OP0092. BENJAMIN BRITTEN Conducts English Chamber Orchestra Orchestra, w. Anne Pashley, Stephen Terry, Sylvia Fisher, Owen Brannigan, Peter Pears, Johanna Peters, Catherine Wilson, Sheila Amit, Sheila Rex, April Cantelo, Edgar Evans, English Chamber Orchestra Orchestra, John Noble & Joseph Ward: ALBERT HERRING, OWEN WINGRAVE, BILLY BUDD & PETER GRIMES. (Germany) 8-Decca 475 6020, recorded 1958-70, Boxed Set Edition with brochure giving full recording details. Final ever-so-slightly used copy may (or may not) have been played once; booklet as New! - 028947560203
"Benjamin Britten's recordings of his own operas are definitive, going straight to the heart of every bar, every scene. For sure, there are better sounding, and in many cases better sung, recordings to be had, especially of the popular works like PETER GRIMES and BILLY BUDD; but none of them is as vivid, as immediately engaging, or as illuminative as these. As recorded by Britten himself, these are living, breathing dramas delivered with such complete understanding that you never miss the sights of scenery and characters; they are right there, captured forever in sound. Volume one of Decca's Britten opera series includes both of the blockbusters mentioned above, the charming comedy ALBERT HERRING, and the rarely heard television opera OWEN WINGRAVE, all recorded between 1959 (GRIMES) and 1971 (WINGRAVE)."
- Z. D. Akron