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Opera - The Poisoned Kiss

Vaughan Williams: The Poisoned Kiss

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2003

Originally recorded in 2003

Artists:

BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Richard Hickox


Neal Davies

baritone - Dipsacus

Roderick Williams

baritone - Gallanthus

Richard Suart

baritone - Gob

Mark Richardson

bass - Lob

Anne Collins

contralto - Empress Persicaria

Pamela Helen Stephen

mezzo-soprano - Angelica

Emer McGilloway

mezzo-soprano - Third Medium

Janice Watson

sloprano - Tormentilla

Gail Pearson

soprano - First Medium

Helen Williams

soprano - Second Medium

James Gilchrist

tenor - Amaryllus

John Graham-Hall

tenor - Hob

Adrian Partington Singers



Venue:

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Matthew Walker

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Opera




Total Time - 115:27
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RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

(1872-1958)
   
 

The Poisoned Kiss

115:59  
   
premiere recording
  An opera in three acts. Libretto by Evelyn Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams  
1 Overture 7:09
   
  Act I  
2 No. 2. Opening Chorus: 'Secret are the sounds . . .' 2:43
3 No. 3. Scena. Gallanthus: 'What's that?' 1:38
4 No. 4. Scena. Angelica: 'Day is dawning' 5:54
5 No. 5. Duet. Gallaanthus: 'It's really time . . .' 3:07
6 No. 6. Ensemble. Hob, Lob and Gob: 'Here we come . . .' 2:24
7 No. 7. Duet and Chorus. Dipsacus: 'I'm a sorcerer bold' 1:54
8 No. 8. Duet. Amaryllus: 'It's true I'm inclined . . .' 2:41
9 No. 9. Ensemble. Tormentilla: 'Hush, lovely cobra' 2:04
10 Amaryllus: 'Desist, lest you die!' 0:59
11 No. 10. Duet. Amaaryllus: 'I know we see . . .' 0:10
12 Amaryllus: 'Blue larkspur in a garden' 3:01
13 No. 11. Ensemble. Dispacus: 'Who's in my forest?' 0:15
14 Dispacus: 'North wind, south wind' 1:01
15 Tormentilla: 'Angelica?' 0:29
16 Amaryllus and Gallanthus: 'O come to our arms' 2:37
17 No. 12. Song. Tormentilla: 'O who would be . . .' 2:49
18 No. 13. Finale. Dipsacus: 'All is ready!' 3:10
   
  Act II  
19 No. 14. Introduction 1:04
20 No. 15. Chorus: 'Here we come' 1:47
21 No. 16. Song and Chorus. Angelica and flower girls: 'By all the powers . . .' 3:36
22 No. 17. Trio. Lob: 'Ho there!' 1:56
23 No. 18. Duet. Angelica: 'It does not appear . . .' 2:17
24 No. 19. Trio. Third Medium: 'If you want to escape' 3:02
25 No. 20. Chorus: 'Tormentilla! Tormentilla!' 2:23
26 No. 21. Song and Duet. Tormentilla: 'There was . . .' 5:40
27 No. 22. Ensemble. Amaryllus: 'Twas here it bade . . .' 4:08
28 No. 23. Serenade. Amaryllus: 'Dear love, behold . . .' 3:07
29 No. 24. Duet. Tormentilla: 'Sleeping or waking' 1:27
30 Tormentilla: 'You must not kiss me' 4:23
31 No. 26. Finale. Tormentilla: 'Too dark for me . . .' 2:56
   
  Act III  
32 No. 27. Introduction 1:13
33 No. 28. Trio. Mediums: 'Behold our mystic . . .' 3:25
34 No. 29. Ensemble. Empress: 'Monstrous vision!' 1:28
35 No. 30. Ballad. Empress: 'When I was young . . .' 2:48
36 No. 31.Ensemble. Empress: 'You can leave us' 0:43
37 No. 32. Duet. Tormentilla: 'Is my love alive?' 0:28
38 Empress: 'Love breaks all rules . . .' 3:25
39 No. 33. Invocation. Empress: 'Imps and Demons' 2:24
40 No. 34. Ensemble. Empress: 'Come, O gentle powers' 5:36
41 No. 35. Duet. Empress: 'Can you, can you remember' 2:40
42 No. 36. Quartet. All: 'Love in a hut . . .' 1:21
43 No. 37. Sextet. First Medium: 'Horrid monster!' 2:36
44 No. 38. Duet. Gallanthus: 'It's the proper thing to do' 1:58
45 No. 39. Finale. Chorus: 'Love has conquered!' 3:31
   
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'The music is enchanting, a mixture of parodies together with waltzes and tangos. An inspiration seems to have been The Beggar's Opera and of course folk-song. It is VW at his most lyrical and endearing… The cast give every indication of having enjoyed their acquaintance with the score… The recording is superb and Chandos are to be thanked for filling the major gap in the VW discography.'
Sunday Telegraph

'Praise to the conductor Richard Hickox and the orchestra, who give this work an ideal performance, right from the sensational overture.'
American Record Guide

The Opera may have a rather twee feel, but there is too much good music to leave it neglected. Hickox makes as good a case for the piece as can be imagined. Well worth exploring.'
Gramophone Editor's Choice

''but meanwhile, Chandos' recording should provide hours of pleasure and not merely to Vaughan Williams 'train-spotters'. A sumptuous Chandos recording as usual.'
Gramophone

'Hickox has already shown that The Pilgrim's Progress and Sir John in Love can work and here brings out the best in The Poisoned Kiss.'
BBC Music Magazine



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