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Bennett: The Mines of Sulphur

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CHAN 5036
 
Bennett: The Mines of Sulphur
Running Time: 106:58
UPC Code: 095115503621

Release Date: June 2005
Originally recorded in 2004
Composer (b. 1936)
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
Solo bass-baritone - Braxton
Kristopher Irmiter
Solo mezzo-soprano - Rosalind
Beth Clayton
Solo tenor - Boconnion
Brandon Jovanovich
Solo baritone - Tovey
James Maddalena
Solo mezzo-soprano - Leda
Dorothy Byrne
Solo tenor - Fenney
Brian Anderson
Solo baritone - Tooley
Michael Todd Simpson
Solo soprano - Jenny
Caroline Worra
Solo silent part - Trim
Andew Gorell
Orchestra
Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra
Conductor
Stewart Robertson
Producer
Blanton Alspaugh
Engineer
John Newton
Engineer
Dirk Sobotka
Engineer
Stephanie Jacobson
Venue
Alice Busch Opera Theater, Cooperstown, New York
Genre:
Opera
Contemporary

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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
Act I
1.
No. 1. Introduction
1:25
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No. 2
(Rosalind enters. . .) -
2.
'Slut! You slut!'
2:54
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Braxton, Rosalind
No. 3
(The main door opens slowly and Boconnion enters cautiously. . .) -
3.
'Easy and quietly'
2:22
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Boconnion, Tovey, Rosalind, Braxton
No. 4
(Boconnion moves off into the shadows.)
4.
'The key!'
1:53
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Boconnion, Tovey, Rosalind
(They gaze in wonder at the contents of the open chest.) -
5.
'You see! What did I tell you?'
1:06
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Rosalind, Boconnion, Tovey
No. 5
6.
'Old goat!'
4:23
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Boconnion, Rosalind
No. 6
(Tovey returns, carrying logs and wine. . .) -
7.
'''The cup it is white and the ale it is brown. . .'''
2:23
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Tovey, Boconnion
No. 7
(Rosalind appears above. She is transformed. . .) -
8.
'Am I beautiful?'
2:12
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Rosalind, Boconnion, Tovey
(From the distance we hear the sound of a horn. . .) -
9.
'A horn!'
0:53
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Boconnion, Rosalind, Tovey, Sherrin
No. 8
(Sherrin enters, blinking, into the light. . .) -
10.
'Good evening, sir'
5:58
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Sherrin, Boconnion, Rosalind, Tovey, Leda, Fenney, Tooley
No. 9
(The players wander round the Hall. . .) -
11.
'I once played Romeo, in Chester'
3:37
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Fenney, Sherrin, Tooley, Leda
No. 10
(Rosalind enters. She moves slowly round the Hall. . .) -
12.
'It looks very well on you'
7:13
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Jenny, Rosalind
Act II
13.
No. 11 Overture
1:05
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No. 12
(Enter, from the lower doors, the two Flunkeys. . .) -
14.
'Good morning, your Excellency!'
0:45
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Tooley
No. 13. Recitative
15.
'Item: A fountain in the Palladian style'
1:46
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The Count
No. 14. Duet
(Hugo, the valet, enters with the Count's clothes and a basin. . .) -
16.
'Good morning, your Excellency'
2:54
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'This morning I was passing the square' -
Hugo, the Count
No. 15. Aria
17.
'O when will I a lover know'
4:04
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Haidee
No. 16
(The Count and Hugo appear below. . .) -
18.
'Well?'
1:52
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Hugo, the Count, Mrs Traxel
No. 17
(She calls up to the balcony.) -
19.
'Haidee!'
4:03
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Mrs Traxel
No. 18. Interlude
(Mrs Traxel leads the way into the house. . .) -
20.
'Your eyes are shining, Rosalind'
1:22
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Boconnion, Rosalind, Tovey
No.19
21.
(Enter Trim and Tooley to prepare the bed. . .) -
2:27
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22.
No. 20. Nocturne I
1:09
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No. 21
(A cock crows and the lights fade up on the bed. . .) -
23.
'Good morning, my doves'
2:19
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Mrs Traxel, Haidee, Hugo
No. 22
24.
'Hugo!'
2:02
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Haidee, Hugo
25.
No. 23. Nocturne II
1:49
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No. 24
(The lights fade up. . .) -
26.
'I said to the cook: who does he think he is?'
2:07
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Tooley, the Count
No. 25. Nocturne III -
27.
'In the moonlight they are beautiful'
1:46
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The Count
No. 26
28.
'Get up! and quickly, do you hear me'
1:14
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The Count, Haidee, Hugo
No. 27
29.
'Stop! Make them stop!'
1:47
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Tovey, Boconnion, Rosalind, Sherrin, Leda
No. 28
30.
'We must get away from here'
1:23
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Rosalind, Boconnion
No. 29
31.
'I am very sorry, Colonel Boconnion'
1:00
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Sherrin, Rosalind, Boconnion, Leda, Tooley
32.
'Well now, Colonel'
2:28
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Tooley, Boconnion, Leda
33.
'You would do better to save your new coat'
2:05
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Tooley, Boconnion
Act III
No. 30
(The players move slowly back and away from Boconnion.) -
34.
'Back! Back against the wall where I can watch you'
1:48
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Boconnion, Sherrin, Tooley, Leda, Rosalind
No. 31
'This house is made of wood' -
Boconnion
No. 32
35.
'What will you gain by killing us'
3:22
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Sherrin, Tooley, Boconnion
(Tovey returns.) -
'All correct, Colonel' -
Tovey, Boconnion, Rosalind
No. 33
'I want to leave this house' -
Rosalind
No. 34
36.
'We must wait till morning'
4:21
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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.) -
37.
'This mute!'
2:39
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Boconnion
38.
'I lived as a boy in a village by the sea'
2:19
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Boconnion
'Tovey! Bring down the girl' -
Boconnion, Tovey, Leda
No. 37
(Rosalind wanders away from the others.) -
39.
'I want to leave this house'
1:54
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Rosalind, Jenny, Boconnion
'Tovey! Into the cellar with them' -
Boconnion, Rosalind
No. 38
40.
'All correct, Colonel'
0:55
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Tovey
(Boconnion turns back to Jenny. . .) -
41.
'What was your question, in the play?'
1:17
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Boconnion, Jenny, Rosalind
No. 39
42.
'Once, once long ago some actors came riding'
4:24
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Jenny
No. 40
(The horn sounds, far beyond the house.) -
43.
'The horn! Their horn!'
2:16
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Tovey, Boconnion, Rosalind, Jenny
(Boconnion lifts his arm to strike.) -
44.
'Then look! Soldier, look!'
3:57
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Jenny, Tovey, Rosalind, Boconnion
Total time: 106:58
Solo: Kristopher Irmiter bass-baritone - Braxton
Solo: Beth Clayton mezzo-soprano - Rosalind
Solo: Brandon Jovanovich tenor - Boconnion
Solo: James Maddalena baritone - Tovey
Solo: Kristopher Irmiter bass-baritone - Sherrin
Solo: Dorothy Byrne mezzo-soprano - Leda
Solo: Brian Anderson tenor - Fenney
Solo: Michael Todd Simpson baritone - Tooley
Solo: Caroline Worra soprano - Jenny
Solo: Andew Gorell silent part - Trim
Orchestra: Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Stewart Robertson
(live) 5, 7, 10, 13 & 16 August 2004

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