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Bantock: Omar Khayyám / Handley, Wyn-Rogers, et al

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> Omar Khayyam - Part III: Introduction: The Fast of Ramazan
> Omar Khayyam - Part III: Worshippers in the Mosque
> Omar Khayyam - Part III: As under cover of departing day (Philosopher)
> Omar Khayyam - Part III: Shapes of all sorts and sizes, great and small (Chorus)
> Omar Khayyam - Part III: Said one among them - Surely not in vain (First Pot)
> Omar Khayyam - Part III: So while the vessels one by one were speaking (Chorus)
> Omar Khayyam - Part III: Ah, with the grape my fading life provide (Philosopher)
> Omar Khayyam - Part III: Indeed the idol I have loved so long (Philosopher)
> Omar Khayyam - Part III: And much as wine has play'd the infidel (Philosopher)
> Omar Khayyam - Part III: Yet ah, that Spring should vanish with the rose! (Poet)
> Omar Khayyam - Part III: Would but the desert of the fountain yield (Poet)
> Omar Khayyam - Part III: Yon rising moon that looks for us again (Chorus, Beloved, Poet, Philosopher)
> Omar Khayyam - Part III: And when like her, oh Saki, you shall pass (Chorus, Beloved, Poet, Philosopher)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: and 'twas - the Grape! (Philosopher, Chorus) - The Grape that can with logic absolute (Chorus)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: The mighty Mahmud, Allah-breathing Lord (Chorus)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: Why, be this Juice the growth of God, who dare (Philosopher)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: I must abjure the Balm of Life, I must (Philosopher)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: Oh threats of Hell and hopes of Paradise! (Chorus)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: The Revelations of devout and learn'd (Chorus)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: We are no other that a moving row (Chorus)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: The Moving finger writes; and, having writ (Beloved)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: And that inverted bowl we call the sky (Beloved, Poet)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: With Earth's first clay they did the last man knead (Poet)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: I tell you this - when, started from the goal (Philosopher)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: What! Out of senseless Nothing to provoke (Beloved, Poet, Philosopher)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: Oh Thou, who didst with pitfall and with gin (Chorus, Beloved, Poet, Philosopher)
> Omar Khayyam - Part II: Oh Thou, who Man of baser earth didst make (Chorus, Beloved, Poet, Philosopher)

Album Summary

>Bantock, Granville : Omar Khayyam, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Bantock succeeded Sir Edward Elgar at Birmingham University in 1908. During his time there he developed an interest in large-scale choral composition, producing among other works, his choral masterpiece 'Omar Khayyam.' In addition to three soloists and large chorus, Bantock involves a large orchestra with two full string complements, arranged to the left and right of the conductor. In an atmospheric caravan scene Bantock also makes use of authentic camel bells.

Gramophone Magazine
This first recording reflects the detail and passion of Vernon Handley's championing of Bantock's kaleidoscopic output, and Stephen Jackson ensures that the choral input is similarly lively and fresh. Toby Spence brings a bright mix of Italianate slancio and English declamation to the Poet, combining well with Catherine Wyn- Rogers 's more controlled reading of the Beloved...

BBC Music Magazine
It's a fascinating rediscovery on a huge scale, especially in the detail and depth of SACD surround-sound, seductively performed by Handley's forces, Toby Spence appropriately poetic and Catherine Wyn-Rogers sensuous.


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Works Details

>Bantock, Granville : Omar Khayyam, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Siân Menna; Toby Spence (Tenor); Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Alto); Olivia Robinson (Soprano); Edward Price (Baritone); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Watford Colosseum (Town Hall) (10/01/2005-10/02/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1906