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CHAN 9826 - Britten: Billy Budd
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CD available From: 20 April 2000

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
     
      COMPACT DISC ONE
     
      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
      22:36
     
      COMPACT DISC TWO
     
1 'I heard, your honour!' 3:29
      Claggart, Squeak, Novice's Friend
2 'Come along, kid!' 4:22
      Novice's Friend, Novice, Chorus
3 'Christ! The poor chap . . .' 1:30
      Billy, Dansker, Red Whiskers, Donald
4 'What's that? What's those whistles?' 1:16
      Billy, Donald, Claggart, First Mate, Second Mate, Bosun
5 'Starry Vere we call him.' 2:17
      Donald, Billy, Chorus, Red Whiskers, Dansker, Bosun
     
      Scene 2
6 'Boy!' 3:25
      Vere, Boy
7 'Gentlemen, the King!' 5:43
      Vere, First Lieutenant, Sailing Master
8 'Ay, at Spithead . . .' 1:00
      Vere, Sailing Master, First Lieutenant
9 'We are, sir. Claggart is an able one.' 6:36
      First Lieutenant, Vere, Sailing Master, Ratcliffe
     
      Scene 3
10 'Blow her away.' 2:44
      Red Whiskers, Chorus, Billy, Donald, Dansker
11 'We're off to Samoa . . .' 3:43
      Donald, Chorus, Red Whiskers, Billy, Dansker
12 'Hi! You . . . a . . . a . . .!' 3:02
      Billy et al.
13 'Over the water . . .' 7:29
      Chorus, Claggart
14 'Come here.' 6:22
      Claggart, Novice
15 'Billy! . . . Hist! Billy Budd!' 4:23
      Novice, Billy
16 'Dansker, old friend . . .' 4:50
      Billy, Dansker
      62:17
     
      COMPACT DISC THREE
     
      Act II
      Scene 1
1 'I don't like the look of the mist . . .' 2:17
      Vere, First Lieutenant
2 'With great regret I must disturb your honour.' 1:04
      Claggart, Vere
3 'Deck ahoy!' 3:27
      Maintop et al.
4 'Volunteers! Call for boarding volunteers!' 8:13
      Vere et al.
5 'There you are again, Master-at-Arms.' 5:01
      Vere, Claggart, Boy
6 'Oh, this cursèd mist!' 4:04
      Vere, First Lieutenant, Sailing Master, Ratcliffe
     
      Scene 2
7 'Claggart, John Claggart, beware!' 3:36
      Vere, Billy
8 'Master-at-Arms and foretopman . . .' 3:19
      Vere, Claggart, Billy
9 'God o' mercy!' 2:11
      Vere, Boy
10 'Gentlemen, William Budd here . . .' 1:34
      Vere, First Lieutenant, Sailing Master, Ratcliffe
11 'William Budd, you are accused . . .' 5:48
      First Lieutenant, Vere, Billy
12 'Poor fellow, who could save him?' 5:02
      First Lieutenant, Sailing Master, Ratcliffe
13 'I accept their verdict.' 5:15
      Vere
     
      Scene 3
14 'Look!' 6:05
      Billy
15 'Here! Baby!' 4:10
      Dansker, Billy
16 'And farewell to ye . . .' 5:49
      Billy
     
      Scene 4
17 [Interlude] 3:11
18 '''According to the Articles of War . . .''' 2:18
      All except Vere
19 'Down all hands!' 2:26
      First Lieutenant et al.
     
      Epilogue
20 'We committed his body to the deep.' 4:57
      Vere
      79:48
     
 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
 London Symphony Chorus
 Tiffin Boys' Choir
 London Symphony Orchestra
 Richard Hickox
 Recorded in:
 Blackheath Halls, London
      6-10 December 1999
 Producer(s)
 Brian Couzens
 Sound Engineer(s)
 Ralph Couzens
 Jonathan Cooper (Assistant)
 Richard Smoker (Assistant)
         
      Awards  
      grammy nomination>  
 Format: Digital CD 16Bit 44.1Khz
Originally recorded in: 24 Bit / 44.1K

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