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

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2009-10-27

Works: Frank Bridge: The Sea, suite for orchestra; Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39; War Requiem, Op. 66; Peter Grimes; Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (Symphony no 2) (Original 1913 versi...
Performers: Ainsley, John Mark; Barker, Cheryl; Bullock, Susan; Burgess, Sally; Davies, Arthur [Tenor Vocal]; Eckhoff, Herbert; Elms, Roderick; Finley, Gerald [Bass-Baritone Vocals]; Gilchrist, James [Tenor Voca...
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; BBC Welsh Symphony; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; City of London Sinfonia; Collegium Musicum 90; London Symphony Orchestra; R...

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...continue...
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Dvorak: Rusalka / Hickox, Barker, Owens, Martin, et al
Dvorak: Rusalka / Hickox, Barker, Owens, Martin, et al

3 CD / Chandos Records / 2008-02-05

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Rusalka
Performers: Barker, Cheryl; Crane, Sarah; Fiebig, Taryn; Martin, Bruce; Matthews, Dominica; Owens, Anne-Marie; Pendry, Sian; Ryan, Barry; Spina, Rosario La; Whitehouse, Elizabeth
Conductors: Hickox, Richard
Ensemble: Australian Opera Chorus

Chandos recorded the performances live and here releases the opera on a 3-CD set. Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's fairy-tale The Little Mermaid, Rusalka tells...continue...
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Opera in English - Poulenc: The Carmelites / Daniel
Opera in English - Poulenc: The Carmelites / Daniel

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-10-17

Works: Francis Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites, opera, FP 159
Performers: Barstow, Josephine; Berger, William [Baritone Vocal]; Boylan, Orla; Cook, Lyn; Coward, Gary; Crane, Gloria; Davies, Catrin Wyn; Davies, Ryland; Davison, Deborah; Dix, Christine; Douglas, Judith; Edwa...
Conductors: Daniel, Paul
Ensemble: English National Opera Chorus

Poulenc did something deeply unfashionable in the mid-1950s when he wrote 'Dialogues of the Carmelites' - in an era of modernism he created an opera...continue...
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Opera in English - Berg: Lulu / Daniel, Saffer, Perry, et al
Opera in English - Berg: Lulu / Daniel, Saffer, Perry, et al

3 CD / Chandos Records / 2006-03-21

Works: Alban Berg: Lulu, opera
Performers: Begley, Roger; Burford, Anna; Danby, Graeme; Graham-Hall, John; Harris, Moira; Hayward, Robert; Howell, Gwynne; Kale, Stuart [Tenor Vocal]; Mitcher, Claire; Napier-Burrows, Paul; Oke, Alan; Parry, Su...
Conductors: Daniel, Paul

"For listeners who don't understand German, the complicated, often mysterious goings-on in this work (it's based on two plays by the German dramatist Frank Wedekind,...continue...
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Bear Essentials - American Classcics
Bear Essentials - American Classcics

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2005-05-24

Works: Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the common man; Concerto for Clarinet; Old American Songs, Set 1; John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra; Duke Ellington: Do nothin' till you hear ...
Performers: Boer, Harmen de; Graham, Susan; Hilton, Janet; McNaught, Graeme; Shelley, Howard; White, Willard [Bass Vocals]
Conductors: Dufallo, Richard; Mosko, Stephen; Järvi, Neeme; Järvi, Neeme; Hickox, Richard; Turovsky, Yuli; Jeanes, Major E. W.; Tortelier, Yan Pascal; Stephens, D.S.; ; Slatkin, Leonard; Dausgaard, Tho...
Ensemble: ; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemb; Blues & Royals Band; Center City Brass Quintet; Cranwell Royal Air Force College Band; Detroit Symphony Orchestra; I Musici de Montréal ; N...
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Classics - Falla: Love the Magician, etc / Simon, London SO
Classics - Falla: Love the Magician, etc / Simon, London SO

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2005-02-22

Works: Manuel de Falla: El amor brujo; Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain), for piano & orchestra, G. 49; Dance no 1 (from La vida breve)
Performers: Fingerhut, Margaret; Walker, Sarah
Conductors: Simon, Geoffrey
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

"Geoffrey Simon and the Chandos sound engineers have something new and fresh to offer... the singing of Sarah Walker with its vibrant, earthy vitality brings...continue...
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Barber: Vanessa / Slatkin, Graham, Brewer, et al
Barber: Vanessa / Slatkin, Graham, Brewer, et al

2 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2004-11-23

Works: Samuel Barber: Vanessa, Op. 32
Performers: Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Brewer, Christine; Burden, William; Charlesworth, Stephen; Davies, Neal [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Graham, Susan; Wyn-Rogers, Catherine
Conductors: Slatkin, Leonard
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra

