OP0904. THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (Britten), Broadcast Performance, 11 Oct. 1946, w.Goodall Cond. English Opera Group; Kathleen Ferrier, Peter Pears, Joan Cross, Owen Brannigan, Frederick Sharp, Otakar Kraus, Anna Pollak & Margaret Ritchie; THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA Excerpts, recorded 17 July, 1947, w.Goodall Cond. English Opera Group; Peter Pears, Dennis Dowling, Norman Lumsden & Frederick Sharp; Benjamin Britten Cond.: STRATTON - Incidental music for the Ronald Duncan Play, recorded 14 Oct., 1949. (England) 2-Pearl 0231. Transfers by Roger Beardsley. - 727031023128
Pearl, having found a handy and apparently unique test pressing
have produced a noble, virile reading in bright sound
.Roger Beardsley gives us natural dubs of remarkably clean acetates. Essential for all Britten and Ferrier lovers."
- Lewis Foreman, CLASSIC RECORD COLLECTOR, Autumn, 2006
Pears made a unique contribution to twentieth-century music, not only as an interpreter of exceptional artistry and intelligence but also as the inspiration and muse of his lifelong companion, Benjamin Britten.
- Ned Ludd