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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Berg: Wozzeck

Berg: Wozzeck

Live from the Wiener Staatsoper, 1987

Franz Grundheber (Wozzeck), Hildegard Behrens (Marie), Walter Raffeiner (Tambourmajor), Philip Langridge (Andres), Heinz Zednik (Hauptmann), Aage Haugland (Doktor), Anna Gonda (Margret), Peter Jelosits (Narr), Alfred Sramek (1.Handwerkbursch), Alexander Maly (2.Handwerkbursch)

Vienna Boys Choir, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor) & Adolf Dresen (stage director)

For their perfection of composition and link with important literary works, Alban Berg’s operas Wozzeck and Lulu – the latter left unfinished at the composer’s death – must rank among the most outstanding music-theatre pieces of the 20th century. This production by renowned theatre and opera director Adolf Dresen stars the German baritone Franz Grundheber as Wozzeck and the legendary soprano Hildegard Behrens as Marie. And last but not least this terrific opera features one of the greatest conductors of our time at the podium: Claudio Abbado.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: DE

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 97 mins

FSK: 6

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Szymanowski: King Roger & Symphony No. 4

Szymanowski: King Roger & Symphony No. 4


Król Roger

Thomas Hampson (King Roger), Elzieta Szmytka (Roxana), Philip Langridge (Edrisi), Ryszard Minkiewicz (Shepherd), Robert Gierlach (Archbishop), Jadwiga Rappé (Deaconess)

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus

Symphony No. 4, Op. 60 (Sinfonia Concertante)

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Simon Rattle’s luminous reading of Szymanowski’s philosophical opera King Roger won a Gramophone Award for opera on its first release in 2000. ‘A vibrantly dramatic account, revealing potent theatricality from the outset and sustaining its grip throughout’ (Gramophone), Rattle’s recording is coupled with Szymanowski’s colourful Fourth Symphony, with the solo piano part assuredly performed here by Leif Ove Andsnes.

GGramophone Awards 2000

Winner - Opera

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Siegfried Jerusalem (Waldemar), Sharon Sweet (Tove), Marjana Lipovšek (Wood Dove), Hartmut Welker (Peasant), Philip Langridge (Klaus the Jester) & Barbara Sukowa (Speaker)

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Slowakischer Philharmonischer Chor Bratislava & Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

2013 marks the centenary of the first performance of Schoenberg’s – if not the early 20th century’s – essay in gargantuism. The forces involved were unprecedented: in addition to the soloists (soprano, mezzo-soprano, two tenors, bass and speaker) there were three male-voice choirs and an eight-part mixed choir; and the 150-piece orchestra included 25 woodwind, 11 percussion, 4 harps and 80 strings. In 1903 he had even been compelled to ask the Waldheim–Eberle Press to prepare him some special 48-stave manuscript paper. The reception at the first performance was overwhelming: the ovation lasted fifteen minutes; the composer’s denigrators were silenced, and many members of the audience wept. The title means 'Songs of Gurre', referring to Gurre Castle in Denmark, scene of the medieval love-tragedy revolving around the Danish national legend of the love of the Danish king Valdemar Atterdag (spelt Waldemar by Schoenberg) for his mistress Tove, and her subsequent murder by Valdemar's jealous Queen Helvig.

Its performances and recordings have attracted some of the world’s finest dramatic sopranos – among them Susan Dunn and Jessye Norman, and here, Sharon Sweet. In a survey of this work, Gramophone magazine selected this, Claudio Abbado’s recording as the finest ever made. It was, then, only available for digital download, and is now, after an absence of several years, returns to the CD catalogue in a year which also celebrates Abbado’s 80th birthday.

