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Antony Hopkins - A Portrait

Music written by and in honour of Antony Hopkins

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2012

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra


Gordon Langford


Philip Fowke

piano

Janet Simpson

piano

Michael Hampton

piano

Antony Hopkins

piano

Antony Hopkins

reader

John Turner

recorder

Elizabeth Boyd

singer

Eric Shilling

singer

Jeremy Brett

singer

Phillada Sewell

singer

Stephanie Voss

singer

Stephen Manton

singer

Lesley-Jane Rogers

soprano

James Gilchrist

tenor

Matthew Jones

viola

Paul Barritt

violin

Venue:

Unknown


St Thomas's Church, Stockport


Whiteley Hall, Chetham's Schol of Music


Bedford School, Bedford


Purcell School, Bushey



Producer:

Patrick Allen


Unknown


Paul Hindmarsh



Engineer:

Patrick Allen


Unknown


Richard Scott



Record Label
Divine Art

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 125:14
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Antony Hopkins - A Portrait

     
     
 

ANTONY HOPKINS



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Sonata for Viola and Piano

 
1 I I. March 4:32
  world premiere  
 Matthew Jones viola
 Michael Hampton piano
     
2 II II. Ground 3:55
  world premiere  
 Matthew Jones viola
 Michael Hampton piano
     
3 III III. Scherzo 3:25
  world premiere  
 Matthew Jones viola
 Michael Hampton piano
     
4 IV IV. Epilogue 2:23
  world premiere  
 Matthew Jones viola
 Michael Hampton piano
     
5 

Rondo from Piano Sonata no, 2 in F sharp minor

2:59
  world premiere  
 Michael Hampton piano
     
 

A Humble Song to the Birds

 
6 I I. My darlings, oh my little birds 2:39
  world premiere  
 James Gilchrist tenor
 Janet Simpson piano
     
7 II II. You need not peep 1:09
  world premiere  
 James Gilchrist tenor
 Janet Simpson piano
     
8 III III. How dare I then, por silly man 1:15
  world premiere  
 James Gilchrist tenor
 Janet Simpson piano
     
9 IV Some may be priests or kings or lords 2:59
  world premiere  
 James Gilchrist tenor
 Janet Simpson piano
     
 

Partita in G minor for solo violin

 
10 I I. Andante - fugato 3:19
  world premiere  
 Paul Barritt violin
     
11 II II. Vigoroso 1:41
  world premiere  
 Paul Barritt violin
     
12 III III. Moderato, molto rubato 2:01
  world premiere  
 Paul Barritt violin
     
13 IV IV. Mesure 1:07
  world premiere  
 Paul Barritt violin
     
14 V V. Allegro giusto 2:02
  world premiere  
 Paul Barritt violin
     
 

Piano Sonata no. 3 in C sharp minor

 
15 I I. Allegro vigoroso 6:37
  world premiere  
 Philip Fowke piano
     
16 II II. Largo 5:43
  world premiere  
 Philip Fowke piano
     
17 III III. Tranquillo - Allegro giusto 3:34
  world premiere  
 Philip Fowke piano
     
 

Suite for Descant Recorder and Piano

 
18 I I. Prelude: Allegretto, quasi pastorale 1:44
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
19 II II. Scherzo: Prestissimo 0:57
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
20 III III. Canon: Andante tranquillo 1:39
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
21 IV IV. Jig: Vivace 1:46
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
 

Pastiche Suite

 
22 I I. Allegro molto giusto 1:11
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
23 II II. Alla sicilana 1:16
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
24 III III. Vivace non troppo 1:17
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
 

Three French Folksongs

 
25 I No. 1 Les trois rubans 2:08
  world premiere  
 Lesley-Jane Rogers soprano
 Janet Simpson piano
 John Turner recorder
     
26 II No. 2 Gai lon la 2:30
  world premiere  
 Lesley-Jane Rogers soprano
 Janet Simpson piano
 John Turner recorder
     
27 III No. 3 Quand mon mari se fachera 1:42
  world premiere  
 Lesley-Jane Rogers soprano
 Janet Simpson piano


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 John Turner recorder
     
     
     
     
1 

Tango

2:35
  world premiere  
 Philip Fowke piano
     
 

Three Seductions

 
2 I No. 1 Wanton Waltz 1:15
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
3 II No. 2 Flirtatious Fancy 0:50
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
4 III No. 3 Sensuous Sarabande 1:54
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
5 

