Lukasz Borowicz

Benjamin Britten: The Turn of the Screw

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The Polish premiere of Benjamin Britten's chamber opera, The Turn of the Screw, was a collaboration between the Opera Department of Yale University's School of Music and the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, Poland. Featuring soprano Emily Workman in the role of the Governess, tenor Eric Barry as Peter Quint, soprano Kathleen Reveille as Miss Jessel, and mezzo-soprano Diana Montague as Mrs. Grose, with soprano Rosie Lomas and treble Dominic Lynch as the children, Flora and Miles, the opera receives a straightforward concert presentation that results in beautifully recorded singing but adversely affects the emotional interactions of the characters. Comparisons with Britten's own 1954 recording may be inevitable, and because it is a technically superior recording, this Dux release may hold appeal for modern listeners, even though the performance lacks the oppressive atmosphere and occasional frissons that make the original recording so memorable. Still, the precision of the vocalists and the strength of the chamber orchestra make this a highly listenable recording of one of Britten's most popular operas, and the vivid clarity of the reproduction makes this an excellent recording for study purposes.

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