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Vaughan Williams: Riders to the Sea

Vaughan Williams: Riders to the Sea


Vaughan Williams:

Riders to the Sea

Ingrid Attrot (soprano), Lynne Dawson (soprano), Linda Finnie (mezzo-soprano), Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano) & Karl Daymond (baritone)

The Sinfonia Chorus

Household Music

Flos Campi

Philip Dukes (viola)


As he proved with his recording of A London Symphony – Record of the Year, Gramophone Awards 2001 – Richard Hickox was a Vaughan Williams specialist. This reissue of an original 1995 recording features such lesser known works from the composer as Household Music and Flos Campi.

Alternating between the passionate and the tortured, between long-breathed lyricism and moments of obvious pain, Flos Campi has never really found itself in the mainstream concert repertoire, maybe because of its title, misleadingly suggesting jolly music. Household Music has equally suffered from its title, rather an off-hand one for pieces that at their best show the composer’s brilliance as an arranger. Riders to the Sea, however, is a masterpiece, seen as the finest as well as the most concentrated of Vaughan Williams’s works for the stage, conjuring up multiple layers of emotional response to the natural world, a losing battle with the sea, and the God which rules it, for the islanders in the North Atlantic.

“A one-act opera based on the play of the same name, Riders to the Sea is a straightforward tragedy that pits helpless humans against the remorseless sea of Galway Bay. Richard Hickox leads the Northern Sinfonia and Chorus; Ingrid Attrot is starkly compelling as Maurya, the central character who faces disaster and loss at the hands of the merciless waves.” Presto Classical, June 2014

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Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70

Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70


‘Never was there a more complete triumph’, wrote The Times after the premiere of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The performance, conducted by the composer at the 1846 Birmingham Music Festival, marked the beginning of the life of Elijah as one of the best-loved choral works in the repertoire, a status it still holds.

A grand oratorio in two parts, Elijah is very much composed in the spirit of Mendelssohn’s baroque predecessors, combining the dramatic sweep of Handel with episodes of sublime meditation such as are found in Bach. It tells the story of the stern Old Testament prophet Elijah who preached against the idol worship of the Israelite people. Mendelssohn adapted the Biblical texts to produce intensely dramatic scenes depicting, for example, the resurrection of a dead youth, a contest of the gods, and Elijah’s ascension into heaven on a fiery chariot. This recording, made in April 1989, presents an all-star cast with Willard White in the title role and Rosalind Plowright, Linda Finnie, Arthur Davies, and Jeremy Budd singing the various supporting parts. Conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is the late Richard Hickox, a musician who built an immense reputation for his masterful performances of choral music during his career. This release is a part of the ongoing Richard Hickox Legacy series.

“A full-blooded account with a particularly stirring contribution from the LSO Chorus. White's commanding presence as Elijah is slightly marred by some passages with wobbly vibrato.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 ****

“a performance that both pays tribute to the English choral tradition in this work and presents it dramatically as a kind of religious opera. Willard White may not be ideally steady in his delivery, sometimes attacking notes from below, but he sings consistently with fervour...The chorus fearlessly underlines the high contrasts of dynamic demanded in the score.” Penguin Guide

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

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Das Rheingold

John Tomlinson (Wotan), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Bodo Brinkmann (Donner), Helmut Pampuch (Mime), Kurt Schreibmayer (Froh), Matthias Hölle (Fasolt), Graham Clark (Loge), Philip Kang (Fafner), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Eva Johansson (Freia), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre

Paul Elming (Siegmund), Nadine Secunde (Sieglinde), Matthias Hölle (Hunding), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), John Tomlinson (Wotan), Ruth Floeren (Ortlinde), Shirley Close (Waltraute), Hitomi Katagiri (Schwertleite), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Helmwige), Linda Finnie (Siegrune/Fricka), Birgitta Svendén (Grimgerde), Eva Johansson (Gerhilde), Hebe Kijkstra (Rossweisse)

Siegfried

Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Philip Kang (Fafner), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Graham Clark (Mime), Hilde Leidland (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Birgitta Svendén (Erste Norn), Philip Kang (Hagen), Linda Finnie Zweite Norn), Bodo Brinkmann (Gunther), Uta Priew (Dritte Norn), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Gutrune), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Choir, Daniel Barenboim

Contents:

Music

Wagner’s complete Ring cycle available in two high quality audio formats (uncompressed WAV and 320kbps MP3)

Video

• BBC documentary: ‘Great composers - Wagner’

• ‘The making of the Ring’ featuring Daniel Barenboim and John Tomlinson.

Full libretto

• The full libretti of all four operas, available to download in PDF form

Specially designed software application featuring:

• Synopses and Articles:

Full synopses for each opera and seventeen original articles covering all

aspects of the Ring and its production.

• Leitmotif extracts and scores:

An exploration of the leitmotifs used in the Ring, with scores, extracts and descriptions covering 65 of the most prominent themes

• Illustrated comic strip:

An illustrated guide to the story of the Ring.

