℗ 2005 Chandos
Released April 24, 2005
Duration 1h 18m 37s
Record Label Chandos
Catalogue No. CHAN10301
Genre Classical (Opera)
 

Lennox Berkeley: Ruth: An Opera In Three Scenes (premiere recording)

Jean Rigby, Mark Tucker, Yvonne Kenny, Claire Rutter, Roderick Williams, Joyful Company of Singers, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox

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Ruth, Op. 50  
1.1
Scene 1: A mountainous place near Bethlehem
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:57
1.2
Scene 1: Once more I see your green and golden hills, O Judah! (Naomi, Ruth, Orpah)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
3:05
1.3
Scene 1: Turn back, my daughters (Naomi, Ruth, Orpah)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:38
1.4
Scene 1: Almighty Father, let my cry come unto thee! (Naomi, Orpah, Ruth)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
3:13
1.5
Scene 1: Ah, must I leave thee? Must we part? (Orpah, Naomi, Ruth)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
3:23
1.6
Scene 1: Whither thou goest, I will go (Ruth, Naomi)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
3:02
1.7
Scene 1: See! Is this Naomi!? (Women, Naomi)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
2:14
1.8
Scene 1: Ah, call me not Naomi, let Mara be my name (Naomi)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
2:32
1.9
Scene 1: Where, ah, where is Naomi? (Women, Naomi, Ruth)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
2:21
1.10
Scene 2: A harvest field belonging to Boaz - Gold grows the barley on hillside and valley (Men)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:45
1.11
Scene 2: Greetings, men of Judah! (Women, Head Reaper)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:05
1.12
Scene 2: The scatter'd ear of corn (Women, Men)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:55
1.13
Scene 2: Come, let us go forth together (Head Reaper, Women, Men, Ruth)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
3:23
1.14
Scene 2: Stay, men of Judah! (Boaz, Men, Women, Head Reaper, Ruth)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
2:17
1.15
Scene 2: I had no wish to anger them (Ruth, Boaz, Head Reaper)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
3:19
1.16
Scene 2: Ah, let not anger fill your eyes! (Ruth, Boaz)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
3:05
1.17
Scene 2: Whence cometh this to me, that thou should'st deign to notice me? (Ruth, Boaz)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
3:47
1.18
Scene 2: The scatter'd ear of corn (Women, Men, Boaz)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
2:25
1.19
Scene 3: A threshing-floor, at night - This is the place! Come, daughter (Naomi, Ruth)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
2:11
1.20
Scene 3: Fear not, beloved Ruth! (Naomi, Ruth)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
2:42
1.21
Scene 3: Golden ripe the barley grows (Women, Men, Naomi, Ruth, Head Reaper, Boaz)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:11
1.22
Scene 3: Lord of the Harvest, what are thy commands? (Men, Head Reaper, Women, Boaz)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:47
1.23
Scene 3: Winter time is time to plough, aie, the wind does bite! (Men, Women)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:14
1.24
Scene 3: Across the field the long slow line of reapers goes a-reaping (Women)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:33
1.25
Scene 3: Dance, come dance, dance within the ring (Women, Men, Head Reaper)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:39
1.26
Scene 3: O clap your hands, all ye people! (Boaz, Women, Men)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
2:22
1.27
Scene 3: Go now, my daughter (Naomi, Ruth)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:50
1.28
Scene 3: Master! (Ruth, Boaz)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:42
1.29
Scene 3: Thou comest in the stillness of the night (Boaz, Ruth)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
4:22
1.30
Scene 3: Lo, my beloved, my soul's delight, to thee I give my hand (Boaz, Ruth)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:53
1.31
