BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1947-1976)
   
 The Beggar's Opera, Op. 43 (1947-48) 117:52  
  Ballad Opera in three acts  
  Realised from the original airs of John Gay's ballad opera (1728)  
  Words by John Gay (1685-1732)  
  with alterations and additions by Tyrone Guthrie (1900-1971)  
  Full score prepared for publication by David Matthews  
  Dedicated to James Lawrie  
1 Introduction 1:19
  Beggar: 'If Poverty be a title to Poetry'  
   
2 Overture - 4:24
  Act I 47:00      
3 1 Peachum: 'Through all the employments of life' - 1:18
4 Filch: 'Sir, black Moll hath sent word' - 0:42
  with Peachum  
5 2 Filch: ''Tis Woman that seduces all Mankind' - 1:17
  with Mrs Peachum  
6 Peachum: 'But it is now high time to look about me' - 1:12
  with Mrs Peachum  
7 Mrs Peachum: 'Women indeed are b itter bad judges' - 0:52
  3 Mrs Peachum: '…ev'ry Man handsome who is going to the Camp' -  
  Mrs Peachum: 'If any wench Venus' Girdle wear' -  
8 Peachum: 'Was Captain Macheath here this morning?' - 0:54
  with Mrs Peachum  
9 4 Mrs Peachum: 'If Love the Virgin's Heart invade' - 1:52
  with Peachum  
10 5 Mrs Peachum: 'A Maid is like the Golden ore' - 0:29
11 Mrs Peachum: 'Come hither, Filch' - 0:59
  with Filch  
12 6 Polly: 'I know as well as any of the fine ladies' - 2:22
  Polly: 'Virgins are like the fair flower in its lustre' -  
  with Peachum  
13 7 Mrs Peachum: 'Our Polly is a sad slut!' - 1:19
  with Omnes, Peachum, Polly  
14 8 Polly: 'Can Love be controlled by Advice?' - 1:17
  with Mrs Peachum, Peachum  
15 9 Mrs Peachum: 'The girls shows such a readiness' - 2:17
  Mrs Peachum: 'O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed' -  
  with Polly, Omnes, Peachum  
16 10 Polly: 'I, like a Ship in storms, was tossed' - 0:53
  with Mrs Peachum, Peachum  
17 11 Peachum and Mrs Peachum: 'A fox may steal your hens, Sir' - 1:45
  with Polly  
18 12 Polly: 'O ponder well! Be not severe' - 0:48
  with Mrs Peachum  
19 13 Polly: 'The Turtle thus with plaintive crying, her Lover dying' - 1:51
  with Mrs Peachum, Peachum  
20 14 Melodrame. Polly: 'Now I'm a wretch indeed!' - 3:02
  with Omnes, Macheath  
21 15 Macheath: 'My heart was so free' - 0:48
  with Polly  
22 16 Macheath: 'Were I laid on Greenland's coast' - 1:59
  with Polly, Omnes  
23 17 Polly: 'O! what pain it is to part!' - 0:55
  with Macheath  
24 18 Macheath: 'The Miser thus a shilling sees' - 2:25
  with Polly  
25 Ben Budge: 'But pr'thee, Mat, what is become of thy brother Tom?' - 0:41
  with Mat of the Mint, Jemmy Twitcher, Nimming Ned, Harry Paddington, Wat Dreary  
26 19 Gentlemen of the Road: 'Fill ev'ry glassd, for wine inspires us' - 0:49
27 Macheath: 'Gentlemen, well met' - 0:37
  with Mat of the Mint  
28 20 Macheath: 'I shall wish myself with you' - 1:49
  Tenor Solo (Harry Paddington): 'Let us take the road' -  
  with Gentlemen of the Road  
29 21 Macheath: 'If the heart of a man is depressed with cares' - 2:05
30 22 Macheath: 'Dear Mrs Coaxer, you are welcome' - 4:35
  Macheath: 'Youth's the season made for joys' -  
  with Ladies of the Town  
31 Macheath: 'Now pray, ladies, take your places' - 0:54
  with Jenny Diver, Mrs Coaxer  
32 23 Jenny Diver: 'It is your own choice' - 1:32
  Jenny Diver: 'Before the vbarn-door crowing' -  
  with Ladies of the Town, Macheath, Dolly Trull, Suky Tawdry  
33 24 Jenny Diver: 'But to be sure, Sir' - 1:39
  Ladies of the Town: 'The Gamesters and the Lawyers are jugglers alike' -  
  with Betty Doxy, Macheath, Peachum  
34 Peachum: 'The gentlemen, ladies, lodgegs in Newgate' - 0:44
  25 Peachum: 'Constables, wait upon the Captain to his lodgings' -  
  Macheath: 'At the Tree I shall suffer with pleasure'  
  Act II 22:53      
35 Lockit: 'Noble Captain, you are welcome' - 0:53
  with Macheath  
36 26 Macheath: 'Man may escape from rope and gun' - 3:28
  with Lucy Lockit  
37 27 Lucy Lockit: 'Thus when a good Housewife sees a rat' - 0:44
  with Macheath  
38 28 Lucy Lockit: 'It is the pleasdure of all you fine men' - 2:32
  Lucy Lockit: 'How cruel are the traytors' -  
  with Macheath  
39 29 Macheath: 'The first time at the looking glass' - 1:13
  with Lucy Lockit  
40 Lockt: 'In this last affair, brother Peachum, we are agreed' - 0:45
  with Peachum  
41 30 Lockit: 'Such language, brother, anywhere else' - 1:07
  Lockit: 'When you censure the age' -  
  with Lucy Lockit  
42 31 Lucy Lockit: 'Is then his fate decreed, Sir?' - 1:42
  with Lockit  
43 Lucy Lockit: 'Though the Chaplain was out of the way to-day' - 1:09
  with Macheath, Polly  
44 32 Polly: 'Thus when the Swallow seeking prey' - 1:54
  with Macheath, Lucy Lockit  
45 Macheath: 'If women's tongues can cease for an answer' - 1:26
  33 Lucy Lockit: 'I will not!' -  
  Macheath: 'How happy could I be with either' -  
  Polly: 'I'm bubbled, Oh how I am troubled!' -  
46 34 Polly: 'Cease your funning' - 2:48
  with Omnes, Macheath, Lucy Lockit  
47 35 Lucy Lockit: 'Why how now, Madam Flirt!' - 1:05
  with Polly, Peachum, Lockit  
48 36 Lucy Lockit and Polly: 'Now power on earth can e'er divide' 2:00
  with Macheath, Lockit, Peachum, Omnes  
   
