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Bliss - Mary of Magdala etc
Running Time: 76:30
UPC Code: 095115524220

Release Date: November 2019
Originally recorded in 2019
Composer
Sir Arthur Bliss
Solo mezzo-soprano *
Dame Sarah Connolly
Solo bass †
James Platt
Choral †
BBC Symphony Chorus
Conductor
Sir Andrew Davis
Producer
Brian Pidgeon
Engineer
Ralph Couzens
Engineer assistant
James Unwin
Venue 13 and 14 April 2019
Watford Colosseum
Genre:
Vocal & Song
Orchestral & Concertos

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SIR ARTHUR BLISS

The Enchantress (1951) *

17:11
Scena for Contralto and Orchestra
Words adapted from the Second Idyll of Theocritus
by Henry Reed (1914-1986)
To Kathleen Ferrier
Who gave the first performance Manchester Oct 2nd 1951
1.
Moderato - Molto vivo - Sostenuto - Molto vivace -
3:21
Recitativo (moderato). Simætha: 'Bring me the laurel leaves' -
2.
Siætha: 'Oh moon, shine fair'. Andante con moto - Animato -
5:09
Larghetto - Molto vivo - Pochissimo meno mosso -
3.
Simætha: 'Silent the sea, beneath the silent winds'.
1:46
A tempo ma tranquillo - Largamente - Allegro agitato -
4.
Recitativo (meditatively). Simætha: 'How I saw him in the street' -
3:57
Larghetto - Recitativo - Allegro agitato - Recitativo - Larghetto -
5.
Simætha: 'And now in the fire I fling you'. Molto vivo -
2:56
Più largamente - Larghetto - A tempo larghetto -

Meditations on a Theme by John Blow (1955)

32:11
(Psalm XXIII - The Lord is my Shepherd)
To The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its Conductor, Rudolf Schwarz
6.
Introduction: 'The Lord is my Shepherd'/'I will fear no evil'.
6:39
Largamente - Largamente - Molto tranquillo -
7.
I
'He leadeth me beside the still waters'. Allegro moderato, ma tranquillo
2:52
8.
II
'Thy rod and staff They comfort me'. Allegro deciso
2:47
9.
III
Lambs. Scherzando
2:38
10.
IV
'He restoreth my soul'. Allegro
2:34
11.
V
'In green pastures'. Larghetto - Andante tranquillo -
4:33
Tranquillo - A tempo larghetto - L'istesso tempo - Poco agitato -
12.
Interlude. 'Through the vally of the shadow of death'.
4:06
Molto agitato - Larghetto tranquillo -
13.
Finale. 'In the House of the Lord'. Moderato e deciso -
6:00
A tempo un poco maestoso - (Tranquillo) - Larghetto -
premiere recording

Mary of Magdala (1962-63) *†

27:17
Cantata for Contralto and Bass Soli, Chorus and Orchestra
Text written and adapted by Christopher Hassall (1912-1963)
To the memory of Christopher Hassall, died 25 April 1963
14.
Chorus: 'Ashen the sky'. Poco sostenuto -
4:23
15.
Mary: 'At last, at last'. Moderato - Meno mosso - Più mosso -
3:35
Meno mosso - Recitativo -
16.
Chorus: 'Look there, look there'. Allegro -
1:09
17.
Christ: 'Why trouble ye her?' Poco lento -
1:12
Chorus: 'How does she dare to touch him!' Allegro -
Christ: 'Why trouble ye her?' Poco lento -
18.
Chorus: 'The proud Aegyptian Queen'. Gently flowing -
1:58
19.
Mary: 'Surely this was the place'. Moderato, poco agitato - Meno mosso - Vivo -
1:57
20.
Mary: 'But what are those two strangers'. Grave - Più agitato - Grave -
2:40
Two Angels: 'Woman, woman, why weepest thou?' Allegretto -
Recitativo. Mary: 'Because they have taken away my Lord' -
21.
Recitativo. Mary: 'But who is that yonder' - Agitato - Calmato -
4:07
A little freely - Recitativo - Grave -
Christ: 'Mary, Mary'. Maestoso -
Mary: 'Rabboni! Master!' -
Christ: 'Touch me not'. Andante - Largamente -
Mary: 'O Loveliest rose' - Maestoso - Andante sereno -
22.
Chorus: 'Mary, Mother was the pleasant bower' -
6:11
Mary: 'He is the Gardener still' - Moving a little -
Chorus: 'He trims, ties back' - Moving a little -
Mary: ;She that was once besmirched'/ Chorus: 'O Holy Mary Magdalen'.
Tempo I - Maestoso
Total time: 76:58
Solo: Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano *
Solo: James Platt bass †
Choral: BBC Symphony Chorus
Neil Ferris chorus director
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Bryant
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis




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