Berkeley: Ruth

Berkeley: Ruth

by Richard Hickox
     
 

Lennox Berkeley's "Ruth," along with Britten's "Gloriana" and Tippett's "The Midsummer Marriage," make up the first postwar peak of English opera. In scale, "Ruth" is a chamber opera set in three scenes for five soloists, small mixed choir, and a reduced orchestra of two flutes, horn,…  See more details below

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Lennox Berkeley's "Ruth," along with Britten's "Gloriana" and Tippett's "The Midsummer Marriage," make up the first postwar peak of English opera. In scale, "Ruth" is a chamber opera set in three scenes for five soloists, small mixed choir, and a reduced orchestra of two flutes, horn, percussion, piano, and 11 strings. In effect, "Ruth" is an intimate opera depicting the story of Ruth and Boaz from the Old Testament Book of Ruth. In this recording, "Ruth" is exquisitely wrought, marvelously beautiful, intensely lyrical, and deeply moving. Mezzo-soprano Jean Rigby is completely convincing in the title role, a young woman who in loyalty to her mother-in-law moves to a foreign country where she is treated with suspicion and disdain as an outsider. Tenor Mark Tucker is wholly persuasive in the role of Boaz, a rich widower who comes to love the lonely Ruth. Soprano Yvonne Kenny is utterly compelling as Naomi, a woman who has lost her husband and her sons and who returns to her homeland bereft of everything except the loyalty of Ruth. Conductor Richard Hickox leads the Joyful Company of Singers and the City of London Sinfonia in a seamless blend of drama and lyricism, of action and reflection, of fear and love. Chandos' sound in this the premiere recording of the work is nearly transparent. Anyone who loves postwar English opera will want to hear this disc.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115130124
catalogNumber:
10301

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  1. Ruth, opera in 3 scenes, op. 50  - Lennox Berkeley  - Eric Crozier  - Richard Hickox  -  Joyful Company of Singers  - Yvonne Kenny  - Andreas Klatt  - Francis Marchal  - Jean Rigby  - Mark Tucker  - Nicholas Ward  - Roderick Williams  - Claire Rutter  -  City of London Sinfonia

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