Britten's own first full recording of his most famous opera, recorded in 1958 & here reissued by Decca in 2006. Gramophone Awards 1986 Winner - Remastered CD. Penguin Guide Rosette. NB now out of print - last physical copy.
Sir Peter Pears (Grimes), Claire Watson (Ellen Orford), James Pease (Balstrode), Jean Watson (Auntie), Sir Geraint Evans (Ned Keene), Lauris Elms (Mrs Sedley), David Kelly (Hobson), Owen Brannigan (Swallow), Raymond Nilsson (Bob Boles), & Marion Studholme + Iris Kells (Nieces) with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Benjamin Britten