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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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Bush: A Little Love Music

Bush: A Little Love Music


Bush, G:

Greek Love Songs

The End of Love

Songs of Wonder

A Little Love Music

Songs (3) of Ben Jonson


Benjamin Luxon (baritone), Geoffrey Bush (piano), Ian Partridge (tenor), Teresa Cahill (soprano)

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Live Recording from The Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 1978


Felicity Lott (Pamina), Leo Goeke (Tamino), Benjamin Luxon (Papageno), Thomas Thomaschke (Sarastro), May Sandoz (Queen of the Night), Teresa Cahill (Erste Dame), Patricia Parker (Zweite Dame), Fiona Kimm (Dritte Dame), Willard White (Sprecher), John Fryatt (Monostatos), Elisabeth Conquet (Papagena), Neil McKinnon (Erste Geharnischter), John Rath (Zweite Geharnischter), Kate Flowers (Erste Knabe), Lindsay John (Zweiter Knabe), Elisabeth Stokes (Dritter Knabe)

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor) & John Cox (stage director)

Stage Designer DAVID HOCKNEY

Glyndebourne’s 1978 production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte received as much critical acclaim for the imaginative David Hockney sets as for the operatic performance. Hockney, known internationally for his pop art, emphasised the magical and mystical qualities of one of Mozart’s best known operas – and the spirit was wonderfully reflected in John Cox’s production.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Bernard Haitink.

Mozart’s tale of Papageno and Pince Tamino’s quest to rescue Pamina and overthrow the Queen of the Night is one of his best loved operas and here receives an impressive treatment with Leo Goeke, Felicity Lott and Benjamin Luxon in the leading roles. Essential for such an opera, there is a great happy end: Tamino and Pamina overcome their trials and become a loving couple, the malicious Queen of the Night is humbled and even Papageno finds his Papagena.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), FR, GB, ES

Running Time: 163 mins

FSK: 0

“The fairytale settings and Hockney costumes are not a good match for the extreme seriousness of Haitink, but superb singing, especially Goeke's Tamino, makes this indispensable.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 *****

“Hockney’s approach was designed to reduce perspective and concentrate the move from scenery to backcloth...Haitink’s fleeting tempi are wholly in tune with the production...This colourful production could be ideal for introducing children to opera and as light entertainment for more serious viewers.” MusicWeb International, 14th October 2013

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Britten: Peter Grimes

Britten: Peter Grimes


Jon Vickers (Grimes), Heather Harper (Ellen), Jonathan Summers (Balstrode), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Auntie), Teresa Cahill (First Niece), Anne Pashley (Second Niece), John Dobson (Bob Boles), Forbes Robinson (Swallow), Patricia Payne (Mrs Sedley), John Lanigan (Horace Adams), Thomas Allen (Ned Keene), Richard Van Allan (Hobson)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis

“Convincingly dark reading from Covent Garden” The Times, 10th May 2013

“Sir Colin Davis takes a fundamentally darker, tougher view of Peter Grimes than the composer himself. Jon Vickers's powerful, heroic interpretation sheds keen new light on what arguably remains the greatest of Britten's operas...A genuine bargain.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

“the cast is fine and the tension cumulative” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 ***

Decca Operas - 4785273

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Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts Mahler

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts Mahler


Janacek:

The Fiddler's Child

Smetana Hall, Prague, 9 May 1979

Bela Dekany (violin)

Mahler:

Das klagende Lied

Royal Albert Hall, London, July 20th, 1981

Teresa Cahill (soprano), Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), Robert Tear (tenor) & Gwynne Howell (bass)

with BBC Symphony Chorus & BBC Singers


Only the most eminent and respected Russian musicians were allowed extensive foreign tours in the early 1960s, and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky was awarded this status. He appeared several times in Britain, mainly with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and at Covent Garden. In 1971, he conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra at the Proms. Rozhdestvensky became Artistic Director of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (1974–77 & 1991–95), and principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1978–81) and Vienna Symphony Orchestra (1980–82). He worked with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago and Cleveland orchestras. He also is the honorary conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

Rozhdestvensky was the first Russian-born conductor to perform and record all Mahler’s symphonies in his country.

Mahler’s Das klagende Lied is a rarity and here is performed live, complete in the original three-part edition The performance was reviewed by Gramophone magazine as follows: ‘Rozhdestvensky’s highly dramatic account of Mahler’s three-movement drama’.

The recording was first issued in 1995 but deleted shortly afterwards with the demise of BBC Radio Classics. The ICA version has been completely remastered, restoring the wide dynamics of Rozhdestvensky’s magnificent performance. The distinguished soloists feature Dame Janet Baker, one of the greatest Mahler interpreters of the twentieth century.

The CD also features another rarity – Janácˇek’s The Fiddler’s Child – from the 1979 Prague Festival. This live recording has never been issued before and is Rozdestvensky’s only taping of the work. Rozhdestvensky’s recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 (ICAC5035) and Holst’s The Planets (ICAC5053) have received great critical acclaim.

ica classics Legacy - ICAC5080

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Saxton: The Wandering Jew

Saxton: The Wandering Jew


Roderick Williams (Wandering Jew), Tim Mirfin (Jesus/Beggar), Teresa Cahill (Widowed Mother), Hilary Summers (Fortune Teller), Louise Winter (Kundry), Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts (Faust), Brindley Sherratt (Mephistopheles), Graeme Danby (Odin), Jeremy White (Old Man)

BBC Symphony Orchestra & BBC Singers, Andre de Ridder

Robert Saxton’s long-awaited radio opera, commissioned by the BBC, is a modernist take on the tale of the Wandering Jew – the shoe-mender condemned by Jesus to wander the Earth until the Second Coming after he refused to help him on his way to his Crucifixion.

