Lambert, C: The Rio Grande
This page lists all recordings of The Rio Grande, by Constant Lambert (1905-51) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC).
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Lambert: Summer’s Last Will and Testament
Primarily a renowned music critic and conductor and composer of ballets, Constant Lambert wrote very few choral works. Summer’s Last Will and Testament is an extensive cantata of stylistic diversity and emotional power. Completed in 1935, this setting of writings by the poet Thomas Nashe has strong claims to being one of its composer’s finest works. Despite attracting little attention at its premiere, Malcolm Arnold called it “one of the undiscovered treasures of the English choral repertoire”.
This benchmark recording by the English Northern Philharmonia and David Lloyd-Jones is a first-class demonstration of orchestral and choral brilliance.
“Nothing short of a triumph. With the bittersweet Aubade héroïque as makeweight, no disc makes a better case for Lambert’s importance” BBC Music Magazine
“A masterpiece buried for far too long” The Guardian
“One is very reluctant at the conclusion to disturb the silence by standing up and switching off the CD player” CD Review
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20th Century British Works
Things to Come - Suite
London Symphony Orchestra, Muir Mathieson
The Rio Grande
Hamilton Harty (piano), Alan Whitehead (male alto)
St. Michael's Singers, Halle Orchestra, Constant Lambert
Fugue in C minor
Symphony Orchestra, John Ansell
Façade Orchestral Suite No. 1
Edith Sitwell (narrator), Constant Lambert (narrator)
Robert Murchie (flute), John Armstrong (tenor), Terence McDonagh (cor anglais)
International String Quartet, Constant Lambert
Peter Pears (tenor), Ann Wood (contralto)
BBC Chorus, Leslie Woodgate
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