• Photos, biographies and other editorial

“For me the highlight of Daniel Barenboim's 1992 Bayreuth cycle is the matchless singing of John Tomlinson as Wotan, coupled with a radiant Brünnhilde from Anne Evans. Siegfried Jerusalem is movingly tender as Siegfried, and Philip Kang as Hagen is menacingly unsettling; his summoning of the vassals in Act Two of Götterdämmerung is thrilling indeed, with the gentlemen of the Bayreuth chorus sounding fantastic.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, March 2015

“it's arguably the finest Ring on disc of the last 30 years” The Guardian, 19th December 2013 ****

“The performances have mostly lasted very well, give or take some lurching speeds and passing weaknesses in lesser roles” The Times, 13th December 2013

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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Waltz Sequences 1, 2 & Notturno

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Waltz Sequences 1, 2 & Notturno


Strauss, R:

Macbeth, Op. 23

Waltz Sequence No. 1 (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Waltz Sequence No. 2 (from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59)

Notturno, Op. 44 No. 1


Linda Finnie (mezzo-soprano), Edwin Paling (violin)

Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi

Chandos - CHAN8834

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Songs of the British Isles in Tribute to Kathleen Ferrier

Songs of the British Isles in Tribute to Kathleen Ferrier


includes:

Bridge:

Go Not, Happy Day

Britten:

Down by the Salley Gardens

O Waly, Waly

Holst:

Ushas

Vedic Hymns, Op. 24: Varuna

Hughes, H:

The stuttering lovers

I will walk with my love

Parry:

Love is a bable, Op. 152 No. 3

Plumstead:

Close thine eyes

Quilter:

Weep you no more

The Fair House of Joy

Love's Philosophy, Op. 3 No. 1 (Shelley)

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 3 No. 2 (Tennyson)

Roberton:

O Hush Thee, My Baby

Stanford:

The Fairy Lough Op. 77 No. 2, from An Irish Idyll in Six Miniatures (1901)

The Bold, Unbiddable Child (from A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster, Op. 140 No. 5)

A soft day

trad.:

The fidgety bairn

The lover's curse

Kitty my love

Blow the Wind Southerly

Vaughan Williams:

Hands, Eyes, Heart

Tired

Silent Noon


Linda Finnie (mezzo-soprano), Anthony Legge (piano)

Chandos - CHAN8749

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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen


Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Strauss, R:

Notturno, Op. 44 No. 1

Edwin Paling (violin)


Chandos - CHAN9545

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3 & Kindertotenlieder

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 & Kindertotenlieder


Mahler:

Symphony No. 3

Kindertotenlieder

Linda Finnie (contralto)


Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus, Female members, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi

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Mahler: Das klagende Lied

Mahler: Das klagende Lied


Joan Rodgers (soprano), Hans Peter Blochwitz (tenor), Linda Finnie (alto), Robert Hayward (baritone)

Waynflete Singers, Bath Festival Chorus, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

Chandos - CHAN9247

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Elgar: The Light of Life, Op. 29 'Lux Christi'

Elgar: The Light of Life, Op. 29 'Lux Christi'


This re-release of The Light of Life by Sir Edward Elgar forms part of the new Hickox Legacy commemorative series on Chandos Records, leading up to (and continuing beyond) the fifth anniversary, in Nov 2013, of the conductor’s untimely death. The recording is released on the Classic Chandos label at Mid Price.

The Light of Life, an oratorio for soprano, contralto, tenor, and baritone soloists, full choir and orchestra, is a lesser-known but imposing work by the composer who brought us the mighty Dream of Gerontius. The story concerns the blind beggar whose sight Christ restored. The words are taken from the Gospel of St John, with additions by the Reverend Edward Capel Cure.

Elgar proposed to call this his first oratorio Lux Christi, but his publishers persuaded him to provide an English title: as the work was written with the 1896 Three Choirs Festival at Worchester in mind, the concern was that an Anglican cathedral festival might detect a Roman Catholic bias… Elgar complied, and the work was given the more suitable title by which we know it today.

Gramophone wrote of the disc: ‘Hickox’s superior Elgarian credentials are immediately established in the glorious orchestral “Meditation”, where his conducting demonstrates a noble flexibility, sensitivity to dynamic nuance and feeling for climax that are wholly beguiling… The LSO respond for their Associate Conductor with playing that is both warm-hearted and alert; as ever, the London Symphony Chorus contribute to proceedings in exemplary, splendidly disciplined fashion.’ Hickox and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus were joined on this recording by the soloists Judith Howarth, Linda Finnie, Arthur Davies, and John Shirley-Quirk.

“Hickox’s fine performance is the one to have” MusicWeb International, 26th June 2013

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Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortileges

Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortileges


Ravel:

L'enfant et les sortilèges

Valses nobles et sentimentales


Susan Davenny Wyner (L'Enfant), Jocelyne Taillon (Maman/La Tasse chinoise/La Libellule/ La Chouette), Jules Bastin (Le Fauteuil/Un Arbre), Jane Berbié (La Bergère/L'Ecureuil/Une Chauve-Souris), Philippe Huttenlocher (L'Horloge comtoise/Le Chat), Philip Langridge (La Théière/L'Arithmétique/La Rainette), Arleen Augér (Le Feu/La Princesse/Le Rossignol), Linda Finnie (La Chatte/Un Pâtre), Linda Richardson (Une Pastourelle)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus and London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

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Recording Country: United Kingdom

Recording Location: 7-8 July 1981, Abbey Road Studios

Mix Date: 1 Jan 2000

Producer: Suvi Raj Grubb

Balance Engineer: Christopher Parker

Digitally remastered at Abbey Road by Allan Ramsay.

Source: CDC 7471692

Warner Classics - The Opera Series - 9482092

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