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CHSA 5036 - Bennett: The Mines of Sulphur
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CD available From: 15 June 2005

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
     
      COMPACT DISC ONE
      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
      56:42
      COMPACT DISC TWO
1 No. 20. Nocturne I 1:09
      No. 21
      (A cock crows and the lights fade up on the bed. . .) -
2 'Good morning, my doves' 2:19
      Mrs Traxel, Haidee, Hugo
      No. 22
3 'Hugo!' 2:02
      Haidee, Hugo
4 No. 23. Nocturne II 1:49
      No. 24
      (The lights fade up. . .) -
5 'I said to the cook: who does he think he is?' 2:07
      Tooley, the Count
      No. 25. Nocturne III -
6 'In the moonlight they are beautiful' 1:46
      The Count
      No. 26
7 'Get up! and quickly, do you hear me' 1:14
      The Count, Haidee, Hugo
      No. 27
8 'Stop! Make them stop!' 1:47
      Tovey, Boconnion, Rosalind, Sherrin, Leda
      No. 28
9 'We must get away from here' 1:23
      Rosalind, Boconnion
      No. 29
10 'I am very sorry, Colonel Boconnion' 1:00
      Sherrin, Rosalind, Boconnion, Leda, Tooley
11 'Well now, Colonel' 2:28
      Tooley, Boconnion, Leda
12 '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.) -
13 '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
14 '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
15 '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.) -
16 'This mute!' 2:39
      Boconnion
17 '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.) -
18 'I want to leave this house' 1:54
      Rosalind, Jenny, Boconnion
      'Tovey! Into the cellar with them' -
      Boconnion, Rosalind
      No. 38
19 'All correct, Colonel' 0:55
      Tovey
      (Boconnion turns back to Jenny. . .) -
20 'What was your question, in the play?' 1:17
      Boconnion, Jenny, Rosalind
      No. 39
21 'Once, once long ago some actors came riding' 4:24
      Jenny
      No. 40
      (The horn sounds, far beyond the house.) -
22 'The horn! Their horn!' 2:16
      Tovey, Boconnion, Rosalind, Jenny
      (Boconnion lifts his arm to strike.) -
23 'Then look! Soldier, look!' 3:57
      Jenny, Tovey, Rosalind, Boconnion
      50:26
 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
 Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra
 Stewart Robertson
 Recorded in:
 Alice Busch Opera Theater, Cooperstown, New York
      (live) 5, 7, 10, 13 & 16 August 2004
 Sound Engineer(s)
 John Newton
 Dirk Sobotka
 Stephanie Jacobson
 Producer(s)
 Blanton Alspaugh
         
      Awards  
      grammy nomination>  
 Format: Super Audio CD
Originally recorded in: DSD

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