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CHAN 10301 - Berkeley, Lennox: Ruth
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CD available From: 11 April 2005

Opera - Ruth

 Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)
      premiere recording
Ruth, Op. 50 78:54
      An Opera in Three Scenes
      Libretto by Eric Crozier
      Scene 1
1 A mountainous place near Bethlehem 1:57
2 'Once more I see your green and golden hills, O Judah!' 3:05
      Naomi, Ruth, Orpah
3 'Turn back, my daughters' 1:38
      Naomi, Ruth, Orpah
4 'Almighty Father, let my cry come unto thee!' 3:13
      Naomi, Orpah, Ruth
5 'Ah, must I leave thee? Must we part?' 3:23
      Orpah, Naomi, Ruth
6 'Whither thou goest, I will go' 3:02
      Ruth, Naomi
7 'See! Is this Naomi!?' 2:14
      Women, Naomi
8 'Ah, call me not Naomi, let Mara be my name' 2:32
9 'Where, ah, where is Naomi?' 2:21
      Women, Naomi, Ruth
      Scene 2
10 A harvest field belonging to Boaz - 1:45
      'Gold grows the barley on hillside and valley'
11 'Greetings, men of Judah!' 1:05
      Women, Head Reaper
12 'The scatter'd ear of corn' 1:55
      Women, Men
13 'Come, let us go forth together' 3:23
      Head Reaper, Women, Men, Ruth
14 'Stay, men of Judah!' 2:17
      Boaz, Men, Women, Head Reaper, Ruth
15 'I had no wish to anger them' 3:19
      Ruth, Boaz, Head Reaper
16 'Ah, let not anger fill your eyes!' 3:05
      Ruth, Boaz
17 'Whence cometh this to me, that thou should'st deign to notice me?' 3:47
      Ruth, Boaz
18 'The scatter'd ear of corn' 2:25
      Women, Men, Boaz
      Scene 3
19 A threshing-floor, at night - 2:11
      'This is the place! Come, daughter'
      Naomi, Ruth
20 'Fear not, beloved Ruth!' 2:42
      Naomi, Ruth
21 'Golden ripe the barley grows' 1:11
      Women, Men, Naomi, Ruth, Head Reaper, Boaz
22 'Lord of the Harvest, what are thy commands?' 1:47
      Men, Head Reaper, Women, Boaz
23 'Winter time is time to plough, aie, the wind does bite!' 1:14
      Men, Women
24 'Across the field the long slow line of reapers goes a-reaping' 1:33
25 'Dance, come dance, dance within the ring' 1:39
      Women, Men, Head Reaper
26 'O clap your hands, all ye people!' 2:22
      Boaz, Women, Men
27 'Go now, my daughter' 1:50
      Naomi, Ruth
28 'Master!' 1:42
      Ruth, Boaz
29 'Thou comest in the stillness of the night' 4:22
      Boaz, Ruth
30 'Lo, my beloved, my soul's delight, to thee I give my hand' 1:53
      Boaz, Ruth
31 'Ho there, my people!' 1:39
      Boaz, Ruth, Naomi, Women, Men
32 'Behold this maid' 3:25
      Boaz, Ruth, Naomi, Head Reaper, Women, Men
33 'Rejoice, O Israel, rejoice' 2:41
      Head Reaper, Women, Men, Ruth, Naomi, Boaz
 Jean Rigby mezzo-soprano - Ruth
 Mark Tucker tenor - Boaz
 Yvonne Kenny soprano - Naomi
 Claire Rutter soprano - Orpah
 Roderick Williams baritone - Head Reaper
 Joyful Company of Singers
 City of London Sinfonia
 Richard Hickox
 Recorded in:
 Blackheath Halls, London
      23 & 25-27 September 2003
 Brian Couzens
 Sound Engineer(s)
 Ralph Couzens
 Michael Common (Assistant)
 Format: Digital CD 16Bit 44.1Khz
Originally recorded in: 24Bit 96Khz

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