Opera - Billy Budd

   
 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 curs├Ęd 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