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

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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>Bantock, Granville : Omar Khayyam, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Siân Menna; Edward Price (Baritone); Olivia Robinson (Soprano); Toby Spence (Tenor); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone); Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Alto)
  • 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