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Britten: The Beggar's Opera

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CHAN 10548
 
Multiple Set of 2 CDs
Britten: The Beggar's Opera
Digital UPC: 5059864154836

Release Date: October 2009
Composer (1947-1976)
Benjamin Britten
Solo mezzo-soprano - Mrs Peachum
Susan Bickley
Solo bass-baritone - Mr Peachum
Jeremy White
Solo mezzo-soprano - Polly Peachum
Leah-Marian Jones
Solo tenor - Captain Macheath
Thomas Randle
Solo tenor - Filch
Robert Anthony Gardiner
Solo baritone - Lockit
Donald Maxwell
Solo soprano - Lucy Lockit
Sarah Fox
Solo mezzo-soprano - Mrs Diana Trapes
Frances McCafferty
Solo beggar
Sirena Tocco
Orchestra
City of London Sinfonia
Conductor
Christian Curnyn
Venue
Blackheath Halls, London
Producer (Executive)
Brian Couzens
Producer
Rachel Smith
Engineer
Ralph Couzens
Engineer (Assistant)
Jonathan Cooper
Genre:
Opera
Orchestral & Concertos

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

(1947-1976)

The Beggar's Opera, Op. 43 (1947-48)

117:52
Ballad Opera in three acts
Realised from the original airs of John Gay's ballad opera (1728)
Words by John Gay (1685-1732)
with alterations and additions by Tyrone Guthrie (1900-1971)
Full score prepared for publication by David Matthews
Dedicated to James Lawrie
1.
Introduction
1:19
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Beggar: 'If Poverty be a title to Poetry'
2.
Overture -
4:24
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Act I: 47:00
3.
1 Peachum: 'Through all the employments of life' -
1:18
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Filch: 'Sir, black Moll hath sent word' -
0:42
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5.
2 Filch: ''Tis Woman that seduces all Mankind' -
1:17
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6.
Peachum: 'But it is now high time to look about me' -
1:12
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Mrs Peachum: 'Women indeed are b itter bad judges' -
0:52
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3 Mrs Peachum: '…ev'ry Man handsome who is going to the Camp' -
Mrs Peachum: 'If any wench Venus' Girdle wear' -
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Peachum: 'Was Captain Macheath here this morning?' -
0:54
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4 Mrs Peachum: 'If Love the Virgin's Heart invade' -
1:52
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5 Mrs Peachum: 'A Maid is like the Golden ore' -
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Mrs Peachum: 'Come hither, Filch' -
0:59
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12.
6 Polly: 'I know as well as any of the fine ladies' -
2:22
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Polly: 'Virgins are like the fair flower in its lustre' -
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13.
7 Mrs Peachum: 'Our Polly is a sad slut!' -
1:19
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with Omnes, Peachum, Polly
14.
8 Polly: 'Can Love be controlled by Advice?' -
1:17
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9 Mrs Peachum: 'The girls shows such a readiness' -
2:17
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Mrs Peachum: 'O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed' -
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16.
10 Polly: 'I, like a Ship in storms, was tossed' -
0:53
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17.
11 Peachum and Mrs Peachum: 'A fox may steal your hens, Sir' -
1:45
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with Polly
18.
12 Polly: 'O ponder well! Be not severe' -
0:48
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with Mrs Peachum
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13 Polly: 'The Turtle thus with plaintive crying, her Lover dying' -
1:51
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20.
14 Melodrame. Polly: 'Now I'm a wretch indeed!' -
3:02
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with Omnes, Macheath
21.
15 Macheath: 'My heart was so free' -
0:48
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22.
16 Macheath: 'Were I laid on Greenland's coast' -
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23.
17 Polly: 'O! what pain it is to part!' -
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with Macheath
24.
18 Macheath: 'The Miser thus a shilling sees' -
2:25
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25.
Ben Budge: 'But pr'thee, Mat, what is become of thy brother Tom?' -
0:41
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with Mat of the Mint, Jemmy Twitcher, Nimming Ned, Harry Paddington, Wat Dreary
26.
19 Gentlemen of the Road: 'Fill ev'ry glassd, for wine inspires us' -
0:49
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27.
Macheath: 'Gentlemen, well met' -
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20 Macheath: 'I shall wish myself with you' -
1:49
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Tenor Solo (Harry Paddington): 'Let us take the road' -
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29.
21 Macheath: 'If the heart of a man is depressed with cares' -
2:05
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30.
22 Macheath: 'Dear Mrs Coaxer, you are welcome' -
4:35
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Macheath: 'Youth's the season made for joys' -
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31.
Macheath: 'Now pray, ladies, take your places' -
0:54
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32.
23 Jenny Diver: 'It is your own choice' -
1:32
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Jenny Diver: 'Before the vbarn-door crowing' -
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33.
24 Jenny Diver: 'But to be sure, Sir' -
1:39
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Ladies of the Town: 'The Gamesters and the Lawyers are jugglers alike' -
with Betty Doxy, Macheath, Peachum
34.
Peachum: 'The gentlemen, ladies, lodgegs in Newgate' -
0:44
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25 Peachum: 'Constables, wait upon the Captain to his lodgings' -
Macheath: 'At the Tree I shall suffer with pleasure'
Act II: 22:53
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Lockit: 'Noble Captain, you are welcome' -
0:53
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36.
26 Macheath: 'Man may escape from rope and gun' -
3:28
