Britten, Benjamin - 3CD-BOX: Billy Budd - Elder, Mark

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Captain Vere - John Mark Ainsley tenor
First Mate - Michael Wallace baritone
Second Mate - John-Owen Miley-Read bass
Mr Flint, Sailing Master - Matthew Rose bass
Bosun - Richard Mosley-Evans baritone
Maintop - Peter Gijsbertsen tenor
Novice - Ben Johnson tenor
Squeak, a ship's corporal - Colin Judson tenor
Mr Redburn, First lieutenant - Iain Paterson bass baritone
Lieutenant Ratcliffe Darren - Jeffery bass baritone
Claggart, Master-at-Arms - Phillip Ens bass
Red Whiskers - Alasdair Elliott tenor
Billy Budd - Jacques Imbrailo baritone

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder

The Glyndebourne Chorus

This live recording of Billy Budd comes from the 2010 Glyndebourne Festival. Billy Budd, Britten and Glyndebourne share an interesting history. In 1950 Benjamin Britten wrote to Ian Hunter, Artistic Administrator of the Edinburgh Festival, requesting that the first performance of his new opera Billy Budd take place at the Festival in 1951. Hunter indicated that they were 'unanimous in welcoming the proposal' and Glyndebourne Opera, as the resident company were the obvious partner. Hunter was possibly unaware of the schism that existed between John Christie and Britten, and maybe the old wounds ran deep, as six months later, Sadlers Wells, were in the frame, the costs subsequently proving prohibitive, so Hunter unsuccessfully re-approached Glyndebourne offering to meet all costs, but Royal Opera Covent Garden ended up producing the first production in London in October 1951.

This Billy Budd is Glyndebourne's first production (and Director Michael Grandage's first foray into opera), but such is Glyndebourne's pedigree with Britten that it was an eagerly anticipated production that does not disappoint. Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd is simplicity at its best, with a warmth of tone and excellent diction. Iain Paterson as Redburn the First Lieutenant, leads the officers powerfully, his trio with Lieutenant Ratcli­e (Darren Je­ffery) and Flint (Matthew Rose) is as good as any moment in opera can get.

In the pit for this production is the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the command of the incomparable Sir Mark Elder passionately conveying the majesty, the mystery and the drama within Britten's score.

'Mark Elder's command of the score is exemplary...his grip on the stage action equals Grandage's dramatic elucidation of the score.' David Benedict, Variety Magazine

'Jacques Imbrailo makes an important career step with his assumption of Billy... Philip Ens (Claggart) emanates both evil and an almost terrifying sense of inner suffering... The central performances are all remarkable... An exceptional evening.' George Hall, The Stage

'One of the great nights at Glyndebourne...' Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times

'...electrifying... Cast and chorus are outstanding... The London Philharmonic negotiates Britten's lurching, shifting sand harmonies with proper vigilance and exhilarating involvement.' Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
Artikelnummer GFOCD01710
Streckkod 0878280000177
Utgivningsdatum 2013-01-23
Kategori Opera
Skivbolag Glyndebourne
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 3
Artister Imbrailo, Jacques (baritone)
Dirigenter Elder, Mark
Kompositörer Britten, Benjamin
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