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Dame Ethel Smyth; The Prison (Choral Symphony)

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CHSA 5279
 
Dame Ethel Smyth; The Prison (Choral Symphony)
UPC Code: 095115527924

Release Date: August 2020
Originally recorded in February 2019
Composer
Dame Ethel Smyth
Solo bass-baritone (The Prisoner)
Dashon Burton
Solo soprano (His Soul)
Sarah Brailey
Choral (Voices)
Experiential Chorus
Orchestra
Experiential Orchestra
Conductor
James Blachly
Producer
Blanton Alspaugh
Engineer
Brandon Johnson & John Newton
Venue 14 and 15 February 2019
Concert Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York
Genre:
Vocal & Song

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DAME ETHEL SMYTH

premiere recording

The Prison (1930)

Symphony for Soprano, Bass-baritone, Chorus, and Orchestra
Words by H.B. Brewster
Part I. Close on Freedom: 31:07
1.
The Prisoner communes with his Soul: 'I awoke in the middle of the night'.
7:10
2.
Voices sing of immortality: 'We are full of immortality'.
4:29
3.
The Prisoner asks the secret of emancipation: 'I was alone with sorrow'.
2:27
4.
His Soul (echosed by Voices) replies: 'There is no secret'.
3:26
5.
He asks in what shape emancipation will come ('Who are our saviours?'): 'Will it return to me with the same face'.
1:36
6.
The Voices reply: 'Others are elsewhere, under other names'.
3:38
7.
Orchestral Interlude: The first glimmer of Dawn, Andante -
3:12
8.
The Prisoner understands his own immortality: 'In the faint grey morning I hear'.
5:06
Part II. The Deliverance: 32:49
9.
Chorale Prelude in the Prison Chapel (The Prisoner awakes.).
3:59
10.
His Soul tells him the end of the struggle is at hand. 'The struggle is over; the time has come'.
2:51
11.
He hears his guests (the elements of his personality) moving to depart. 'I hear them overhead moving to depart'.
2:13
12.
Pastorale: Sunset calm.
2:45
13.
He disbands his ego. 'I disband myself'.
3:06
14.
Voices sing (in Greek mode) the indestructibility of human passions. 'The laughter we have laughed'.
2:01
15.
Death calls him (The Last Post); gloring, he obeys the summons. 'For years you have been conning your lesson'.
5:13
16.
His farewell; his triumph; his peace. 'This is no leavetaking'.
10:38
Total time: 63:50
Solo: Dashon Burton bass-baritone (The Prisoner)
Solo: Sarah Brailey soprano (His Soul)
Choral: Experiential Chorus (Voices)
Steven Fox chorus master
Orchestra: Experiential Orchestra
Henry Wang concertmaster
Conductor: James Blachly




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