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BRITTEN: Turn of the Screw (The)

Composer(s):Britten, Benjamin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660109-10
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By BBC Music Magazine,November 2013

The cast could hardly be bettered, with Felicity Lott an involving Governess and Philip Langridge mesmerising as the ghostly Quint. The whole enterprise… is a worthy counterpart to the composer’s own. © BBC Music Magazine

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Bedford, who took over from Britten himself when the composer could no longer conduct his own recordings, here presents a similarly idiomatic performance with a comparable sharpness and magnetism that, thanks to the spacious recording, brings out the eerie atmosphere of the piece. The recording also allows one to appreciate the sharp originality of the instrumentation in what by any standards is the tautest of Britten’s operas. The singers too have been chosen to follow the pattern set by the original performers. Langridge here, like Pears before him, takes the double role of narrator and Peter Quint, echoing Pears’s inflexions, but putting his own stamp on the characterization. Felicity Lott is both powerful and vulnerable as the Governess, rising superbly to the big



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