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Under Milk Wood [Import, Soundtrack]

Richard BurtonAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 6, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B000026NW6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Time passes. Listen. Time passes." December 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Written as a "play for voices" for the BBC, this historic audiotape features the all-Welsh cast of the original BBC production from 1954. Richard Burton is the First Voice, which connects all the characters, played by twenty-eight men, women, and children. With perfect diction and the sense of character which only a great actor can convey, Burton rolls his R's, modulates his voice in pitch and intensity, and makes Thomas's poetry come fully alive--full of alliteration and various kinds of rhyme, with nouns and adjectives used as verbs to convey action and sense impressions simultaneously, and always a wry humor and honesty of feeling.

Depicting one full day in the life of a small town in Wales, Thomas shows its motley residents as they awaken, perform their daily tasks, socialize, gossip, and daydream about the past that might have been and the future that may yet hold hope. When night falls and the residents retire, their losses and disappointments, along with their escapes into dreams, are given voice and poignancy.

Polly Garter, with her numerous children by numerous fathers, dreams of Willie, a very small man who was the love of her life. Captain Cat, the blind bell-ringer, thinks of all the sailors he knew who died at sea. Mr. Pugh dreams of poisoning his wife, and young Gwenny, who has extorted pennies from the little boys who do NOT want to kiss her, plans for the next day and more pennies.

The sound effects provide context for the drama without overpowering the narrative--a cock's crow, the clip-clop of horses, the bark of dogs, footsteps, the sea, bell buoys--and simple songs add to the realism and the sense of character and place.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burton at his best January 11, 2009
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Richard Burton is one of the great orators. Here in a native Welsh production of Dylan Thomas' masterpiece he excels. The power of the voice not distracted by image other than one's imagination is overwhelming. The warmth and musicality of the true Welsh accent is exemplified here. It is such a shame that both Thomas and Burton were such tortured souls, but they could still produce a masterpiece such as this. This quality recording survives them both, and although too many people omly watch movies these days, the power of the voice lives on.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First and the Finest January 13, 2010
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This was the very first broadcast production of this famous "play for voices" purposely written for radio and it remains simply the best. It premiered on 25 January 1954 on the BBC Third Programme, over two months after the death of the author. It became an immediate hit and received the international Italia prize as best radio work of the year. Within months it had been translated into a dozen languages and many more since. Highly recommend!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan Thomas at his best July 25, 2013
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Burton's magnificent voice is a joy, especially for a 93 year old woman who no longer has a record player
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