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100198 - BRITTEN: Turn of the Screw (The) (Schwetzinger Festspiele, 1990) (PAL)

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

The Turn of the Screw
Opera in two acts, Libretto by Myfanwy Piper, Based on the novel by Henry James
From the Schwetzingen Festival 1990
Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Conducted by Steuart Bedford
Cast: Helen Field, Menai Davies, Richard Greager, Machiko Obata / Stage Director: Michael Hampe

Running Time: 114 min
Recording Date: 1990
Menu languages: GB, D, F, SP
Subtitle languages: GB, D, F, SP
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Region Code: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Sel. No. 100 198 PAL

Henry James' short story The Turn of the Screw is certainly more than just a beautifully spine-chilling gothic story. In his musical rendering, Britten succeeds in masterfully portraying the fateful relationships of the characters involved: by varying the main theme of his opera he heightens the drama of the action gradually, creating a deep psychological study of the supposed gothic story. This recording is of the Schwetzinger music festival in a co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, and the Opera of Cologne in 1990. The Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart played under the direction of Steuart Bedford, an expert in Britten's orchestral language. "The difficult demands of this work were met to a great extent by Michael Hampe with the support of John Gunter's atmospheric sketches in yellowed, black and white imagery. [¡K] The casting of the main characters was first class in every respect. [¡K] In the end the production team and the ensemble had every right to celebrate a great success." (J.M. Wienecke, Das Opernglas)

As an extra the DVD includes a spoken introduction to the opera with still images.

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