OP0095. BENJAMIN BRITTEN Cond. London Symphony Orchestra; STEUART BEDFORD & CHARLES MACKERRAS Cond. English Chamber Orchestra, w.Peter Pears, Alfred Deller, Owen Brannigan, Thomas Hemsley, Heather Harper, Elizabeth Harwood, Josephine Veasey, Helen Watts, Janet Baker, Benjamin Luxon, John Shirley-Quirk, etc.: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, PHAEDRA, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, TURN OF THE SCREW, DEATH IN VENICE & GLORIANA. (Germany) 10-Decca 475 6020, recorded 1955-92, 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! - 028947560296
"This second volume completes Decca's compact reissue of Britten conducting his own operas. As with the first volume, it is a self-recommending testament to the synergy of Britten's talents as a composer and conductor, and his continuing preeminence as a recorded interpreter of his own music. These recordings of the remaining five Britten operas in the Decca catalog are conducted by mixture of the composer and two colleagues, Steuart Bedford and Sir Charles Mackerras. All are classics of the gramophone and while there have been a few other audio recordings of some of these operas, none has matched what the composer himself had to offer by way of interpretative insights to these works. Benjamin Britten's recordings of his own operas are definitive, going straight to the heart of every bar, every scene - 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."
- Z. D. Akron