English National Opera Chorus & Orchestra, David Atherton, directed by Tim Albery
Recording Date: 1988
Place of recording: London
Running Time: 155 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Menu Languages PAL: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages PAL: D, F, GB, SP
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“The performance... is outstanding, with Philip Langridge as Captain Vere, interpreting the role in a strikingly different way from Peter Pears...but just as magnetically...the power not just of [Allen's] singing but of his acting too, with the voice clear and fresh, makes his performance deeply moving...[Claggart] is superbly taken here with terrifying intensity by Richard Van Allan”
“Albery's interpretation very much makes this Captain Vere's tragedy, and Philip Langridge movingly portrays his wrestling with his moral dilemma and his pitiful reincarnation as a Forsterian elderly, broken man. Thomas Allen had already been playing Billy for a decade or more by this stage... but his voice was still sounding agile and youthful. Richard Van Allan's Claggart is gripping... a great theatrical experience...”
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