The opera introduces many legendary characters, following medieval and other myths, including Faust, Mephistopheles, Kundry and Wotan.

Underneath its surface lies a structure relating to the annual cycle of Jewish and Christian festivals in eight scenes of sweeping orchestral and choral music, enhanced by studio post production from Antony Pitts.

“This project blew me away...Saxton’s tonal (or modal) musical language ranges from the cinematic spectacular to rapt spirituality. And the piece is compellingly delivered by a strong cast led by Roderick Williams as the Jew. Saxton calls it a “radio opera”. That’s too pessimistic. It deserves staging.” The Times, 11th June 2011 *****

“Musically, some of the score is striking, its modality very different from the style of Saxton's earlier works...The performance... is first rate; it's a major undertaking that has been realised with great care.” The Guardian, 16th June 2011 ***

“There's a hint of Wagnerian majesty in the [Odin] scene, otherwise the shadow of Britten lies long over the music, not only in the shape of the melodic lines, but also in the clarity of the orchestration. Baritone Roderick Williams is impressive in the title role...and all the smaller parts are well filled.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ****

“The score, often tonal but employing ethereal electronic techniques, is delicately coloured and lyrical, more meditation than opera...As the narrator mourns the lawless revellers and surveys total devastation and "the Temple flames" which "herald no dawn", this heartfelt work takes on new urgency.” The Observer, 14th August 2011

“Roderick Williams bring his customary authority and insight...The BBC Singers acquit their solo and choral roles with conviction, while Andre de Ridder secures playing of clarity and refinement from the BBC Symphony Orchestra...A near-exemplary presentation of the work that offers much of substance in its treatment of an age-old yet continually relevant narrative, and which anyone at all interested in English-language opera needs to hear.” International Record Review, October 2011

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Massenet: Cendrillon

Massenet: Cendrillon


Frederica von Stade (Cendrillon), Nicolai Gedda (Le Prince Charmant), Jane Berbié (Mme. de la Haltière), Jules Bastin (Pandolfe), Ruth Welting (La Fée), Teresa Cahill (Noémie), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Dorothée)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Julius Rudel

CD includes a booklet with a three-language synopsis (English/French/German), full cast list and detailed track list.

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Britten: Peter Grimes

Britten: Peter Grimes


Jon Vickers (Grimes), Heather Harper (Ellen), Jonathan Summers (Balstrode), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Auntie), Teresa Cahill (First Niece), Anne Pashley (Second Niece), John Dobson (Bob Boles), Forbes Robinson (Swallow), Patricia Payne (Mrs Sedley), John Lanigan (Horace Adams), Thomas Allen (Ned Keene), Richard Van Allan (Hobson)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis

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Full track-lists and synopses in English, German and French.

“the cast is fine and the tension cumulative” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 ***

“Sir Colin Davis takes a fundamentally darker, tougher view of Peter Grimes than the composer himself. Jon Vickers's powerful, heroic interpretation sheds keen new light on what arguably remains the greatest of Britten's operas...A genuine bargain.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

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Vaughan Williams: The Sons of Light (Cantata for Chorus and Orchestra), etc.

Holst:

The Mystic Trumpeter, Op. 18

Sheila Armstrong (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, David Atherton

Parry:

Ode on the Nativity

Teresa Cahill (soprano)

The Bach Choir, Royal College of Music Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks

Vaughan Williams:

The Sons of Light (Cantata for Chorus and Orchestra)

The Bach Choir, Royal College of Music Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks


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David Blake: Violin Concerto

David Blake: Violin Concerto


Blake, David:

Violin Concerto

The Violin Concerto is a fundamentally lyrical work reflecting the composer’s response to his first visit to Italy.

Iona Brown (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Norman del Mar

In Praise of Krishna

Teresa Cahill (soprano)

Northern Sinfonia, David Blake


The Violin Concerto is a fundamentally lyrical work reflecting the composer’s response to his first visit to Italy.

In Praise of Krishna is a setting of religious poems of the Bengali Vaishnava sect describing a young woman’s love affair with the god Krishna; Blake responds to the powerful sensuality of the poems with an exotic and beautiful language of his own.

“NMC’s Ancora series … is to be welcomed without reservation…with fine performances from Iona Brown in the Concerto and Teresa Cahill in In Praise of Krishna, this is well worth having, and it may surprise 20th century British music lovers who think the post-Schoenbergian '70s young moderns have nothing to offer them.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2007 ****

“Lyrical and sensuous qualities dominate In Praise of Krishna… the seven poems chart a course from desire, through longing, to fulfilment - in a song-cycle where the serene and the fervent exist in perfect accord. Alluring as the vocal line is, especially as rendered by Teresa Cahill, it is the translucency of ensemble, solo instruments emerging from and back into the texture with evocative poise, which most readily engaged attention - not least in so sensitive a performance as here.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2007

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