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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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Chandos Classics - The Hickox Legacy - CHAN10870X

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Rubbra - Complete Symphonies

Rubbra - Complete Symphonies


Rubbra:

Symphony No. 1, Op. 44

Symphony No. 2, Op. 45

Symphony No. 3, Op. 49

Symphony No. 4, Op. 53

Symphony No. 5, Op. 63

Symphony No. 6, Op. 80

Symphony No. 7, Op. 88

Symphony No. 8, Op. 132 (Hommage à Teilhard de Chardin)

Symphony No. 9, Op. 140 'Sinfonia Sacra'

Lynne Dawson (soprano), Della Jones (contralto), Stephen Roberts (baritone)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Symphony No. 10, Op. 145 'Sinfonia da Camera'

Symphony No. 11, Op. 153


“Hickox's reading of the Fifth Symphony is easily the finest and most penetrating; the slow movement has great depth and, thanks to a magnficent recording, a great clarity than either of its predecessors. Tempi are unerringly judged and he brings depth and gravitas to the very opening of the work.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Lili Boulanger - Faust et Hélène

Lili Boulanger - Faust et Hélène


Boulanger, L:

Psalm 24 'La terre appartient a l'Eternel'

Faust et Hélène

D'un soir triste

D'un matin de printemps

Psalm 130: 'Du fond de l'abîme'


Lynne Dawson (soprano), Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Bonaventura Bottone (tenor), Neil MacKenzie (tenor), Jason Howard (bass)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus, BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier

“This disc largely duplicates Mark Stringer's programme on the Timpani label mentioned above (inevitably, since in her mere 24 years of life Lili's output was limited). The performances here are first class, and splendidly recorded too. The eloquent sombreness of D'un soir triste tugs at the heart, D'un matin du printemps is deliciously airy and optimistic, Psalm 24 is given tremendous attack by orchestra and chorus and the powerful Psalm 130 is presented as the masterly, heartfelt work it is. The major work here, though, is the 30-minute cantata Faust et Hélène in its first recording. No wonder that it won the 1913 Premier Prix de Rome: the jury must have been thunderstruck by the maturity of this entry from a 19-year-old. It blends lyricism of striking beauty, rapturous fervour, emotional anguish and tense drama with, for a young composer, an astonishing sureness of touch in overall structure, freshness of invention, technical brilliance and imaginative scoring. It seems to have inspired the present performers, among whom it's almost invidious to praise Bonaventura Bottone.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Awards 2000

Winner - Choral

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Handel - Chandos Anthems Volume 4

Handel - Chandos Anthems Volume 4


Handel:

Chandos Anthem No. 10 'The Lord is my light', HWV 255

Chandos Anthem No. 11 'Let God arise', HWV 256a


Lynne Dawson (soprano), Ian Partridge (tenor)

The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra, Harry Christophers

Penguin Guide ***

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Handel - Chandos Anthems Volume 1

Handel - Chandos Anthems Volume 1


Handel:

Chandos Anthem No. 1 'O, be joyful in the Lord', HWV 246

Chandos Anthem No. 2 'In the Lord put I my trust', HWV 247

Chandos Anthem No. 3 'Have mercy upon me', HWV 248


Lynne Dawson (soprano), Ian Partridge (tenor), Michael George (bass)

The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra, Harry Christophers

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Rubbra: Symphony No. 9, Op. 140 'Sinfonia Sacra', etc.

Rubbra:

Symphony No. 9, Op. 140 'Sinfonia Sacra'

The Morning Watch, Op. 55


Lynne Dawson (soprano), Della Jones (contralto), Stephen Roberts (bass)

BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox

“The Ninth (1973) is Rubbra's most visionary utterance, and its stature has so far gone unrecognised.
(This is its only recording.) Its subtitle, Sinfoniasacra, gives a good idea of its character. It tells the story of the Resurrection very much as do the Bach Passions. There are three soloists: the contralto narrates from the New Testament, while the soprano takes the part of Mary Magdalen and the baritone that of Jesus. Other parts, those of disciples and angels, are taken by the chorus, which also functions outside the action, in four settings of meditative Latin texts from the Roman liturgy or in Lutheran chorales to which Rubbra put verses by Bernard de Nevers. The symphonic dimension is reinforced by the opening motive, which pretty well dominates the work. Its argument unfolds with a seeming inevitability and naturalness that's the hallmark of a great symphony.
Its depth and beauty call to mind only the most exalted of comparisons and it should be heard as often as Gerontius or the War Requiem. This is music of an inspired breadth and serenity and everyone connected with this magnificent performance conveys a sense of profound conviction.
The Morning Watch is one of Rubbra's most eloquent choral pieces. It dates from 1946, and so comes roughly half-way between the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies. A setting of the 17thcentury metaphysical poet, Henry Vaughan, it too is music of substance and its long and moving orchestral introduction is of the highest order of inspiration.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

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Handel - Complete Chandos Anthems

Handel - Complete Chandos Anthems


Handel:

Chandos Anthems Nos. 1-11


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Handel - Sacred Choral Works

Handel - Sacred Choral Works


Handel:

Nisi Dominus, HMV 238

Silete venti, HWV242

Dixit Dominus, HWV 232


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Handel - Chandos Anthems Volume 2

Handel - Chandos Anthems Volume 2


Handel:

Chandos Anthem No. 4 'O sing unto the Lord new song', HWV 249b

Chandos Anthem No. 5 'I will magnify Thee', HWV 250a

Chandos Anthem No. 6 'As pants the hart of cooling streams', HWV 251b


Lynne Dawson (soprano) & Ian Partridge (tenor)

The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra, Harry Christophers

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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)


“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.” David Smith, Presto Classical, June 2014

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