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Elgar: The Black Knight, Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands

Elgar: The Black Knight, Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands


Elgar:

The Black Knight, Op. 25

Scenes (6) from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27


Richard Hickox brought these two neglected works into the record catalogue to critical acclaim. In an Editor’s Choice review in 1996 – the year of its release – Gramophone stated: ‘Elgar completed The Black Knight in 1893 and it provided him with his first big success. The text tells of a sinister, unnamed ‘Prince of mighty sway’, whose appearance at the King’s court during the feast of Pentecost has disastrous consequences. Elgar’s score boasts much attractive invention, some of it strikingly eloquent and prescient of greater offerings to come. The choral writing is always effective, the orchestration already vivid and assured.

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Walton: The Bear

Walton: The Bear


Sir William Walton wrote two operas, the second – The Bear – far more readily acclaimed than the first, and more often performed. Its premiere took place in Aldeburgh in June 1967 as part of the twentieth Aldeburgh Festival, and followed the disastrous reception of Walton’s first opera, Troilus and Cressida, a piece seen as too traditional for the taste of those austere post-war times. So second time round Walton was taking no chances: everything in The Bear is on a modest scale: a chamber opera in one act, for three singers only, no chorus, and the orchestra is chambersized, with a small number of strings (originally solo players). Not only did this specific recording bring the piece to fame but it also proved a revelatory disc for the soloists, Della Jones, Alan Opie, and John Shirley- Quirk, who would go on to become multi-award-winning soloists and whose achievements in British music would become increasingly successful.

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45


This reissue is a moving experience in itself, and not only for returning to the catalogue a superlative recording of Brahms’s masterpiece, not the best known at the time of its release in 1991, but also for the exceptional soloists, majestically accompanied by Hickox and his LSO and Chorus. Gramophone praised the ‘fine soloists’, especially the ‘resonance and ease’ of the bass baritone, David Wilson-Johnson. The review also acclaimed the ‘sheer generosity of style and sound’ as well as the choir and orchestra, ‘excellent and wellbalanced, both in themselves and with each other’. Overall, the ‘Hickox gives a remarkably satisfying performance’. Despite its large-scale conception, Brahms’s Requiem remains the product of a very private world, the personal communication of the philosophy of one man, ‘such a great soul – and yet he doesn’t believe in anything’, as Dvorák once remarked.

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Delius: Orchestral Works

Delius: Orchestral Works


Delius:

The Walk to the Paradise Garden

Dance Rhapsody No. 1

Dance Rhapsody No. 2

In a Summer Garden

North Country Sketches


Recorded in Bournemouth in 1994, this album, highly recommended by the Penguin Guide a year later, is now re-issued at ‘classic Chandos’ price.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra playing under the baton of Richard Hickox, Delius’s palette of colours shines through once again. Hickox was indeed a sensitive and flexible Delian and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra responded passionately to him from the start: their collaboration began with famous performances of the first ever complete cycle of Vaughan Williams’s symphonies in London. Especially in ‘The Walk to the Paradise Garden’ – a highlight here – the collection demonstrates the glittering qualities of Delius’s enchanting musical world, which evokes an atmosphere of serene pleasure in nature.

“Vividly coloured.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 ***

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Tippett: A Child of Our Time

Tippett: A Child of Our Time


Cynthia Haymon (soprano), Cynthia Clarey (contralto), Damon Evans (tenor) & Willard White (bass)

London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

Our re-release of the 1992 recording of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time is Disc of the Month in this new wave of additions to Chandos’ ongoing Hickox Legacy series.

Recreating in contemporary terms a traditional form in Western music, one that goes back to the Lutheran Passions of J.S. Bach and the great Old and New Testament oratories of Handel, and drawing on the familiar musico-dramatic conventions of the genre – recitative, aria, ensemble, chorus, chorale, and the continuous presence of the orchestra – Tippett both re-affirms and transforms the genre. The most striking and brilliant transformation is the composer’s choice of the Negro Spiritual in place of the congregational hymn.

This oratorio, composed between 1939 and 1941 and premiered in 1944, was born out of a very personal sense of human deprivation and hardship; during the hard times in England in the thirties Tippett had shared his choral craft with community workers, and during the war he inspired unemployed professional musicians and amateurs as a choral and orchestral conductor at Morley College.

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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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Finzi, Britten & Holst: Works for Choir and Orchestra

Finzi, Britten & Holst: Works for Choir and Orchestra


Britten:

Deus in adjutorium meum (Psalm 70)

Chorale after an Old French Carol

Cantata Misericordium, Op. 69

Finzi:

Requiem da Camera

Holst:

Psalm 86

Psalm 148


Alison Barlow (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), David Hoult (baritone), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), John Alley (organ)

The Britten Singers, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox

Gerald Finzi dedicated his Requiem da camera (1924) to the memory of his teacher, Ernest Farrar, who was killed on active service in September 1918. Finzi was devastated by the loss, and here in the second and fourth movements, in particular, he offers his own sedate impression of the war, in which ploughboys-turned-soldiers glimpse their last of England before the music, landscape, and innocence are lost in the gathering darkness. Finzi later rewrote the third movement, but the instrumentation of the new version was left incomplete. With the blessing of the Finzi family, the orchestration was completed by Philip Thomas on the basis of extensive surviving sketches, and the complete work was first performed in 1990.

