benjamin (baritone). HEINRICH SCHUTZ CHOIR. NORRINGTON, Roger (conductor)
Matthäus Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

22 editions published between 1962 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'information lisible par ordinateur comprend la reprod. de la partition autographe de la passion conservée à la Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Mus. Ms. Bach P. 25)
Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

26 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herman Melville's gripping story of good and evil, set on an 18th-century British warship, inspired one of Britten's most brilliant operas. Richard Stillwell is Billy, the young sailor with a stammer and a pure heart whose goodness arouses the hatred of Claggart (James Morris). When Claggart falsely accuses Billy of attempting to incite mutiny, Billy strikes and accidentally kills him. Captain Vere (sung by Peter Pears, Britten's partner and creator of the role, in his last Met performance) has no choice but to have Billy hanged for murder, even though Claggart's changes are false. Peter Glossop is Mr. Redburn and Raymond Leppard conducts
Salute to Percy Grainger by Percy Grainger( Recording )

25 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A composer with an extraordinary ear for sonority, original in his outlook, sometimes misunderstood, now revered, Percy Grainger is one of Australia's most unique sons, and, in the words of Sir Peter Pears, one of its "most independent and single-minded spirits". Many of these recordings, of vocal and chamber orchestra pieces, were made by Decca in 1968 and 1972 and issued, together with a 1927 recording of Grainger playing his Country Gardens and of Peter Pears and Osian Ellis performing Six Dukes wenta-fishin' in two volumes, with the title Salute to Percy Grainger. The title is retained for this anthology and to it is added Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Deutsche Grammophon recording of The Warriors, presenting nearly two hours of some of Grainger's finest utterances in some of their earliest (and best) performances to be captured on record. Ten of these items [CD2: 1-10] make their first appearance on CD. The performers are a Who's Who of great Decca artists. Benjamin Britten and Steuart Bedford share the conducting duties on the Decca recordings, and the vocalists include Sir Peter Pears, Anna Reynolds and John Shirley-Quirk, together with the Ambrosian Singers and the Wandsworth Boys' Choir. The notes are written by celebrities too Sir Peter Pears and Grainger scholar, John Bird and include affectionate reminiscences. Complete song texts are included. "This is an altogether delightful anthology, beautifully played and recorded by these distinguished artists the recording is an extremely good one" Penguin Guide "the enchantments remain will surely give pleasure" Gramophone
Seven sonnets of Michelangelo : set to music for tenor voice and piano, op. 22 by Benjamin Britten( )

6 editions published in 1943 in Italian and English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transposition um eine kleine Terz nach unten
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The travel diaries of Peter Pears, 1936-1978Once in a while the odd thing happens : a play from the life of Benjamin Britten