Britten: Billy Budd

Arthaus Musik: 100278

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Britten: Billy Budd


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3rd May 2004




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Britten: Billy Budd

Thomas Allen (Billy), Philip Langridge (Captain Vere), Richard van Allan (John Claggart), Neil Howlett (Mr Redburn), Phillip Guy-Bromley (Mr Flint), Clive Bayley (Mr Ratcliffe), Edward Byles (Red Whiskers), Mark Richardson (Donald), John Connell (Dansker), Barry Banks (Novice), Howard Milner (Squeak), Malcolm Rivers (Bosun)

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”

BBC Music Magazine

September 2004


“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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