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|Named Person:||Jean Racine|
|Document Type:||Sound Recording|
|Music Type:||Operas; Cantatas|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Benjamin Britten; Ronald Duncan; Robert Lowell; Janet Baker; Steuart Bedford; Heather Harper; Jenny Hill; Elizabeth Bainbridge; Peter Pears; Bryan Drake; Benjamin Luxon; John Shirley-Quirk; Jean Racine; André Obey; English Chamber Orchestra.
|Language Note:||Sung in English.|
|Notes:||London: 425 666-2 (425 667-2--425 668-2).
The 1st work a solo cantata; the 2nd work an opera in 2 acts.
Text of the 1st work complied by Britten from Robert Lowell's translation of Racine's Phèdre; libretto of the 2nd work by Ronald Duncan, after the play Le viol de Lucrèce by André Obey.
Eds. recorded: Faber Music (1st work); Boosey & Hawkes (2nd work).
Durations: 15:24 ; 1:47:21.
Previously released in 1971 and 1977.
Program notes and synopses in English, French, German, and Italian, and libretto in English (58 p.)--inserted in container.
|Performer(s):||In the 1st work: Janet Baker, alto ; English Chamber Orchestra ; Steuart Bedford, conductor. In the 2nd work: Heather Harper, Jenny Hill, sopranos ; Elizabeth Bainbridge, mezzo-soprano ; Janet Baker, contralto ; Peter Pears, tenor ; Bryan Drake, Benjamin Luxon, baritones ; John Shirley-Quirk, bass ; English Chamber Orchestra ; the composer, conductor.|
|Event notes:||Recorded at All Saints', Petersham, England, Mar. 1977 (1st work), and The Maltings, Snape, England, July 1970 (2nd work).|
|Description:||2 sound discs : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (58 p. ; 12 cm.)|
|Contents:||CD 1. Phaedra. In May, in brilliant Athens (6:37) ; Oh Gods of wrath (2:51) ; My time's too short, your highness (5:56) --
The rape of Lucretia. Act one. Scene 1. Rome is now ruled by the Etruscan upstart (2:38) ; It is an axiom among kings (2:33) ; Here the thirsty evening (2:54) ; Who reaches heaven first (2:33) ; Maria was unmasked at a masked ball (4:14) ; Collatinus is politically astute (4:29) ; There goes a happy man! (4:15) ; Tarquinius does not dare (2:26) ; My horse! My horse!...Tarquinius does not wait (3:07) --
Scene 2. Their spinning-wheel unwinds (5:19) ; Listen! I heard a knock (2:35) ; Time treads upon the hands of women (3:42) ; The oatmeal slippers of sleep (7:37) --
CD 2. The rape of Lucretia. Act two. Scene 1. The prosperity of the Etruscans (7:19) ; She sleeps as a rose (5:26) ; Within this frail crucible of light (4:26) ; Lucretia!...What do you want? (5:57) ; Interlude: Here in this scene (4:07) --
Scene 2. Oh! What a lovely day! (4:27) ; We'll leave the orchids for Lucretia (4:59) ; Flowers bring to every year (3:24) ; You were right (3:52) ; Lucretia! Lucretia! (2:57) ; Last night Tarquinius ravished me (3:30) ; This dead hand lets fall (4:09) ; Epilogue: Is it all? (5:20).
|Other Titles:||Rape of Lucretia.|