Peter Pears

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Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears CBE (/ˈpɪərz/ PEERZ; 22 June 1910 – 3 April 1986) was an English tenor. His career was closely associated with the composer Benjamin Britten, his personal and professional partner for nearly forty years.

Pears's musical career started slowly. He was at first unsure whether to concentrate on playing or singing, and despite the efforts of some of his friends, it was not until he met Britten in 1937 that he threw himself wholeheartedly into singing. Once he and Britten were established as a partnership, the composer wrote many concert and operatic works with Pears's voice in mind, and the singer created roles in more than ten operas by his partner. In the concert hall, Pears and Britten were celebrated recitalists, known in particular for their performances of Lieder by Schubert and Schumann. Together they recorded most of the works written for Pears by Britten, as well as a wide range of music by other composers. Working with other musicians, Pears sang an extensive repertoire of music from four centuries, from the Tudor period to the most modern times.

With Britten, Pears was a co-founder of the Aldeburgh Festival in 1947 and the Britten-Pears School in 1972. After Britten died in 1976, Pears remained an active participant in the festival and the school, where he was director of singing. His own voice had a distinctive timbre, not to all tastes, but such was his musical skill that he could use the voice to good effect in many styles of music.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Turandot (1972 studio cast) Puccini; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Caballé, Ghiaurov, Krause, Pears, John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta 4
1985 Peter Grimes (Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) Britten; Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten 2
1985 War Requiem Benjamin Britten; Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 4
1994 Spring Symphony / Four Sea Interludes / The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Benjamin Britten; Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum, Kathleen Ferrier, Jo Vincent, Peter Pears 1
1996 Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius / Holst: The Hymn of Jesus / Delius: Sea Drift Elgar, Holst, Delius; Benjamin Britten, Yvonne Minton, Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, London Symphony Chorus, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, London Symphony Orchestra 1
1998 Mass in B minor J. S. Bach; Danco, Ferrier, Pears, Boyce, BBC Chorus, Boyd Neel Orchestra, George Enescu 1
2000 Winterreise Franz Schubert; Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten 2

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 War Requiem Britten; Stefania Woytowicz, Peter Pears, Hans Wilbrink, Melos Ensemble, Benjamin Britten, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir, New Philharmonia Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Henry Purcell 1659-1695: The Fairy Queen Jennifer Vyvyan, James Bowman, Charles Brett, Peter Pears, Mary Wells, Ian Partridge, John Shirley-Quirk, Owen Brannigan, Norma Burrowes, Alfreda Hodgson, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, English Chamber Orchestra 1
Szenen aus Goethes Faust Schumann; Benjamin Britten, Fischer-Dieskau, Harwood, Pears, Shirley-Quirk 1

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