Philip Langridge

Tenor

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


Liszt:

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.

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Original Language: DE

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES

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Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 97 mins

FSK: 6

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Cyril Rootham: Symphony No. 2 & Ode on the Morning of Christ’s Nativity

Cyril Rootham: Symphony No. 2 & Ode on the Morning of Christ’s Nativity


Rootham:

Symphony No. 2

BBC Broadcast 28 January 1984

Scottish Philharmonic Singers & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ode on the Morning of Christ’s Nativity

BBC Broadcast 18 December 1975

Teresa Cahill (soprano), Philip Langridge (tenor) & Michael Rippon (bass-baritone)

Trinity Boys Choir, BBC Singers & BBC Concert Orchestra


‘Rootham has done much for other contemporary composers; unfortunately he has been deficient in peddling his own wares’. This verdict on Cyril Rootham may serve to explain the neglect his music suffered during his lifetime. However, the general indifference it has encountered subsequently is unfathomable. It is to be hoped that this Lyrita release, which echoes the enterprise of the same label’s pionee ring 1976 studio recording of the First Symphony will reawaken interest in a key figure in early twentieth century British music.

Composed between 1925 and 1928, Rootham’s setting of Milton’s Ode on the Morning of Christ’s Nativity, for soprano, tenor and baritone soloists, chorus, a semi-chorus of boys’ voices and orchestra, is the composer’s most ambitious and accomplished choral work. It won the 1928 Carnegie Competition and was premiered successfully on 13 June 1930 under the composer’s direction. A performance in Gloucester at the 1934 Three Choirs Festival brought further acclaim. The performance presented here is a 1975 recording of a BBC Radio 3 broadcast marking Rootham’s centenary. Vernon Handley’s assured handling of this large score is constantly impressive and he highlights its tiniest ge stures and flecks of colour as well as moulding convincingly its epic, sweeping paragraphs.

Rootham first conceived the idea of a symphonic work with choral finale in 1936 at a time when he beagn to suffer from progressive muscular atrophy. The Symphony No.2 was completed at a stage when Rootham was no longer able to write and could barely speak, ten days before he died in March 1938. The result can be regarded as a deeply personal statement or rather, given the circumstances of its creation, as a testament. The overall effect is all the more poignant because it shuns sentimentality and self-indulgence. It was premiered on 17 March 1939 at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. This performance under Vernon Handley was first broadcast on 28 November 1984. Handley’s grasp of this fragile, elusive symphonic piece is as impressive as his 1976 studio account of Rootham’s First Symphony (also available on Lyrita SRCD269) and constitutes arguably an even greater interpretive achievement.

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Szymanowski: King Roger & Symphony No. 4

Szymanowski: King Roger & Symphony No. 4


Szymanowski:

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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Birtwistle: The Minotaur

Birtwistle: The Minotaur

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on the 25th & 30th April and 3rd May 2008.


John Tomlinson (The Minotaur), Johan Reuter (Theseus), Christine Rice (Ariadne), Andrew Watts (Snake Priestess), Philip Langridge (Hiereus), Amanda Echalaz (Ker), Rebecca Bottone, Pumeza Matshikiza, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Christopher Ainslie, Tim Mead (Innocents)

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

This world premiere of a gripping new work by composer Harrison Birtwistle and librettist David Harsent, commissioned by The Royal Opera, brings the monstrous, Greek mythological character to the stage. John Tomlinson stars as the Minotaur, part man, part beast, trapped in his labyrinth and constrained by his bloodthirsty role there, longs to discover his true identity and his own voice. Athens must pay a blood sacrifice to Crete and among the innocents is Theseus, who has come to challenge the violent Minotaur, but who also attracts the attention of Ariadne, half-sister and keeper of the monster; it is with her help he succeeds. Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House.

‘Thanks to a superb cast and impeccable playing under Antonio Pappano, the evening is a glittering success. …what Birtwistle has done is give us one opera inside another. The outer one is strident and earthbound; the inner one – ending with the Minotaur's Caliban-like dying aria – burns with visionary fire.’ The Independent

Extra features:

Documentary: ‘Myth is universal'.

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.

Running time 175 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 & 5.0 PCM (TBC)

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“This opera, premiered at the Royal Opera last April, seems to me to be a masterpiece, of the kind that one feels the greatness of before one has a complete understanding of it. …the Minotaur is a terrifying and pained figure. This performance is the climax of John Tomlinson's career, in a part written with his huge, gravelly voice in mind. The other compelling figure is Ariadne... Christine Rice, bearing the weight of exposition and of suffering, uses her wonderfully rich mezzo to stunning effect.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 *****

“The filming reinforces the strengths of Stephen Langridge's tightly controlled, potently expressive production in an economical yet atmospheric setting, with the whole ensemble totally engaged in the drama's dark enterprise. Repeated hearings underline that, in the end, this tragedy is the more convincing for the way its turn towards pathos does not involve any false consolation.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2009

“Birtwistle's latest large-scale music drama, written for Covent Garden, is a quite different experience on DVD: what might have been planned by composer and stage director to be witnessed from a distance is shown in unsparing close-up. But this seething, monumental reinvention of one of the most disquieting Greek myths – with a pithy libretto by David Harsent – is neither betrayed nor diminished by this excellent film. Only in its final stages does the opera's focus shift decisively to the doomed Minotaur from the scheming Ariadne, and the drama's most essential point is that this Ariadne – as different from Strauss's as Birtwistle's Orpheus is different from Gluck's – is in her own way as much of a monster as the half-man/half-bull. These demanding roles are projected with maximum musical eloquence by Christine Rice and Sir John Tomlinson, no doubt because – as Rice makes clear in the absorbing 30-minute documentary that accompanies the performance – what is demanding is also intensely rewarding to singers prepared to commit themselves to a steep learning curve. Equal commitment is evident in Johan Reuter's Theseus, the conventions of heroic posturing given new depth and relevance in text, music and vocal acting alike. We see little of Antonio Pappano and his orchestra, but the excellent sound never lets us escape the inexorable magnetism of the instrumental continuum.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Awards 2009

Finalist - DVD

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7052D

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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 ***

Early Music

Warner Classics Das Alte Werk - 2564694648

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Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel


Humperdinck:

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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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

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 184 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND 5.0 / LPCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

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

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


Britten:

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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