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Herrmann: Moby Dick/Sinfonietta

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CHSA 5095
 
Herrmann: Moby Dick/Sinfonietta
Release Date: October 2011
Originally recorded in 2011
Genre:
Choir
Orchestral & Concertos

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BERNARD HERRMANN

(1911-1975)

Moby Dick (1936-38)

46:20
A Cantata for Male Chorus, Soloists, and Orchestra
Text selected and arranged by W. Clark Harrington from the novel by Herman Melville
Poul Emborg tenor (Harpooner/Sailor/Voice)
Rasmus Gravers tenor (Pip)
Uffe Henriksen tenor (Drunken Sailor)
1.
Chorus: ''And God created great whales''. Maestoso - Più mosso -
1:07
2.
Ishmael: 'Call me Ishmael'. Andante tranquillo -
3:24
Ishmael: 'And in the wild conceits'. Agitato - Tempo I -
3.
Hymn. Chorus: 'The ribs and terrors in the whale'.
5:57
Slowly and sombrely -
Chorus: 'With speed he flew to my relief'. Faster -
Chorus: 'My song for ever shall record'. Allegro moderato -
Maestoso - Molto allargando, Pesante - Adagio -
4.
Ishmael: 'At last anchor was up, the sails were set'. Moderato assai -
1:19
5.
Ahab: 'Send everyone aft; mastheads there! Come down!' Allegro pesante - Pesante -
3:29
6.
Ahab: 'Yonder, by the ever-brimming goblet's rim'. Lento - Tranquillo -
7:56
Ahab: 'I, the wearer, see not its far flashing'. Agitato - Allargando - Tempo I - Accelerando -
Ahab: 'Dry heat upon my brow?' Slowly -
Ahab: 'Gifted with the high perception'. Agitato - A tempo (Lento) -
Ahab: 'Good night - …good night'. Tempo I -
7.
Voice: 'Hist, boys! Let's have a jig!' Allegro marcato - Allegro (hornpipe tempo) -
8:24
Drunken Sailor: 'Oh! Jolly is the gale'. Meno mosso - Tempo I Slow -
Pip: 'Oh! Thou big white God aloft there'. Molto agitato (quasi Andante) - Tempo I -
8.
Ishmael: 'It was a clear steel-blue day'. Slowly and tranquilly -
8:57
Ahab: 'Oh, Starbuck! It is a mild, mild wind'. Molto sostenuto -
Ahab: 'Aye, toil how we may'. Più mosso -
Ahab: 'Starbuck!' Molto sostenuto -
9.
Sailor: 'There she blows! There she blows!' Molto allegro -
2:00
Ahab: 'Starbuck, some men die at ebb tide'. Lento -
Starbuck: 'Oh! my captain, my captain! go not! go not!' Agitato -
10.
Ahab: 'Lower away! Stand by the crew!' [Agitato] -
2:33
Ahab: 'I turn my body from the sun'. Slowly - A tempo -
Ahab: 'Sink all coffins and all hearses'. Molto pesante -
11.
Ahab: 'Thus, I give up the spear!' [Molto pesante] - Pesante e più lento - Molto rallentando -
1:09
Ishmael: ''And I only am escaped alone to tell thee''
Solo: Richard Edgar-Wilson tenor (Ishmael/Starbuck)
Solo: David Wilson-Johnson baritone (Ahab)
premiere recording of original version

Sinfonietta (1935-36)

16:50
for String Orchestra
12.
I
Prelude. Slowly (Andante molto) -
3:35
13.
II
Scherzo. Presto -
2:34
14.
III
Adagio -
3:33
15.
IV
Interlude. Largo (softly as possible) -
2:31
16.
V
Variations
4:35
Variation I. Adagio -
Variation II. Andante -
Variation III. Adagio -
Variation IV. Andante -
Variation V. Moderato -
Variation VI. Adagio -
Variation VII. Allegro
Total time: 63:24
Conductor: Michael Schonwandt
8 January (Moby Dick) & 15 and 16 March (Sinfonietta) 2011




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