BRITTEN Billy Budd; The Holy Sonnets Glossop/Pears 4174282

. . . [Britten's] hauntingly claustrophobic sea-borne opera receives a definitive performance, superbly captured by producer John Culshaw. Peter Pears's Captain Vere oversees matters masterfully . . . it's Peter Glossop and Michael Langdon as the pitiable Budd and odious Claggart who really drive the action.

One can apply the adjective "classic" to this recording with a clear conscience.