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CHAN 20296
 
Frederick Delius: Hassan
Digital UPC: 5059864229633
CD UPC: 095115229620

Release Date: April 2024
Originally recorded in 2022
Composer
Frederick Delius
Reader narrator / Ishak *
Zeb Soanes
Choral †
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Orchestra ‡
Britten Sinfonia
Conductor
Jamie Phillips
Producer
Peter Newble
Engineer
Ben Connellan
Venue 11 November 22 (live)
Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex
Genre:
Vocal & Song

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FREDERICK DELIUS

Hassan, RT I/9

The Story of Hassan of Bagdad and How He Came to Make
the Golden Journey to Samarkand
Complete Incidental Music to the Poetic Prose Play
in Five Acts (1911-13)
by James Elroy Flecker (1844-1915)
with Linking Narration by Meurig Bowen
''General Dance'', Act II, Scene 1, contributed by
Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
Act I: 18:49
1.
Prelude.‡ Slow - Quietly but expressively - Marcato -
4:23
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Rather slower - Passionately -
Curtain. Very slow
2.
Narrator: ''We are in old Bagdad'' *
2:29
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3.
Interlude between Scenes 1 & 2. ‡ Very quietly -
1:50
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Scene 2. Moonlight. The street of Felicity, by the fountain of the two pigeons, in front of the house.‡ Very quietly
0:26
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5.
Narrator: 'It is later that night' *
0:57
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6.
Serenade.‡ Con moto moderato
1:49
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7.
Narrator: ''The shutters open, and Yasmin appears'' *
2:27
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8.
Melos.‡ Hassan falls under the shadow of the fountain. The first light of dawn shines in the sky. Very quietly
0:52
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9.
Chorus behind the scenes.† Not too slow
2:08
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10.
Narrator: ''The first light of dawn shines in the sky'' *
1:27
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Act II: 18:45
11.
Prelude.‡ With Animation - Becoming slower and more sombre
0:50
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12.
Narrator: 'The filthy, inanimate bulk of Hassan...' *
0:37
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13.
Fanfare preceding the Ballet (Gaily, outside) ‡
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Ballet
14.
1. Dance of the Beggars.†‡ There enters the most awful selection of Eastern beggars the eye could imagine. Quick and vigorously
1:20
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Frederick Long bass (Chief Beggar)
15.
Narrator: ''And then, after the Beggars''*
0:06
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16.
2. Chorus of Women.†‡ (Enter a band of fair and dusky beauties.) Quietly
2:22
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3. Divertissement.‡ Con moto
2:27
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18.
Narrator: 'Rafi is then announced as The King of the Beggars' *
0:58
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19.
4. General Dance.†‡ Andante moderato - Allegro - Più mosso
2:53
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20.
Narrator: 'Rafi is asked why he hates the Caliph so' *
0:46
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21.
Chorus of Beggars and Dancing Girls (from behind the scene, after the descent of the iron curtain).†‡ Comodo
1:21
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22.
Narrator: 'This House of the Moving Walls...' *
0:51
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23.
Scene 2. The Street of Felicity.‡ Very quietly
0:38
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24.
Narrator: 'The SOS message has fallen from the balcony...' *
1:11
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25.
Music accompanying Ishak's poem.*‡ Not too slow
1:32
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26.
Narrator: ''Yasmin's regard for Hassan has instantly shifted'' *
0:39
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Act III: 11:46
27.
Prelude. †‡ Moderato - Slower
1:33
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28.
Scene 1. †‡ Curtain
0:43
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29.
Narrator: ''Hassan is installed at the Caliph's Palace'' *
0:26
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30.
Interlude between Scenes 1 and 2. †‡ Very quietly - Slower
1:43
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31.
Narrator: ''The slaves inform Hassan that there is a beautiful lady...'' *
1:05
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32.
Scene 2. The great Hall of the Palace. †‡ With vigour - Quieter
2:26
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Narrator: ''We are in the Great Hall of the Caliph's Palace'' *
1:00
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34.
Fanfares, in the great Hall of the Palace ‡
0:11
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35.
Narrator: ''As more and more people gather...'' *
0:29
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36.
Entry of the Caliph. ‡ Pompously
0:17
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37.
Narrator: ''The Caliph declares the trial of the beggars open'' *
0:09
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38.
Fanfares ‡
0:21
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39.
Narrator: ''Then Rafi, King of the Beggars, is summoned'' *
1:17
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Act IV: 7:52
40.
Prelude. ‡ Slow - Passionately -
4:14
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Passionately but not too quick - Slower - Heavily
41.
Narrator: ''In the Palace's dark vaults'' *
0:26
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42.
Interlude between Scenes 1 and 2. ‡ Slow and ponderously
1:57
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43.
Narrator: ''Sunlight streams through the cell's grating'' *
1:14
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Act V: 23:12
44.
Prelude. †‡ Quick - Slower, softer - Not too quick -
2:29
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Curtain. The Garden of the Caliph's Palace, in front of a pavilion. Sunset. Quietly -
Enter the Caliph with attendants as Hassan comes from his Pavilion -
45.
The song of the Muezzin at sunset ‡ -
1:08
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Ruairi Bowen tenor (Muezzin)
46.
Narrator. ''With another sunset approaching'' *
1:51
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47.
The Procession of Protracted Death. ‡ March tempo - Slower and slower - Still slower
2:53
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48.
Narrator: ''The long, dreadful execution ensues...'' *
1:29
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49.
Prelude to the last scene ‡ With flowing movement - Slower - Quicker
3:03
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50.
Closing Scene. †‡ Slow -
10:16
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(The Caravan recedes farther and farther into the distance.) -
(Dying away in the distance)
Ruairi Bowen tenor
Total time: 80:07
Choral: Britten Sinfonia Voices
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
Thomas Gould leader
Conductor: Jamie Phillips

