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Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39

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CHAN 10036
 
Multiple Set of 2 CDs
Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39
Running Time: 146:55
Release Date: 2003
Originally recorded in 2002
Composer (1913-1976)
Benjamin Britten
Solo tenor - Albert Herring
James Gilchrist
Solo mezzo-soprano - Nancy
Pamela Helen Stephen
Solo baritone - Sid
Roderick Williams
Solo soprano - Lady Billows
Susan Bullock
Solo mezzo-soprano - Florence Pike
Sally Burgess
Solo baritone - Mr Gedge
Alan Opie
Solo bass - Superintendent Budd
Stephen Richardson
Solo tenor - Mr Upfold
Robert Tear
Solo soprano - Miss Wordsworth
Rebecca Evans
Solo mezzo-soprano - Mrs Herring
Anne Collins
Solo Emmie
Yvette Bonner
Solo Cis
Rebecca Bottone
Solo Harry
Gregory Monk
Conductor
Richard Hickox
Venue
Blackheath Halls, London
Producer
Brian Couzens
Engineer
Ralph Couzens
Engineer (Assistant)
Michael Common
Genre:
Opera

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

(1913-1976)

Albert Herring

147:27
An opera in three acts
Libretto by Eric Crozier, after a story by Guy de Maupassant
Act I
Scene 1
1.
(The morning room at Lady Billows' house in Loxford)
2:01
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Florence: 'Doctor Jessop's midwife . . .'
2:33
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Miss Wordsworth: 'I hope we're not too early'
2:42
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Lady Billows: 'Stuffy! Tobacco stink!'
2:45
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5.
Lady Billows: 'Now then! Notebook, Florence!'
2:49
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Vicar: 'The first suggestion on my list'
4:46
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7.
Lady Billows: 'Is this all you can bring?'
3:12
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8.
Superintendent: 'Begging your pardon'
4:24
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Vicar: 'Virtue, says Holy Writ'
2:03
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10.
Lady Billows: 'Right! We'll have him!'
3:03
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11.
Interlude
3:08
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Scene 2
12.
Emmie, Cis and Harry: 'Bounce me high'
2:27
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13.
Sid: 'Shop! Hi! Albert!'
1:57
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14.
Sid: 'Did you ever have a pint at the local?'
1:41
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15.
Albert: 'Sid I'm sorry but . . .'
3:36
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16.
Sid and Nancy: 'We'll walk to the spinney'
2:00
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17.
Albert: 'He's much too busy'
2:08
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18.
Emmie: 'Mum wants two penn'oth of potherbs'
1:36
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19.
Florence: 'Good morning, young man!'
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20.
Lady Billows: 'We bring great news to you'
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Mum: 'Well, think of that, my lad'
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Act II
Scene 1
22.
(Inside a marquee . . .)
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Florence: 'For three precious weeks'
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Sid: 'That's a fine sight for sore eyes!'
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Miss Wordsworth: 'Quickly, quickly'
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Nancy: 'I don't think you ought!'
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(Bells offstage) Nancy: 'Quick, here they are!'
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Miss Wordsworth: 'Husssh! . . . Harold Wood!'
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Lady Billows: 'Come, let's sit down'
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Act II
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Lady Billows: 'I'm full of happiness'
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Mayor: 'As representing our local Council'
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Miss Wordsworth: 'My heart leaps up with joy to see'
2:11
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33.
Superintendent: 'Erhumph . . .'
1:16
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34.
Mum: 'Go on, Albert!'
2:07
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35.
Vicar: 'Albert the Good!'
2:34
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36.
Sid: 'Bring the plates! Quickly now!'
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Scene 2
37.
Albert: 'Albert the Good!'
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38.
Albert: 'Why did she stare . . .?'
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39.
Nancy: 'You oughtn't to whistle'
1:47
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40.
Sid: 'Come along, darling'
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Albert: 'Heaven helps those who help themselves'
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Mum: 'Albert! Albert? Fast asleep, poor kid!'
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Act III
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(The following afternoon . . .)
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Emmie: 'Is she asleep?'
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45.
Sid: 'What the hell d'you think I am?'
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46.
Sid: 'How's the manhunt?'
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Mum: 'Have you found him?'
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48.
Mum: 'All that I did!'
2:42
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49.
Lady Billows: 'Fools!'
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50.
All: 'In the midst of life is death'
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51.
All: 'Albert . . .?'
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52.
Albert: 'I can't remember anything'
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Sid: 'Hi! That's my girl'
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Solo: James Gilchrist tenor - Albert Herring
Solo: Pamela Helen Stephen mezzo-soprano - Nancy
Solo: Roderick Williams baritone - Sid
Solo: Susan Bullock soprano - Lady Billows
Solo: Sally Burgess mezzo-soprano - Florence Pike
Solo: Alan Opie baritone - Mr Gedge
Solo: Stephen Richardson bass - Superintendent Budd
Solo: Robert Tear tenor - Mr Upfold
Solo: Rebecca Evans soprano - Miss Wordsworth
Solo: Anne Collins mezzo-soprano - Mrs Herring
Solo: Yvette Bonner Emmie
Solo: Rebecca Bottone Cis
Solo: Gregory Monk Harry
Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia
Conductor: Richard Hickox
11-14 October 2001

