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Mackerras conducts Berkeley's Ruth

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2010


English Opera Group Orchestra

Charles Mackerras

Peter Pears (tenor)


Thomas Hemsley (baritone)

Head Reaper

Una Hale (soprano)


April Cantelo (soprano)


Anna Pollack (mezzo-soprano)


Engish Opera Group Chorus


Scala Theatre

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MP Live



Total Time - 89:20
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2 Introduction by Lord Harewood 3:08
3 Prelude 1:53
4 Once more I see your green and golden hills, O Judah 3:29
5 Turn back, my daughters 1:28
6 Almighty Father, let my cry come unto Thee 2:40
7 Ah, must I leave thee? Must we part? 3:17
8 Wither thou goest, I will go 2:30
9 See! Is this Naomi? 1:39
10 Now, call me not Naomi, call me Maria 3:00
11 Where, of where is Naomi 2:49
12 Introduction by Lord Harewood 1:23
13 Scere 2: Gold Grows the barley on hillside and valley 1:56
14 Greetings, men of Judah 1:00
15 The scattered ear of corn 1:53
16 Come, let us go forth together 2:55
17 Stay, men of Judah 2:03
18 I had no wish to anger them 2:42
19 Ah, let not anger fill your eyes! 2:46
20 Whence cometh this to me 3:47
21 The scatter'd ear of corn 2:28
22 Introduction to scene 3 by Lord Harewood 2:22
23 Scene 3: Opening... This is the place! Come daughter 2:09
24 Fear not beloved Ruth 2:36
25 Golden rip the barley grows 1:23
26 Lord of the harvest, what are thy commands? 1:54
27 Winter time is the time to plough 4:38
28 Across the field the long slow line of reapers goes a-reaping 2:42
29 Dance, come dance, dance within the bring 1:26
30 O clap your hands, all ye people! 3:17
31 Go now, my daughter 1:44
32 Master! 1:39
33 Thou comest in the stillness of the night 4:22
34 Lo, my beloved, my soul's delight, to thee I give my hand 3:23
35 Behold this maid 3:14
36 Rejoice, O Israel, rejoice 2:34
37 Announcer 0:47
 Anna Pollack (mezzo-soprano) Ruth
 Peter Pears (tenor) Boaz
 Una Hale (soprano) Naomi
 April Cantelo (soprano) Orpah
 Thomas Hemsley (baritone) Head Reaper
 Charles Mackerras

Only one recording of Lennox Berkeley’s gentle, pastoral one-act opera has been previously releases, indicating a neglect of appreciation for its understated but deeply felt dramatic core and long lyrical lines that this release may hopefully address and correct.

That modern recording was made in the studio; here is a record of a full and lively production, and indeed the very first, marshalled with calm authority in the pit by Charles (later Sir Charles) Mackerrass, whose death in july robbed the world of music of a true man for all seasons. Some of his many enthusiasms may be appreciated here; for English music; for new music; for opera; for working with the best singers of the day and at the same time nurturing young voices.

This performance as is introduced and linked with narrative interludes by Lord Harewood KBE, who did so much to foster the performance and wider appreciation of opera in the decades after the Second World War.

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