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Palestrina: Best Masses

Palestrina: Best Masses


Palestrina:

Missa Assumpta est Maria

Missa Papae Marcelli


Charles Brett, Timothy Penrose, Ashley Stafford (countertenors), Wynford Evans, James Griffett, Neil Jenkins, Ian Partridge (tenors) David Beavan, Michael George, Gordon Jones, Christopher Keyte, Stephen Roberts (basses)

Pro Cantione Antiqua, Mark Brown

Alto - ALC1225

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Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Puccini: Manon Lescaut


Montserrat Caballé (Manon Lescaut), Plácido Domingo (Chevalier Des Grieux), Noel Mangin (Geronte de Ravoir), Vicente Sardinero (Lescaut), Robert Tear (Edmondo), Richard Van Allan (The Innkeeper), Bernard Dickerson (The Dancing Master), Delia Wallis (A Singer), Robert Lloyd (Sargeant of the Royal Archers), Ian Partridge (A Lamplighter) & Gwynne Howell (A Naval Captain)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus & New Philharmonia Orchestra, Bruno Bartoletti

“The New Philharmonia Orchestra sparkles and shimmers under the baton of Bruno Bartoletti in this recording with Montserrat Caballé in the title role. She treats us to some of the most expressive Puccini singing I've ever heard in her Act Four aria, Sola, perduta, abbandonata, and she is partnered by Plácido Domingo, magnificently classy as the Chevalier des Grieux...this recording is a treasure.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, July 2014

Warner Classics - The Opera Series - 7359822

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Music of Albert: Prince of Saxe, Coburg und Gotha

Music of Albert: Prince of Saxe, Coburg und Gotha


Albert, Prince:

Ständchen

Trauerlied

Gruss aus der Ferne

Klage der Liebe

Der Ungeliebte

Nichts Schöneres

Lebewohl

Reiterlied

Liebe hat uns nun verient

Die Winterreise

Einsamkeit

Die letzen Worte eines Barden

Schmerz der Liebe

Abendruhe

Vereinigung

Invocazione all’Armonia


Susan Longfield (soprano), Pauline Stevens (mezzo-soprano), Ian Partridge (tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (baritone), Christopher Keyte (bass) with Jennifer Partridge (piano)

Purcell Consort of Voices, Grayston Burgess (director)

Behind the stuffed shirts and the stiff upper lips in the Victorian era, dwelt some admirable spirits, none perhaps more admirable than Albert, Prince of Saxe, Coburg and Gotha, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria. Among this collection of songs by him are some which could take their place worthily in any recital of Lieder of his time, some reminiscent of the writing of Schubert and early Schumann. Most of the songs were written before his marriage, when he was eighteen or nineteen. In their melodic inventiveness and subtlety they are quite astonishing. Many are settings of verses by his brother. Prince Albert regarded himself as essentially an amateur musician, knowing that the duties of his station could never allow him the time and education to become the complete master of any art. Yet he achieved skill as a performer that Mendelssohn regarded as worthy of a professional.

In time for the Royal Wedding, with royal sentiments in the air, this Argo LP receives its first – and timely – release on CD. Full texts and translations are included.

A timely release of a recording of songs by one of the 19th century’s most figures of the British Royal Family - Prince Albert.

“You would not be surprised if I were to adopt a kindly but patronising attitude towards the Prince Consort’s songs. "Really quite good for Royalty" would be the line. The astonishing thing is that the best of them would be very good for almost anyone … I strongly recommend this record, and not only for Musical Quizzes” Gramophone Magazine

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4802092

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Heinrich Schütz: The Great Motets

Heinrich Schütz: The Great Motets


Schütz:

Hodie Christus natus est, SWV315

Fili mi, Absalon, SWV 269

Auf dem Gebirge, SWV396

Heu Mihi Domine

Ich Danke Dir Herr

Der Engel Sprach Zu Den Hirten, SWV 395

O quam tu pulchra es, SWV 265

Die Seele Christi Heilige Mich

Was mein Gott will, SWV392

Exultavit Cor Meum, SWV 258

with English Consort of Viols

Selig sind die Toten, SWV391

Auf dem Gebirge, SWV396

alto version


James Bowman, Paul Esswood, Kevin Smith (countertenors), Paul Elliott, James Griffett, Ian Partridge (tenors) & Brian Etheridge & Michael George (basses)

