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Gramophone, November 2013

BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012) (NTSC) OA1103D
BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7119D

The youthful Robin Ticciati brings transparency and detail to the score, director Richard Jones focuses on Grimes the outsider and the entire cast gives a magnificent performance. © 2013 Gramophone




Mike Ashman
Gramophone, July 2013

BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012) (NTSC) OA1103D
BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7119D

…the pride and joy of Richard Jones’s production, not to be missed, is its unerring grasp of the psychology and tiered relationship of all the characters.

The handling of the so‑important chorus part as a tribal unit, often twitching and dancing in an unnaturalistic manner…is a major, original achievement for Jones and his movement director Sarah Fahie. In the pit Robin Ticciati’s conducting and musical interpretation closely back what Jones and Fahie and designer Stewart Laing are doing. Ticciati eschews the weighty, rather Germanic approach of older conductors to this score…concentrating…on rhythmic and instrumental subtleties and the sheer reason why the music is like it is.

…an outstanding Grimes of our time and the clearest evocation of the scares and terrors that lie beneath the work. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Lawrence D. Devoe, MD
Blu-rayDefinition.com, June 2013

…we have worthy successors, each of whom sheds new light on this complex character. Graham-Hall may not have vocal power of Vickers or the crystal-clear line of Pears, but he displays the vulnerability of this role as well as I have it seen. This production benefits greatly from a well-conceived update, strong casting, particularly on the part of soprano Gritton and baritone Purves supported by Ticcati’s brilliant conducting. …this Blu-ray premiere benefits from modern recording technology and delivers a Peter Grimes that I will continue to enjoy for some time to come. © 2013 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review




Jeffrey Kauffman
Blu-ray.com, June 2013

This handsome 2012 production from La Scala neatly (if slightly) updates the piece into quasi-modern times, and also benefits from a seamless, almost cinematic, physical production that segues effortlessly from scene to scene. John Graham-Hall is in excellent voice as Grimes…as is Susan Gritton as would be girlfriend Ellen Orford. Young and upcoming conductor Robin Ticciati does exceptional work with the orchestra, delivering some especially colorful renditions of the so-called Four Sea Interludes which Britten later excerpted from the opera as a standalone orchestral piece. © 2013 Blu-ray.com Read complete review



Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, June 2013

Our last opera is the all English-language Peter Grimes composed by Benjamin Britten and conducted by Robin Ticciati in what is another pleasant surprise and a fine work rendered and realized throughout. The title character is accused of a murder he did not commit and personalities immediately get in the way of truth throughout. Set in the 1980s, it has much to say and the cast is exceptionally good throughout.

Like other operas here, the actual stage production is well done and produced, plus it is well directed by Richard Jones with the Teatro Alla Scala and Italy’s Rai TV Network co-produced. John Graham-Hall is great in the title role and this is as highly recommended as any Opera we have seen lately. © 2013 Fulvue Drive-in



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2013

We have travelled a long way from the original 1945 production set in an early 20th-century English fishing village to this Italian version now updated to the 1970s. I suppose it is a quintessential British opera, and after Covent Garden’s memorable 1947 London staging directed by Tyrone Guthrie, we have passed through the magical Scottish Opera presentation that set a new standard in period reality, to the practically bare stage of Opera North’s award winning production. Then we had the vocal era of Jon Vickers and Heather Harper, that followed on from Peter Pears and Joan Cross, and I seem to have passed through so many more in the following years. This new one comes from Milan’s La Scala in a version directed by Richard Jones in 2012, and looks to have been on a restricted budget as far as stage sets are concerned, the big first scene remaining on stage throughout, so as to compromise the different locations of the following scenes. A pity as the singing is, by and large, very good, John Graham-Hall’s voice coming straight out of the mould of Peter Pears, and Susan Gritton’s Ellen Orford so similar to Joan Cross…her slow realisation that Grimes is becoming mentally unbalanced is perfectly characterised and most telling. We also have some superb cameo roles with George von Bergen’s Ned Keene being particularly outstanding, and my long-standing admiration of the tenor, Peter Hoare, continues with his portrayal of the Methodist minister, Bob Boles. Add to that Felicity Palmer’s admirable Aunty and the solid voice of Christopher Purves as Captain Balstrode, and it is all stacking up to a fine vocal performance you would not want to miss. …the high definition Blu-ray quality is absolutely superb, as is the sound. We cannot live for ever remembering the past, for it will never return and here is a modern look for a new generation. The release also comes in standard DVD OA1103D. © David’s Review Corner



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, March 2013

BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012) (NTSC) OA1103D
BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7119D

…Britten’s groundbreaking masterpiece is here given a psychologically telling reading with sound and picture quality in the Blu-ray medium that sees off all rivals. This production revived the tradition of Britten’s operas on the lyric stages of Italy and the strong British cast is marshalled by the baton of Robin Ticciati in his La Scala debut. John Graham-Hall gives a superb performance as the eponymous fisherman. © 2013 Classical CD Choice Read complete review






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