Britten: The Turn Of The Screw / Farnes

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Label: LSO Live
Catalog: LSO0749
Format: CD

Andrew Kennedy, Sally Matthews, Michael Clayton-Jolly, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Farnes

Benjamin Britten's opera The Turn oft he Screw, premiered at Teatro La Fenice in 1954, is a truly uncanny stage version of Henry James' 1898 ghost novella. Are the events surrounding the two children Miles and Flora the result of the evil forces of the spirits of two former employees of the country estate or perhaps just the fantasies of a hysterical, overburdened governess? With Quint and Miles, Flora and Miss Jessel, Britten and his librettist Myfawny Piper undoubtedly created some of the most eerie figures in the entire opera repertoire. As a supplement to the Britten Year 2013, the successful recording at LSOlive ensures that the enrichment of the Britten discography will continue in 2014.

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