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LM 7420

Richard Lewis live in Calgary

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2010


Artists:

Geoffrey Parsons

piano

Richard Lewis

tenor

Venue:

Calgary



Record Label
MP Live

Genre:

Vocal & Song




Total Time - 86:14
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1 Applause 0:30
     
 

HENRY PURCELL

2 

8:20
     
 

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

3 

(Alexander’s Feast)

6:00
     
4 

Jephtha

9:04
     
 

HENRI DUPARC

5 

3:57
     
 

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

6 

Fêtes Galantes, Set 1

3:10
     
 

HENRI DUPARC

7 Phidylé 6:13
     
 

8 Spoken introduction by Richard Lewis 0:15
     
 

JACQUES OFFENBACH

9 

Les contes d’Hoffmann

2:35
     
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

 

On This Island

 
10 Let the florid music praise 3:25
     
11 Now the leaves are falling fast 2:17
     
12 Seascape 2:05
     
13 Nocturne 4:01
     
14 As it is plenty 1:53
     
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

 

Four Poems by Fredegond Shove

 
15 The Water Mill (No.4) 3:07
     
16 The New Ghost (No. 3) 4:27
     
 

ROGER QUILTER

 

 
17 O Mistress mine, where are you roaming 1:44
     
 

18 Spoken introduction by Richard Lewis 0:51
     
 

GEORGE BUTTERWORTH

19 

A Shropshire Lad

3:25
     
 

TRAD IRISH, ARR. HERBERT HUGHES

20 The Stuttering Lovers 1:44
     
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

21 I will give my love an apple 2:21
     
 

WILLIAM SHIELD

22 The Plough Boy 2:39
     
 

23 Spoken introduction by Richard Lewis 0:12
     
 

GEORGES BIZET

24 

Fair Maid of Perth

3:40
     
 

25 

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0:10
     
 

JULES MASSENET

26 

Manon

4:36
     
 

27 

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1:07
     
 

RUTLAND BOUGHTON

28 

The Immortal Hour

2:26
     
 Richard Lewis tenor
 Geoffrey Parsons piano


This recital, recorded in stereo, captures the sound of both the English tenor as a breed and a particular English tenor at the height of his expressive powers and vocal estate.  There have been and continue to be many such, of course, from John Beard to Ian Bostridge to Ian Bostgridge, and Purcell and Briten and Ades have written to their distinctive strengths.

Richard Lewis is now more fondly remember than well known, for contemporaries left more glamourous recordings, but (as John Steane points out in the accompamying note) on his night there was no-one to touch Lewis for strength of utterence; nor indeed for sympathy of response to the widest variety of idiom.

One such night is preserved here. A single song-cycle (Britten’s On This Island) at the recital’s heart; powerfully delivered highpoints fro oratorio and opera at its opening and close, and in between, French and English song, brought the closer to us, almost half a century later, by Lewis’s own introductions.

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