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FREDERICK DELIUS

Hassan, RT I/9

The Story of Hassan of Bagdad and How He Came to Make
the Golden Journey to Samarkand
Complete Incidental Music to the Poetic Prose Play
in Five Acts (1911-13)
by James Elroy Flecker (1844-1915)
with Linking Narration by Meurig Bowen
''General Dance'', Act II, Scene 1, contributed by
Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
Act I: 18:49
1.
Prelude.‡ Slow - Quietly but expressively - Marcato -
4:23
Rather slower - Passionately -
Curtain. Very slow
2.
Narrator: ''We are in old Bagdad'' *
2:29
3.
Interlude between Scenes 1 & 2. ‡ Very quietly -
1:50
4.
Scene 2. Moonlight. The street of Felicity, by the fountain of the two pigeons, in front of the house.‡ Very quietly
0:26
5.
Narrator: 'It is later that night' *
0:57
6.
Serenade.‡ Con moto moderato
1:49
7.
Narrator: ''The shutters open, and Yasmin appears'' *
2:27
8.
Melos.‡ Hassan falls under the shadow of the fountain. The first light of dawn shines in the sky. Very quietly
0:52
9.
Chorus behind the scenes.† Not too slow
2:08
10.
Narrator: ''The first light of dawn shines in the sky'' *
1:27
Act II: 18:45
11.
Prelude.‡ With Animation - Becoming slower and more sombre
0:50
12.
Narrator: 'The filthy, inanimate bulk of Hassan...' *
0:37
13.
Fanfare preceding the Ballet (Gaily, outside) ‡
0:08
Ballet
14.
1. Dance of the Beggars.†‡ There enters the most awful selection of Eastern beggars the eye could imagine. Quick and vigorously
1:20
Frederick Long bass (Chief Beggar)
15.
Narrator: ''And then, after the Beggars''*
0:06
16.
2. Chorus of Women.†‡ (Enter a band of fair and dusky beauties.) Quietly
2:22
17.
3. Divertissement.‡ Con moto
2:27
18.
Narrator: 'Rafi is then announced as The King of the Beggars' *
0:58
19.
4. General Dance.†‡ Andante moderato - Allegro - Più mosso
2:53
20.
Narrator: 'Rafi is asked why he hates the Caliph so' *
0:46
21.
Chorus of Beggars and Dancing Girls (from behind the scene, after the descent of the iron curtain).†‡ Comodo
1:21
22.
Narrator: 'This House of the Moving Walls...' *
0:51
23.
Scene 2. The Street of Felicity.‡ Very quietly
0:38
24.
Narrator: 'The SOS message has fallen from the balcony...' *
1:11
25.
Music accompanying Ishak's poem.*‡ Not too slow
1:32
26.
Narrator: ''Yasmin's regard for Hassan has instantly shifted'' *
0:39
Act III: 11:46
27.
Prelude. †‡ Moderato - Slower
1:33
28.
Scene 1. †‡ Curtain
0:43
29.
Narrator: ''Hassan is installed at the Caliph's Palace'' *
0:26
30.
Interlude between Scenes 1 and 2. †‡ Very quietly - Slower
1:43
31.
Narrator: ''The slaves inform Hassan that there is a beautiful lady...'' *
1:05
32.
Scene 2. The great Hall of the Palace. †‡ With vigour - Quieter
2:26
33.
Narrator: ''We are in the Great Hall of the Caliph's Palace'' *
1:00
34.
Fanfares, in the great Hall of the Palace ‡
0:11
35.
Narrator: ''As more and more people gather...'' *
0:29
36.
Entry of the Caliph. ‡ Pompously
0:17
37.
Narrator: ''The Caliph declares the trial of the beggars open'' *
0:09
38.
Fanfares ‡
0:21
39.
Narrator: ''Then Rafi, King of the Beggars, is summoned'' *
1:17
Act IV: 7:52
40.
Prelude. ‡ Slow - Passionately -
4:14
Passionately but not too quick - Slower - Heavily
41.
Narrator: ''In the Palace's dark vaults'' *
0:26
42.
Interlude between Scenes 1 and 2. ‡ Slow and ponderously
1:57
43.
Narrator: ''Sunlight streams through the cell's grating'' *
1:14
Act V: 23:12
44.
Prelude. †‡ Quick - Slower, softer - Not too quick -
2:29
Curtain. The Garden of the Caliph's Palace, in front of a pavilion. Sunset. Quietly -
Enter the Caliph with attendants as Hassan comes from his Pavilion -
45.
The song of the Muezzin at sunset ‡ -
1:08
Ruairi Bowen tenor (Muezzin)
46.
Narrator. ''With another sunset approaching'' *
1:51
47.
The Procession of Protracted Death. ‡ March tempo - Slower and slower - Still slower
2:53
48.
Narrator: ''The long, dreadful execution ensues...'' *
1:29
49.
Prelude to the last scene ‡ With flowing movement - Slower - Quicker
3:03
50.
Closing Scene. †‡ Slow -
10:16
(The Caravan recedes farther and farther into the distance.) -
(Dying away in the distance)
Ruairi Bowen tenor
Total time: 80:07
Choral: Britten Sinfonia Voices
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
Thomas Gould leader
Conductor: Jamie Phillips






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