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LS 0749

Britten - The Turn of the Screw

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


London Symphony Orchestra

Richard Farnes

Lucy Hall

- (Flora)

Sally Matthews

- (Governess)

Michael Clayton-Jolly

- (Miles)

Katherine Broderick

- (Miss Jessel)

Catherine Wyn-Rogers

- (Mrs Grose)

Andrew Kennedy

- (prologue)


Barbican, London


James Mallinson


Jonathan Stokes

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Total Time - 108:01
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The Turn of the Screw, Op.54 (1954)

  Act I  
1 Prologue 3:44
2 Theme 1:06
3 Scene I - The Journey 2:26
4 Variation I 0:35
5 Scene II - The Welcome 3:36
6 Variation II 0:45
7 Scene III - The Letter 3:08
8 Variation III 1:50
9 Scene IV - The Tower 3:46
10 Variation IV 0:26
11 Scene V - The Window 9:24
12 Variation V 0:59
13 Scene VI - The Lesson 1:18
14 Variation VI 1:18
15 Scene VII - The Lake 5:41
16 Variation VII 1:25
17 Scene VIII - At Night 10:01
  Act II  
18 Variation VIII 4:33
19 Scene I - Colloquy and Soliloquy 4:47
20 Variation IX 0:50
21 Scene II - The Bells 8:00
22 Variation X 0:34
23 Scene III - Miss Jessel 6:38
24 Variation XI 1:13
25 Scene IV - The Bedroom 5:18
26 Variation XII 1:21
27 Scene V - Quint 0:59
28 Variation XIII 1:05
29 Scene VI - The Piano 3:18
30 Variation XIV 0:35
31 Scene VII - Flora 4:11
32 Variation XV 1:18
33 Scene VIII - Miles 11:53
  Total Time 108:01      
 Andrew Kennedy - (prologue)
 Sally Matthews - (Governess)
 Richard Farnes
 Michael Clayton-Jolly - (Miles)
 Lucy Hall - (Flora)
 Catherine Wyn-Rogers - (Mrs Grose)
 Katherine Broderick - (Miss Jessel)
  Recorded live on 16 & 18 April 2013  

LSO Live LS 0749

Britten: The Turn of the Screw – Andrew Kennedy, Sally Matthews, Michael Clayton-Jolly, Lucy Hall, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Katherine Broderick, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Farnes

Released in celebration of the Britten anniversary year, this recording captures the critically acclaimed production by Opera North of Britten’s most ingeniously crafted opera, The Turn of the Screw, in 2010, conducted by Richard Farnes, its Music Director, with an all-English cast including Andrew Kennedy, Sally Matthews, and the eleven-year-old Michael Clayton-Jolly in the role of Miles. Farnes was the natural replacement for the originally scheduled Sir Colin Davis, having himself been mentored by the late conductor.

In 1932, on the radio, the eighteen-year-old Britten heard ‘a wonderful, impressive, but terribly eerie and scary play, The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James’. His version of the ghost story, premiered in 1954, is a chamber opera in a prologue and two acts. It tells the story of a Governess and a housekeeper, Mrs Grose, who vow to protect two children, Miles and Flora, from the strange happenings that occur in the grounds of their English country house.

                       **** (Excellent disc)     *** (Good Sound)

Xavier de Gaulle - Classica magazine (France) - June 2014

                        ***** - Exceptional

Gianni Goti - Musica magazine (Italy) - May 2014

                        Music **** (Very Good)             Sound **** (Very Good)

Gerhard Persché - Fono Forum magazine - March 2014

"... Farnas directs a taut, crisply-detailed account of Britten’s masterpiece. His cast is perfect: Kennedy a slyly seductive Quint; Matthews spot on in conveying the Governess’s growing horror and resolve; as telling a Flora and Miles on any disc. Excellent Barbican sound." *****

Guy Weatherall - Classical Music magazine - January 2014

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