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NI 5824

Britten: Albert Herring

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2010

Originally recorded in 2010


Benjamin Britten

Peter Pears

* Albert Herring

Elizabeth Parry

* Cis

Anne Sharp

* Emmie

Gladys Parr

* Florence Pike

Alan Thompson

* Harry

Joan Cross

* Lady Billowes

Margaret Ritchie

* Miss Wordsworth

Roy Ashton

* Mr Upfold

Catherine Lawson

* Mrs Herring

Nancy Evans

* Nancy

Dennis Dowling

* Sid

Norman Lumsden

* Superintendent Budd

Otokar Kraus

Mr George

The English Opera Group Chamber Orchestra

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Total Time - 133:25
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Albert Herring

  A Comic Opera in Three Acts  
  Libretto by Eric Crozier  
  First performance Glyndebourne 20 June 1947  
  This performance The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen 15 September 1949  
  Act I Scene 1  
1 Opening,… Florence 6:26
2 Ah – Lady Billows! 9:43
3 Is this all you can bring? 11:44
4 Interlude 3:21
  Act I Scene 2  
5 Hold tight! 13:40
6 Oh, maybe soon 6:45
  Act II Scene 1  
7 Opening 9:25
8 Quick, here they are! 17:31
9 Interlude 5:04
  Act II Scene 2  
10 Opening 11:53
11 'Heaven helps those who help themselves' 7:56
  Act III  
12 Opening 12:14
13 Hi! Hi! Heard the news? 7:34
14 ALBERT…! 10:09
 Joan Cross * Lady Billowes
 Gladys Parr * Florence Pike
 Margaret Ritchie * Miss Wordsworth
 Otokar Kraus Mr George
 Roy Ashton * Mr Upfold
 Norman Lumsden * Superintendent Budd
 Dennis Dowling * Sid
 Peter Pears * Albert Herring
 Nancy Evans * Nancy
 Catherine Lawson * Mrs Herring
 Anne Sharp * Emmie
 Elizabeth Parry * Cis
 Alan Thompson * Harry
 Benjamin Britten
  * Members of the original cast  
Britten: Albert Herring – Recorded live at the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen

This recording is of a performance given by the English Opera Group, conducted by the composer and directed by Basil Coleman, in the Royal Theatre, 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 fewer than eight members of the original cast still in the team. The performance tingles with a vivid life not even matched by the composer’s own studio recording of 1964. This is essential listening for all admirers of Britten.

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