- Fiona Kimm (Mezzo Soprano)
- Stephen Pruslin (Regal)
- Stephen Richardson
- Peter Sidhom (Baritone)
- David Wilson-Johnson (Baritone)
- Michael Chance
- John Graham-Hall (Tenor)
- Peter Hall (Tenor)
- Quentin Hayes (Baritone)
- Martyn Hill
- Stuart Kale (Tenor)
Notes & Reviews:
BBC Music Magazine
The opera is full... bitterly ironic juxtapositions, such as the 'holy' chanting from monks heard against the cynical Realpolitik of the negotiations between King and the Cardinal. Making the dramatically effective needs a careful balancing of the textures, and here conductor Oliver Knussen proves just as masterly as one would expect. But he's equally good at bringing out the astringent and anguished lyricism of the music, particularly the orchestral interludes in the last Act. ...Stuart Cale as the Cardinal (later the Anglican Archbishop) stands out as particularly fine, relishing the unctuous cynicism of both of these fine prelates. In all, this recording is a wonderful achievement which does justice to a powerful, timely and humane work.
Of the stalwart team of solo singers, Martyn Hill, Quentin Hayes and Stuart Kale are particularly successful in their lyrical shaping of lines which can so easily become tortuously shapeless. ... conductor Oliver Knussen keeps the goals in view and the climaxes in proportion, with the strings of the BBC SO tirelessly eloquent in the searing final stages.
Recording information: Studios 1 and 2, BBC Maida Vale, London (12/05/1996-12/14/1996).
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Works DetailsMaxwell Davies, Peter : Taverner, opera in 2 acts, J. 92
- Performers: Michael Chance; John Graham-Hall (Tenor); Peter Hall (Tenor); Quentin Hayes (Baritone); Martyn Hill; Stuart Kale (Tenor); Fiona Kimm (Mezzo Soprano); Stephen Pruslin (Regal); Stephen Richardson; Peter Sidhom (Baritone); David Wilson-Johnson (Baritone)
- Conductor: Oliver Knussen
- Ensemble: Fretwork
- Notes: Studios 1 and 2, BBC Maida Vale, London (12/05/1996-12/14/1996)
- Running Time: 19 min. 18 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1970