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Britten 'Albert Herring'



The recording is of a performance given by the English Opera Group, conducted by the composer and directed by Basil Coleman, in the Theatre Royal, Copenhagen on 15 September 1949. It is a fascinating document, coming, as it does, only two years after the first performance of the opera and with no less than eight members of the original cast still in the team. The composer’s studio recording of Albert Herring was not made until 1964, and, excellent though it is, by then Peter Pears was the only role-creator still in the cast.

Britten 'Albert Herring'


"This lively performance of Albert Herring cuts through any sonic limitations...Indeed it surpasses the composer's studio Decca recording in sparkle and life, with this cast largely comprising members of the first performance of this work. Pears here seems ideally suited as the gormless Albert Herring, but the entire cast is pretty flawless, and the excellence of the performance is reflected in the (unobtrusive) laughter from the audience. Britten's electrifying conducting keeps the story rattling on with an exhilarating deftness and lightness of touch...we thank Nimbus very much for making this performance available. No admirer of this opera should be without this set." The Peguin Guide