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Opera - Albert Herring
Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39
01 Jan 2003
Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
Originally recorded in 2002
City of London Sinfonia
baritone - Mr Gedge
baritone - Sid
bass - Superintendent Budd
mezzo-soprano - Florence Pike
mezzo-soprano - Mrs Herring
Pamela Helen Stephen
mezzo-soprano - Nancy
soprano - Lady Billows
soprano - Miss Wordsworth
tenor - Albert Herring
tenor - Mr Upfold
Blackheath Halls, London
Total Time - 146:55
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Opera - Albert Herring
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An opera in three acts
Libretto by Eric Crozier, after a story by Guy de Maupassant
The morning room at Lady Billows' house in Loxford
Florence: 'Doctor Jessop's midwife . . .'
Miss Wordsworth: 'I hope we're not too early'
Lady Billows: 'Stuffy! Tobacco stink!'
Lady Billows: 'Now then! Notebook, Florence!'
Vicar: 'The first suggestion on my list'
Lady Billows: 'Is this all you can bring?'
Superintendent: 'Begging your pardon'
Vicar: 'Virtue, says Holy Writ'
Lady Billows: 'Right! We'll have him!'
Emmie, Cis and Harry: 'Bounce me high'
Sid: 'Shop! Hi! Albert!'
Sid: 'Did you ever have a pint at the local?'
Albert: 'Sid I'm sorry but . . .'
Sid and Nancy: 'We'll walk to the spinney'
Albert: 'He's much too busy'
Emmie: 'Mum wants two penn'oth of potherbs'
Florence: 'Good morning, young man!'
Lady Billows: 'We bring great news to you'
Mum: 'Well, think of that, my lad'
Inside a marquee . . .
Florence: 'For three precious weeks'
Sid: 'That's a fine sight for sore eyes!'
Miss Wordsworth: 'Quickly, quickly'
Nancy: 'I don't think you ought!'
(Bells offstage) Nancy: 'Quick, here they are!'
Miss Wordsworth: 'Husssh! . . . Harold Wood!'
Lady Billows: 'Come, let's sit down'
Lady Billows: 'I'm full of happiness'
Mayor: 'As representing our local Council'
Miss Wordsworth: 'My heart leaps up with joy to see'
Superintendent: 'Erhumph . . .'
Mum: 'Go on, Albert!'
Vicar: 'Albert the Good!'
Sid: 'Bring the plates! Quickly now!'
Albert: 'Albert the Good!'
Albert: 'Why did she stare . . .?'
Nancy: 'You oughtn't to whistle'
Sid: 'Come along, darling'
Albert: 'Heaven helps those who help themselves'
Mum: 'Albert! Albert? Fast asleep, poor kid!'
The following afternoon . . .
Emmie: 'Is she asleep?'
Sid: 'What the hell d'you think I am?'
Sid: 'How's the manhunt?'
Mum: 'Have you found him?'
Mum: 'All that I did!'
Lady Billows: 'Fools!'
All: 'In the midst of life is death'
All: 'Albert . . .?'
Albert: 'I can't remember anything'
Sid: 'Hi! That's
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
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.
'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.'
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