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Opera - Billy Budd

Britten: Billy Budd

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2000

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz

Originally recorded in 1999

Artists:

London Symphony Orchestra


Richard Hickox


Simon Keenlyside

baritone - Billy Budd

Quentin Hayes

baritone - Donald

Alan Opie

baritone - Mr Redburn

John Tomlinson

bass - Claggart

Clive Bayley

bass - Dansker

Alan Ewing

bass - Mr Ratcliffe

Matthew Best

bass-baritone - Mr Flint

Mark Padmore

tenor - A Novice

Philip Langridge

tenor - Captain Vere

Francis Egerton

tenor - Red Whiskers

Tiffin Boys' Choir


London Symphony Chorus



Venue:

Blackheath Halls, London



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Jonathan Cooper

(Assistant)

Richard Smoker

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Opera




Total Time - 164:31
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Opera - Billy Budd

   
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

   
 

Billy Budd

164:43  
  An opera in a prologue and two acts  
  Revised version 1961  
  Libretto by E.M. Forster and E. Crozier  
  Adapted from the story by Herman Melville  
   
  Prologue  
1 'I am an old man . . .' 5:09
  Vere  
   
  Act I  
  Scene 1  
2 'Pull, me bantams!' 6:43
  First Mate et al.  
3 'Boat ahoy!' 3:17
  Maintop et al.  
4 'First man forward!' 2:17
  Claggart et al.  
5 'Your name?' 2:40
  Claggart, Billy, First Lieutenant, Sailing Master  
6 'Billy Budd, king of the birds!' 2:27
  Billy, Sailing Master, First Lieutenant, Ratcliffe  
7 'I heard, your honour!' 3:29
  Claggart, Squeak, Novice's Friend  
8 'Come along, kid!' 4:22
  Novice's Friend, Novice, Chorus  
9 'Christ! The poor chap . . .' 1:30
  Billy, Dansker, Red Whiskers, Donald  
10 'What's that? What's those whistles?' 1:16
  Billy, Donald, Claggart, First Mate, Second Mate, Bosun  
11 'Starry Vere we call him.' 2:17
  Donald, Billy, Chorus, Red Whiskers, Dansker, Bosun  
   
  Scene 2  
12 'Boy!' 3:25
  Vere, Boy  
13 'Gentlemen, the King!' 5:43
  Vere, First Lieutenant, Sailing Master  
14 'Ay, at Spithead . . .' 1:00
  Vere, Sailing Master, First Lieutenant  
15 'We are, sir. Claggart is an able one.' 6:36
  First Lieutenant, Vere, Sailing Master, Ratcliffe  
   
  Scene 3  
16 'Blow her away.' 2:44
  Red Whiskers, Chorus, Billy, Donald, Dansker  
17 'We're off to Samoa . . .' 3:43
  Donald, Chorus, Red Whiskers, Billy, Dansker  
18 'Hi! You . . . a . . . a . . .!' 3:02
  Billy et al.  
19 'Over the water . . .' 7:29
  Chorus, Claggart  
20 'Come here.' 6:22
  Claggart, Novice  
21 'Billy! . . . Hist! Billy Budd!' 4:23
  Novice, Billy  
22 'Dansker, old friend . . .' 4:50
  Billy, Dansker  
   
  Act II  
  Scene 1  
23 'I don't like the look of the mist . . .' 2:17
  Vere, First Lieutenant  
24 'With great regret I must disturb your honour.' 1:04
  Claggart, Vere  
25 'Deck ahoy!' 3:27
  Maintop et al.  
26 'Volunteers! Call for boarding volunteers!' 8:13
  Vere et al.  
27 'There you are again, Master-at-Arms.' 5:01
  Vere, Claggart, Boy  
28 'Oh, this cursèd mist!' 4:04
  Vere, First Lieutenant, Sailing Master, Ratcliffe  
   
  Scene 2  
29 'Claggart, John Claggart, beware!' 3:36
  Vere, Billy  
30 'Master-at-Arms and foretopman . . .' 3:19
  Vere, Claggart, Billy  
31 'God o' mercy!' 2:11
  Vere, Boy  
32 'Gentlemen, William Budd here . . .' 1:34
  Vere, First Lieutenant, Sailing Master, Ratcliffe  
33 'William Budd, you are accused . . .' 5:48
  First Lieutenant, Vere, Billy  
34 'Poor fellow, who could save him?' 5:02
  First Lieutenant, Sailing Master, Ratcliffe  
35 'I accept their verdict.' 5:15
  Vere  
   
  Scene 3  
36 'Look!' 6:05
  Billy  
37 'Here! Baby!' 4:10
  Dansker, Billy  
38 'And farewell to ye . . .' 5:49
  Billy  
   
  Scene 4  
39 [Interlude] 3:11
40 '''According to the Articles of War . . .''' 2:18
  All except Vere  
41 'Down all hands!' 2:26
  First Lieutenant et al.  
   
  Epilogue  
42 'We committed his body to the deep.' 4:57
  Vere  
   
 Philip Langridge tenor - Captain Vere
 Simon Keenlyside baritone - Billy Budd
 John Tomlinson bass - Claggart
 Alan Opie baritone - Mr Redburn
 Matthew Best bass-baritone - Mr Flint
 Alan Ewing bass - Mr Ratcliffe
 Francis Egerton tenor - Red Whiskers
 Quentin Hayes baritone - Donald
 Clive Bayley bass - Dansker
 Mark Padmore tenor - A Novice
 Richard Hickox
  6-10 December 1999  
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‘A strong challenger to Britten’s own historic recording of his searing opera and perhaps the best thing Richard Hickox has yet done on disc. The Chandos recording quality is first rate, the chorus overwhelming and the casting inspired’.
Sunday Telegraph



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