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Granville Bantock (1868-1946): The Complete Omar Khayyám, complete / Sarah Walker, alto; Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor; Brian Raynor Cook, baritone; Norman del Mar, BBC SO & Singers; BBC Scottish SO

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  1. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 1: Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 1: Quantrains 1-3, "Wake! For the Sun, Who Scattered into Flight $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 1: Quantrains 4-8, "Now the New Year Reviving Old Desires" $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 1: Quantrains 9-12, "Each Morn a Thousand Roses Brings You Say" $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 1: Quantrains 19-24, "I Sometimes Think That Never Blows Red" $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 1: Quantrains 25-33, "Alike for Those Who for Today Prepare"
  7. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 1: Quantrains 34-39, "Then of Thee in Me Who Works Behind" $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 1: Quantrains 40-47, "As Then the Tulips for Her Morning Sup
  9. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 1: Quantrains 49-54, "Would You That Spangle of Existence Spend
  10. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 2: Interlude $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 2: Quantrains 55-60, "You Know, My Friends, with What a Brave Carouse" $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 2: Quantrains 61-65, "Why, Be This Juice the Growth of God, Who Dare" $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 2: Quantrains 66-70, "I Sent My Soul through the Invisible" $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 2: Quantrains 71-77, "The Moving Finger Writes; and, Having Write" $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 2: Quantrains 78-81, "What! Out of Sensless Nothing to Provoke" $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 3: Introduction, "The Fast of Ramazán" $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 3: Quantrains 82-90, "As Under Cover of Departing Day"
  18. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 3: Quantrains 91-95, "Ah, with the Grape My Fading Life Provide" $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 3: Quantrains 96-99, "Yet Ah, That Spring Should Vanish with the Rose!" $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bantock — Omar Khayyám, Pt. 3: Quantrains 100-101, "Yom Rising Moon That Looks for Us Again" $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bantock — Fifine at the Fair
  22. Bantock — Sappho (Nine Fragmets for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra): Prelude
  23. Bantock — Sappho (Nine Fragmets for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra): Fragment I. "Hymn to Aphrodite, Daughter of Zeus" $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Bantock — Sappho (Nine Fragmets for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra): Fragment II. "I Loved Thee Once, Atthis, Long Ago" $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Bantock — Sappho (Nine Fragmets for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra): Fragment III. "Evening Song" $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Bantock — Sappho (Nine Fragmets for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra): Fragment V. "The Moon Has Set" $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Bantock — Sappho (Nine Fragmets for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra): Fragment VI. "Peer of Gods He Seems" $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Bantock — Sappho (Nine Fragmets for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra): Fragment IX. "Muse of the Golden Throne" $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Bantock — The Pierrot of the Minute

Album Summary

>Bantock, Granville : Omar Khayyam, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Bantock, Granville : Fifine at the Fair, tone poem
>Bantock, Granville : Sappho, Nine fragments for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
>Bantock, Granville : Pierrot of the Minute, comedy overture for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is a translation by Edward FitzGerald of a selection of poems which were originally written in Persion and are attributed to Omar Khayyam, a Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet. There are about a thousand poems in the complete volume. British composer Granville Bantock composed this choral setting of the works. Part I premiered in 1906, Part II in 1907, Part III in 1909, and the complete works were performed in 1910 at Queen's Hall. This four disc set is the only complete recording ever made of the work, and is made up of original BBC Broadcasts from 1968 and 1979.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 03/26/1979; 08/07/1968.



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Works Details

>Bantock, Granville : Omar Khayyam, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1906

>Bantock, Granville : Fifine at the Fair, tone poem
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Running Time: 30 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Bantock, Granville : Sappho, Nine fragments for mezzo-soprano and orchestra :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bantock, Granville : Sappho, Nine fragments for mezzo-soprano and orchestra :: no 1 Hymn to Aphrodite
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bantock, Granville : Sappho, Nine fragments for mezzo-soprano and orchestra :: no 2 I love thee, Atthis, long ago
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bantock, Granville : Sappho, Nine fragments for mezzo-soprano and orchestra :: no 3 Evening Song. Evening, thou bringest all
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bantock, Granville : Sappho, Nine fragments for mezzo-soprano and orchestra :: no 5 The moon has set
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bantock, Granville : Sappho, Nine fragments for mezzo-soprano and orchestra :: no 6 Peer of Gods he seems
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bantock, Granville : Sappho, Nine fragments for mezzo-soprano and orchestra :: no 9 Muse of the golden throne
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bantock, Granville : Pierrot of the Minute, comedy overture for orchestra
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 11 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908