Britten: Sinfonia de Requiem; Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes Hoist; the Perfect Fool Ballet; Egdon Heath.Britten: Sinfonia sin·fo·ni·a
1. An instrumental composition serving as an overture, as to an opera or cantata, especially in the 18th century.
2. A symphonic composition. de Requiem; Sea Interludes and Passacaglia passacaglia: see chaconne and passacaglia. from Peter Grimes Peter Grimes is an opera by Benjamin Britten, with a libretto adapted by Montagu Slater from the Peter Grimes section of George Crabbe's poem The Borough. Hoist; The Perfect Fool Ballet; Egdon Heath Egdon Heath is a fictitious name given to an area of moorland between Dorchester and Bournemouth in the county of Dorset, England.
It was created by the author Thomas Hardy and almost all of his novel The Return of the Native is located there. London Symphony London Symphony may refer to:
My memories of the LP era are starting to fade (along with a lot of other things), but I certainly cannot forget the wonderful Angel release of Previn conducting Briten's Sinfonia de Requiem and Four Sea Interludes and Passacglia from Peter Grimes. (One of the things I can't quite remember is whether I also purchased the EMI version of this release--I think I did, but I can't quite recall for sure.) It was one of the records that I returned to often, both for its sound (it was one of the recordings that I always pulled out to evaluate audio components and speakers) and for the musical enjoyment that both my wife and I took from it, especially the Peter Grimes music, which my wife thought was quite sexy.
When the digital era came around, I picked up a CD or two with this music on it, and although I enjoyed those CDs, I always though that I would never quite be satisfied until the Previn version was made available. Good things come to those who wait!
The Sinfonia still leaps out of the speakers, and the Peter Grimes music still charms and seduces. Ranging from very quiet to thunderous, the range of sounds and moods captured in the music, performance, and engineering are simply spectacular. What was once one of my favorite LPs is now one of my favorite CDs. Whether you are a long-time lover of classical music or new to the genre--in fact, even if you never really pay any attention to classical music--I believe you will find this a CD well worth auditioning. Highly, highly recommended!