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37.
27 Lucy Lockit: 'Thus when a good Housewife sees a rat' -
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38.
28 Lucy Lockit: 'It is the pleasdure of all you fine men' -
2:32
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Lucy Lockit: 'How cruel are the traytors' -
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39.
29 Macheath: 'The first time at the looking glass' -
1:13
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40.
Lockt: 'In this last affair, brother Peachum, we are agreed' -
0:45
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41.
30 Lockit: 'Such language, brother, anywhere else' -
1:07
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Lockit: 'When you censure the age' -
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42.
31 Lucy Lockit: 'Is then his fate decreed, Sir?' -
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43.
Lucy Lockit: 'Though the Chaplain was out of the way to-day' -
1:09
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44.
32 Polly: 'Thus when the Swallow seeking prey' -
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45.
Macheath: 'If women's tongues can cease for an answer' -
1:26
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33 Lucy Lockit: 'I will not!' -
Macheath: 'How happy could I be with either' -
Polly: 'I'm bubbled, Oh how I am troubled!' -
46.
34 Polly: 'Cease your funning' -
2:48
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47.
35 Lucy Lockit: 'Why how now, Madam Flirt!' -
1:05
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48.
36 Lucy Lockit and Polly: 'Now power on earth can e'er divide'
2:00
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with Macheath, Lockit, Peachum, Omnes
Act III: 42:14
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Lockit: 'To be sure, wench, you must have been aiding and abetting' -
0:49
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37
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Lucy Lockit: 'Dear Sir, mention not my education' -
3:19
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37 Lucy Lockit: 'When young at the bar you first taught me to score' -
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51.
38 Lucy Lockit: 'Ungrateful Macheath!' -
1:06
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Lucy Lockit: 'My love is all madness and folly' -
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52.
39 Lockit: 'Thus Gamesters united in friendship are found' -
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53.
40 Beggar: 'Our scene doth represent a Gaming House' -
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Macheath: 'The modes of the Court so common are grown' -
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54.
Lockit: 'The Coronation account, brother Peachum' -
2:14
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41 Lockit: 'Keep a watchful eye on Polly' -
Lockit: 'What Gudgeons are we men!' -
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55.
42 Mrs Trapes: 'In the days of my youth I could bill like a dove' -
2:21
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56.
43a Mrs Trapes: 'In the days of my yough I could bill like a dove' -
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57.
43b Lucy Lockit: 'Jealousy, rage, love and fear' -
1:07
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Lucy Lockit: 'I'm like a Skiff on the Ocean tossed' -
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Lucy Lockit: 'I have the Rat's-bane ready' -
2:12
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44 Polly: 'A curse attends a woman's love' -
1:38
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60.
Polly: 'When I was forced from him' -
1:02
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45 Polly: 'But perhaps he hath a heart not capable of it' -
Polly: 'Among the men Coquets we find' -
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61.
46 Lucy Lockit: 'Come, sweet lass' -
1:55
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47 Polly: 'Now every glimmering of happiness is lost' -
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with Lucy Lockit, Macheath, Peachum
63.
48 Macheath: 'Which way shall I turn me, how can I decide?' -
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64.
Polly: 'Dear, dear Sir, sink the material evidence' -
1:53
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49 Polly: 'Polly upon her knees begs it of you' -
Polly: 'When my Hero in court appears' -
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65.
50 Lucy Lockit: 'How then can you be a tyrant to me' -
2:00
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Lucy Lockit: 'When he holds up his hand arraigned for his life' -
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66.
51 Lockit and Peachum: 'Ourselves, like the Great, to secure a retreat' -
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Lockit: 'We are ready, Sir…' -
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52 Lockit: '…to conduct you to the Old Bailey!'
Lucy Lockit, Polly, Macheath, Lockit, Peachum and Omnes: 'The Charge is prepared; the Lawyers are met' -
with Mrs Peachum
68.
53 Scena. Macheath: 'O cruel, cruel case!' -
5:10
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69.
54 Polly: 'Would I might b e hanged!' -
1:58
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70.
Mat of the Mint: 'But surely you don't intend that Macheath shall really be executed?' -
1:18
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with Beggar, Ben Budge, Lucy Lockit, Polly, Lockit, Peachum
71.
55 Macheath: 'Thus I stand like a Turk, with his doxies around'
1:51
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with Mrs Peachum, Peachum, Ladies of the Town, Gentlemen of the Road, Lucy Lockit, Polly, Mrs Trapes, Lockit
65:09
Solo: Susan Bickley mezzo-soprano - Mrs Peachum
Solo: Jeremy White bass-baritone - Mr Peachum
Solo: Leah-Marian Jones mezzo-soprano - Polly Peachum
Solo: Thomas Randle tenor - Captain Macheath
Solo: Robert Anthony Gardiner tenor - Filch
Solo: Donald Maxwell baritone - Lockit
Solo: Sarah Fox soprano - Lucy Lockit
Solo: Frances McCafferty mezzo-soprano - Mrs Diana Trapes
Solo: Sirena Tocco beggar
Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia
Conductor: Christian Curnyn
1-4 February 2009

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