Britten, Benjamin: Billy Budd/The Holy Sonnets (Decca Audio CD x3)

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Glossop/Pears/Langdon/
Shirley-Quirk/Fischer-Dieskau
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Britten

BBC Music Magazine
“a definitive performance, superbly captured by producer John Culshaw. Peter Pears's Captain Vere oversees matters masterfully, but it's Peter Glossop and Michael Langdon as the pitiable Budd and odious Claggart who really drive the action.”

The Penguin Guide to Recorded Music
“Britten himself has an outstanding cast, with Glossop a bluff, heroic Billy and Langdon a sharply dark-toned Claggart, making these symbol-figures believable. Magnificent sound, and the many richly imaginative strokes - atmospheric as well as dramatic - are superbly managed.”
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Contents

CD 1: Britten: Billy Budd/The Holy Sonnets of John Donne etc. Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op.35 1 1. Oh, my blacke Soule! 00:00 03:18 2 2. Batter my heart 00:00 01:19 3 3. Oh might those sighes and teares 00:00 03:00 4 4. Oh, to vex me 00:00 01:07 5 5. What if this present 00:00 02:47 6 6. Since she whom I loved 00:00 03:26 7 7. At the round earth's imagined corners 00:00 02:33 8 8. Thou hast made me 00:00 01:30 9 9. Death, be not proud 00:00 03:55 Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten Songs & Proverbs of William Blake, Op.74 10 The Pride of the Peacock...London 00:00 03:06 11 Prisons are built...The Chimney Sweeper 00:00 02:50 12 The Bird anest...A Poison Tree 00:00 04:28 13 Think in the morning...The Tyger 00:00 02:34 14 The Tygers of wrath...The Fly 00:00 02:48 15 The hours of folly...Ah, Sun Flower 00:00 04:15 16 To see a world...Every night and every morn 00:00 03:28 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Benjamin Britten Billy Budd, Op.50 Act 1 17 I am an old man who has experienced much 00:00 05:01 Peter Pears, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 18 Pull, my bantams! 00:00 06:59 Eric Garrett, Norman Lumsden, Bryan Drake, David Bowman, Nigel Rogers, Delme Bryn-Jones, Robert Tear, Robert Bowman, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 19 Guard boat! Indomitable! 00:00 03:16 Nigel Rogers, Bryan Drake, John Shirley-Quirk, Delme Bryn-Jones, David Kelly, Michael Langdon, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 20 First man forward! 00:00 02:24 Michael Langdon, Gregory Dempsey, John Shirley-Quirk, Bryan Drake, Geoffrey Coleby, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 21 Your name? Billy Budd, sir 00:00 02:41 Michael Langdon, Peter Glossop, John Shirley-Quirk, Bryan Drake, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 22 Billy Budd, king of the birds! 00:00 02:34 Peter Glossop, John Shirley-Quirk, Bryan Drake, David Kelly, Michael Langdon, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Total Playing Time: 1:09:19 CD 2: Britten: Billy Budd/The Holy Sonnets of John Donne etc. Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Billy Budd, Op.50 Act 1 1 I heard, your honour! 00:00 03:37 Michael Langdon, Robert Bowman, Henry Bush, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 2 Come along kid! Come along! 00:00 03:37 Benjamin Luxon, Robert Tear, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 3 Christ, the poor chap! 00:00 01:25 Peter Glossop, Owen Brannigan, Gregory Dempsey, David Bowman, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 4 What's that? What's those whistles? 00:00 01:14 Peter Glossop, David Bowman, Michael Langdon, Eric Garrett, Norman Lumsden, Delme Bryn-Jones, Owen Brannigan, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 5 Starry Vere we call him 00:00 02:19 David Bowman, Peter Glossop, Gregory Dempsey, Owen Brannigan, Delme Bryn-Jones, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 6 Boy! My compliments to Mr. Redburn 00:00 03:45 Peter Pears, James Newby, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 7 Gentlemen, the King! 00:00 05:31 Peter Pears, Bryan Drake, John Shirley-Quirk, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 8 Ay, at Spithead the men may have had their grievances 00:00 01:05 Peter Pears, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 9 We are, sir. Claggart is an able one 00:00 06:51 John Shirley-Quirk, Peter Pears, Bryan Drake, Henry Bush, David Kelly, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 10 Blow, blow, blow 00:00 02:38 David Bowman, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 11 We're off to Samoa by way of Genoa 00:00 03:37 David Bowman, Gregory Dempsey, Peter Glossop, Owen Brannigan, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 12 Hi! You a... a... a... 00:00 02:58 Peter Glossop, Owen Brannigan, Gregory Dempsey, David Bowman, Robert Bowman, Michael Langdon, James Newby, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 13 Over the water...Handsomely done 00:00 06:47 Michael Langdon, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 14 Come here. Remember your promise 00:00 04:42 Michael Langdon, Robert Tear, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 15 Billy! Hist! Billy Budd! 00:00 04:04 Robert Tear, Peter Glossop, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 16 Dansker, old friend, glad to see you 00:00 04:43 Peter Glossop, Owen Brannigan, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Total Playing Time: 58:53 CD 3: Britten: Billy Budd/The Holy Sonnets of John Donne etc. Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Billy Budd, Op.50 Act 2 1 I don't like the look of the mist, Mr. Redburn 00:00 02:16 Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 2 With great regret I must disturb your honour 00:00 01:06 Michael Langdon, Peter Pears, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 3 Deck ahoy! Enemy sail on starboard bow 00:00 03:23 Nigel Rogers, Delme Bryn-Jones, Bryan Drake, John Shirley-Quirk, David Kelly, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 4 Who'll volunteer to board 'em 00:00 07:46 John Shirley-Quirk, David Bowman, Gregory Dempsey, Peter Glossop, Owen Brannigan, Bryan Drake, Peter Pears, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 5 There you are again, Master-at-arms 00:00 04:48 Peter Pears, Michael Langdon, James Newby, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 6 O this cursed mist 00:00 04:14 Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, David Kelly, Bryan Drake, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 7 Claggart, John Claggart, beware! 00:00 03:31 Peter Pears, Peter Glossop, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 8 Master-at-arms and foretopman 00:00 03:22 Peter Pears, Michael Langdon, Peter Glossop, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 9 God o' mercy! Here, help me! 00:00 02:12 Peter Pears, James Newby, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 10 Gentlemen, William Budd here has killed 00:00 01:33 Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, Bryan Drake, David Kelly, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 11 William Budd, you are accused by Captain Vere 00:00 05:32 John Shirley-Quirk, Peter Pears, Peter Glossop, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 12 Poor fellow, who could save him? 00:00 04:21 John Shirley-Quirk, David Kelly, Bryan Drake, Peter Pears, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 13 I accept their verdict 00:00 05:31 Peter Pears, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 14 Look! Through the port 00:00 05:35 Peter Glossop, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 15 Here! Baby! Dansker, old friend 00:00 04:01 Owen Brannigan, Peter Glossop, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 16 And farewell to ye 00:00 04:34 Peter Glossop, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 17 Interlude 00:00 03:06 London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 18 According to the articles of War 00:00 01:50 John Shirley-Quirk, Peter Glossop, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 19 Down all hands! And see that they do 00:00 02:21 John Shirley-Quirk, Bryan Drake, David Kelly, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 20 We committed his body to the deep 00:00 04:38 Peter Pears, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten Total Playing Time: 1:15:40