"Christine Brewer...[gave] a performance of extraordinary emotional and vocal span. What a cast of formidable American singers this was. There was Susan Graham, with an...continue...
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CHA 5032
Mozart: Requiem / Guest, Kenny, Walker, Kendall, et al
Mozart: Requiem / Guest, Kenny, Walker, Kendall, et al

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2004-06-29

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K 626
Performers: Kendall, William; Kenny, Yvonne [Soprano Vocals]; Kenyon, Philip; Walker, Sarah; Wilson-Johnson, David
Conductors: Guest, George
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra

"George Guest's new recording is distinguished by its deliberate tempos but also its very powerful rhythmic momentum and an expressive intensity of a kind one...continue...
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CHA 10208
Dove: Flight / Parry, Robson, McFadden, Coxen, Page, et al
Dove: Flight / Parry, Robson, McFadden, Coxen, Page, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2004-05-25

Works: Jonathan Dove: Flight, opera
Performers: Coxon, Richard; Magee, Garry; Mason, Anne; McFadden, Claron; Page, Steven [Bass-Baritone Vocal]; Plazas, Mary; Robson, Christopher [Counter Tenor Vocals]; Taylor, Ann; van Allan, Richard [Bass-Barito...
Conductors: Parry, David

"When Dove took flight at Glyndebourne it was in high style, with not one but two aircraft landing, a storm outside to match the emotional...continue...
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Bernstein: Kaddish, Chichester Psalms, Missa Brevis /Slatkin
Bernstein: Kaddish, Chichester Psalms, Missa Brevis /Slatkin

1 Super Audio CD / Chandos Records / 2004-03-23

Works: Leonard Bernstein: Symphony no 3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra; Chichester Psalms; Missa Brevis, for alto, chorus & percussion (or 7 violins & percussion)
Performers: Baker, Simon; Benjafield, Richard; Brannick, Chris; Carter, Roger; Castle, Andrew; Loosley, Clare; Murray, Ann; Richardson, Lindsay
Conductors: Slatkin, Leonard
Ensemble: BBC Singers; BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Oratory School Schola

"Here, all on a single generous disc, we get the best of Leonard Bernstein's choral works, beautifully performed by English forces under a renowned American...continue...
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Opera in English - J. Baker sings Scenes from Julius Caesar
Opera in English - J. Baker sings Scenes from Julius Caesar

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2002-10-22

Works: George Frederick Handel: Giulio Cesare
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Booth-Jones, Christopher; Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Davies, Noel; James, David; Jones, Della; Masterson, Valerie; Tomlinson, John; Walker, Sarah
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra

"This is an intense, compelling, moving hero who sings with style, beauty, and musicianship of a high order. If you prefer highlights to complete sets,...continue...
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Opera in English - Great Operatic Arias Vol 8 / J. Tomlinson
Opera in English - Great Operatic Arias Vol 8 / J. Tomlinson

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2002-04-23

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384; Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620; Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72; Ca...
Performers: Coote, Alice; Tomlinson, John; Vaughan, Elizabeth
Conductors: Parry, David

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John Tomlinson is one of the finest singing actors on the opera scene today. He is unsurpassed in Wagner, but here he displays...continue...
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Opera in English - Puccini: Madam Butterfly / Abel, et al
Opera in English - Puccini: Madam Butterfly / Abel, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2001-11-20

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Performers: Barker, Cheryl; Bayley, Clive; Birchall, Simon [Bass Baritone Vocals]; Bleiker, D'Arcy; Brett, Frances; Clarke, Paul Charles; Kale, Stuart [Tenor Vocal]; Rigby, Jean; Taylor, Ann; Wood, Roland [Barit...
Conductors: Abel, Yves
Ensemble: Geoffrey Mitchell Choir

An accomplished cast of world-renowned singers performs one of the world's best-loved operas. Paul Charles Clarke, who takes the role of Pinkerton in this recording,...continue...
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Opera in English - Wagner: The Ring Cycle / Goodall, et al
Opera in English - Wagner: The Ring Cycle / Goodall, et al

16 CD / Chandos Records / 2001-07-24

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold; Die Walküre; Siegfried; Götterdämmerung
Performers: Attfield, Helen; Bailey, Norman [Bass Baritone]; Belcourt, Emile; Clarke, Katie; Collins, Anne; Connell, Elizabeth; Conoley, Anne; Curphey, Margaret; Dempsey, Gregory; Evans, Anne; Ferguson, Robert; ...
Conductors: Goodall, Reginald
Ensemble: English National Opera Movement Group; English National Opera Orchestra; Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra

