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CHAN 5034

Walton: Christopher Columbus/ Hamlet and Ophelia

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2005

Originally recorded in 2004

Artists:

BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Richard Hickox


Roderick Williams

baritone - Solo Baritone

Craig Ogden

guitar

Jean Rigby

mezzo-soprano - Beatriz/Woman

Caroline Carragher

soprano - Isabella

Julian Glover

speaker - Christopher Columbus

Jamie Glover

speaker - Ironic Spirit/Herald

Philip Lloyd Holtam

speaker - Sailor/Voice

Thomas Randle

tenor - Solo Tenor

BBC National Chorus of Wales



Venue:

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Michael Common

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Choir




Total Time - 70:55
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WILLIAM WALTON

(1902-1983)
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Christopher Columbus: A Musical Journey

58:44  
  Concert scenario based on the play for broadcasting by Louis MacNiece  
  Music and texte edited for concert performance by Carl Davis and Patrick Garland  
  Part I  
1 Introduction and Chorus. Ironic Spirit: 'No, it cannot be done' 4:38
2 1 Dialogue. Columbus: 'My name is Christopher' - 1:12
3 Ironic Spirit: 'You cannot do that alone' 0:51
4 1A Recitation and Chorus. Ironic Spirit: 'Finding his way by starts and gleams' - 1:27
5 Columbus: 'Now the game is beginning' 1:18
6 2 Court Music: Sarabande. Isabella: 'Señor Columbus' - 1:25
7 Marquesa's Song. Isabella: 'Down in the Kingdom of Granada' - 2:56
8 Columbus: 'But how can they know?' 1:39
9 3 Men's Chorus: 'No! No! No!' - 1:17
10 Columbus: 'Go and look at the sunset' - 0:32
11 4 Columbus: 'I haven't seen her for years' - 3:14
  Beatriz's Song. Beatriz: 'When will he return?' -  
12 5A Columbus: 'May I come up?' - 1:46
  Kyrie. Beatriz: 'You have no right to take a rose from my courtyard' -  
13 Ironic Spirit: 'So, my son, you are leaving Spain?' 0:27
14 5B Chorus: 'Granada has fallen!' - 4:33
15 Columbus: 'Give me a ship, Your Majesty' - 1:42
  Fanfare I. Herald: 'On this day, the thirteenth of April' -  
  Fanfare II. Herald: 'In the name of the Holy Trinity and Eternal Unity' -  
  Fanafe III. Columbus: 'They have givne me all that I asked' 1:42      
   
  Part II  
16 6A Introduction: Port Music. Herald: 'Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!' 1:37
17 6B Woman's Song. Woman Singer: 'There be three ships' 1:20
18 6C Instrumental Reprise of Beatriz's Song. Beatriz: 'I heard you were due to sail' - 1:43
19 Drum 0:26
20 7 Litany of the Saints. Chorus: 'Per Domimum' - 2:54
  Capstan Shanty. Tenor Solo: 'We're bound upon a wild goose quest' -  
21 8A Ironic Spirit: 'On these ships they are singing' - 1:53
  Shanty. Tenor Solo: 'We've gone away for ever'  
22 8B Sea Music. Columbus: '''Friday, August the third''' - 1:32
23 Ironic Spirit: 'The sailors steered badly' 0:26
24 9 Night Music. Columbus: '''Where shall wisdom be found. . .?''' - 1:22
25 Columbus: 'Listen to me, Señores' - 0:43
26 10 Speaking Chorus. Columbus: 'Gold, Señores, gold. . .' - 0:43
27 Columbus: '''Octoer the eleventh''' 0:20
28 11 Speaking Chorus. Columbus: 'Stand by for the Dawn!' - 1:56
  Te Deum. Men's Chorus: 'Te Deum laudamus'  
29 12A Indian Chorus. Ironic Spirit: 'Look 'ee yonder' - 3:51
  Fanfare. Columbus: 'In the name of the Holy Trinity' -  
  Reprise of Indian Chorus: 'Guanahani! Guanahani!'  
30 12B Dialogue. Isabella: 'Have you heard the news, Your Grace?' - 4:44
  Speaking Chorus: 'Back from the West' -  
31 Columbus: 'I took three ships' 1:11
32 Finale. Tenor Solo: 'Glory, glory to God' 2:50
   
33 

Hamlet and Ophelia

12:27
  A poem for Orchestra  
  Arranged 1967 by Muir Mathieson from the music for the film Hamlet  
  Andante doloroso - Con moto, ma espressivo - Lento -  
  Also available as SACD CHSA 5034
No Notes Found.
Richard Hickox, as might be expected, conducts with great warmth, subtlety and a keen sense of drama.
BBC Music Magazine ‘Review of the Month’ on CHAN 9370/1 (Troilus and Cressida)

Already in Chandoss Walton series Richard Hickox has shown what an understanding interpreter he is…he paces the music superbly, flexibly heightening the moments of mock-melodrama…
*** The Penguin Complete Guide on CHAN 9245 (The Bear)

If nothing else, Richard Hickox and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales prove the composer wrong. From the short orchestral prelude to the play, with its fanfares and trilling woods, this Is Walton on best public behaviour – and was any twentieth –century English composer as skilled at writing public music as Walton?… Yet in the three songs that are threaded through the play Walton can strike the most intimate note too.
International Record Review

This release is very welcome for it brings us two hitherto unknown works of Walton in spectacular sound and outstanding performances.
American Record Guide

Richard Hickox draws magnetic performances from chorus and orchestra alike…
The Penguin Complete Guide (Rosette) on CHAN 9370/1 (Troilus and Cressida)

Hickox conducts with effortless Waltonian urbanity…
The Sunday Times on CHAN 9245 (The Bear)

Completely outshines the earlier recording…
The Guardian ‘Classical CD of the Week’ on CHAN 9370/1 (Troilus and Cressida)

The striking choral finale , like the shanties, has a powerful contribution by Tom Randle. Caroline Carragher as the Queen, Jean Rigby as Columbus’s lover, and the baritone Roderick Williams all sing well, as do the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Richard Hickox conducts warmly and the hybrid SACD sound is vivid and clear.
Gramophone

Completely outshines the earlier recording…
The Guardian ‘Classical CD of the Week’ on CHAN 9370/1 (Troilus and Cressida)

Richard Hickox, as might be expected, conducts with great warmth, subtlety and a keen sense of drama.
BBC Music Magazine ‘Review of the Month’ on CHAN 9370/1 (Troilus and Cressida)

Richard Hickox draws magnetic performances from chorus and orchestra alike…
The Penguin Complete Guide (Rosette) on CHAN 9370/1 (Troilus and Cressida)

Already in Chandoss Walton series Richard Hickox has shown what an understanding interpreter he is…he paces the music superbly, flexibly heightening the moments of mock-melodrama…
*** The Penguin Complete Guide on CHAN 9245 (The Bear)

Hickox conducts with effortless Waltonian urbanity…
The Sunday Times on CHAN 9245 (The Bear)




*****
G Parks