Britten: Peter Grimes
Audio CD / 2004
For his first complete opera recording since his award-winning Les Troyens on LSO Live, Sir Colin Davis tackles one of the 20th century’s greatest works, Britten’s Peter Grimes. Recorded at the opening concerts in the LSO’s centenary celebrations with a magnificent cast, this release promises to be one of 2004’s most exciting.
“This is the third time Sir Colin Davis has recorded Britten’s Peter Grimes (if you count the video version). On some very important levels, this is the best. The orchestral playing and the singing of the chorus are clearer—and captured more clearly by the engineers in this live performance—than anyone could have wished for. The people of the Borough are the real villains of this piece and never have they seemed more vicious; their hatred for and persecution of Grimes is terrifying.” (Robert Levine)