Pro Cantione Antiqua, London Sackbut & Cornet Ensemble, Edgar Fleet

Alto - ALC1118

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Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams


Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Sinfonia of London, Sir John Barbirolli

Fantasia on Greensleeves

Sinfonia of London, Sir John Barbirolli

The Wasps Overture

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley

The Lark Ascending

Sarah Chang (violin)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Flos Campi

Christopher Balmer

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Vernon Handley

Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus'

Jacques Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks

Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

On Wenlock Edge

Ian Partridge

Music Group of London

Silent Noon

Anthony Rolfe Johnson, David Willison

Songs of Travel

Anthony Rolfe Johnson, David Willison

Serenade to Music

(original version with 16 soloists)

Norma Burrowes, Sheila Armstrong, Susan Longfield, Marie Hayward (soprano), Alfreda Hodgson, Gloria Jennings, Shirley Minty, Meriel Dickinson (contralto), Ian Partridge, Bernard Dickerson, Wynford Evans, Kenneth Bowen (tenor), Richard Angas, John Carol Case, John Noble & Christopher Keyte (bass)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult


Now rightfully acknowledged as a towering figure, Vaughan Williams was the first composer to write in the English language, using folksong in the Norfolk Rhapsody, a Tudor hymn in the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and absorbing and transforming his influences in the stunningly beautiful Serenade to Music.

During the 16th and 17th centuries England had been a leading participant in the delevopment of European music, but after the early death of Purcell in 1695, music in England came to be dominated by musicians of foreign origin: notably Handel and Mendelssohn. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) is the best-known of a new generation of composers that came after Elgar and made up what became known as the English Musical Renaissance. Along with Gustav Holst, Vaughan Williams travelled the country collecting and preserving English folksong traditions, and was largely responsible for the revival of interest in folksong. So strong was his interest in the subject that, like Holst, folksong was absorbed into his compositional style and was to influence his concert music, giving it a uniquely English quality. Starting with the evocative Thomas Tallis Fantasia, (RVW's look back at his great 16th-century predecessor) this set contains some of the composer's best-known and most-loved music, including the popular Fantasia on Greensleeves and the beautiful Lark Ascending.

Warner Classics 20th Century Classics - 6279102

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Arne: Artaxerxes

Arne: Artaxerxes


Christopher Robson (Artaxerxes), Ian Partridge (Artabanes), Patricia Spence (Arbaces), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Rimenes), Catherine Bott (Mandane), Philippa Hyde (Semira)

The Parley of Instruments, Roy Goodman

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Thomas Arne was one of the great survivors of eighteenth-century theatrical life: in his early twenties he put on an unauthorized production of Acis and Galatea that prodded Handel into taking English seriously as a language for theatrical works. It should therefore come as no surprise that in the three years from 1759 he had three smash hits of his own, each an original masterpiece that effectively created a new genre. Artaxerxes, the second of these, was the first attempt to set a full-blown opera seria libretto in English.

The story of the rebellious captain of the guard’s attempts to usurp the Persian throne in the fifth century BC had captured the attention of several composers, but Arne’s opera was particularly successful because it was an excellent vehicle for great singing. Mandane’s spectacular aria ‘The Soldier, tir’d of War’s Alarms’ remained a show-piece for sopranos through much of the nineteenth century and has never entirely dropped out of the repertory.

When Haydn saw Artaxerxes in 1791 he was delighted with it and reportedly said he ‘had no idea we had such an opera in the English language’.

