Various Artists Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence

Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence

Various Artists

Verschenen op 7 juni 2019 bij Nimbus Records

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Genre: Klassiek > Opera

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Having loved opera since he was a teenager, British composer George Benjamin admits that it took him too long to start composing opera and wishes he had more time to write more of it. Now nearly sixty years old, he even confesses that he has begun a race against the clock to complete all his operatic projects. Commissioned by the Royal Opera House in collaboration with six international opera houses, Lessons in Love and Violence (which premiered at Covent Garden in 2018) confirmed Benjamin’s talent, which he already showcased in his two previous operas, notably with Written on Skin which was written for the 2012 Aix-en-Provence Festival.


Composed on Martin Crimp’s libretto and based on Marlowe’s famous tragedy, the work draws on Elizabethan theatre’s creativity and complex characters, which are played by an outstanding cast. Brimming with conspiracies, passion and violence, the story sees King Edward II opposing his wife and son as he is overcome by his love for the young French knight Piers Gaveston. Set in the 21st century, this terrible story of power and politics takes on chilling parallels with modern times.


Following the DVD release of the original production in London, we find here a new audio version recorded under the direction of the composer at the 2018 Holland Festival. This recording boasts many of the spectacle’s original performers, such as the phenomenal Barbara Hannigan playing Queen Isabelle of France and Stéphane Degout in the role of the King - one of his best roles yet. This dense and powerful work was a huge success in London and the enthusiasm surrounding the opera was further reinforced following the productions in Lyon, Hamburg and Amsterdam, where this album was recorded. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Album : 2 albums - 23 tracks Totale duur : 01:24:49

    ALBUM 1
  1. 1 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 1: I. It's Nothing To Do With Loving a Man

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Peter Hoare, MainArtist - Gyula Orendt, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  2. 2 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 1: II. Not When You Grip My Neck

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Peter Hoare, MainArtist - Gyula Orendt, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  3. 3 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 1: III. Don't Call Him Nothing

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Samuel Boden, MainArtist - Gyula Orendt, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  4. 4 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 2: I. Who Are These People, Mortimer?

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Peter Hoare, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  5. 5 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 2: II. My Husband Died

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Peter Hoare, MainArtist - Krisztina Szabo, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer - Jennifer France, MainArtist - Andri Björn Róbertsson, MainArtist Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  6. 6 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 2: III. Bring Me A Cup Of Vinegar

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Peter Hoare, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  7. 7 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 2: IV. Why Do The Poor Sleep Three In A Bed

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Peter Hoare, MainArtist - Samuel Boden, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  8. 8 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 3: I. How Can I Love You?

    Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Gyula Orendt, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  9. 9 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 3: II. Here - Look - Is My Baby King

    Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Gyula Orendt, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  10. 10 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 3: III. Please, Everyone Be Seated

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Peter Hoare, MainArtist - Krisztina Szabo, MainArtist - Gyula Orendt, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer - Jennifer France, MainArtist Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  11. 11 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 4: I. I'm Cold. I Was Dreaming

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  12. 12 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 4: II. Why Should You Love Him, Tell Me?

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  13. 13 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 1, Scene 4: III. Then Stay In The Dark

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  14. ALBUM 2
  15. 1 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 2, Scene 5: I. D'You Like Dogs

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Peter Hoare, MainArtist - Samuel Boden, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  16. 2 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 2, Scene 5: II. Let The Man In

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Peter Hoare, MainArtist - Samuel Boden, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer - Andri Björn Róbertsson, MainArtist Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  17. 3 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 2, Scene 5: III. When A Man Will Be Cut Into Pieces

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Peter Hoare, MainArtist - Samuel Boden, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  18. 4 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 2, Scene 6: I. Drumming - I Can Hear Drumming

    Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Peter Hoare, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  19. 5 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 2, Scene 6: II. Oh, I Am A Bad Person

    Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Peter Hoare, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  20. 6 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 2, Scene 6: III. Take It, Mortimer

    Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Krisztina Szabo, MainArtist - Gyula Orendt, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer - Jennifer France, MainArtist Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  21. 7 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 2, Scene 6: IV. Here - Look, Is The Living King

    Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Gyula Orendt, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  22. 8 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 2, Scene 6: V. Why Do I Feel Nothing

    Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Stéphane Degout, MainArtist - Gyula Orendt, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  23. 9 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 2, Scene 7: I. What Is The Music?

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Samuel Boden, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  24. 10 Lessons in Love And Violence: Part 2, Scene 7: II. Let Me Explain To You The Entertainment

    Barbara Hannigan, MainArtist - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - George Benjamin, Composer, Conductor - Samuel Boden, MainArtist - Martin Crimp, Composer Auteursrecht : (C) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limited (P) 2019 Wyastone Estate Limite

  • Beschrijving van het album
  • Having loved opera since he was a teenager, British composer George Benjamin admits that it took him too long to start composing opera and wishes he had more time to write more of it. Now nearly sixty years old, he even confesses that he has begun a race against the clock to complete all his operatic projects. Commissioned by the Royal Opera House in collaboration with six international opera houses, Lessons in Love and Violence (which premiered at Covent Garden in 2018) confirmed Benjamin’s talent, which he already showcased in his two previous operas, notably with Written on Skin which was written for the 2012 Aix-en-Provence Festival.


    Composed on Martin Crimp’s libretto and based on Marlowe’s famous tragedy, the work draws on Elizabethan theatre’s creativity and complex characters, which are played by an outstanding cast. Brimming with conspiracies, passion and violence, the story sees King Edward II opposing his wife and son as he is overcome by his love for the young French knight Piers Gaveston. Set in the 21st century, this terrible story of power and politics takes on chilling parallels with modern times.


    Following the DVD release of the original production in London, we find here a new audio version recorded under the direction of the composer at the 2018 Holland Festival. This recording boasts many of the spectacle’s original performers, such as the phenomenal Barbara Hannigan playing Queen Isabelle of France and Stéphane Degout in the role of the King - one of his best roles yet. This dense and powerful work was a huge success in London and the enthusiasm surrounding the opera was further reinforced following the productions in Lyon, Hamburg and Amsterdam, where this album was recorded. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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