Curlew River - Kirchenparabel in 1 Akt, Opus 71 1964
Abt & Mönche: Te lucis ante terminum, rerum Creator, poscimus, ut pro tua clementia
Fährmann: I am the ferryman. I row the ferry-boat over the Curlew
Reisender: I come from the Westland, from the Westland, on a journey.
Fährmann: But first may I ask you what is that strange noise up the highway there?
Wahnsinnige: Clear as a sky without a cloud may be a mother' s mind
Wahnsinnige: Near the Black Mountains there I dwelt, there I dwelt far, far in the West
Abt & Mönche: A thousand leagues may sunder a mother and her son
Wahnsinnige: Ignorant man! You refuse a passage to me, a noblewoman!
Fährmann: I beg your pardon. Living in this famous place I should have known to call them
Reisender, Abt, Pilger: Curlew River, smoothly flowing between the Lands of East and West
Fährmann: Today is an important day, the people are assembling in memory of a sad event.
Fährmann: Look! While you were listening to my story, we have reached the bank.
Wahnsinnige: Ferryman, tell me, when did it happen, this story you have told us?
Wahnsinnige: Hoping, I wandered on, hoping, hoping to find my son.
Abt: He whose life was full of promise ... - Pilger: ... promised and is gone.
Abt & Pilger: The moon has risen, the river breeze is blowing, the Curlew River
Geist des Kindes: Go your way in peace, mother. The dead shall rise again
Abt: Good souls, we have shown you here how in sad mischance a sign was given
Wahnsinnige (Tenor): Peter Pears
Fährmann (Bariton): John Shirley-Quirk
Abt (Bariton): Harold Blackburn
Reisender (Bass): Bryan Drake
Stimme des Geistes (Knabensopran): Bruce Webb
Die Pilger: Edmund Bohan, Edgar Boniface, Patrick Healy, Michael Kehoe, Peter Leeming, William McKinney, David Reed, Gerald Stern, Robert Tasman
Chor: English Opera Group
Orchester: English Opera Group
Dirigent: Benjamin Britten & Viola Tunnard