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Pears, Peter 1910-1986

Works: 1,457 works in 4,467 publications in 10 languages and 45,127 library holdings
Genres: Musical settings  Opera adaptations  Fiction  Operas  Live sound recordings  Drama  Song cycles  Psychological fiction  Requiems  Art music 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Librettist, Editor, Translator, Conductor, Narrator, Author, Instrumentalist, Other, Vocalist, Adapter, Arranger, Musician, Creator, Contributor, Speaker, Actor, Honoree, t=t, Commentator, Author of introduction
Classifications: M1621.4, 782.1
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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
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. Sylvia Fisher, soprano Johanna Peters, soprano John Noble, tenor Owen Brannigan, bass April Cantelo, soprano Peter Pears, tenor The English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, conductor. Libretto and notes included
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
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
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
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
Winterreise by Franz Schubert( )

29 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brigitte Fassbaender is a prominent mezzo-soprano known for her acclaimed performances of the standard opera repertoire. Born in Berlin, in 1939, she had a childhood dream of becoming an actress, just her like mother, the film star Sabine Peters. As she realized how good her singing voice was, Fassbaender auditioned for the Nuremberg Conservatory, where her father, the famous baritone Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender taught
Oedipus rex by Igor Stravinsky( )

38 editions published between 1970 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classical Greek drama of the tyrant king, translated by William Butler Yeats
The travel diaries of Peter Pears, 1936-1978 by Peter Pears( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Pears's reputation as a gifted and distinctive tenor is grounded in his interpretations of Benjamin Britten's works; their partnership of thirty years significantly shaped and defined musical developments not only in England but on a broader plane. Throughout their busy professional lives they travelled extensively, on concert tours and on holiday, finding fresh stimulus in change. Pears's twelve travel diaries, brought together for the first time in this volume, record much of that travel and provide valuable contextual material on the musical development of both Pears and Britten
Matthäus-passion BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach( Recording )

13 editions published between 1962 and 2007 in German and Undetermined and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My beloved man : the letters of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears by Benjamin Britten( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume comprises the complete surviving correspondence between Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. The 365 letters written throughout their 39-year relationship are here brought together and published, as Pears intended, for the first time. While the correspondence provides valuable evidence of the development of Britten's works, more significant is theinsight into his relationship with Pears and their day-to-day life together. Entertaining to read, domestic and intimate, the letters provide glimpses of cultural and artistic life in the twentieth century, including pacifism and conscientious objection, critical assessments of music and other artists, transport and communications development in the twentieth century, the 'Aldeburgh corpses', artcollecting, gossip, everyday life in an English country house, the development of the Aldeburgh Festival, performance practice in early music, looking after dachshunds, travel, and a host of other topics. Above all, when read together, Britten and Pears's letters allow the clearest possible look 'behind the scenes' of one of the most productive creative partnerships of the twentieth century. - VICKI P. STROEHER is Professor of Music History at Marshall University where she is also Coordinator of the Music History et Literature area. NICHOLAS CLARK is the Librarian at the Britten-Pears Foundation at The Red House, Britten and Pears's home in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. JUDE BRIMMER is an Archivist at the Britten-Pears Foundation. (Klappentext)
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

11 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Pears : a tribute on his 75th birthday( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moscow Christmas : December 1966 by Peter Pears( Book )

3 editions published in 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The travel diaries of Peter Pears, 1936-1978
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Pears, Peter 1910-

Pears, Peter 1910-1986 Sir

Pears, Peter Neville Luard

Pears, Peter Neville Luard 1910-1986

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Peter Pears angielski śpiewak operowy

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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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