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Britten: Billy Budd [DVD] [2011] [2010]


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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2011
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UU31XE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,375 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Glyndebourne has a proud association with the operas of Benjamin Britten, however until 2010 had never staged Billy Budd. The all-male opera with a libretto co-written by EM Forster, is based on the battle between pure good and blind evil, and is set on a British man- o-war ship. Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, chose this work to make his long-awaited operatic debut. Sir Mark Elder returned to conduct, marking the 100th opera production in his illustrious career.

Review

This is the most compelling Billy Budd available on video. Perfomance ***** Picture and Sound **** BBC MUSIC DVD CHOICE --BBCMusic Magazine,July'11

Mark Elder has proven with Peter Grimes and Gloriana that the large-scale Britten operas suit him marvellously.This Billy Budd is a similarly immense achievement,clearly recognized as such in the ovations accorded Elder by the Glyndebourne audience. --IRR,July/Aug'11

With the LPO on top form,mark Elder conducts a performance of impeccable class which never takes the drama to the edge. --Gramophone,Sept'11

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Roy Haines on 13 May 2011
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I already have two DVDs of Billy Budd [the original BBC TV Production with Peter Glossop and the ENO with Thomas Allen]. This Glyndeborne production is truly magnificent. Superlatives escape me. Bearing in mind the cost of seats at the theatre it is truly a bargain to be able to buy this DVD - even if you watch it only once. IF you think you do not like "opera" or the music of Benjamin Britten you could do worse than give this a try. Look at is as an intense pschological drama with tense and throbbing "background music" and you will soon be captured and enthralled! The others who have reviewd this DVD/Blue Ray have said everything with which I totally agree. If you do like this then try the Glyndebourne Tristan & Isolde as well.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John Chandler on 14 May 2011
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This is a very fine performance indeed. No fancy modern touches, pyjamas, underwear and other rubbish that have ruined several other recent Blu-ray recordings! I have compared it very carefully with the old ENO production on DVD and in almost every respect it is better. Only perhaps in the performance of the evil John Claggert does Richard van Allen give a bit darker and evil sounding reading but not by very much. This is Britten's finest opera and it will be a long time before we get a better recording. Every lover of 20th century opera should try this disc. Superb! Can we hope for Peter Grimes, more Janacek and some Sallinen?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Hicks on 9 May 2011
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I was fortunate enough to see this production at Glyndebourne during summer 2010 and coming back to this Blu-ray a year on I am even more convinced that this must be considered a definitive production of this opera.

The emotional intensity of the theatre is superbly captured in this moving and evocotive disc.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A.C.Shakeshaft on 24 Sept. 2013
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This production scores on every level and should be seen by opera fans everywhere - even those who think they don't like Benjamin Britten! The singing, acting and production combine to give the viewer a stunning theatrical experience - don't miss it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By the ring on 1 May 2011
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BRILLIANT, WONDERFUL, SUPERB, FANTASTIC, MIND BLOWING !!!!!! get the picture BUY THIS BLU RAY
Probably one of the best productions of one of the best operas ever !!!!
The soloists are superb ! The chorus is on top form ! The orchestra cannot be faulted ! & Mark Elder brings the whole together in an exemplary fashion. If this Blu ray fails to win awards by the chest full there is no justice. 5 stars are not enough it is out there infront of all currently available opera blu rays.
thank you to all involved

NB audio and screen are in sync unlike some recent recordings
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew G Elmslie on 9 Oct. 2013
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Brilliant production and superb quality. The cast deliver their roles with passion and the choreography is excellent. A must for Glyndebourne and Britten fans
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By Colin W on 28 Mar. 2015
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As opera productions go, this is about as good as it gets. The set is the interior of a ship, like a giant rib cage, and creates a thoroughly claustrophobic atmosphere which is entirely appropriate. The lowering of a partition wall transforms the stage convincingly into a smaller cabin space. Billy Budd, as an innocent outsider, is introduced into the vicious world below decks and, of course, is doomed to die in the process. This can be read on the surface as a story of the British navy during the period after the French revolution when fear of mutiny was a real issue. It can also be read as a metaphor of society's inability to accept innocent non-conformism. Either way, this opera is intense and wonderful and surely one of Britten's finest works.
Mark Elder (conducting) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the pit are outstanding. Every member of the large and all male cast acts and sings superbly. But special mention should go to Jacques Imbrailo as Billy, Phillip Ens as Claggart and the always outstanding John Mark Ainsley as the troubled Captain Vere.
This is must for any opera lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Musicista on 22 Sept. 2013
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AN OUTSTANDING DVD OF OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION, WHICH I HAD SEEN AT A LIVE CINEMA TRANSMISSON FROM GYNDEBOURNE. WANTED AN ENCORE!
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