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Opera - Albert Herring

Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2003

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2002


City of London Sinfonia

Richard Hickox

Alan Opie

baritone - Mr Gedge

Roderick Williams

baritone - Sid

Stephen Richardson

bass - Superintendent Budd

Rebecca Bottone


Yvette Bonner


Gregory Monk


Sally Burgess

mezzo-soprano - Florence Pike

Anne Collins

mezzo-soprano - Mrs Herring

Pamela Helen Stephen

mezzo-soprano - Nancy

Susan Bullock

soprano - Lady Billows

Rebecca Evans

soprano - Miss Wordsworth

James Gilchrist

tenor - Albert Herring

Robert Tear

tenor - Mr Upfold


Blackheath Halls, London


Brian Couzens


Ralph Couzens

Michael Common


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Total Time - 146:55
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Opera - Albert Herring

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Albert Herring

  An opera in three acts  
  Libretto by Eric Crozier, after a story by Guy de Maupassant  
  Act I  
  Scene 1  
1 (The morning room at Lady Billows' house in Loxford) 2:01
2 Florence: 'Doctor Jessop's midwife . . .' 2:33
3 Miss Wordsworth: 'I hope we're not too early' 2:42
4 Lady Billows: 'Stuffy! Tobacco stink!' 2:45
5 Lady Billows: 'Now then! Notebook, Florence!' 2:49
6 Vicar: 'The first suggestion on my list' 4:46
7 Lady Billows: 'Is this all you can bring?' 3:12
8 Superintendent: 'Begging your pardon' 4:24
9 Vicar: 'Virtue, says Holy Writ' 2:03
10 Lady Billows: 'Right! We'll have him!' 3:03
11 Interlude 3:08
  Scene 2  
12 Emmie, Cis and Harry: 'Bounce me high' 2:27
13 Sid: 'Shop! Hi! Albert!' 1:57
14 Sid: 'Did you ever have a pint at the local?' 1:41
15 Albert: 'Sid I'm sorry but . . .' 3:36
16 Sid and Nancy: 'We'll walk to the spinney' 2:00
17 Albert: 'He's much too busy' 2:08
18 Emmie: 'Mum wants two penn'oth of potherbs' 1:36
19 Florence: 'Good morning, young man!' 1:41
20 Lady Billows: 'We bring great news to you' 2:49
21 Mum: 'Well, think of that, my lad' 2:49
  Act II  
  Scene 1  
22 (Inside a marquee . . .) 2:21
23 Florence: 'For three precious weeks' 0:54
24 Sid: 'That's a fine sight for sore eyes!' 2:41
25 Miss Wordsworth: 'Quickly, quickly' 3:26
26 Nancy: 'I don't think you ought!' 1:03
27 (Bells offstage) Nancy: 'Quick, here they are!' 2:39
28 Miss Wordsworth: 'Husssh! . . . Harold Wood!' 1:34
29 Lady Billows: 'Come, let's sit down' 1:24
  Act II  
  Scene 1 (continued)  
30 Lady Billows: 'I'm full of happiness' 3:49
31 Mayor: 'As representing our local Council' 2:03
32 Miss Wordsworth: 'My heart leaps up with joy to see' 2:11
33 Superintendent: 'Erhumph . . .' 1:16
34 Mum: 'Go on, Albert!' 2:07
35 Vicar: 'Albert the Good!' 2:34
36 Sid: 'Bring the plates! Quickly now!' 7:34
  Scene 2  
37 Albert: 'Albert the Good!' 4:51
38 Albert: 'Why did she stare . . .?' 2:50
39 Nancy: 'You oughtn't to whistle' 1:47
40 Sid: 'Come along, darling' 2:16
41 Albert: 'Heaven helps those who help themselves' 5:24
42 Mum: 'Albert! Albert? Fast asleep, poor kid!' 3:06
  Act III  
43 (The following afternoon . . .) 2:13
44 Emmie: 'Is she asleep?' 3:16
45 Sid: 'What the hell d'you think I am?' 1:49
46 Sid: 'How's the manhunt?' 1:15
47 Mum: 'Have you found him?' 3:01
48 Mum: 'All that I did!' 2:42
49 Lady Billows: 'Fools!' 2:32
50 All: 'In the midst of life is death' 5:24
51 All: 'Albert . . .?' 2:57
52 Albert: 'I can't remember anything' 5:44
53 Sid: 'Hi! That's my girl' 2:02
 James Gilchrist tenor - Albert Herring
 Pamela Helen Stephen mezzo-soprano - Nancy
 Roderick Williams baritone - Sid
 Susan Bullock soprano - Lady Billows
 Sally Burgess mezzo-soprano - Florence Pike
 Alan Opie baritone - Mr Gedge
 Stephen Richardson bass - Superintendent Budd
 Robert Tear tenor - Mr Upfold
 Rebecca Evans soprano - Miss Wordsworth
 Anne Collins mezzo-soprano - Mrs Herring
 Yvette Bonner Emmie
 Rebecca Bottone Cis
 Gregory Monk Harry
 Richard Hickox
  11-14 October 2001  
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Expert playing from members of the City of London Sinfonia, and Hickoxs pacy account combines precision with spirit in a score he clearly loves.
Opera Magazine

'Hickox's enthusiastic advocacy is a splendid addition to his expanding survey on disc of Britten's stage works. He enters into the spirit of the piece as successfully as Britten himself''

'But, although any Britten opera at budget price is worth investigating, it is the Chandos recording that gives the work more dramatic strength and psychological depth, it seems more palatable.'
The Guardian

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