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Within a Dream - A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox

Album Summary

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : The Sea, suite for orchestra
>Britten, Benjamin : Albert Herring, Op. 39
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A London Symphony (Symphony no 2) (Original 1913 version)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 102 in B flat major, H 1 no 102
>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Grainger, Percy : Molly on the Shore [British Folk Music Setting no 1] (based on two Cork reels)
>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Mass in D major, Op. 111
>Britten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66
>Holst, Gustav : The Perfect Fool, Op. 39
>Schubert, Franz : Mass in E flat major, D 950
>Menotti, Gian C. : The Consul, opera
>Arnold, Malcolm : Symphony no 1, Op. 22
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Pilgrim's Progress
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>Lloyd Webber, William : Invocation
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Old Superb, for baritone, male chorus & orchestra (or voice & piano) (Songs of the Sea no 5), O
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
>Tavener, John : We Shall See Him as He Is
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
>Delius, Frederick : Songs of Sunset
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The premature death of Richard Hickox on 23 November 2008, aged sixty, deprived the musical world of one of its greatest conductors. The depth and breadth of his musical achievements were astonishing, not least on behalf of British composers. Richard Hickox had a long and deeply fulfilling relationship with Chandos, which enabled him to realize his artistic vision. His recorded legacy remains as a testament to his musical ability and the pieces, movements and other excerpts chosen for this two-disc set demonstrate all aspects of his art. Chandos will donate the profits from the sales of the set to The Richard Hickox Foundation which has been established to support the causes about which Richard felt passionately, among them support for British composers, young conductors and singers, and performances of British music.

bbc.co.uk - Charlotte Gardner
Inevitably when such a breadth of repertoire is being covered, we're talking movements rather than complete works, but it's been sympathetically programmed, and consequently the transitions don't jar the senses. Rather, it serves to highlight Hickox's wide-ranging musical knowledge and tastes, and his skill for creating dramatic atmosphere...Thank you, Chandos, for another fitting epitaph.



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>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : The Sea, suite for orchestra :: 1. Seascape. Allegro ben moderato
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Britten, Benjamin : Albert Herring, Op. 39 :: Act 2. Scene 2. Duet. Come along, darling, come follow me qui
  • Performers: Pamela Stephen (Mezzo Soprano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1947

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A London Symphony (Symphony no 2) (Original 1913 version) :: 1. Lento - Allegro risoluto
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1911-1913

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Elijah, Op. 70 :: Part 2. Air. O rest in the Lord
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 08/11/1846

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 102 in B flat major, H 1 no 102 :: 4. Finale. Presto
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: Composition written: 1794.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1794

>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 :: 4. Lento - Allegro - Grandioso (poco largamente)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Running Time: 12 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1907-1908

>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka :: O moon in the velvet heavens
  • Performers: Bruce Martin (Bass); Cheryl Barker (Soprano); Anne-Marie Owens (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Grainger, Percy : Molly on the Shore [British Folk Music Setting no 1] (based on two Cork reels)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1914

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Mass in D major, Op. 111 :: 2. Gloria in excelsis Deo (from Gloria)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 05/1808

>Britten, Benjamin : War Requiem, Op. 66
  • Performers: John Shirley-Quirk (Bass Baritone); Philip Langridge; Heather Harper (Soprano); Roderick Elms (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1961

>Holst, Gustav : The Perfect Fool, Op. 39 :: Ballet. Dance of Spirits of Fire. Allegro moderato
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918-1922

>Schubert, Franz : Mass in E flat major, D 950 :: Credo. Et incarnatus est
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1828

>Menotti, Gian C. : The Consul, opera :: Act 2. Scene 2. To this we've come
  • Performers: Susan Bullock (Soprano); Herbert Eckhoff (Bass); Victoria Livengood (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Spoleto Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1950

>Arnold, Malcolm : Symphony no 1, Op. 22 :: 1. Allegro
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1949

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Pilgrim's Progress :: Act 3. Scene 2. The Pilgrim in Prison
  • Performer: Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1949

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass :: Dies irae. Dies irae, dies illa -
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Lloyd Webber, William : Invocation
  • Performer: Skaila Kanga (Harp)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Old Superb, for baritone, male chorus & orchestra (or voice & piano) (Songs of the Sea no 5), O
  • Performer: Gerald Finley
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 :: Part 2. Praise to His Nam
  • Performers: Felicity Palmer (Soprano); Arthur Davies (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900

>Tavener, John : We Shall See Him as He Is :: Ikon 6
  • Performers: Patricia Rozario; John Ainsley (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: BBC Welsh Symphony
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes :: Act 3. Scene 2. Mad Scene. Grimes!
  • Performer: Philip Langridge
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1945

>Delius, Frederick : Songs of Sunset :: They are not long, the we
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel; Sally Burgess (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907