“… Abbado's interpretation, is the most Expressionistically detailed of all. The textures shimmer and then glint to reveal Schoenberg's' own sea-change in orchestral writing over a decade … Abbado and the Viennese live dangerously – and when day breaks and that prickly cactus Schoenberg finally blooms, they are unrivalled in splendour.” Peter Quantrill, Gramophone Magazine

“Everything about this recording impresses. Siegfried Jerusalem is on top form as Waldemar. He seems able to encompass all aspects of the role...This is a tremendous account of Gurrelieder, which I’m sure is one of the foremost versions in the catalogue” MusicWeb International, 6th September 2013

“Somewhat unusually, Abbado chooses a female speaker (Barbara Sukowa) for the one song that employs the half-sung, half-spoken technique known as Sprechstimme, but for me this makes perfect sense as it looks forward to the use of the same technique in the later work for female voice and small ensemble, Pierrot Lunaire. The enormous forces of the Vienna Philharmonic, and the combined choral might of the Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, and Slowakischer Philharmonischer Chor Bratislava also help to make this a truly thrilling recording.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, August 2014

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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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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 10th, 13th and 17th February 2006.

Erwin Schrott (Figaro), Miah Persson (Susanna), Gerald Finley (Count Almaviva), Dorothea Röschmann (Countess Almaviva), Rinat Shaham (Cherubino), Graciela Araya (Marcellina), Jonathan Veira (Bartolo), Philip Langridge (Bartolo), Jeremy White (Antonio), Ana James (Barbarina), Francis Egerton (Curzio)

The Royal Opera Chorus & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & David McVicar (stage director)

David McVicar’s spellbinding production of Le nozze di Figaro is set in 1830s post-revolution France, where the inexorable unravelling of an old order has produced acute feelings of loss. In the relationship between Finley’s suave, dashingly self-absorbed Count and Röschmann’s passionately dignified Countess, which lies at the tragic heart of the opera, the sexy ease between a feisty Figaro (Erwin Schrott) and a sassy Susanna (Miah Persson) is starkly absent, the tenacious spark between Marcellina (Graciela Araya) and Bartolo (Jonathan Veira) suggesting what might be rekindled. The production is superbly complemented by the beauty of Paule Constable’s lighting and Tanya McCallin’s evocative sets. Antonio Pappano conducts (and accompanies the recitatives) with invigorating wit and emotional depth.

‘This sexy, raunchy, romp of an opera is a triumph. Director David McVicar has searched for the essence of the composer and found it; fun filled, sensitive, romantic and serious by turns, all reflected in this production.This is a 'Must See' opera! …You'll regret it if you don't!’ Musical Opinion

LENGTH: 184 Mins

“Here is a Figaro to put with the 1973 Glyndebourne production placed among the top five operatic DVDs. Figaro and Susanna are very much the centre here, and we like them not only because they sing and act well but because they are sympathetic in a modern way. Dorothea Röschmann's Countess is an unusually active, passionate woman... The Count's in an unenviable role... Finley goes grim-faced from one defeat to another, singing like a true aristocrat all the way.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2008

“…so accomplished a cast, in which Gerald Finley's Count, Miah Persson's Susanna and Rinat Shaham's Cherubino stand out as ideal.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2008 ****

“Schrott is a lively, resourceful and above all very good-looking Figaro, but the delightful Susanna (Miah Persson), charmingly dressed, is his match...The dignified Countess (Dorothea Roschmann)... is appealingly spirited...The sets are appealing and the action moves forward with a swing.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

“There's so much to love about David McVicar's Royal Opera House Figaro, set in pre-revolutionary France and filmed in 2006 with Antonio Pappano at the helm: the relationship between Gerald Finley and Dorothea Röschmann's Count and Countess shocks with its volatility, yet Erwin Schrott's sensual, rebellious Figaro, Miah Persson's cool, sparky Susanna, and Rinat Shaham's gawky Cherubino are all treasurable.” Presto Classical, December 2014

GGramophone Awards 2008

Best of Category - DVD

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - August 2008

Building a Library

First Choice (DVD) - May 2014

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Region: 0

Format: NTSC

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Mozart: Der Messias, K572 (after Handel)

Mozart: Der Messias, K572 (after Handel)

“The 1988 recording… benefits from what was arguably the finest quarter of soloists then available, together with the confident participation of the Huddersfield Choral Society and the disciplined Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which moves efficiently and purposefully under the direction of Sir Charles Mackerras...” BBC Music Magazine, May 2006 ****

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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

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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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