cds are free of scratches. Hardly used. May be some handling wear to the cd case.
Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes
not only single-handedly revitalized the genre of English opera, but was also the most profoundly original and dramatically groundbreaking opera in this century and possibly the most significant English dramatic musical work ever written. Its subject, a misfit fisherman whose confrontation with society and its unforgiving rules leads to his ultimate destruction, was a vehicle for more important subthemes, not least of which was Britten's ongoing near-obsession with the nature of innocence and its corruption. The phenomenal impact of Grimes
on audiences and performers assured Britten's place as the century's preeminent opera composer, and launched him on the path to creating many more successful stage works. This production, with Peter Pears in the role of Grimes and Britten conducting, remains the definitive recording, with an excellent performance by Pears, for whom the role was created, and fine sound. --David Vernier