The Glyndebourne Label – new release May 2011

The Glyndebourne Label – new release May 2011

Glyndebourne is proud to announce a new recording to be released on its independent CD label, Benjamin Britten’s chilling masterpiece The Turn of the Screw from the 2007 Festival, conducted by Edward Gardner with Camilla Tilling and Emma Bell. 

Based on Henry James’s novella of the same name The Turn of the Screw, Britten’s chamber opera, was composed 1954, and was immediately acknowledged as the most refined dramatic music piece of its time. The ghost story centers on the inter-play between innocence and corruption and throughout the piece there is an overwhelming sense of encroaching evil, brilliantly communicated in Britten’s orchestral writing.

The opera was staged for the first time at Glyndebourne in 2006 as part of the Glyndebourne on Tour season and then was revived for the 2007 Festival when this recording was made. Conducted by Edward Gardner, the Governess is sung by Camilla Tilling with William Burden singing Prologue/Peter Quint and Emma Bell singing Miss Jessel. Anne-Marie Owens (Mrs Grose) and the children Flora (Joanna Songi) and Miles (Christopher Sladdin) reprised their 2006 performances.

“It’s hard to know where to begin praising it” - The Sunday Telegraph

“The Governess is more disturbing still, thanks to Camilla Tilling’s thrilling soprano.” - The Times

“Both William Burden as Peter Quint and Emma Bell as Miss Jessel sing ravishingly.” - The Guardian

“…special mention must be made of Joanna Songi and Christopher Sladdin, who are simply astonishing as the haunted children Flora and Miles” - The Daily Telegraph

“Britten’s marvellous score was played with virtuosic musicianship by members of the London Philharmonic, and the conductor Edward Gardner showed…that he is set to become the next major Britten interpreter.” - The Sunday Telegraph

“The unlikely alchemical mix of Henry James and Benjamin Britten never fails to haunt the stage and memory” - Evening Standard

The Glyndebourne Label 

The Glyndebourne Label reflects the desire to further extend Glyndebourne’s work beyond the opera house and draws upon the core values of a commitment to quality and inventiveness. Releases on The Glyndebourne Label draw on the extensive recordings in the archive, which span the years from 1960 to the present day. These recordings are often released in pairs, with one recording from the old opera house and one from the new, which opened in 1994.

The recordings were originally made for archival purposes and effectively ‘eavesdrop’ on live performances, the recorded sound derived from microphones of extremely high quality, located for the most part high above the orchestra pit. This practice has resulted in vividly realistic recordings with the sound corresponding very closely to that which the audience heard in the live environment. Recorded by the late John Barnes, with the blessing of the Christie family, this unique collection of performance recordings is now becoming available on CD for the first time.

The CDs are packaged as a hard-bound book containing a full libretto and synopsis in two languages alongside a commissioned article about the opera.

Glyndebourne Press Office 17.1.11.


Notes to Editors:

Conductor Edward Gardner


Prologue/Peter Quint William Burden

Governess Camilla Tilling

Flora Joanna Songi

Miles Christopher Sladdin

Mrs Grose Anne-Marie Owens

Miss Jessel Emma Bell

London Philharmonic Orchestra


Catalogue no GFOCD 0011-07

Retail Price £24.99 (2 CDs)   

Release date May 2011

Total playing time: 1:32

About Glyndebourne

The Glyndebourne Festival was founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay. They began with two Mozart operas, but the repertoire has expanded to include works from the baroque to the contemporary. New works premiered at Glyndebourne include two by Benjamin Britten, 13 new commissions on the main stage and over 20 more through the Education programme.

Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934. Although it receives valued Arts Council support for the Tour and some educational work, the Festival receives no public subsidy. Glyndebourne is a registered charity, funded by box office income, its members and supporters.

Today the Festival runs from May to August with a programme of six operas in a world-class 1,200-seat opera house. Together with Glyndebourne on Tour it presents about 120 performances each year to a total audience of around 150,000. Its resident orchestras are the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Glyndebourne began the Tour in 1968 to bring opera to new audiences and create performance opportunities for young singers in the Glyndebourne Chorus. As part of Glyndebourne’s commitment to developing new talent, the Chorus plays a vital role in discovering and training young singers. As part of Glyndebourne’s mission to reach new audiences, it has maintained a widely respected Education programme since 1986. Glyndebourne also offers reduced-price tickets to under-30s for selected performances, and has pioneered using recordings to open-up its work to a worldwide audience through broadcasts, cinema screenings, DVDs and internet streaming.

Previous recordings on The Glyndebourne Label:

Le nozze di Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  

  • Catalogue no. GFO CD 001-62
  • Retail Price £29.99 (3 CDs)                                        

 Betrothal in a Monastery Sergei Prokofiev 

  • Catalogue no. GFO CD 002-06
  • Retail Price £24.99 (2 CDs)                                            

Pelléas et Mélisande Claude Debussy   

  • Catalogue no. GFO CD 003 -63                                         
  • Retail Price RRP £29.99 (3 CDs)                              

Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven 

  • Catalogue no. GFO CD 004-06
  • Retail Price £24.99 (2 CDs)                            

L’elisir d’amore Donizetti    

  • Catalogue no. GFO CD 005-62                                         
  • Retail Price: RRP £24.99 (2 CDs)                                              

Idomeneo Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Catalogue no. GFOCD 006-64
  • Retail Price £24.99 (2 CDs)                    

Rusalka  Dvořák

  • Catalogue no. GFOCD 007-09
  • Retail Pric: £24.99 (3 CDs)

Peter Grimes Britten 

  • Catalogue no. GFOCD 008-00
  • Retail Price £29.99 (3 CDs)

I Puritani Bellini           

  • Catalogue no. GFOCD 009-60                                         
  • Retail Price £24.99 (2 CDs)                                                 

Der Rosenkavalier Strauss

  • Catalogue no. GFOCD 0010-65
  • Retail Price £29.99 (3 CDs)

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