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Vaughan Williams: The Poisoned Kiss

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Vaughan Williams: The Poisoned Kiss
Running Time: 115:27
Release Date: October 2003
Composer (1872-1958)
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Solo mezzo-soprano - Angelica
Pamela Helen Stephen
Solo baritone - Gallanthus
Roderick Williams
Solo tenor - Hob
John Graham-Hall
Solo baritone - Gob
Richard Suart
Solo bass - Lob
Mark Richardson
Solo baritone - Dipsacus
Neal Davies
Solo tenor - Amaryllus
James Gilchrist
Solo sloprano - Tormentilla
Janice Watson
Solo soprano - First Medium
Gail Pearson
Solo soprano - Second Medium
Helen Williams
Solo mezzo-soprano - Third Medium
Emer McGilloway
Solo contralto - Empress Persicaria
Anne Collins
Choral
Adrian Partington Singers
Conductor
Richard Hickox
Producer
Brian Couzens
Engineer
Ralph Couzens
Engineer (Assistant)
Matthew Walker
Venue
Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
Genre:
Opera


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RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

(1872-1958)

The Poisoned Kiss

115:59
premiere recording
An opera in three acts. Libretto by Evelyn Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams
1.
Overture
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Act I
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No. 2. Opening Chorus: 'Secret are the sounds . . .'
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No. 3. Scena. Gallanthus: 'What's that?'
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No. 4. Scena. Angelica: 'Day is dawning'
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No. 5. Duet. Gallaanthus: 'It's really time . . .'
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No. 6. Ensemble. Hob, Lob and Gob: 'Here we come . . .'
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No. 7. Duet and Chorus. Dipsacus: 'I'm a sorcerer bold'
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No. 8. Duet. Amaryllus: 'It's true I'm inclined . . .'
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No. 9. Ensemble. Tormentilla: 'Hush, lovely cobra'
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Amaryllus: 'Desist, lest you die!'
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No. 10. Duet. Amaaryllus: 'I know we see . . .'
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Amaryllus: 'Blue larkspur in a garden'
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No. 11. Ensemble. Dispacus: 'Who's in my forest?'
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Dispacus: 'North wind, south wind'
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Tormentilla: 'Angelica?'
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Amaryllus and Gallanthus: 'O come to our arms'
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No. 12. Song. Tormentilla: 'O who would be . . .'
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No. 13. Finale. Dipsacus: 'All is ready!'
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Act II
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No. 14. Introduction
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No. 15. Chorus: 'Here we come'
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No. 16. Song and Chorus. Angelica and flower girls: 'By all the powers . . .'
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No. 17. Trio. Lob: 'Ho there!'
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No. 18. Duet. Angelica: 'It does not appear . . .'
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No. 19. Trio. Third Medium: 'If you want to escape'
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Act II (continued)
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No. 20. Chorus: 'Tormentilla! Tormentilla!'
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No. 21. Song and Duet. Tormentilla: 'There was . . .'
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No. 22. Ensemble. Amaryllus: 'Twas here it bade . . .'
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No. 23. Serenade. Amaryllus: 'Dear love, behold . . .'
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No. 24. Duet. Tormentilla: 'Sleeping or waking'
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Tormentilla: 'You must not kiss me'
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No. 26. Finale. Tormentilla: 'Too dark for me . . .'
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Act III
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No. 27. Introduction
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No. 28. Trio. Mediums: 'Behold our mystic . . .'
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No. 29. Ensemble. Empress: 'Monstrous vision!'
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No. 30. Ballad. Empress: 'When I was young . . .'
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No. 31.Ensemble. Empress: 'You can leave us'
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No. 32. Duet. Tormentilla: 'Is my love alive?'
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Empress: 'Love breaks all rules . . .'
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No. 33. Invocation. Empress: 'Imps and Demons'
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No. 34. Ensemble. Empress: 'Come, O gentle powers'
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No. 35. Duet. Empress: 'Can you, can you remember'
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No. 36. Quartet. All: 'Love in a hut . . .'
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No. 37. Sextet. First Medium: 'Horrid monster!'
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No. 38. Duet. Gallanthus: 'It's the proper thing to do'
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No. 39. Finale. Chorus: 'Love has conquered!'
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Total time: 115:27
Cast (in order of appearance)
Solo: Pamela Helen Stephen mezzo-soprano - Angelica
Solo: Roderick Williams baritone - Gallanthus
Solo: John Graham-Hall tenor - Hob
Solo: Richard Suart baritone - Gob
Solo: Mark Richardson bass - Lob
Solo: Neal Davies baritone - Dipsacus
Solo: James Gilchrist tenor - Amaryllus
Solo: Janice Watson sloprano - Tormentilla
Solo: Gail Pearson soprano - First Medium
Solo: Helen Williams soprano - Second Medium
Solo: Emer McGilloway mezzo-soprano - Third Medium
Solo: Anne Collins contralto - Empress Persicaria
Chorus of Day and Night Voices, Hobgoblins, Witches and Forest Creatures, Milliners and Messenger Boys, Flower Girls, Lovers
Choral: Adrian Partington Singers
Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Conductor: Richard Hickox
3-6 January 2003

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