  Act III 42:14      
49 Lockit: 'To be sure, wench, you must have been aiding and abetting' - 0:49
  with Lucy Lockit  
  37  
50 Lucy Lockit: 'Dear Sir, mention not my education' - 3:19
  37 Lucy Lockit: 'When young at the bar you first taught me to score' -  
  with Lockit  
51 38 Lucy Lockit: 'Ungrateful Macheath!' - 1:06
  Lucy Lockit: 'My love is all madness and folly' -  
  with Lockit  
52 39 Lockit: 'Thus Gamesters united in friendship are found' - 1:43
53 40 Beggar: 'Our scene doth represent a Gaming House' - 2:43
  Macheath: 'The modes of the Court so common are grown' -  
  with Ben Budge, Mat of the Mint, Omnes  
54 Lockit: 'The Coronation account, brother Peachum' - 2:14
  41 Lockit: 'Keep a watchful eye on Polly' -  
  Lockit: 'What Gudgeons are we men!' -  
  with Peachum, Servant, Mrs Trapes  
55 42 Mrs Trapes: 'In the days of my youth I could bill like a dove' - 2:21
  with Lockit, Peachum  
56 43a Mrs Trapes: 'In the days of my yough I could bill like a dove' - 0:39
  with Beggar  
57 43b Lucy Lockit: 'Jealousy, rage, love and fear' - 1:07
  Lucy Lockit: 'I'm like a Skiff on the Ocean tossed' -  
58 Lucy Lockit: 'I have the Rat's-bane ready' - 2:12
  with Filch, Polly  
59 44 Polly: 'A curse attends a woman's love' - 1:38
  with Lucy Lockit  
60 Polly: 'When I was forced from him' - 1:02
  45 Polly: 'But perhaps he hath a heart not capable of it' -  
  Polly: 'Among the men Coquets we find' -  
  with Lucy Lockit  
61 46 Lucy Lockit: 'Come, sweet lass' - 1:55
  with Polly  
62 47 Polly: 'Now every glimmering of happiness is lost' - 1:45
  with Lucy Lockit, Macheath, Peachum  
63 48 Macheath: 'Which way shall I turn me, how can I decide?' - 0:40
  with Polly  
64 Polly: 'Dear, dear Sir, sink the material evidence' - 1:53
  49 Polly: 'Polly upon her knees begs it of you' -  
  Polly: 'When my Hero in court appears' -  
  with Lucy Lockit  
65 50 Lucy Lockit: 'How then can you be a tyrant to me' - 2:00
  Lucy Lockit: 'When he holds up his hand arraigned for his life' -  
  with Lockit  
66 51 Lockit and Peachum: 'Ourselves, like the Great, to secure a retreat' - 0:44
67 Lockit: 'We are ready, Sir…' - 1:54
  52 Lockit: '…to conduct you to the Old Bailey!'  
  Lucy Lockit, Polly, Macheath, Lockit, Peachum and Omnes: 'The Charge is prepared; the Lawyers are met' -  
  with Mrs Peachum  
68 53 Scena. Macheath: 'O cruel, cruel case!' - 5:10
  with Jailer  
69 54 Polly: 'Would I might b e hanged!' - 1:58
  with Lucy Lockit, Macheath  
70 Mat of the Mint: 'But surely you don't intend that Macheath shall really be executed?' - 1:18
  with Beggar, Ben Budge, Lucy Lockit, Polly, Lockit, Peachum  
71 55 Macheath: 'Thus I stand like a Turk, with his doxies around' 1:51
  with Mrs Peachum, Peachum, Ladies of the Town, Gentlemen of the Road, Lucy Lockit, Polly, Mrs Trapes, Lockit  
   
 Susan Bickley mezzo-soprano - Mrs Peachum
 Jeremy White bass-baritone - Mr Peachum
 Leah-Marian Jones mezzo-soprano - Polly Peachum
 Thomas Randle tenor - Captain Macheath
 Robert Anthony Gardiner tenor - Filch
 Donald Maxwell baritone - Lockit
 Sarah Fox soprano - Lucy Lockit
 Frances McCafferty mezzo-soprano - Mrs Diana Trapes
 Sirena Tocco beggar
 Christian Curnyn
  1-4 February 2009