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Bantock: Omar Khayyam

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CHAN 5051
 
Bantock: Omar Khayyam
Running Time: 170:42
Digital UPC: 5059864505133

Release Date: September 2007
Originally recorded in October 2005
Composer (1868-1946)
Sir Granville Bantock
Solo mezzo-soprano
Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Solo tenor
Toby Spence
Solo baritone
Roderick Williams
Solo soprano (First Pot)
Olivia Robinson
Solo mezzo-soprano (Second Pot)
Siân Menna
Solo bass (Sixth Pot)
Edward Price
Choral
BBC Symphony Chorus
Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
Vernon Handley
Venue
Watford Colosseum
Producer
Brian Couzens
Engineer
Ralph Couzens
Engineer (Assistant: October 2005)
Michael Common
Engineer (Assistant: February 2007)
Jonathan Cooper
Genre:
Choir
Orchestral & Concertos


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SIR GRANVILLE BANTOCK

(1868-1946)

Omar Khayyam

171:31
The Ruba'iyat according to Edward Fitzgerald set to Music
for Three Solo Voices, Chorus, and Orchestra in Three Parts
Principals:
The Beloved - Contralto
The Poet - Tenor
The Philosopher - Baritone
Chorus
Part I (beginning)
1.
[Prelude -]
5:54
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2.
Chorus: 'Wake! For the Sun, who scattered into flight' -
2:08
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3.
Chorus: 'Before the phantom of false morning died' -
2:28
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The Poet: 'And as the cock crew, those who stood before' -
2:20
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The Poet: 'Now the new year reviving old desires' -
1:45
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The Poet: 'Iram indeed is gone with all his rose' -
2:25
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Chorus: 'Whether at Naishápúr or Babylon' -
2:14
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The Beloved: 'Each morn a thousand roses brings, you say' -
1:34
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The Poet: 'With me along the strip of herbage strown' -
6:49
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Chorus: 'Some for the glories of this world; and some' -
2:06
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The Beloved: 'Look to the blowing Rose about us - 'Lo''' -
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Chorus: 'Think, in this battered caravanserai' -
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The Poet: 'I sometimes think that never blows so red' -
1:59
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The Poet: 'Ah, my Beloved, fill the cup that clears' -
1:55
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Chorus: 'Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend' -
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The Beloved: 'Alike for those who for To-day prepare' -
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The Philosopher: 'Myself when young did eagerly frequent' -
2:33
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Chorus: 'What, without asking, hither hurried Whence?' -
1:21
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The Poet: 'Up from earth's centre through the seventh gate' -
2:51
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Chorus: 'Earth could not answer; nor the seas that mourn' -
2:25
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21.
The Poet: 'Then of THEE IN ME who works behind' -
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22.
The Poet: 'Then to the lip of this poor earthen urn' -
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23.
The Philosopher: 'I think the vessel, that with fugitive'
2:23
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58:14
Part I (conclusion)
24.
The Beloved: 'As then the tulip for her morning sup' -
3:39
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The Beloved: 'So when that Angel of the darker drink' -
2:18
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26.
Chorus: ''Tis but a tent where takes his one day's rest' -
2:32
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The Beloved and the Poet: 'When you and I behind the veil are past' -
4:01
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28.
[Interlude:] The Desert -
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The Caravan -
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30.
Chorus: 'A moment's halt - a momentary taste' -
3:35
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The Philosopher: 'Would you that spangle of Existence spend' -
2:37
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The Philosopher: 'A moment guessed - then back behind the fold' -
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33.
Chorus: 'Waste not your hour, nor in the vain pursuit' -
4:09
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34.
Chorus: 'Better be jocund with the fruitful grape'
2:59
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Part II
35.
The Philosopher: 'You know, my Friends, with what a brave carouse' -
2:11
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36.
The Philosopher: 'Ah, but my computations, people say' -
1:40
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37.
The Philosopher and Chorus: 'and 'twas - the Grape!' -
2:42
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Chorus: 'The Grape that can with logic absolute' -
38.
Chorus: 'The mighty Mahmúd, Allah-breathing Lord' -
3:38
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39.
The Philosopher: 'Why, be this Juice the growth of God, who dare' -
1:29
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40.
The Philosopher: 'I must abjure the Balm of Life, I must' -
1:42
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41.
Chorus: 'Oh threats of Hell and hopes of Paradise!' -
3:17
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Chorus: 'The Revelation of devout and learn'd' -
1:47
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43.
Chorus: 'We are no other than a moving row' -
3:19
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44.
The Beloved: 'The Moving finger writes; and, having writ' -
1:41
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45.
The Beloved and the Poet: 'And that inverted bowl we call the sky' -
1:36
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46.
The Poet: 'With Earth's first clay they did the last man knead' -
2:10
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47.
The Philosopher: 'I tell you this - when, started from the goal' -
3:30
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48.
The Beloved, the Poet and the Philosopher: 'What! out of senseless Nothing to provoke' -
4:41
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49.
Chorus, the Beloved, the Poet and the Philosopher: 'Oh Thou, who didst with pitfall and with gin' -
1:46
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Chorus, the Beloved, the Poet and the Philospher: 'Oh Thou, who Man of baser earth didst make'
2:36
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73:08
Part III
51.
Introduction 'The Fast of Ramazán' -
2:47
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52.
Worshippers in the Mosque -
4:10
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53.
The Philosopher: 'As under cover of departing day' -
1:00
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54.
Chorus: 'Shapes of all sorts and sizes, great and small' -
2:07
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55.
First Pot: 'Said one among them - 'Surely not in vain'' -
6:36
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56.
Chorus: 'So while the vessels one by one were speaking' -
1:55
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57.
The Philosopher: 'Ah, with the grape my fading life provide' -
2:26
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58.
The Philosopher: 'Indeed the idol I have loved so long' -
1:48
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59.
The Philosopher: 'And much as wine has play'd the infidel' -
2:14
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60.
The Poet: 'Yet ah, that Spring should vanish with the rose!' -
2:35
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61.
The Poet: 'Would but the desert of the fountain yield' -
6:34
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Chorus, the Beloved, the Poet and the Philosopher: 'Yon rising moon that looks for us again' -
1:33
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Chorus, the Beloved, the Poet and the Philosopher: 'And when like her, oh Sáki, you shall pass'
4:15
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40:09
Also available as SACD CHSA 5051
Solo: Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano
Solo: Toby Spence tenor
Solo: Roderick Williams baritone
with
Solo: Olivia Robinson soprano (First Pot)
Solo: Siân Menna mezzo-soprano (Second Pot)
Solo: Edward Price bass (Sixth Pot)
Choral: BBC Symphony Chorus
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Vernon Handley
1 and 2 October 2005 & 17 and 18 February 2007

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