Opera - The Poisoned Kiss

   
 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
  Also available as SACD CHSA 5020
 Pamela Helen Stephen mezzo-soprano - Angelica
 Roderick Williams baritone - Gallanthus
 John Graham-Hall tenor - Hob
 Richard Suart baritone - Gob
 Mark Richardson bass - Lob
 Neal Davies baritone - Dipsacus
 James Gilchrist tenor - Amaryllus
 Janice Watson sloprano - Tormentilla
 Gail Pearson soprano - First Medium
 Helen Williams soprano - Second Medium
 Emer McGilloway mezzo-soprano - Third Medium
 Anne Collins contralto - Empress Persicaria
 Richard Hickox