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Benjamin Britten: The Turn of The Screw (part 1)

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Published on Sep 23, 2007

1982 Filmed version of this perhaps Britten's most popular opera after Peter Grimes after the Victorian-gothic story by Henry James and starring Heather Harper as Miss Jessel, Helen Donath as the Governess, Robert Tear as Peter Quint, Ava June as Mrs. Grose, Lilian Watson as Flora and Michael Ginn as Miles and played by the chamber orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Exellent camera work, locations, acting and direction. But most of all the interpretation by conductor Sir COLIN DAVIS is an absolute beaute. Whilst maintaining an almost crystal clear sound bringing out in full the composer's magnificent orchestration, Davis manages to capture the melancholic and at times moving warmth of Britten's music as no other without falling into the trap of romantic overacting. Truly a musical experience of the highest level. Breathtaking.


NB: Although the picture quality of this recording I made 20 years ago (with my Telefunken HiFi machine) is quite astonishing - even played at full screen the image stays good ! - the sound is slightly overmodulated, hopefully not too disturbing.
Also: as the music is entirely continuous, cutting the clips is at times painstaking; yet I strive at keeping dramatic entities together as much as possible.
Last: I hope you don't mind subtitles, as this was a broadcast by Dutch television...

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