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Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976)
Peter Grimes (1945)
Christopher Ventris: (Peter Grimes); Emily Magee: (Ellen Orford); Alfred Muff: (Captain Balstroide); Liliana Nikiteanu (Auntie); Dandra Trattnigg and Liuba Chuchrova: (Nieces); Rudolf Schasching: (Bob Boles); Richard Angas: (Swallow); Cornelia Kallisch:(Mrs Smedley); Martin Zysset: (Rev Adams); Cheyne Davidson: (Ned Keene); Valeriy Murga: (Hobson)
Chor des Opernhaus Zürich, Orchester der Opernhaus Zürich/Franz Welser-Möst
David Pountney, director; Felix Breisach, film director.
rec. December 2005, Zürich
EMI CLASSICS 5009719 [150:00]

Even though his cast is not made up of international stars, conductor Franz Welser-Möst's performance of Peter Grimes at the Zurich Opera is thoroughly gripping. He's fully effective across the score's broad expressive expanse, from conveying the elemental power of nature to the protagonist's anguish to the moments of pure silliness in scenes in the Inn. The orchestra of the Zurich Opera responds to his leadership with passionate intensity and high energy. The members of the chorus -- the townspeople of the Borough -- are essential in bringing the opera fully to life, and their singing and acting are stellar. Even the smallest roles are beautifully sung, and every chorus member is distinctly and individually characterized. Few of the smaller roles are taken by native English speakers, but the diction is consistently clear and absolutely convincing. Among the secondary characters, Liliana Nikiteanu as Auntie, Sandra Trattnigg and Liuba Chuchrova as her "nieces," Richard Angas as Swallow, Cheyne Davidson as Ned Keene, and especially Cornelia Kallisch as Mrs. Sedley are memorably and vividly portrayed.

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