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Bennett: The Mines of Sulphur

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CHSA 5036
 
Multiple Set of 2 CDs
Bennett: The Mines of Sulphur
Release Date: June 2005
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
COMPACT DISC ONE
Act I
1.
No. 1. Introduction
1:25
No. 2
(Rosalind enters. . .) -
2.
'Slut! You slut!'
2:54
Braxton, Rosalind
No. 3
(The main door opens slowly and Boconnion enters cautiously. . .) -
3.
'Easy and quietly'
2:22
Boconnion, Tovey, Rosalind, Braxton
No. 4
(Boconnion moves off into the shadows.)
4.
'The key!'
1:53
Boconnion, Tovey, Rosalind
(They gaze in wonder at the contents of the open chest.) -
5.
'You see! What did I tell you?'
1:06
Rosalind, Boconnion, Tovey
No. 5
6.
'Old goat!'
4:23
Boconnion, Rosalind
No. 6
(Tovey returns, carrying logs and wine. . .) -
7.
'''The cup it is white and the ale it is brown. . .'''
2:23
Tovey, Boconnion
No. 7
(Rosalind appears above. She is transformed. . .) -
8.
'Am I beautiful?'
2:12
Rosalind, Boconnion, Tovey
(From the distance we hear the sound of a horn. . .) -
9.
'A horn!'
0:53
Boconnion, Rosalind, Tovey, Sherrin
No. 8
(Sherrin enters, blinking, into the light. . .) -
10.
'Good evening, sir'
5:58
Sherrin, Boconnion, Rosalind, Tovey, Leda, Fenney, Tooley
No. 9
(The players wander round the Hall. . .) -
11.
'I once played Romeo, in Chester'
3:37
Fenney, Sherrin, Tooley, Leda
No. 10
(Rosalind enters. She moves slowly round the Hall. . .) -
12.
'It looks very well on you'
7:13
Jenny, Rosalind
Act II
13.
No. 11 Overture
1:05
No. 12
(Enter, from the lower doors, the two Flunkeys. . .) -
14.
'Good morning, your Excellency!'
0:45
Tooley
No. 13. Recitative
15.
'Item: A fountain in the Palladian style'
1:46
The Count
No. 14. Duet
(Hugo, the valet, enters with the Count's clothes and a basin. . .) -
16.
'Good morning, your Excellency'
2:54
'This morning I was passing the square' -
Hugo, the Count
No. 15. Aria
17.
'O when will I a lover know'
4:04
Haidee
No. 16
(The Count and Hugo appear below. . .) -
18.
'Well?'
1:52
Hugo, the Count, Mrs Traxel
No. 17
(She calls up to the balcony.) -
19.
'Haidee!'
4:03
Mrs Traxel
No. 18. Interlude
(Mrs Traxel leads the way into the house. . .) -
20.
'Your eyes are shining, Rosalind'
1:22
Boconnion, Rosalind, Tovey
No.19
21.
(Enter Trim and Tooley to prepare the bed. . .) -
2:27
Total time: 56:42
COMPACT DISC TWO
1.
No. 20. Nocturne I
1:09
No. 21
(A cock crows and the lights fade up on the bed. . .) -
2.
'Good morning, my doves'
2:19
Mrs Traxel, Haidee, Hugo
No. 22
3.
'Hugo!'
2:02
Haidee, Hugo
4.
No. 23. Nocturne II
1:49
No. 24
(The lights fade up. . .) -
5.
'I said to the cook: who does he think he is?'
2:07
Tooley, the Count
No. 25. Nocturne III -
6.
'In the moonlight they are beautiful'
1:46
The Count
No. 26
7.
'Get up! and quickly, do you hear me'
1:14
The Count, Haidee, Hugo
No. 27
8.
'Stop! Make them stop!'
1:47
Tovey, Boconnion, Rosalind, Sherrin, Leda
No. 28
9.
'We must get away from here'
1:23
Rosalind, Boconnion
No. 29
10.
'I am very sorry, Colonel Boconnion'
1:00
Sherrin, Rosalind, Boconnion, Leda, Tooley
11.
'Well now, Colonel'
2:28
Tooley, Boconnion, Leda
12.
'You would do better to save your new coat'
2:05
Tooley, Boconnion
Act III
No. 30
(The players move slowly back and away from Boconnion.) -
13.
'Back! Back against the wall where I can watch you'
1:48
Boconnion, Sherrin, Tooley, Leda, Rosalind
No. 31
'This house is made of wood' -
Boconnion
No. 32
14.
'What will you gain by killing us'
3:22
Sherrin, Tooley, Boconnion
(Tovey returns.) -
'All correct, Colonel' -
Tovey, Boconnion, Rosalind
No. 33
'I want to leave this house' -
Rosalind
No. 34
15.
'We must wait till morning'
4:21
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.) -
16.
'This mute!'
2:39
Boconnion
17.
'I lived as a boy in a village by the sea'
2:19
Boconnion
'Tovey! Bring down the girl' -
Boconnion, Tovey, Leda
No. 37
(Rosalind wanders away from the others.) -
18.
'I want to leave this house'
1:54
Rosalind, Jenny, Boconnion
'Tovey! Into the cellar with them' -
Boconnion, Rosalind
No. 38
19.
'All correct, Colonel'
0:55
Tovey
(Boconnion turns back to Jenny. . .) -
20.
'What was your question, in the play?'
1:17
Boconnion, Jenny, Rosalind
No. 39
21.
'Once, once long ago some actors came riding'
4:24
Jenny
No. 40
(The horn sounds, far beyond the house.) -
22.
'The horn! Their horn!'
2:16
Tovey, Boconnion, Rosalind, Jenny
(Boconnion lifts his arm to strike.) -
23.
'Then look! Soldier, look!'
3:57
Jenny, Tovey, Rosalind, Boconnion
Total time: 50:26
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
Conductor: Stewart Robertson
(live) 5, 7, 10, 13 & 16 August 2004




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