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

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/2009
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115156827
  • Catalog Number: 10568
  • Sales rank: 349,162

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Sea, suite for orchestra: 1. Seascape. Allegro ben moderato - Frank Bridge & BBC National Orchestra of Wales (7:21)
  2. 2 Albert Herring, chamber opera, Op. 39: Act 2. Scene 2. Duet. Come along, darling, come fo - Benjamin Britten & James Gilchrist (2:34)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 2 in G major ("A London Symphony"): 1. Lento - Allegro risoluto - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Richard Hickox (15:07)
  4. 4 Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: Part 2. Air. O rest in the Lord - Felix Mendelssohn & Linda Finnie (3:35)
  5. 5 Symphony No. 102 in B flat major, H. 1/102: 4. Finale. Presto - Franz Joseph Haydn & Collegium Musicum 90 (4:58)
  6. 6 Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55: 4. Lento - Allegro - Grandioso (poco largamente) - Edward Elgar & BBC National Orchestra of Wales (12:18)
  7. 7 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O moon in the velvet heavens - Antonin Dvorák & Richard Hickox (8:17)
  8. 8 Molly on the Shore, folk song for orchestra (or theater orchestra) (BFMS 1) - Percy Grainger & Richard Hickox (4:03)
  9. 9 Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major, Op. 111: 2. Gloria in excelsis Deo (from Gloria) - Johann Nepomuk Hummel & Collegium Musicum 90 (3:39)
  10. 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 (17:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Perfect Fool, opera & ballet, Op. 39, H. 150: Ballet. Dance of Spirits of Fire. Allegro moderato - Gustav Holst & BBC National Orchestra of Wales (3:43)
  2. 2 Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra in E flat major, D. 950: Credo. Et incarnatus est - Franz Schubert & Collegium Musicum 90 (6:44)
  3. 3 The Consul, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. To this we've come - Gian Carlo Menotti & Richard Hickox (8:43)
  4. 4 Symphony No. 1, Op. 22: 1. Allegro - Malcolm Arnold & Richard Hickox (12:12)
  5. 5 The Pilgrim's Progress, opera: Act 3. Scene 2. The Pilgrim in Prison - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Gerald Finley (11:38)
  6. 6 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Dies irae. Dies irae, dies illa - Tuba mirum sparg - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Hickox (3:52)
  7. 7 Invocation - William Lloyd Webber & Richard Hickox (3:21)
  8. 8 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 (3:07)
  9. 9 The Dream of Gerontius, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 38: Part 2. Praise to His Name! - Take me away - Edward Elgar & Arthur Davies (4:45)
  10. 10 We shall see him as he is, for soprano, 2 tenors, chorus, orchestra & organ: Ikon 6 - John Mark Ainsley & John Tavener (6:09)
  11. 11 Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Act 3. Scene 2. Mad Scene. Grimes! - Benjamin Britten & Richard Hickox (5:33)
  12. 12 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 (3:30)
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Performance Credits
Richard Hickox Primary Artist
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