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Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd

Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd


Billy Budd is above all an ensemble piece, and the release by Virgin, with Daniel Harding conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, admirably succeeds in conveying the intensity of life on the man-of-war. The complexity of the claustrophobic shipboard community is apparent in the strongly etched characterization each singer brings to his part, no matter how small. Still, the effectiveness of the opera ultimately depends on the believability of the principals, Captain Vere, Claggart, and Billy Budd. Ian Bostridge's Vere is reminiscent of Peter Pears' portrayal, and while there are similarities in their voices, Bostridge's is a considerably more appealing instrument. Having a tenor with such a light voice in the role, though, undercuts the authority that the Captain is supposed to command, so that his inaction in defending Billy Budd seems not so much like an anomalous failure of will in a powerful leader, but as an overly sensitive philosopher's vacillation in the face of moral complexity....

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Erato (USA)
  • UPC: 5099951903923
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Track listings

  • 1. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 1. I Heard, Your Honour!
  • 2. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 1. Come Along, Kid!
  • 3. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 1. Christ! The Poor Chap, The Poor Little Runt!
  • 4. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 1. What's That? What's Those Whistles?
  • 5. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 1. Starry Vere We Call Him, Starry Vere!
  • 6. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 2. Boy! Yes, Sir!
  • 7. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 2. Mr Redburn And Mr Flint, Sir
  • 8. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 2. Ay, At Spithead The Men May Have Had Their Grievances
  • 9. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 2. We Are, Sir. Claggart Is An Able One
  • 10. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 3. Blow Her Away, Blow Her To Hilo, Riley
  • 11. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 3. Here, Lads! Here! Come Here!
  • 12. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 3. Hi! You... A... A...!
  • 13. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 3. Over The Water Handsomely Done, My Lad
  • 14. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 3. Come Here. Remember Your Promise
  • 15. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 3. Billy!... Hist! Billy Budd!
  • 16. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 1. Scene 3. Dansker, Old Friend, Glad To See You!
  • 1. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 1. I Don't Like The Look Of The Mist, Mr Redburn
  • 2. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 1. Well, What Is It, Master At Arms?
  • 3. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 1. Deck, Ahoy! Enemy Sail On Starboard Bow!
  • 4. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 1. Volunteers! Call For Boarding Volunteers!
  • 5. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 1. There You Are Again, Master At Arms
  • 6. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 1. Oh, This CursŠd Mist!
  • 7. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 2. Claggar, John Claggart, Beware!
  • 8. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 2. Master At Arms And Foretopman
  • 9. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 2. God O' Mercy!
  • 10. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 2. Gentlemen, William Budd Here Has Killed The Master At Arm
  • 11. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 2. William Budd, You Are Accused By Captain Vere
  • 12. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 2. Poor Fellow, Who Could Save Him?
  • 13. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 2. I Accept Their Verdict
  • 14. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 3. Look! Through The Port Comes The Moon Shine Astray!
  • 15. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 3. Here! Baby!
  • 16. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 3. And Farewell To Ye, Old Rights O' Man!
  • 17. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Interlude
  • 18. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 4. According To The Articles Of War
  • 19. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Act 2. Scene 4. Down All Hands! And See That They Go!
  • 20. Billy Budd, Opera, Op. 50: Epilogue. We Committed His Body To The Deep
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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