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CHAN 10568
(multiple CD Set)

Within a Dream: A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox (1948-2008)

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2009

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Collegium Musicum 90


Spoleto Festival Orchestra


Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra


Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra


BBC National Orchestra of Wales


City of London Sinfonia


London Symphony Orchestra


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Bryn Terfel

baritone

Gerald Finley

baritone

Herbert Eckhoff

baritone

Roderick Williams

baritone

Bruce Martin

bass

John Shirley-Quirk

bass-baritone

Linda Finnie

contralto

Malin Fritz

contralto

Skaila Kanga

harp

Felicity Palmer

mezzo-soprano

Pamela Helen Stephen

mezzo-soprano

Sally Burgess

mezzo-soprano

Anne-Marie Owens

mezzo-soprano

Victoria Livengood

mezzo-soprano

Roderick Elms

organ

Heather Harper

soprano

Patricia Rozario

soprano

Susan Gritton

soprano

Cheryl Barker

soprano

Susan Bullock

soprano

Arthur Davies

tenor

James Gilchrist

tenor

John Mark Ainsley

tenor

Mark Padmore

tenor

Philip Langridge

tenor

Britten Singers


Chester Festival Chorus


Choristers of St Paul`s Cathedral


Southern Voices


BBC Welsh Chorus


Waynflete Singers


Bournemouth Symphony Chorus


London Symphony Chorus


BBC National Chorus of Wales


London Symphony Chamber Orchestra



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Choir

Total Time - 193:27
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FRANK BRIDGE

(1879-1941)
1 

Seascape. Allegro ben moderato

7:14
  from The Sea (CHAN 10012)  
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

(1913-1976)
2 

'Come along, darling, come follow me quick!'

2:28
  Sid and Nancy's Duet from Act II, Scene 2 of Albert Herring, Op. 39 (CHAN 10036(2))  
 Roderick Williams baritone
 Pamela Helen Stephen mezzo-soprano
 James Gilchrist tenor
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

(1872-1958)
3 

Lento - Allegro risoluto

15:01
  from A London Symphony (Symphony No. 2)  
  Original 1913 version (CHAN 9902/CHSA 5001)  
 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

(1809-1847)
4 

'O rest in the Lord'

3:30
  The Angel's Air from Part II of Elijah, Op. 70 (CHAN 8774/75)  
 Linda Finnie contralto
 

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN

(1732-1809)
5 

Finale. Presto

4:51
  from Symphony No. 102 in B flat major (CHAN 0662)  
 

EDWARD ELGAR

(1857-1934)
6 

Lento - Allegro - Grandioso (poco largamente)

12:10
  from Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 (CHAN 5049)  
 

ANTONIN DVORAK

(1841-1904)
7 

'O moon in the velvet heavens'

8:12
  Rusalka's Invocation to the Moon from Rusalka, Op. 114, B 203 (CHAN 10449(3))  
 Cheryl Barker soprano
 Bruce Martin bass
 Anne-Marie Owens mezzo-soprano
 

PERCY GRAINGER

(1882-1961)
8 

Molly on the Shore [British Folk Music Setting No. 1]

4:00
  based on two Cork reels (CHAN 9499)  
 

JOHANN NEPOMUK HUMMEL

(1778-1837)
9 

'Gloria in excelsis Deo'

3:35
  from Gloria from Mass in D major, Op. 111 (CHAN 0681)  
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

10 

Libera me (extract)

17:56
  from War Requiem, Op. 66 (CHAN 8983/84)  
 Heather Harper soprano
 Philip Langridge tenor
 John Shirley-Quirk bass-baritone
 Roderick Elms organ
 

GUSTAV HOLST

(1874-1934)
11 

Dance of the Spirits of Fire. Allegro moderato - Andante

3:37
  from the Ballet from The Perfect Fool, Op. 39 (CHSA 5069)  
 

FRANZ SCHUBERT

(1797-1828)
12 

'Et incarnatus est'

6:39
  from Credo from Mass in E flat major, D 950 (CHAN 0750)  
 Susan Gritton soprano
 Mark Padmore tenor
 James Gilchrist tenor
 

GIAN CARLO MENOTTI

(1911-2007)
13 

'To this we've come'

8:38
  from Act II, Scene 2 of The Consul (CHAN 9706(2))  
 Susan Bullock soprano
 Malin Fritz contralto
 Herbert Eckhoff baritone
 Victoria Livengood mezzo-soprano
 

MALCOLM ARNOLD

(1921-2006)
14 

Allegro

12:05
  from Symphony No. 1, Op. 22 (CHAN 9335)  
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

15 

The Pilgrim in Prison

11:30
  Act III, Scene 2 from The Pilgrim's Progress (CHAN 9625(2))  
 Gerald Finley baritone
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

