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This second volume completes Decca's compact reissue of Britten conducting his own operas. As with the first volume, it is a self-recommending testament to the synergy of Britten's talents as a composer and conductor, and his continuing preeminence as a recorded interpreter of his own music. Because Britten never completed recordings of his Death in Venice and Gloriana, Decca has wisely included the recordings made by Steuart Bedford (Death in Venice) and Charles Mackerras (Gloriana) for the sake of completeness. Only ...

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  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream, opera, Op. 64
  2. Phaedra, dramatic cantata for mezzo-soprano, string orchestra, percussion & harpsichord, Op. 93
  3. The Rape of Lucretia, chamber opera, Op. 37
  4. Turn of the Screw, chamber opera, Op. 54
  5. Death in Venice, opera, Op. 88
  6. Gloriana, opera, Op. 53
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