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

(1913-1976)

Albert Herring

147:27
An opera in three acts
Libretto by Eric Crozier, after a story by Guy de Maupassant
COMPACT DISC ONE
Act I
Scene 1
1.
(The morning room at Lady Billows' house in Loxford)
2:01
2.
Florence: 'Doctor Jessop's midwife . . .'
2:33
3.
Miss Wordsworth: 'I hope we're not too early'
2:42
4.
Lady Billows: 'Stuffy! Tobacco stink!'
2:45
5.
Lady Billows: 'Now then! Notebook, Florence!'
2:49
6.
Vicar: 'The first suggestion on my list'
4:46
7.
Lady Billows: 'Is this all you can bring?'
3:12
8.
Superintendent: 'Begging your pardon'
4:24
9.
Vicar: 'Virtue, says Holy Writ'
2:03
10.
Lady Billows: 'Right! We'll have him!'
3:03
11.
Interlude
3:08
Scene 2
12.
Emmie, Cis and Harry: 'Bounce me high'
2:27
13.
Sid: 'Shop! Hi! Albert!'
1:57
14.
Sid: 'Did you ever have a pint at the local?'
1:41
15.
Albert: 'Sid I'm sorry but . . .'
3:36
16.
Sid and Nancy: 'We'll walk to the spinney'
2:00
17.
Albert: 'He's much too busy'
2:08
18.
Emmie: 'Mum wants two penn'oth of potherbs'
1:36
19.
Florence: 'Good morning, young man!'
1:41
20.
Lady Billows: 'We bring great news to you'
2:49
21.
Mum: 'Well, think of that, my lad'
2:49
Act II
Scene 1
22.
(Inside a marquee . . .)
2:21
23.
Florence: 'For three precious weeks'
0:54
24.
Sid: 'That's a fine sight for sore eyes!'
2:41
25.
Miss Wordsworth: 'Quickly, quickly'
3:26
26.
Nancy: 'I don't think you ought!'
1:03
27.
(Bells offstage) Nancy: 'Quick, here they are!'
2:39
28.
Miss Wordsworth: 'Husssh! . . . Harold Wood!'
1:34
29.
Lady Billows: 'Come, let's sit down'
1:24
Total time: 72:30
COMPACT DISC TWO
Act II
Scene 1 (continued)
1.
Lady Billows: 'I'm full of happiness'
3:49
2.
Mayor: 'As representing our local Council'
2:03
3.
Miss Wordsworth: 'My heart leaps up with joy to see'
2:11
4.
Superintendent: 'Erhumph . . .'
1:16
5.
Mum: 'Go on, Albert!'
2:07
6.
Vicar: 'Albert the Good!'
2:34
7.
Sid: 'Bring the plates! Quickly now!'
7:34
Scene 2
8.
Albert: 'Albert the Good!'
4:51
9.
Albert: 'Why did she stare . . .?'
2:50
10.
Nancy: 'You oughtn't to whistle'
1:47
11.
Sid: 'Come along, darling'
2:16
12.
Albert: 'Heaven helps those who help themselves'
5:24
13.
Mum: 'Albert! Albert? Fast asleep, poor kid!'
3:06
Act III
14.
(The following afternoon . . .)
2:13
15.
Emmie: 'Is she asleep?'
3:16
16.
Sid: 'What the hell d'you think I am?'
1:49
17.
Sid: 'How's the manhunt?'
1:15
18.
Mum: 'Have you found him?'
3:01
19.
Mum: 'All that I did!'
2:42
20.
Lady Billows: 'Fools!'
2:32
21.
All: 'In the midst of life is death'
5:24
22.
All: 'Albert . . .?'
2:57
23.
Albert: 'I can't remember anything'
5:44
24.
Sid: 'Hi! That's my girl'
2:02
Total time: 74:57
Solo: James Gilchrist tenor - Albert Herring
Solo: Pamela Helen Stephen mezzo-soprano - Nancy
Solo: Roderick Williams baritone - Sid
Solo: Susan Bullock soprano - Lady Billows
Solo: Sally Burgess mezzo-soprano - Florence Pike
Solo: Alan Opie baritone - Mr Gedge
Solo: Stephen Richardson bass - Superintendent Budd
Solo: Robert Tear tenor - Mr Upfold
Solo: Rebecca Evans soprano - Miss Wordsworth
Solo: Anne Collins mezzo-soprano - Mrs Herring
Solo: Yvette Bonner Emmie
Solo: Rebecca Bottone Cis
Solo: Gregory Monk Harry
Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia
Conductor: Richard Hickox
11-14 October 2001




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