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Pears, Peter 1910-1986

Works: 1,525 works in 4,337 publications in 9 languages and 42,134 library holdings
Genres: Musical settings  Fiction  Operas  Drama  Live sound recordings  Psychological fiction  Requiems  Oratorios  Diary fiction  Music 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Librettist, Editor, Translator, Conductor, Narrator, Author, Instrumentalist, Other, Adapter, Arranger, Vocalist, Musician, Creator, Honoree, Contributor, t=t, Speaker, Actor, Author of introduction, Commentator
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

88 editions published between 1945 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,295 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 )

73 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

42 editions published between 1973 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 997 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
Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten( )

36 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded Aug. 11-15, 1996, All Saint's Church, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
A midsummer night's dream : opera in three acts, op. 64 = Ein Sommernachtstraum by Benjamin Britten( )

63 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The turn of the screw by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

57 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 834 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
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 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War requiem : op. 66 by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

85 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baritone ; Atlanta boy Choir ; Atlanta Symphony orchestra & chorus
Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

49 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 807 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
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

29 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just because the definitive recording of Britten's War Requiem has already been made by Britten himself is no reason not to keep recording it. For one thing, the work is simply too affecting and too important to ignore. And for another, the work is too deep and too varied to be encompassed by only one recording, even one so superlative and so sympathetic as the composer's own. Thus, one can have in principle no objections to this live 2007 recording led by Helmuth Rilling. After all, the stalwart German conductor is a highly skilled and deeply experienced choral director who clearly knows his way around monumental scores: his recordings of Bach's Passions are proof of that. But though this is a fine performance with many points to recommend it, it is not a great performance. Rilling does an outstanding job of guiding his forces through the work and a more than adequate job of aiming them toward the work's meaning. But one wants more than "more than adequate" in the War Requiem, and in Rilling's hands, the big moments and its intimate moments fail to strike as profoundly as they ought. The soloists are a mixed lot. Tenor James Taylor and baritone Christian Gerhaher have strong and steady voices, but though soprano Annette Dasch has a lovely voice, she tends to get a bit wobbly above the staff. The chorus of the Festivalensemble Stuttgart and the Aurelius S?ngerknaben are both excellent and they do wonders with the work's huge choruses. But the orchestra of the Festivalensemble, while colorful, does not have quite enough size and weight to bring off the big climaxes. H?nssler's super audio sound is definitely a plus -- the sheer size of the sound is amazing -- but not all that much of an improvement over Decca's fabulous stereo sound for Britten. In sum, then, those who don't know the War Requiem are directed toward Britten's recording, while those who do might consider Rilling's as a third or fourth choice after Hickox's or Shaw's. James Leonard, All Music Guide
Five songs medium voice by Henry Purcell( )

69 editions published between 1947 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Curlew River by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

45 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 685 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 581 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 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spring symphony op. 44 by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

52 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 520 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 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

42 editions published between 1962 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

PEARS, Peter (tenor). SHIRLEY-QUIRK, John (baritone). LUXON, Benjamin (baritone). HEINRICH SCHUTZ CHOIR. NORRINGTON, Roger (conductor)
Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

25 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 467 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
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 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transposition um eine kleine Terz nach unten
St Matthew Passion : BWV. 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

5 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although Bach wrote four (or five) settings of the Passions only two have survived; the St. Matthew Passion (Matthäus-Passion) and the St John Passion. The St. Matthew Passion was probably first performed on Good Friday (11 April) 1727 in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where Bach was the Kantor of the School and Directoris Chori musici of Leipzig. He revised it by 1736, performing it again on 30 March 1736, this time including two organs in the instrumentation. He further revised and performed it again on 24 March 1742. Considered to be one of the greatest pieces of sacred music in Western music, it has been recorded many times, and this version, recorded in July 1964 has remained one of the reference recordings of the work, not least for the inclusion of Fritz Wunderlich as performer of the tenor arias, as well as the rest of the supreme vocal cast which includes Pears, Prey, Ameling and Krause. Booklet notes are by the producer of this recording, the great Ray Minshull, and full texts, together with a new English translation are included
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Pears, Peter 1910-

Pears, Peter 1910-1986 Sir

Pears, Peter Neville Luard

Pears, Peter Neville Luard 1910-1986

Pears, Peter Neville Luard Sir 1910-1986

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Peter Pears angielski śpiewak operowy

Peter Pears artiste lyrique, librettiste, anobli en 1977

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Peter Pears britischer Opern- und Liedsänger (Tenor)

Peter Pears Brits zanger

Peter Pears tenore inglese

Pirz, Piter 1910-1986


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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