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Benjamin Britten


Benjamin Britten

Soloists: Anne Dawson, Gerald Finley, Peter Savidge
Orchestra, Chorus: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Director: Margaret Williams

When Britten started to work on “Owen Wingrave” he conceived the opera both for performance on stage and for TV production. In fact the first TV production of Owen Wingrave was broadcasted in 1971, two years before opera premiere at Covent Garden. This 2001 production, made for Channel 4 television, intriguingly tells the drama of Owen, who refused to follow a military carees like his ancesotrs. The story, which has pacifism as its theme, was written by Henry James, and the libretto by Myfanwy Piper. In the second part of this DVD the intense documentary Britten – The Hidden Heart tells the story of Benjamin Britten and his life-long friend Peter Pears, with spots on Britten’s most famous works “Peter Grimes”, “War Requiem” and “Death in Venice”. British director Magaret Williams has adapted a number of stage works for the screen, many of which have won international accolades. Notable productions include thonas Ades' opera “Powder Her Face”, The Welsh National Opera's Poppea and Judith Weir's “Blond Eckbert” at the English National Opera.

Press Reviews

"Die Darsteller (…) spielen nie zu exaltiert und dennoch mit geradezu vibrierender Intensität." Andreas Falentin,, 01.04.2013

"Eine insgesamt sehr überzeugende Opernfilm-Adaption, dazu vokal wie visuell typengerecht bsetzt, so dass ein bedrückender Eindruck einer stolzen englischen Offiziersfamilie entsteht." Wolf-Dieter Peter, Die deutsche Bühne, April 13

"Musikalisch ist das, mit dem geschliffenen Klang des DSO Berlin unter Kent Nagano, erstklassig umgesetzt. Uwe Schneider, Crescendo, März 2013

"Mitreißend gestaltet - bin hin zum tragischen Ende" Gerhard Persché, Opernwelt, Juli 2013

"Kent Nagano's conducting is unobstrusive, and I mean that as a compliment, for the sound and action seem of a piece. (…) Excellent sound engineering differentiates perfectly between inner thought and the spoken (or sung) word" Opera Now, Juni 2013

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Running Time: 92

Picture Format: 16:9

Disc Format: NTSC

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Number of Discs: 1

Region: 0

Languages: GB

Subtitle Languages:


Catalogue No.:


UPC: 807280037395

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