Even though this new Turn of the Screw has to go up against the classic Decca recording led by the composer, it has many attractive qualities—in particular, Ian Bostridge in the role of Peter Q

RELEASE DATE: Sept. 17
Even though this new Turn of the Screw has to go up against the classic Decca recording led by the composer, it has many attractive qualities—in particular, Ian Bostridge in the role of Peter Quint. During the past few years, the English tenor has proved to be the finest exponent of Benjamin Britten's music since the composer's muse, Peter Pears. Britten's operatic treatment of the popular Henry James tale evokes a world of imaginative sounds, which this cast and conductor from an acclaimed Covent Garden production summon to life with style. Considering this set together with the recent Mozart Idomeneo of Sir Charles Mackerras, it's reassuring to see that a major corporation like EMI manages to make room for high art in times of low expectations.—BB

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