Britten: Billy Budd

Arthaus Musik: 100278

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Britten: Billy Budd

Awards:

Building a Library

First Choice (DVD) - January 2013

Catalogue No:

100278
(100 278)

Discs:

1

Release date:

3rd May 2004

Barcode:

4006680102788

Medium:

DVD Video

Format:

PAL

Region:

2,5
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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

DVD Video

$33.75

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Penguin Guide

2010

***

“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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