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

> The Perfect Fool, Op. 39 - The Perfect Fool, Op. 39: Dance of Spirits of Fire: Allegro moderato - Andante
> Mass No. 6 in E flat major, D. 950 - Mass No. 6 in E flat major, D. 950: Credo: Et incarnatus est
> The Consul - The Consul, Act II: To this we've come
> Symphony No. 1, Op. 22 - Symphony No. 1, Op. 22: I. Allegro
> The Pilgrim's Progress - The Pilgrim's Progress, Act III: The Pilgrim in Prison
> Messa da Requiem - Messa da Requiem: Dies irae: Tuba mirum
> Invocation - Invocation
> Songs of the Sea, Op. 91 - Songs of the Sea, Op. 91: V. The Old Superb: Allegro molto - Presto
> The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, Part II: Praise to His Name! - Take me away
> We shall see him as he is - We shall see him as he is: Ikon VI
> Peter Grimes, Op. 14 - Peter Grimes, Op. 33, Act III: Grimes!
> Songs of Sunset - Songs of Sunset: No. 8. They are not long, the weeping and the laughter
> Last interview with Richard Hickox, 22 November 2008 - Last interview with Richard Hickox, 22 November 2008

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 : Songs of the Sea, Op. 91
>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: Post Romantic
  • 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); James Gilchrist (Tenor); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • 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: Anne-Marie Owens (Mezzo-soprano); Bruce Martin (Bass); Cheryl Barker (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: Philip Langridge; Heather Harper (Soprano); Roderick Elms (Organ); John Shirley-Quirk (Bass Baritone)
  • 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: Herbert Eckhoff (Bass); Susan Bullock (Soprano); Victoria Livengood (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Spoleto Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • 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 : Songs of the Sea, Op. 91
  • 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: Arthur Davies (Tenor); Felicity Palmer (Soprano)
  • 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: John Ainsley (Tenor); Patricia Rozario
  • 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: Sally Burgess (Mezzo Soprano); Bryn Terfel
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907