Britten: Peter Grimes - Gardner
Chandos CHSA 5250 (2 discs)
Classical - Opera
Britten: Peter Grimes
Stuart Skelton, Peter Grimes - a fisherman
Samuel Winter, Boy (John) - his apprentice
Erin Wall, Ellen Orford - a widow, schoolmistress of the Borough
Roderick Williams, Captain Balstrode - retired merchant skipper
Susan Bickley, Auntie - landlady of 'The Boar'
Hanna Husáhr & Vibeke Kristensen, nieces
Robert Murray, Bob Boles - fisherman and Methodist
Neal Davies, Swallow - a lawyer
Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Mrs (Nabob) Sedley - a rentier widow of an East India Company's factor
James Gilchrist, Ned Keene - apothecary and quack
Barnaby Rea, Hobson - carrier
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Edvard Grieg Kor
Royal Northern College of Music Chorus
Choir of Collegium Musicum
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner, conductor
'The burly Aussie tenor is now even more identified with this ill-fated protagonist than Peter Pears, the first Grimes. And everywhere Skelton has sung the part, whether at English National Opera, the Proms, the Edinburgh festival or now on this international tour of a concert staging mounted by the Bergen Philharmonic, the conductor has been Edward Gardner. Theirs is one of the great musical partnerships, and they continue to find compelling new depths in this tragic masterpiece.’ – Richard Morrison – The Times
This studio recording was made following the acclaimed production at Grieghallen, in Bergen, in 2019 (repeated in Oslo and London and reviewed above). Luxuriant playing from the Bergen Philharmonic and a stellar cast under the assured direction of Edward Gardner make this a recording to treasure.
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