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Phaedra ; The rape of Lucretia

Author: Benjamin BrittenRonald DuncanRobert LowellJanet BakerSteuart BedfordAll authors
Publisher: New York : London, [1990]
Edition/Format:   Musical CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Musical settings
Named Person: Jean Racine; Jean Racine
Material Type: Music
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.
OCLC Number: 30944294
Language Note: Sung in English.
Notes: The 1st work a solo cantata; the 2nd work an opera in 2 acts.
Text of the first work from a verse translation of Racine's Phèdre by Robert Lowell; 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.
Compact discs.
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 audio discs : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: disc 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) --
disc 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.
Responsibility: Britten.

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