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Britten: Billy Budd ~ Hampson

Import, Live

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Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd," based on Melville's story, is the second-best opera about life on the sea since Wagner's "Flying Dutchman"--the best being Britten's "Peter Grimes." It is one of the 20th Century's most tragic operas and the only important opera with an all-male cast. Its music evokes the ocean: the winds and waves, the sailors' songs, and the harsh realities of a seaman's life on a British 18th-century man-of-war. It climaxes in a deadly confrontation between pure good, embodied in the young sailor Billy Budd (Hampson), and pure evil in the sadistic master at arms, John Claggart (Halfvarson). Composed in 1951, it was shortened to the now standard two acts by Britten for a broadcast in 1960. This brilliant first recording of the original four-act version shows that much was lost in the revision. --Joe McLellan

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Billy Budd: Act 1: Prologue
  2. Billy Budd: Act 1: Scene I: Pull, My Bantams
  3. Billy Budd: Act 1: Scene I: Send For John Claggart
  4. Billy Budd: Act 1: Scene I: Billy Budd, King Of The Birds (Billy)
  5. Billy Budd: Act 1: Scene I: I Heard, Your Honour! (Claggar)
  6. Billy Budd: Act 1: Scene I: Come Along, Kid!
  7. Billy Budd: Act 1: Scene I: Christ, The Poor Chap, The Poor Little Runt! (Billy)
  8. Billy Budd: Act 1: Scene I: Vere! Vere! Officers And Men... (Vere)
  9. Billy Budd: Act 2: Scene I: My Compliments... (Vere)
  10. Billy Budd: Act 2: Scene I: Don't Like The French!
  11. Billy Budd: Act 2: Scene I: Oh, That's Nothing (Vere)
  12. Billy Budd: Interlude and Scene 2: Blow Her Away
  13. Billy Budd: Act 2: Scene 2: Here Lads!
  14. Billy Budd: Act 2: Scene 2: Come Out Of That! (Billy)
  15. Billy Budd: Act 2: Scene 2: O Beauty, O Handsomeness (Claggart)
  16. Billy Budd: Act 2: Scene 2: Come Here, Remember Your Promise! (Claggart)
  17. Billy Budd: Act 2: Scene 2: Billy! Hist, Billy Budd!
  18. Billy Budd: Act 2: Scene 2: Dansker, Old Friend (Billy)

Disc: 2

  1. Billy Budd: Act 3: Scene 1: I Don't Like The Look Of The Mist! (Vere)
  2. Billy Budd: Act 3: Scene 1: Deck Ahoy!
  3. Billy Budd: Act 3: Scene 1: All Guns Ready Sir!
  4. Billy Budd: Act 3: Scene 1: There Are You Again, Master-At-Arms (Vere)
  5. Billy Budd: Act 3: Scene 1: Nay, Nay, You're Mistaken (Vere)
  6. Billy Budd: IInterlude and Scene 2: Claggart, John Claggart, Beware (Vere)
  7. Billy Budd: Act 3: Scene 2: You Wanted To See Me (Billy)
  8. Billy Budd: Act 3: Scene 2: God O'Mercy! (Vere)
  9. Billy Budd: Act 3: Scene 2: Interlude. William Budd, You Are Accused
  10. Billy Budd: Act 3: Scene 2: Poor Fellow, Who Could Save Him?
  11. Billy Budd: I Accept Their Verdict (Vere)
  12. Billy Budd: Act 4: Scene 1: Look! Through The Port Comes The Moonshine Astray! (Billy)
  13. Billy Budd: Act 4: Scene 1: And Farewell To Ye (Billy)
  14. Billy Budd: Act 4: Scene 1: According To The Articles Of War
  15. Billy Budd: Act 4: Scene 1: Starry Vere
  16. Billy Budd: Act 4: Scene 1: We Committed His Body To The Deep (Vere)


Product details

  • Performer: Manchester Boys Choir
  • Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (August 17, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Live
  • Label: Erato / Warner
  • ASIN: B000006CS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,250 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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