The Mines of Sulphur

   
 SIR RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT (b. 1936)
   
premiere recording
 The Mines of Sulphur 107:08  
  An Opera in Three Acts  
  Libretto by Beverley Cross  
  Dedicated to Benjamin Britten  
   
  Act I  
1 No. 1. Introduction 1:25
  No. 2  
  (Rosalind enters. . .) -  
2 'Slut! You slut!' 2:54
  Braxton, Rosalind  
  No. 3  
  (The main door opens slowly and Boconnion enters cautiously. . .) -  
3 'Easy and quietly' 2:22
  Boconnion, Tovey, Rosalind, Braxton  
  No. 4  
  (Boconnion moves off into the shadows.)  
4 'The key!' 1:53
  Boconnion, Tovey, Rosalind  
  (They gaze in wonder at the contents of the open chest.) -  
5 'You see! What did I tell you?' 1:06
  Rosalind, Boconnion, Tovey  
  No. 5  
6 'Old goat!' 4:23
  Boconnion, Rosalind  
  No. 6  
  (Tovey returns, carrying logs and wine. . .) -  
7 '''The cup it is white and the ale it is brown. . .''' 2:23
  Tovey, Boconnion  
  No. 7  
  (Rosalind appears above. She is transformed. . .) -  
8 'Am I beautiful?' 2:12
  Rosalind, Boconnion, Tovey  
  (From the distance we hear the sound of a horn. . .) -  
9 'A horn!' 0:53
  Boconnion, Rosalind, Tovey, Sherrin  
  No. 8  
  (Sherrin enters, blinking, into the light. . .) -  
10 'Good evening, sir' 5:58
  Sherrin, Boconnion, Rosalind, Tovey, Leda, Fenney, Tooley  
  No. 9  
  (The players wander round the Hall. . .) -  
11 'I once played Romeo, in Chester' 3:37
  Fenney, Sherrin, Tooley, Leda  
  No. 10  
  (Rosalind enters. She moves slowly round the Hall. . .) -  
12 'It looks very well on you' 7:13
  Jenny, Rosalind  
   
  Act II  
13 No. 11 Overture 1:05
  No. 12  
  (Enter, from the lower doors, the two Flunkeys. . .) -  
14 'Good morning, your Excellency!' 0:45
  Tooley  
  No. 13. Recitative  
15 'Item: A fountain in the Palladian style' 1:46
  The Count  
  No. 14. Duet  
  (Hugo, the valet, enters with the Count's clothes and a basin. . .) -  
16 'Good morning, your Excellency' 2:54
  'This morning I was passing the square' -  
  Hugo, the Count  
  No. 15. Aria  
17 'O when will I a lover know' 4:04
  Haidee  
  No. 16  
  (The Count and Hugo appear below. . .) -  
18 'Well?' 1:52
  Hugo, the Count, Mrs Traxel  
  No. 17  
  (She calls up to the balcony.) -  
19 'Haidee!' 4:03
  Mrs Traxel  
  No. 18. Interlude  
  (Mrs Traxel leads the way into the house. . .) -  
20 'Your eyes are shining, Rosalind' 1:22
  Boconnion, Rosalind, Tovey  
  No.19  
21 (Enter Trim and Tooley to prepare the bed. . .) - 2:27
22 No. 20. Nocturne I 1:09
  No. 21  
  (A cock crows and the lights fade up on the bed. . .) -  
23 'Good morning, my doves' 2:19
  Mrs Traxel, Haidee, Hugo  
  No. 22  
24 'Hugo!' 2:02
  Haidee, Hugo  
25 No. 23. Nocturne II 1:49
  No. 24  
  (The lights fade up. . .) -  
26 'I said to the cook: who does he think he is?' 2:07
  Tooley, the Count  
  No. 25. Nocturne III -  
27 'In the moonlight they are beautiful' 1:46
  The Count  
  No. 26  
28 'Get up! and quickly, do you hear me' 1:14
  The Count, Haidee, Hugo  
  No. 27  
29 'Stop! Make them stop!' 1:47
  Tovey, Boconnion, Rosalind, Sherrin, Leda  
  No. 28  
30 'We must get away from here' 1:23
  Rosalind, Boconnion  
  No. 29  
31 'I am very sorry, Colonel Boconnion' 1:00
  Sherrin, Rosalind, Boconnion, Leda, Tooley  
32 'Well now, Colonel' 2:28
  Tooley, Boconnion, Leda  
33 'You would do better to save your new coat' 2:05
  Tooley, Boconnion  
   
  Act III  
  No. 30  
  (The players move slowly back and away from Boconnion.) -  
34 'Back! Back against the wall where I can watch you' 1:48
  Boconnion, Sherrin, Tooley, Leda, Rosalind  
  No. 31  
  'This house is made of wood' -  
  Boconnion  
  No. 32  
35 'What will you gain by killing us' 3:22
  Sherrin, Tooley, Boconnion  
  (Tovey returns.) -  
  'All correct, Colonel' -  
  Tovey, Boconnion, Rosalind  
  No. 33  
  'I want to leave this house' -  
  Rosalind  
  No. 34  
36 'We must wait till morning' 4:21
  Boconnion, Leda, Fenney  
  'Ah! The poor little mute' -  
  Boconnion  
  No. 35  
  (Trim obeys. He dances jerkily and awkwardly.) -  
  No. 36  
  (Boconnion stalks arrogantly along the line of frightened actors.) -  
37 'This mute!' 2:39
  Boconnion  
38 'I lived as a boy in a village by the sea' 2:19
  Boconnion  
  'Tovey! Bring down the girl' -  
  Boconnion, Tovey, Leda  
  No. 37  
  (Rosalind wanders away from the others.) -  
39 'I want to leave this house' 1:54
  Rosalind, Jenny, Boconnion  
  'Tovey! Into the cellar with them' -  
  Boconnion, Rosalind  
  No. 38  
40 'All correct, Colonel' 0:55
  Tovey  
  (Boconnion turns back to Jenny. . .) -  
41 'What was your question, in the play?' 1:17
  Boconnion, Jenny, Rosalind  
  No. 39  
42 'Once, once long ago some actors came riding' 4:24
  Jenny  
  No. 40  
  (The horn sounds, far beyond the house.) -  
43 'The horn! Their horn!' 2:16
  Tovey, Boconnion, Rosalind, Jenny  
  (Boconnion lifts his arm to strike.) -  
44 'Then look! Soldier, look!' 3:57
  Jenny, Tovey, Rosalind, Boconnion  
   
  Also available as SACD CHSA 5036
 Kristopher Irmiter bass-baritone - Braxton
 Beth Clayton mezzo-soprano - Rosalind
 Brandon Jovanovich tenor - Boconnion
 James Maddalena baritone - Tovey
 Kristopher Irmiter bass-baritone - Sherrin
 Dorothy Byrne mezzo-soprano - Leda
 Brian Anderson tenor - Fenney
 Michael Todd Simpson baritone - Tooley
 Caroline Worra soprano - Jenny
 Andew Gorell silent part - Trim
 Stewart Robertson