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Opera - Troilus and Cressida

Walton: Troilus And Cressida

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2014

Originally recorded in 1995

Artists:

English Northern Philharmonia


Richard Hickox


James Thornton

baritone

Alan Opie

baritone

Bruce Budd

bass

Clive Bayley

bass

David Owen-Lewis

bass

Stephen Dowson

bass

Yvonne Howard

mezzo-soprano

Judith Howarth

soprano

Arthur Davies

tenor

Keith Mills

tenor

Nigel Robson

tenor

Brian Cookson

tenor

Opera North Chorus



Venue:

Leeds Town Hall



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Richard Smoker

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Opera




Total Time - 132:32
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Opera - Troilus and Cressida

   
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WILLIAM WALTON

(1902-1983)
   
 

Troilus and Cressida (original version)

133:04  
   
  ACT ONE - The Citadel of troy, before the Temple of Pallas  
1 Calkas, Priests & Priestesses, Worshippers : Virgin of Troas 6:36
2 Troilus: Back to your hovels… 2:27
3 Troilus: Is Cressida a slave… 5:01
4 Cressida: Morning and evening I have felt your glance… 6:17
5 Pandarus: Forgive me… 2:17
6 Troilus: I haunt her beauty like a naked soul… 1:29
7 Calkas: 'Ask me no more!' - 2:00
8 Cressida: My father! Evadne, follow him! 0:38
9 Cressida: 'Slowly it all comes back' - 2:33
10 Cressida: 'Slowly it all comes back' - 3:46
11 Pandarus: 'Why, niece… in tears?' - 1:59
12 Cressida: 'Sweet sir, there's something on you mind' - 2:26
13 Pandarus: Dear child, you need a little comfort 3:28
   
  ACT TWO (beginning) - Scene One - Evening of the following day. A room at the upper floor of Pandarus' house.  
14 Pandarus: Does talking put you off? 6:14
15 Cressida: How can I sleep? 2:13
16 Cressida: At the haunted end of the day 2:58
17 Pandarus: Hush! Don't be so alarmed! 4:06
18 Troilus: If one last doubt, one lurking fear remains… 4:27
19 Cressida: 'New life, new love! I am born' - 4:22
20 Cressida: 'Now hold me close and let me lie there curled' - 1:30
21 Orchestral interlude. The Storm 3:01
   
  ACT TWO (conclusion) - Scene Two - Next morning  
22 Cressida: From isle to isle… 3:25
23 Pandarus: Who would go drumming… . . . 1:58
24 Diomede: My name is Diomede … 5:16
25 Troilus: This thing shall be revok'd… 5:43
   
  ACT THREE - The Greek encampment. Early evening. Ten weeks later. 46:28      
26 Watchman: All's well! 7:25
27 Cressida: Troilus! No answering sign… 5:43
28 Calkas: Cressid, daughter… 2:25
29 Cressida: You gods, o deathless gods… 2:04
30 Diomede: Proud, wondrous Cressida 3:30
31 Cressida: Take it, take it 1:25
32 Evadne: 'So here's an end of it all' - 1:27
33 Troilus: Evadne! 2:32
34 Cressida: Troilus! 3:29
35 Troilus: What is this sudden alarm? 4:44
36 Sextet: Diomede, Troilus, Cressida, Pandarus, Calkas and Evadne 3:15
37 Calkas: She has brought shame upon her father! 3:33
38 Crssida: 'Diomede!.… Father!…' 4:50
   
 Alan Opie baritone
 Arthur Davies tenor
 Brian Cookson tenor
 Bruce Budd bass
 Clive Bayley bass
 David Owen-Lewis bass
 James Thornton baritone
 Judith Howarth soprano
 Keith Mills tenor
 Nigel Robson tenor
 Stephen Dowson bass
 Yvonne Howard mezzo-soprano
 Richard Hickox
  19-25 January 1995  
   


Released as a part of the Richard Hickox Legacy series, this essential recording of Walton’s Troilus and Cressida is widely recognised as the finest available. Edward Greenfield wrote in Gramophone that ‘[e]ven among Chandos’ many bold achievements over the years, this magnificent set of Troilus and Cressida stands out... Hickox relishes the romanticism to the full. His expressive warmth is matched by his understanding of Walton’s fiery side, with magnificent performances form the entire cast’.

Troilus and Cressida was William Walton’s first opera, commissioned by the BBC in 1947, not long after the enormous success of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. Composing the opera proved a difficult task for Walton and only after seven years, in 1954, did the premiere take place, in Covent Garden. For a revival in 1976, Walton removed about thirty minutes of music and adapted the soprano part of Cressida to bring it within the range of the mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker. The version recorded here follows Walton’s more concise, shortened score whilst returning the part of Cressida to its original soprano register.

Based on Chaucer’s classic love-tale Troilus and Criseyde, the opera represents Walton’s desire to engage with traditional operatic themes. Walton wanted to write a romantic, ‘Pucciniesque’ opera and the rich scoring and many memorable melodies certainly invite comparison.

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