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Britten: The Turn of the Screw (Live)

Andrew Kennedy, Sally Matthews, Catherine Wyn-Rodgers, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Farnes

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"... has quite excellent sound and features both a strong cast and fine orchestral playing."
- Classical.Net

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The Turn of the Screw, Op. 54: Act I  
1
Prologue
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
3:44
2
Theme
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
1:06
3
Scene I: "The Journey"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
2:26
4
Variation I
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
0:34
5
Scene II: "The Welcome"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
3:36
6
Variation II
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
0:43
7
Scene III: "The Letter"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
3:09
8
Variation III
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
1:50
9
Scene IV: "The Tower"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
3:45
10
Variation IV
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
0:26
11
Scene V: "The Window"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
9:24
12
"Variation V"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
0:59
13
Scene VI: "The Lesson"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
3:48
14
Variation VI
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
1:17
15
Scene VII: "The Lake"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
5:41
16
Variation VII
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
1:24
17
Scene VIII: "At Night"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
10:03
The Turn of the Screw, Op. 54: Act II  
1
Variation VIII
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
4:34
2
Scene I: "Colloquy and Soliloquy"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
4:47
3
Variation IX
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
0:49
4
Scene II: "The Bells"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
7:59
5
Variation X
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
0:34
6
Scene III: "Miss Jessel"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
6:38
7
Variation XI
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
1:22
8
Scene IV: "The Bedroom"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
5:08
9
Variation XII
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
1:21
10
Scene V: Quint
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
0:57
11
Variation XIII
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
1:05
12
Scene VI: "The Piano"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
3:18
13
Variation XIV
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
0:35
14
Scene VII: "Flora"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
4:10
15
Variation XV
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
1:18
16
Scene VIII: "Miles"
Benjamin Britten; Andrew Kennedy; Sally Matthews; Catherine Wyn-Rodgers; London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Farnes
11:50
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:50:20
"... Farnes, his 17 musicians and an exceptional cast never let the tension lag throughout the two hours ... tenor Andrew Kennedy insinuates his presence into the proceedings with a sweet and seductive tone ..."
- Limelight

"... Farnes directs a detailed and well-paced performance in which the collective and individual playing of his chamber orchestra made up of 17 members of the LSO could hardly be bettered ..."
- ClassicalCDReview.com

"There has been such an outpouring of Britten recordings during the centennial year that no one could keep up with everything, but when the dust settles it would be unsurprising if this one turned out to be one of the highlights."
- Opera News

Released in celebration of the Britten anniversary year, Richard Farnes, the Music Director of Opera North conducts an all-English cast in Britten’s most ingeniously crafted opera. This live performance, recorded in April, 2013, features Andrew Kennedy, Sally Matthews, and 11-year-old Michael Clayton-Jolly in the role of Miles. Originally scheduled to be conducted by Sir Colin Davis, Richard Farnes was the natural replacement, himself having been mentored by the late conductor. In 1932, the 18-year-old Britten heard on the radio "a wonderful, impressive but terribly eerie and scary play The Turn of the Screw by Henry James." Britten’s version of the ghost story, premiered in 1954, is a chamber opera in a prologue and two acts. The opera tells the story of a governess and a housekeeper who vow to protect two children from the strange happenings that occur in the grounds of their English country house.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – London Symphony Orchestra Studio Masters

Recorded *16 & 18 April 2013 live at the Barbican, London

Producer: James Mallinson
Balance engineer, mixing & mastering engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Classic Sound Ltd
* Classic Sound Ltd recording, editing and mastering facilities Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer, mixing & mastering engineer Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd audio editors

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