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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“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...”
“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”
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