The Nibelung's Ring can be enjoyed on many levels: as a fairy story, political allegory or philosophical tract, for example. In essence, it deals with...continue...
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Opera in English - Wagner: The Valkyrie / Goodall, et al
Opera in English - Wagner: The Valkyrie / Goodall, et al

4 CD / Chandos Records / 2000-11-28

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Walküre
Performers: Attfield, Helen; Bailey, Norman [Bass Baritone]; Clarke, Katie; Connell, Elizabeth; Conoley, Anne; Curphey, Margaret; Evans, Anne; Grant, Clifford; Howard, Ann; Hunter, Rita; Remedios, Alberto; Squir...
Conductors: Goodall, Reginald
Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra

"...Goodall's conducting [was] weighty, sonorous, slow-moving but surely paced and deeply supportive of the voices. And what a cast he had, led by Remedios's ardent...continue...
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Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, From Jewish Folk Poetry, etc
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, From Jewish Folk Poetry, etc

1 CD / Chandos Records / 2000-09-26

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110; Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a (arr. by Robert Barshai from String Quartet No 10); From Jewish Folk Poetry, song cycle f...
Performers: Hart, Mary Ann [Mezzo-Soprano Vocals]; Nolan, Rodney; Pelle, Nadia
Conductors: Turovsky, Yuli
Ensemble: I Musici de Montreal

"The Symphony for Strings is excellently done." -Gramophone "...with such ardor and consummate musicianship that one cannot imagine improvement." -Fanfare...continue...
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Opera in English - Massenet: Werther / Mackerras, et al
Opera in English - Massenet: Werther / Mackerras, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 2000-06-27

Works: Jules Massenet: Werther
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Blackburn, Harold; Brecknock, John; Jenkins, Terry; Tomlinson, John; Waugh, Nigel; Wheatley, Patrick
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: English National Opera Chorus

"...It is a tribute to the artistry of Janet Baker and John Brecknockthat the English National Opera's production of 'Werther' conveys so much of the...continue...
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Opera in English - Donizetti: Mary Stuart / Mackerras, et al
Opera in English - Donizetti: Mary Stuart / Mackerras, et al

2 CD / Chandos Records / 1999-06-22

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Bostock, Angela; Opie, Alan [Baritone Vocals]; Plowright, Rosalind; Rendall, David; Tomlinson, John
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra

"A smashingly good show. Baker and Plowright are not names that come to mind when many people think of 19th C. bel canto scores, yet...continue...
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Opera in English - Handel: Julius Caesar / Mackerras, et al
Opera in English - Handel: Julius Caesar / Mackerras, et al

4 CD / Chandos Records / 1999-06-22

Works: George Frederick Handel: Giulio Cesare
Performers: Baker, Janet, Dame [Mezzo-soprano Vocal]; Booth-Jones, Christopher; Bowman, James [Countertenor Vocal]; Davies, Noel; James, David; Jones, Della; Masterson, Valerie; Tomlinson, John; Walker, Sarah
Conductors: Mackerras, Charles
Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra

"Seemingly stuffy 'opera seria' format was no hindrance to Handel in creating works rich in human drama and musical invention...A highly intelligent, singable English translation...continue...
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Opera in English - Donizetti: Don Pasquale / Parry, et al
Opera in English - Donizetti: Don Pasquale / Parry, et al

3 CD / Chandos Records / 1998-11-17

Works: Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale; Giacomo Puccini: La bohème; Tosca; Gioachino Rossini: Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera; Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op. 47; R...
Performers: Bainbridge, Elisabeth; Banks, Barry; Bayley, Clive; Bronder, Peter; Clarke, Paul Charles; Dawson, Lynne [Soprano Vocals]; Dazeley, William; Eaglen, Jane; Ford, Bruce [Tenor Vocal]; Hargraves, Matthew...
Conductors: Parry, David; Bellini, Gabriele; Daniel, Paul

This is the premiere recording in English of Donizetti's sparkling comic opera. Conductor David Parry has been unanimously praised for his direction throughout the Opera...continue...
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Music on Hebrew Themes / Turovsky, I Musici de Montreal
Music on Hebrew Themes / Turovsky, I Musici de Montreal

1 CD / Chandos Records / 1991-01-01

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: From Jewish Folk Poetry, song cycle for soloists & piano, Op. 79 (orchestrated as Op 79a); Ernest Bloch: From Jewish Life; Baal Shem; Méditation Hébraïque; Ser...
Performers: Hart, Mary Ann [Mezzo-Soprano Vocals]; Nolan, Rodney; Pelle, Nadia; Turovsky, Yuli
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