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Judith Weir (b. 1954): The Vanishing Bridegroom, opera / Ailish Tynan, soprano; Anna Stéphany, soprano; Andrew Tortise, tenor; Owen Gilhooly, baritone. BBC SO, Brabbins

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  1. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: The Inheritance, the Deathbed. There Was a Man $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: Cold, Icy Rain $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: The Dying Man Sits Up $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: The Dying Man Dies $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: Gone! $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: I Knew Your Father $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: The Passion. The Bride and Her Lover $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: The Wedding $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: I Would Sleep Wherever His Bed Might Be $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: He Ended the Wedding $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: A Priest Appears $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: The Wood. The Lover Vanishes $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: Let Me Go! $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: The Bride and the Good Robber Vanish into the Distance $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: The Reckoning. Now, Which of These People. $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: Shame! $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act I: Conclusion $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act II: The Disappearance. The Hill $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act II: At Home. I Pray Peter $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act II: Towards the Hill. The Husband and the Friend Set Out $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act II: The Endless Expense $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act II: At Home $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act II: People Just Disappear $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act II: The Friend Enters, Distraught $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act II: The Policeman and Friend Leave in the Direction of the Hill $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act II: The Hill $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act II: The Hill. The Men, Still Watching $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act II: Towards Home $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act III: The Stranger. The Daughter, Alone on a Hillside $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act III: And She Was to Lie $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act III: You Are Whiter Than the Swan $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act III: The Stranger Performs a Miracle $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act III: Come Away With Me $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act III: What a Charming Young Man $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act III: Hooves! $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act III: The Priest Marks a Circle $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act III: No. Fire Shall Burn Me $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act III: The Stranger Assaults the Circle $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act III: The Stranger Appears Transformed $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Wier — The Vanishing Bridegroom, Act III: Hosts of Angels on Thy Side $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Weir, Judith : The Vanishing Bridegroom, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Judith Weir's opera, commissioned by Glasgow District Council for the 1990 City of Culture celebrations, takes three Scottish folktales, all concerned with disappearance: The Inheritance features a runaway bride, a singing forest and a lost sum of gold; The Disappearance tells of a man abducted by supernatural forces; and The Stranger is the story of an independent-minded girl wooed by the devil in disguise. Weir's writing combines lush descriptive soundscapes with ethereal choruses and Gaelic folk melodies; the romanticism of the three tales is offset by the sardonic humor and down-to-earth attitude of their protagonists, and of the composer herself.

The Times, 19th July 2014
This excellent recording by BBC forces of her 1990 opera shows why she is so highly rated. Weir ingeniously meshes three Scottish folk tales...conveyed in pithily sardonic music. Excellent performances, especially by Jonathan Lemalu in the title-role.

Financial Times, 8th August 2014
A composer of integrity, [Weir] communicates intelligently with different audiences and ages. This timely release of The Vanishing Bridegroom (1990), her most successful opera, underscores her gift for concision, ambiguity and sound-pictures of sophisticated lyricism.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014
Weir has always excelled at writing music in miniature, and her skill at pinpointing an idea, an atmosphere, a musical realm in a few deft strokes is fully on display in The Vanishing Bridegroom...A bleak atmosphere pervades the opera, yet the score is full of life.

Opera Now
Weir's textures never become muddy thanks to the excellent engineering and superb performances. Brabbins leads a well-paced reading that follows every twist and turn of Weir's colourful score. Soprano Anna StTphany and bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu give particularly strong performances in the final tale.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The performance is very good. All the singers are more than adequate for their roles. I especially liked Anna Stephany, as the Daughter in Part III. The orchestral and choral work is excellent. The booklet contains the complete text and useful background information.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barbican Concert Hall, London, England (01/19/2008).



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>Weir, Judith : The Vanishing Bridegroom, opera
  • Performers: Lynette Alcantara (Soprano); Simon Birchall (Voice); Christopher Bowen (Organ); Paul Curievici (Voice); Owen Gilhooly (Baritone); Edward Goater (Voice); Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone); Siân Menna (Voice); Andrew Murgatroyd (Tenor); Edward Price (Baritone); Olivia Robinson (Soprano); Jonathan Saunders (Bass Baritone); Nicholas Simeha (Voice); Anna Stephany (Mezzo Soprano); Andrew Tortise (Tenor); Ailish Tynan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta