Philip Langridge


Philip Langridge

Philip Langridge (born 16th December 1939 in Hawkhurst Kent, died 5th March 2010), was educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London and worked as an orchestral violinist before turning his attention to singing in the early 1960s. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of Britten's tenor roles, most notably Peter Grimes, Aschenbach, Captain Vere and Peter Quint, though his wide operatic repertoire also included works by Janacek, Monteverdi, Mozart and Schoenberg, as well as an acclaimed Loge in Das Rheingold and numerous roles in world premieres including Ades's The Tempest and Birtwistle's Gawain and The Mask of Orpheus. Renowned for his musical intelligence and textual sensitivity, he was also one of the finest lieder-singers of his generation and a very active voice-coach and teacher.

Langridge was awarded the CBE In 1994 and was married to the Irish mezzo-soprano Ann Murray.

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The Power of Music

The Power of Music


Ihr Glocken von Marling, S.328

Im Rhein, im schönen Strome, S272

Bist du!, S277

Vergiftet sind meine Lieder, S.289

Jugendglück, S. 323

Freudvoll und leidvoll, S.280

Drei Lieder aus Schillers Wilhelm Tell, S292

Die drei Zigeuner, S.320

Der Glückliche, S.334

Kling Leise, mein Lied, S301

Die Macht der Musik, S.302

Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass, S.297

Ich möchte hingehn, S.296

Die Vätergruft, S.281

Ich scheide, S. 319

Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh (Wandrers Nachtlied II), S.306

Philip Langridge (tenor) & John Constable (piano)

Rarely recorded and seldom performed in the concert hall, Philip Langridge unearths a forgotten corner of Liszt’s oeuvre: the songs which he wrote throughout his life and which range from austere miniatures to grandiose affairs conceived on a large scale. He is sensitively accompanied by John Constable.

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Adès: The Tempest

Adès: The Tempest

Simon Keenlyside (Prospero), Kate Royal (Miranda), Toby Spence (Ferdinand), Ian Bostridge (Caliban), Cyndia Sieden (Ariel), Philip Langridge (Alonso), Donald Kaasch (Antonio), Jonathan Summers (Sebastian), David Condier (Trinculo), Stephen Richardson (Stefano), Graeme Danby (Gonzalo)

The Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Thomas Adès

2CD Multipack with libretto and slipcase

When Thomas Adès conducted his opera The Tempest at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2007, EMI Classics microphones were on hand to record this “masterpiece of airy beauty and eerie power.” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker). The cast included Simon Keenlyside, Cynthia Sieden, Ian Bostridge, Toby Spence, Kate Royal, Philip Langridge, and Stephen Richardson, many of whom took part in the critically acclaimed world premiere three years earlier.

“there are moments in all three acts which are by any standards sheerly, heartstoppingly beautiful; passages in which the music seems to be mined from an unfathomable depth of feeling …” Andrew Clements, The Guardian

“It’s probably the first new opera I’ve experienced in 20 years that left me feeling not just intellectually aroused but deeply moved … A coming-of-age piece. And, yes, momentous.” Michael White, The Independent

“Adès does not shirk the traditional big operatic moments. There is a thrilling and moving quintet of reconciliation and he gives each of his main characters an imposing and impressive aria…these are expressed in music of extraordinary imaginative power.” Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph

"The evening deservedly belongs to Adès, who himself conducts a score as orchestrally lush and evocative as vocally varied and articulate. The cumulative effect is by turns ethereal, witty, incandescent, often ravishing". The Guardian 2004

“(Adès’s The Tempest) has the potential to be one of the most enduring new operas of the decade. (…) If you need proof that the hype surrounding Adès is more than just hope and expectation, you will find it here” The Guardian on the Royal Opera House revival in March 07.

“Adès has provided Covent Garden and British opera in general with one of its great moments. The cheering from every corner of the theatre on Tuesday - orchestra pit included - felt like what it was: British opera’s equivalent of the England World Cup rugby win.” The Guardian

“Out-Brittening Britten’s Grimes storm music in the prelude, and the eerily beguiling tintinnabulations of the Magic Banquet music that make the recording so rewarding” Sunday Times, 21st June 2009

“Performances are almost all first rate. It's a measure of the strength of the mostly British casting that singers of the quality of Stephen Richardson and Jonathan Summers take some of the smallest roles. Simon Keenlyside's no-nonsense Prospero, a force to be reckoned with from the very start of the opera, is outstanding, and it's hard to think of another singer who could manage the stratospheric writing for Ariel more effortlessly than Cyndia Sieden. Ian Bostridge's Caliban, Philip Langridge's King of Naples, Kate Royal's Miranda and Toby Spence's Ferdinand are excellent, too. It's a fine production, which does full justice to Adès's sometimes remarkable work.” The Guardian, 19th June 2009 ****

“Simon Keenlyside makes an authoritative Prospero, Ian Bostridge’s Caliban tugs at the heartstrings in his radiant Act 2 aria and Cyndia Sieden is phenomenal as a stratospherically high coloratura soprano Ariel.” The Telegraph, 10th June 2009 ****

“From the tornado-like prelude to Ariel's stratospheric yet ethereal "Five fathoms deep" the music illuminates rather than merely illustrates the drama. …Kate Royal as Miranda, is fully inside her part and sings alluringly… For many, the most memorable writing in The Tempest comes attached to Ariel's vocal high-wire act. Few coloratura sopranos are able to dispatch it like Cyndia Sieden, whose sound lends special colour to the performance... Simon Keenlyside, on the young side as Prospero, mixes brain and baritonal brawn in his characteristically charismatic way. Ian Bostridge sings unstintingly as a wonderfully weird Caliban... The playing of the Covent Garden orchestra is another luxury - no, a necessity, given the brilliantly conceived and demanding orchestral aspect of this piece.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2009

