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Britten: The Beggar's Opera - Aidan Smith (vocals); Alison Place (vocals); Ben Thapa (vocals); Bernadette Lord (vocals); Bryn Evans (vocals);...
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Benjamin Britten's 1948 version of The Beggar's Opera contains more of the original tunes assembled by John Gay for his 1728 ballad opera than most other modern versions. It also bears the most individualistic imprint of any modern version, to the extent that Britten is fully justified in designating it as his Op. 43. The orchestration is distinctively quirky; the chamber ensemble for which he arranged it is strikingly similar to that of The Rape of Lucretia and Albert Herring, and it makes no attempt to disguise its ...

Britten: The Beggar's Opera 2009, Chandos

UPC: 095115154823