Within a Dream: A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox

Within a Dream: A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox

by Richard Hickox
     
 
This two-disc set makes an ideal introduction to the art of English conductor Richard Hickox. As a memorial, it is close to heartbreaking. Every aspect of his music-making is touched on: his superlative opera recordings, his outstanding choral recordings, his brilliant early music recordings, and above all, his magnificent series of recordings of music by English

Overview

This two-disc set makes an ideal introduction to the art of English conductor Richard Hickox. As a memorial, it is close to heartbreaking. Every aspect of his music-making is touched on: his superlative opera recordings, his outstanding choral recordings, his brilliant early music recordings, and above all, his magnificent series of recordings of music by English composers. It is programmed with such art and insight that the results offer a fair measure of Hickox's achievement. The first disc's progression, from the glorious surge of Bridge's "The Sea," through the ardent passion of Britten's "Albert Herring," the luminous colors of Vaughan Williams' "A London Symphony," the restful serenity of Mendelssohn's "Elijah," and the noble intensity of Elgar's "Second Symphony," to the blessed forgiveness of Britten's "War Requiem," forms a moving portrait of the conductor. Ending the second disc with an ecstatic performance of "They are not long, the weeping and the laughter" from Delius' "Songs of Sunset" is poignant beyond words. For the listener who knows nothing of Hickox, these recordings may be the place to start, though the sense of loss is almost unbearable. Chandos' sound is consistently rich, deep, and colorful.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2009
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115156827
catalogNumber:
10568
Rank:
279496

Tracks

  1. The Sea, suite for orchestra: 1. Seascape. Allegro ben moderato  - Frank Bridge  -  BBC National Orchestra of Wales  - Richard Hickox
  2. Albert Herring, chamber opera, Op. 39: Act 2. Scene 2. Duet. Come along, darling, come fo  - Benjamin Britten  - James Gilchrist  - Richard Hickox  - Pamela Helen Stephen  - Roderick Williams  -  City of London Sinfonia
  3. Symphony No. 2 in G major ("A London Symphony"): 1. Lento - Allegro risoluto  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Richard Hickox  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  4. Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: Part 2. Air. O rest in the Lord  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Linda Finnie  - Richard Hickox  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  5. Symphony No. 102 in B flat major, H. 1/102: 4. Finale. Presto  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Collegium Musicum 90  - Richard Hickox
  6. Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55: 4. Lento - Allegro - Grandioso (poco largamente)  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC National Orchestra of Wales  - Richard Hickox
  7. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O moon in the velvet heavens  - Antonin Dvorák  - Richard Hickox  - Anne-Marie Owens  - Cheryl Barker  -  Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra  - Bruce Martin
  8. Molly on the Shore, folk song for orchestra (or theater orchestra) (BFMS 1)  - Percy Grainger  - Richard Hickox  -  City of London Sinfonia
  9. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major, Op. 111: 2. Gloria in excelsis Deo (from Gloria)  - Johann Nepomuk Hummel  -  Collegium Musicum 90  - Richard Hickox
  10. War Requiem, for soprano, tenor, baritone, boys' voices, chorus, chamber orchestra, orchestra & organ, Op. 66: 6. Libera me [Excerpt]  - Benjamin Britten  -  St. Paul's Cathedral Choristers  - Roderick Elms  - Heather Harper  - Richard Hickox  - Philip Langridge  -  London Symphony Chorus  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - John Shirley-Quirk  -  London Symphony Chamber Orchestra
  11. The Perfect Fool, opera & ballet, Op. 39, H. 150: Ballet. Dance of Spirits of Fire. Allegro moderato  - Gustav Holst  -  BBC National Orchestra of Wales  - Richard Hickox
  12. Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in E flat major, D. 950: Credo. Et incarnatus est  - Franz Schubert  -  Collegium Musicum 90  - James Gilchrist  - Susan Gritton  - Richard Hickox  - Mark Padmore
  13. The Consul, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. To this we've come  - Gian Carlo Menotti  - Richard Hickox  - Susan Bullock  - Herbert Eckhoff  - Malin Fritz  - Victoria Livengood  -  Spoleto Festival Orchestra
  14. Symphony No. 1, Op. 22: 1. Allegro  - Malcolm Arnold  - Richard Hickox  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  15. The Pilgrim's Progress, opera: Act 3. Scene 2. The Pilgrim in Prison  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Gerald Finley  - Richard Hickox  -  Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden
  16. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Dies irae. Dies irae, dies illa - Tuba mirum sparg  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Richard Hickox  -  London Symphony Chorus  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  17. Invocation  - William Lloyd Webber  - Richard Hickox  - Skaila Kanga  -  City of London Sinfonia
  18. Songs of the Sea, for baritone voice, male chorus & orchestra (or voice & piano), No. 5, "The Old Superb" Op. 91/5  - Charles Villiers Stanford  -  BBC National Chorus of Wales  -  BBC National Orchestra of Wales  - Gerald Finley  - Richard Hickox
  19. The Dream of Gerontius, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 38: Part 2. Praise to His Name! - Take me away  - Edward Elgar  - Arthur Davies  - Richard Hickox  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Felicity Palmer
  20. We shall see him as he is, for soprano, 2 tenors, chorus, orchestra & organ: Ikon 6  - John Tavener  - John Mark Ainsley  -  BBC National Chorus of Wales  -  BBC National Orchestra of Wales  -  Britten Singers  -  Chester Festival Chorus  - Richard Hickox  - Patricia Rozario
  21. Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 2. Mad Scene. Grimes!  - Benjamin Britten  - Richard Hickox  - Philip Langridge  -  London Symphony Chorus  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  22. Songs of Sunset, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra, RT ii/5: They are not long, the weeping and the laughter  - Frederick Delius  -  Bournemouth Symphony Chorus  - Sally Burgess  - Richard Hickox  - Southern Voices  - Bryn Terfel  -  Waynflete Singers  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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