“Bott gives a masterly performance, with the counter-tenor Christopher Robson also impressive in the castrato title-role, and with Ian Partridge pure-toned and incisive in the role of the villain, Artabanes, even if his sweet tenor hardly conveys evil...from the overture onwards, [Goodman] electrifies the players and singers, pointing rhythms and aerating textures to bring out the charm as well as the vigour of the writing.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

Hyperion Dyads - CDD22073

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The Essential Vaughan Williams

The Essential Vaughan Williams


Vaughan Williams:

The Lark Ascending

Hugh Bean (violin)

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Linden Lea

words by William Barnes)

Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano) & Gerald Moore (piano)

Fantasia on Greensleeves

Sinfonia of London, Sir John Barbirolli

Silent Noon

Ian Bostridge (tenor) & Julius Drake (piano)

English Folk Song Suite

(orch. Gordon Jacob)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

The Vagabond (from Songs of Travel)

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor) & David Willison (piano)

Serenade to Music

(original version with 16 soloists)

Norma Burrowes, Sheila Armstrong, Susan Longfield, Marie Hayward (soprano), Alfreda Hodgson, Gloria Jennings, Shirley Minty, Meriel Dickinson (contralto), Ian Partridge, Bernard Dickerson, Wynford Evans, Kenneth Bowen (tenor), Richard Angas, John Carol Case, John Noble & Christopher Keyte (bass)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Prelude on 'Rhosymedre'

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

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Sinfonia of London, Sir John Barbirolli

The Wasps Overture

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Loch Lomond

Ian Partridge (tenor)

London Madrigal Singers, Christopher Bishop

Ca' the Yowes

Ian Partridge (tenor)

London Madrigal Singers, Christopher Bishop

Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus'

Jacques Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks

O Taste and See

James Lancelot (organ) & Ivan Sharpe (treble)

Winchester Cathedral Choir, Martin Neary

Bushes and Briars

Baccholian Singers of London

Wassail Song

Baccholian Singers of London

For all the saints (Sine nomine)

John Scott Whiteley (organ)

York Minster Choir, Philip Moore

The truth sent from above

Choir of King's College, Cambridge, David Willcocks

Little town of Bethlehem (Forest Green)

The Lamb

Ian Partridge (tenor) & Janet Craxton (oboe)

Scherzo from Symphony No. 7 'Sinfonia antartica'

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Orpheus With His Lute

(first setting)

David Daniels (countertenor) & Martin Katz (piano)

Mass in G minor – Kyrie

John Eaton (treble), Nigel Perrin (alto), Robin Doveton (tenor) & David van Asch (bass)

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks

The blessed Son of God

Bach Choir, Sir David Willcocks

Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)

(trans. R. F. Littledale – v.4 arr. Williamson)

Thomas Williamson (organ)

The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune 'All people that on earth do dwell'

(William Kethe – Louis Bourgeois arr. RVW; version for brass ensemble and organ by Roy Douglas)

Benjamin Bayl (organ)

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury


EMI - 2079922

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Finzi: Love's Labours Lost, suite for small orchestra, Op 28, etc.

Finzi:

Love's Labours Lost, suite for small orchestra, Op 28

for string orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Let Us Garlands Bring, Op. 18

John Carol Case (baritone)

Two Sonnets by John Milton for Tenor and small Orchestra

Farewell to Arms for Tenor and small Orchestra

Ian Partridge (tenor)

In terra pax, Op. 39


Lyrita - SRCD237

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Vivaldi's Gloria & Bach's Magnificat

Vivaldi's Gloria & Bach's Magnificat


Bach, J S:

Magnificat in D major, BWV243

Vivaldi:

Gloria in D major, RV589


“Singing and playing on the highest level from every department.” BBC Music Magazine

Early Music

Coro - COR16042

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Fen and Meadow

Fen and Meadow

Britten Choral Works III


Britten:

Choral Dances from Gloriana, Op. 53

Ian Partridge (solo tenor)

Advance Democracy

The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard (Text: The Oxford Book of Ballads)

A Wedding Anthem, Op. 46

Five Flower Songs, Op. 47

Sacred and Profane, Op. 91


“Britten's mastery of writing for unaccompanied chorus is here demonstrated in fine performances of works written between 1938 and 1975.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2006 *****

“All hail the über-choir” The Independent

Coro Britten Choral Works - COR16038

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