RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Riders to the Sea
opera in one act based on the play by J. M. Synge
Nora: Where is she?
Maurya: Isn't it turf enough you have
Bartley: Where is the bit of new rope, Cathleen
Maurya: He's gone now, God spare us
Cathleen: Wait, Nora, maybe she'd turn back quickly
Cathleen: You didn't give him his bit of bread?
Maurya: I went down to the spring well
Maurya: Bartley will be lost now
Maurya: They are all gone now
Maurya: And may he have mercy on my soul
Three preludes on Welsh hymn tunes
St. Denio: Scherzo
Suite for solo viola, small chorus and small orchestra
Sicut Lilium inter spinas, sic anima mea inter filias. . .
Fulcite me floribus, stipate me malis, quia amore langueo.
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. . . Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples; for I am sick with love.
Lento (senza misura)
Iam enim hiems transit; imber abiit, et recessit;
Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra, Tempus putationis advenit; Vox turturis audita est in terra nostra.
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
Andante con moto
Quaesivi quem diligit anima mea; quaesivi illum, et non inventi…
''Adjuro vos filiae Jerusalem, si inveneritis dilectum meum, un nuntietis ei quia amore langueo''…
''Quo abiit dilectus tuus, O pulcherrima mulierium? !Quo declinavit dilectus tuus? et quaeremus eum tecum.''
I sought him who my soul loveth, but I found him not. . . ''I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him that I am sick with love.''. . .
''Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? Whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee.''
Lento (senza misura) - Allegro moderato - Allargando
En lectulum Salomonis sexaginta fortes ambiunt…
omnes tenentes gladios, et ad bella doctissimi.
Behold his bed which is Solomon's, three score valiant men are about it. . . They all hold swords, being expert in war.
Moderato alla marcia
Revertere, revertere Sulamitis! Revertere, revertere ut intueamur te,
Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui in calceamentis, filia principis.
Return, return, O Sulamite, Return, return that we may look upon thee. . . How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O Prince's daughter.
Andante quasi lento (Largamente)
Pone me ut signaculum super cor tuum.
Set me as a seal upon thine heart.
Ingrid Attrot soprano
Karl Morgan Daymond baritone
Linda Finnie contralto
Lynne Dawson soprano
Pamela Helen Stephen mezzo-soprano
Philip Dukes viola
23-24 March 1995