Also on this disc are three works by Benjamin Britten. In Deus in adjutorium meum, the composer sets Psalm 70 in Latin for unaccompanied mixed voices. The work was written for the 1945 production of Ronald Duncan’s play This Way to the Tomb. During the 1980s, many short pieces which Britten had originally written as part of his extensive music for radio and theatre, and which were subsequently forgotten, reclaimed their place in the limelight. The Chorale after an Old French Carol is one such work, the words deriving from A Christmas Oratorio which W.H. Auden had written for Britten to set. Cantata misericordium marked Britten’s fiftieth year, Britten premiering it in 1963.

Gustav Holst wrote Psalm 86 and Psalm 148 in 1912 before he achieved his breakthrough as a composer. As Director of Music at the St Paul’s Girls School, Holst wrote this work for the inauguration of the school’s new organ in 1910, using a favourite hymn tune from Cölner Gesangbuch of 1623, set to a Biblical paraphrase of Psalm 148.

Hi-Fi News wrote of this disc when first released: ‘The choice of a small choir gives these pieces a sense of intimacy and yet one of intensity; there’s a feeling that Richard Hickox had inspired everyone to enthusiasm for his mixed programme.’

“An example of Holst’s ability to achieve powerful effects with the sparest of means.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2017

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Howells: Music for Strings

Howells: Music for Strings


Howells:

Concerto for string orchestra

Elegy For Viola, String Quartet And String Orchestra

Suite for String Orchestra

Serenade for Strings


In this re-release Richard Hickox conducts works for strings by Herbert Howells. Performed by the orchestra he founded in 1971, City of London Sinfonia, the music represents just a small part of the often neglected British repertoire to which Hickox showed such extraordinary dedication.

Born and bred into the English Cathedral Tradition, Herbert Howells has perhaps become best known for his choral music. The works here, however, demonstrate Howells’s profound love of the string sound. In a BBC talk on music for strings (22 May 1943) Howells said that ‘Strings were born to sing – rightly, passionately, simply or liltingly’. In the sonority of strings – here recorded with ‘plenty of body and presence’ (Gramophone) – he found the closest instrumental approximation to the sound of voices in which he had been steeped from childhood.

Beginning the disc is the Concerto for String Orchestra, the most substantial of the four works. It is highly personal, having been sketched shortly after the death of both Sir Edward Elgar and his own only son, Michael Kendrick Howells. The central slow movement, in which Hickox ‘finds an extra pain and subsequent meditative rapture’ (Hi-Fi News), is the elegiac emotional heart of the work and bears the note, ‘In memoriam, E.E. (1934) and M.K.H. (1935)’. Also notable in this work, and throughout the disc, is Howells’s deep engagement with the English tradition of string music from Byrd and the Elizabethans to Vaughan Williams and his contemporaries.

The remaining works on this release complete a varied portrait of Howells’s writing for strings. The Elegy for solo viola, string quartet, and string orchestra is modelled in lay-out on Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and is another piece ‘in memoriam’, this time of a friend of Howells’s, killed in the war. The final two works are somewhat lighter in tone. The four-movement Suite for String Orchestra was written with the direct and vigorous tune and rhythm of Holst’s St Paul’s Suite in mind. The Serenade for Strings is a short, delightful scherzo-like movement that demonstrates the brilliance of Howells’ string technique.

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Vaughan Williams: A Cotswold Romance & Death of Tintagiles

Vaughan Williams: A Cotswold Romance & Death of Tintagiles


Vaughan Williams:

A Cotswold Romance

Death of Tintagiles


This re-release of two rarely heard works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, A Cotswold Romance and Death of Tintagiles, forms part of the new commemorative Hickox Legacy 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.

Vaughan Williams composed his ‘ballad-opera’ Hugh the Drover, from which A Cotswold Romance is adapted, between 1910 and 1914. In his own words, he had an idea for an opera written ‘to real English words, with a certain amount of real English music’. The finished product, set in the Cotswold Village of Northleach during the Napoleonic wars, certainly does contain a host of identifiable English elements: the bringing-in of May, the bustling fair, and the prize-fight, for instance. Accommodating his publishers’ request for a version of the music which was more appropriate for concert performance, Vaughan Williams came up with the cantata A Cotswold Romance for tenor and soprano soloists with mixed-voice chorus and orchestra. The writing has the open, fresh, and vital quality that coloured many of Vaughan Williams’s works composed before the First World War.

In contrast, Death of Tintagiles, the incidental music for Maurice Maeterlinck’s play of the same name, is powerfully atmospheric and possesses a strong elegiac quality throughout. In five acts, the play concerns the tragic fate of a young child, Tintagiles, at the hands of his suspicious and jealous grandmother. Vaughan Williams perfectly captures the sense of foreboding and gloom in the play. In its simplicity and overall atmosphere the music recalls both Holst and Sibelius, while in the tender moments there are hints of A London Symphony, too.

BBC Music Magazine wrote of this disc: ‘Richard Hickox directs a vivid performance [of A Cotswold Romance] with splendid support from his assembled forces… Although not major works, these are notable additions to the catalogue, and the performances could hardly be better *****’.

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Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony


Vaughan Williams:

The Wasps Overture

Symphony No. 1 'A Sea Symphony'


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“The choral singing is as alert and secure as one would expect from Hickox, and the balance with the orchestra is well judged too… Gerald Finley…a noble, warm-toned baritone soloist…” BBC Music Magazine, March 2007 ****

“Gritton’s fearless and star-bright soprano waved the flags of the nations, and with [Geralrd] Finley, finally hoisted the anchor to set free the voyaging soul.” The Times, 6th June 2006

“Hickox and soloists Susan Gritton and Gerald Finley lead a gripping live performance.” David Smith, Presto Classical, June 2014

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