“…everyone reaches out to the purple passages when Adès touches something rich and strange. Those include the evolution of the young lovers' music from homages to midsummer Britten and Tippett to the heights of Act II, Ariel's banquet and masque in Act III, and the ensemble-passacaglia which takes the ultimate centre of gravity from Prospero's perfunctorily written farewells.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2009 ****

“It may not be a flawless masterpiece ... but it is one of the most viable and stageworthy of modern British operas...The playing of the Covent Garden orchestra is another luxury no, a necessity, given the brilliantly conceived and demanding orchestral aspect of this piece.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“well constructed and dramatically effective in its clever timing and contrasted textures...The late Philip Langridge in one of his last performances at Covent Garden...makes a memorable King of Naples, while Ades's evocative orchestration with its percussion effects vividly conjures up the atmosphere of the magic island of Prospero...A strong and memorable opera” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

GGramophone Awards 2010

Best of Category - Contemporary

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - August 2009

EMI - 6952342

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Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Monteverdi: Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Recorded in 1968

“This live recording from Graz Cathedral is gloriously bombastic but mushy at times, despite sprightly original instruments and sensitive plainsongs.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2009 ***

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Warner Classics Das Alte Werk - 2564694648

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Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel


Hänsel und Gretel

Sung in English

Christine Schafer (Gretel), Alice Coote (Hansel), Rosalind Plowright (Gertrude), Alan Held (Peter), Philip Langridge (Witch), Sasha Cooke (Sandman), Lisette Oropesa (Dew-Fairy)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Vladimir Jurowski

Production: Richard Jones, Set and Costume designer: John Macfarlane, Lighting designed by: Jennifer Tipton, Choreographer: Linda Dobell & Translation: David Pountney

Christine Schäfer, Alice Coote and Vladimir Jurowski triumph in Humperdinck’s first and most successful opera – filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in Hi-Definition.

This irresistibly delicious new English-language production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is the first Metropolitan Opera : Live in High-Definition series release following EMI Classic’s recent collaboration with the Met.

The Brothers Grimm fairy tale, a timeless children’s favourite, features a sophisticated score, and this intriguing new staging will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer are charming as Hansel and Gretel. The role of the Witch, written for a mezzo-soprano, is sometimes sung by a tenor – as is the case in this production - with Philip Langridge in the role.

Vladimir Jurowski, one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, leads Germany’s dearest opera, with a sensitive account of Humperdinck’s enchanting score.

Hansel and Gretel is considered by many as the salvation of German opera, bringing relief from the murky Wagnerian depths of Teutonic myth and initiating a return to the shimmering world of the fairy tale.

In 1923, Hansel and Gretel became the first complete opera to be broadcast on radio from Covent Garden ; Eight years later it was the first to be broadcast from the New York Met. It is significant therefore that this is one of the eight operas chosen to be in this season’s Met HD transmissions.

Beautifully staged by Richard Jones and moodily designed by John Macfarlane, this dark and eccentric production ‘is tough and dark, sparse and savage, an exploration of deprivation, cruelty and gluttony in a contemporary always-always-land’. (Financial Times)

“…Vladimir Jurowski conducts superbly, and the cast, singing in accessible English, is first-rate, especially Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer and Alan Held's towering Wotanesque Father. The staging… is WNO's familiar Richard Jones effort, with Francis Bacon-style drop curtains of shrieking maws and blood-slathered plates, the Witch visibly roasting in her Auschwitz-style kitchen.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ***

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Format: NTSC

EMI Metropolitan Opera DVD - 2063089

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The English Song Series Volume 13 - Britten: Folk Song Arrangements 2

The English Song Series Volume 13 - Britten: Folk Song Arrangements 2


Eight Folk Song Arrangements for High Voice and Harp

The Holly and the Ivy

King Herod and the Cock

The Twelve Apostles

The Bitter Withy

Orchestral Arrangements

Naxos English Song Series - 8557222



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Britten: St Nicolas, Op. 42, etc.


St Nicolas, Op. 42

Christ's Nativity

Psalm 150, Op. 67

Judith Harris (mezzo-soprano), Margaret Feaviour (soprano), Philip Langridge (tenor)

Tallis Chamber Choir, BBC Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, New London Children’s Choir, London Schools Symphony Orchestra, Steuart Bedford

Naxos English Choral Music - 8557203



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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

GGramophone Awards 2002

Winner - Choral

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2002

Building a Library

First Choice - March 2017

Warner Classics - 5573032

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Handel: Messiah (highlights)

Handel: Messiah (highlights)

Felicity Lott (soprano), Felicity Palmer (contralto), Philip Langridge (tenor), Robert Lloyd (bass)

Royal Philharmonic Society, The Huddersfield Choral Society, Sir Charles Mackerras

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Haydn: The Creation

Haydn: The Creation

English edition by Nicholas Temperley

Warner Classics - 7541592

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Mozart: Coronation Mass

Mozart: Coronation Mass


Mass in C major, K317 'Coronation Mass'

Ileana Cotrubas (soprano), Helen Watts (mezzo-soprano), Robert Tear (tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (bass-baritone), George Malcolm (organ)

Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner

Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K339

Felicity Palmer (soprano), Margaret Cable (mezzo-soprano), Philip Langridge (tenor), Stephen Roberts (bass)

Choir Of St John's College Cambridge, Wren Orchestra, George Guest

Exsultate, jubilate, K165

Erna Spoorenberg (soprano)

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner

Imposing recordings of the Mass and the Vespers (which includes the famous 'Laudate dominum') plus Erna Spoorenberg radiant in the Exsultate, jubilate.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4701662



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