First Love (from "Early One Morning")

3:32
  world premiere  
 Lesley-Jane Rogers soprano
 Janet Simpson piano
     
6 

I've Lost my Love (from "Hands Across the Sky")

3:31
  world premiere  
 Lesley-Jane Rogers soprano
 Janet Simpson piano
 John Turner recorder
     
7 

A Melancholy Song

1:04
  world premiere  
 Lesley-Jane Rogers soprano
 Janet Simpson piano
 John Turner recorder
     
 

Four Dances from "Back to Methuselah"

 
8 I I. Farandole 0:58
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
9 II II. Sarabande 1:04
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
10 III III. Wilman's Grounde 1:08
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
11 IV IV. Air 0:53
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
12 

Good King Jack Nicklaus (poem)

1:29
  world premiere: poem by Antony Hopkins read by the author  
 Antony Hopkins reader
     
13 

Charlie's Revenge (poem)

5:00
  world premiere: poem by Antony Hopkins read by the author  
 Antony Hopkins reader
     
14 

String Quartet (poem)

1:29
  world premiere: poem by Antony Hopkins read by the author  
 Antony Hopkins reader
     
 

ANDREW PLANT

15 

On How to Sing

2:03
  world premiere  
 Lesley-Jane Rogers soprano
 Janet Simpson piano
     
 

DAVID MATTHEWS

16 

A Little Pastoral

1:46
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
     
 

DAVID DUBERY

17 

Evening in April

3:28
  world premiere  
 Lesley-Jane Rogers soprano
 Janet Simpson piano
 John Turner recorder
     
 

ANTHONY GILBERT

18 

Above All That

2:52
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
 

GORDON CROSSE

19 

CantAHta

3:07
  world premiere  
 Lesley-Jane Rogers soprano
 Janet Simpson piano
 John Turner recorder
     
 

DAVID ELLIS

20 

Head Music

1:53
  world premiere  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
 

JOSEPH PHIBBS

21 

Pierrot

3:43
  world premiere  
 Lesley-Jane Rogers soprano
 Janet Simpson piano
 John Turner recorder
     
 

ELIS PEHKONEN

22 

Pieds en l'air

1:57
  world premier  
 John Turner recorder
 Janet Simpson piano
     
 

ANTONY HOPKINS

23 

Vicarage Tea (from "Johnny the Priest")

3:04
  vintage light music  
 Jeremy Brett singer
 Stephanie Voss singer
 Phillada Sewell singer
 Gordon Langford
     
24 

Be Not Afraid (from "Johnny the Priest")

3:31
  vintage light music  
 Jeremy Brett singer
 Stephanie Voss singer
 Phillada Sewell singer
 Gordon Langford
     
25 

Trio from "Three's Company"

3:38
  vintage light music: words by Michael Flanders  
 Elizabeth Boyd singer
 Stephen Manton singer
 Eric Shilling singer
 Antony Hopkins piano


 Antony Hopkins is a phenomenon - a fact which escapes much of the public and even press who still confuse him with the actor (Anthony). Composer, pianist, conductor, broadcaster, lecturer, author ... a true man of music. A livewire at the age of 91, (as we write in May 2012), his genius has suffered from fickle fashion, his ’serious’ music being lyrical and tuneful though certainly deep and complex; his lighter music now seen as ’period’ - and just ripe for redicovery. This double album contains much fine music including eight pieces written by top British composers as tributes to Antony. For all interested in the evolution of 20th century music this album will be invaluable, and it’s also made with wit and humour, to suit the character of Hopkins himself.

"... There is much to delight here."

Colin Clarke - Fanfare - May/June 2013


"...a lively portrait of the composer, but also both a sincere tribute and a musical treat in which the enthusiasm of the performers and composers is very evident."
 
Andrew Mayes - The Recorder Magazine - March 2013

"...This is a superb retrospective of Antony Hopkins’ achievement as a composer but also recognises his talent as a poet. It is well-produced and allows the listener to approach a considerable variety of musical moods, styles and genres. There is a considerable stylistic gulf between the ’Partita’ and the ’Tango’. However, both works are suffused with technical skill and sustained interest... The performance of all this music is excellent. I will single out tje beautiful voice of Lesly-Jane Rogers and the inspired playing of Matthew Jones on the viola for special mention. However all the soloists impressed me...  It is a major achievement."

John France - MusicWeb-International.com - September 2012




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