(1813-1901)
16 

'Dies irae, dies illa' - 'Tuba mirum spargens sonum'

3:45
  from Dies irae from Messa da Requiem (CHAN 9490)  
 

WILLIAM LLOYD-WEBBER

(1914-1982)
17 

Invocation

3:14
  (CHAN 9595)  
 Skaila Kanga harp
 

CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD

(1852-1924)
18 

'The Old Superb'

3:00
  from Songs of the Sea, Op. 91 (CHSA 5043)  
 Gerald Finley baritone
 

EDWARD ELGAR

19 

'Praise to His Name!' - 'Take me away'

4:38
  from Part II of The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (CHAN 8641/42)  
 Felicity Palmer mezzo-soprano
 Arthur Davies tenor
 

JOHN TAVENER

(b. 1944)
20 

Ikon VI

6:03
  from We Shall See Him as He Is (CHAN 9128)  
 John Mark Ainsley tenor
 Patricia Rozario soprano
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

21 

'Grimes!'

5:26
  Mad Scene from Act III, Scene 2 of Peter Grimes, Op. 33 (CHAN 9447/48)  
 Philip Langridge tenor
 

FREDERICK DELIUS

(1862-1934)
22 

'They are not long, the weeping and the laughter'

3:28
  from Songs of Sunset (CHAN 9214)  
 Sally Burgess mezzo-soprano
 Bryn Terfel baritone
 

ANONYMOUS

23 

Stephen Connock interviews Richard Hickox - 22nd November 2008

42:27
   


The premature death of Richard Hickox on 23 November, 2008, at the age of just 60, deprived the musical world of one of its greatest conductors.  The depth and breadth of his musical achievements were astonishing, not least in his remarkable work on behalf of British composers.  

Richard had a long and deeply fulfilling relationship with Chandos that enabled him to realise his artistic vision.  His recorded legacy remains as a testament to his musical ability and the excerpts on this two-CD set have been chosen to capture all aspects of his art.

It was difficult to know what to leave out as Richard seemed never to make a poor recording. However here we have some of his greatest achievements, from the original recording of Vaughan Williams’ A London Symphony to the poignant setting of Delius’ Songs of Sunset from which the title of this celebration – Within a Dream – is taken. In between there are excerpts from Britten operas, from the Grainger, Arnold and Holst series as well as much beyond British music, including Mendelssohn, Menotti, Hummel and Beethoven. The breadth and depth of Richard Hickox’s achievements were astonishing as this brief selection of his music-making demonstrates.

Through these recordings we can continue to marvel at the consistent high level of his interpretations whilst wondering what more he could have achieved had he lived to eighty.

Chandos will donate the royalties from all sales of this disc to The Richard Hickox Foundation, supporting those causes about which Richard felt passionately including British composers, support for young conductors and singers and performance of British music outside the UK.  

“A much-loved musician is fondly remembered and a Foundation launched.”

Andrew Achenbach

Gramophone - March 2010

“Stars hardly count in this two-disc tribute to the much-missed Richard. Proceeds go to the Hickox Memorial Foundation. His wide repertoire is represented in the well-chosen extracts, from Bach and Haydn to Britten, Vaughan-Williams and Elgar. Everyone will have favourites, whether they are the scenes from Albert Herring and Peter Grimes, the splendid singing by Gerald Finley of Stanfords The Old Superb  or Hickox’s conducting of the opening of the original version of William’s London Symphony.”

Sunday Telegraph - 15 November 2009

“Hickox recorded extensively, and Chandos was the main beneficiary of his talent with over 280 recordings. This is a compilation of some of the best of them. Whilst operas and oratorios by the likes of Verdi, Dvorak and Schubert are here, the lion’s share of the disc is rightly devoted to his talent for and championing of British operatic and orchestral music. Vaughan Williams, Britten, Delius, Holst, Bridge, Elgar Stanford and Arnold are all represented, as is the more modern music of Tavener. Inevitably when such a breadth of repertoire is being covered, we’re talking movements rather that complete works, but it’s been sympathetically programmed, and consequently the transitions don’t jar the senses. Rather, it serves to highlight Hickox’s wide-ranging musical knowledge and tastes, and his skill for creating dramatic atmosphere.


Gems include the sensuous second movement of the original 1913 version of Vaughan Williams’ ‘London Symphony’, with its echoes of The Lark Ascending. There is a thundering ‘Dance of the Spirits of Fire’ from Holst’s ballet, the Perfect Fool, plus Gerald Finley’s colourful rendition of ‘The Old Superb’ from the Gramophone Award-winning recording of Stanford’s Songs of the Sea, Op 9.


Thank you, Chandos for another fitting epitaph.”

Charlotte Gardner

BBC Web-site - 15 October 2009



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