The Music of Peter Grimes - Britten's Orchestra

Though we aren't getting into opera, we are doing the orchestral suite music from the opera Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten. Peter Grimes was writtten by Britten as a libretto adopted from a section of George Crabbe's poem The Borough. First perfromed in London in 1945, Peter Grimes was Britten's first opera to become a critical and popular sucess, and is now considered a staple of U.K. and U.S. repertoire. However, what is of most interest to Reference Recordings (and this album) are the Four Sea Interludes that were published separately from the opera and performed as an orchestral suite alongside the Passacaglia. But, I think that's enough of a teaser for now, perhaps we will tell you more later...

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