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Britten Conducts Britten: Operas 1 - Anne Pashley (vocals); April Cantelo (vocals); Benjamin Luxon (vocals); Bryan Drake (vocals); Catherine Wilson (vocals);...
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  1. Albert Herring, chamber opera, Op. 39
  2. Owen Wingrave, opera, Op. 85
  3. Billy Budd, opera, Op. 50
  4. Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33
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Benjamin Britten's recordings of his own operas are definitive -- cutting out the interpretive middle man and 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 are as vivid, as immediately engaging, or as illuminative as these. As recorded by Britten, these are living, breathing dramas delivered with such complete understanding that you never miss ...