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Britten: Billy Budd

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CHAN 9826
 
Multiple Set of 3 CDs
Britten: Billy Budd
Release Date: April 2000
Originally recorded in 1999
Composer
Benjamin Britten
Solo tenor - Captain Vere
Philip Langridge
Solo baritone - Billy Budd
Simon Keenlyside
Solo bass - Claggart
John Tomlinson
Solo baritone - Mr Redburn
Alan Opie
Solo bass-baritone - Mr Flint
Matthew Best
Solo bass - Mr Ratcliffe
Alan Ewing
Solo tenor - Red Whiskers
Francis Egerton
Solo baritone - Donald
Quentin Hayes
Solo bass - Dansker
Clive Bayley
Solo tenor - A Novice
Mark Padmore
Choral
London Symphony Chorus
Choral
Tiffin Boys' Choir
Conductor
Richard Hickox
Venue
Blackheath Halls, London
Producer
Brian Couzens
Engineer
Ralph Couzens
Engineer (Assistant)
Jonathan Cooper
Engineer (Assistant)
Richard Smoker
Genre:
Opera

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

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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
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
Total time: 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
Total time: 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
Total time: 79:48
Solo: Philip Langridge tenor - Captain Vere
Solo: Simon Keenlyside baritone - Billy Budd
Solo: John Tomlinson bass - Claggart
Solo: Alan Opie baritone - Mr Redburn
Solo: Matthew Best bass-baritone - Mr Flint
Solo: Alan Ewing bass - Mr Ratcliffe
Solo: Francis Egerton tenor - Red Whiskers
Solo: Quentin Hayes baritone - Donald
Solo: Clive Bayley bass - Dansker
Solo: Mark Padmore tenor - A Novice
Conductor: Richard Hickox
6-10 December 1999




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