Scene 3: Ho there, my people! (Boaz, Ruth, Naomi, Women, Men)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
1:39
1.32
Scene 3: Behold this maid (Boaz, Ruth, Naomi, Head Reaper, Women, Men)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
3:25
1.33
Scene 3: Rejoice, O Israel, rejoice (Head Reaper, Women, Men, Ruth, Naomi, Boaz)
Lennox Berkeley; Jean Rigby; Mark Tucker; Yvonne Kenny; Claire Rutter; Roderick Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; City of London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox
2:41
Digital Booklet
"Disc of the Month ... a long-neglected British opera at last makes its sparkling debut on record." - Gramophone "Five Stars ... Richard Hickox’s effective rep company of operatic singers brings its usual devotion and skill to the task in hand ... the playing of the City of London Sinfonia, especially the strings, is exemplary." - BBC Music Magazine Richard Hickox heads up an impressive cast of singers and musicians on this world premiere recording of Lennox Berkeley's opera based on the Biblical story of Ruth. Berkeley subtitled Ruth a "lyrical opera" and its tone is indeed predominantly lyrical and pastoral. There is a French quality about some of the vocal writing, but his natural sounding setting of English words, especially in the recitatives, owes more to Britten.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters
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1
Scene 1: A mountainous place near Bethlehem
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2
Scene 1: Once more I see your green and golden hills, O Judah! (Naomi, Ruth, Orpah)
-1.82-24.2913
3
Scene 1: Turn back, my daughters (Naomi, Ruth, Orpah)
-6.33-29.7612
4
Scene 1: Almighty Father, let my cry come unto thee! (Naomi, Orpah, Ruth)
-7.02-29.5713
5
Scene 1: Ah, must I leave thee? Must we part? (Orpah, Naomi, Ruth)
-7.06-28.8813
6
Scene 1: Whither thou goest, I will go (Ruth, Naomi)
-6.52-28.3512
7
Scene 1: See! Is this Naomi!? (Women, Naomi)
-6.03-30.2513
8
Scene 1: Ah, call me not Naomi, let Mara be my name (Naomi)
-5.64-29.0913
9
Scene 1: Where, ah, where is Naomi? (Women, Naomi, Ruth)
-1.84-26.0714
10
Scene 2: A harvest field belonging to Boaz - Gold grows the barley on hillside and valley (Men)
-4.84-27.2713
11
Scene 2: Greetings, men of Judah! (Women, Head Reaper)
-3.68-29.5312
12
Scene 2: The scatter'd ear of corn (Women, Men)
-6.58-30.0613
13
Scene 2: Come, let us go forth together (Head Reaper, Women, Men, Ruth)
-0.41-23.1913
14
Scene 2: Stay, men of Judah! (Boaz, Men, Women, Head Reaper, Ruth)
-7.20-30.1914
15
Scene 2: I had no wish to anger them (Ruth, Boaz, Head Reaper)
-8.13-30.9913
16
Scene 2: Ah, let not anger fill your eyes! (Ruth, Boaz)
-6.80-29.8312
17
Scene 2: Whence cometh this to me, that thou should'st deign to notice me? (Ruth, Boaz)
-6.80-29.4113
18
Scene 2: The scatter'd ear of corn (Women, Men, Boaz)
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19
Scene 3: A threshing-floor, at night - This is the place! Come, daughter (Naomi, Ruth)
-6.26-27.3213
20
Scene 3: Fear not, beloved Ruth! (Naomi, Ruth)
-1.62-25.8112
21
Scene 3: Golden ripe the barley grows (Women, Men, Naomi, Ruth, Head Reaper, Boaz)
-1.13-23.2511
22
Scene 3: Lord of the Harvest, what are thy commands? (Men, Head Reaper, Women, Boaz)
-2.52-24.9613
23
Scene 3: Winter time is time to plough, aie, the wind does bite! (Men, Women)
-1.28-24.8814
24
Scene 3: Across the field the long slow line of reapers goes a-reaping (Women)
-8.83-31.2213
25
Scene 3: Dance, come dance, dance within the ring (Women, Men, Head Reaper)
-0.98-20.6512
26
Scene 3: O clap your hands, all ye people! (Boaz, Women, Men)
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27
Scene 3: Go now, my daughter (Naomi, Ruth)
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28
Scene 3: Master! (Ruth, Boaz)
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29
Scene 3: Thou comest in the stillness of the night (Boaz, Ruth)
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30
Scene 3: Lo, my beloved, my soul's delight, to thee I give my hand (Boaz, Ruth)
-1.73-21.6711
31
Scene 3: Ho there, my people! (Boaz, Ruth, Naomi, Women, Men)
-5.86-29.7915
32
Scene 3: Behold this maid (Boaz, Ruth, Naomi, Head Reaper, Women, Men)
-0.83-26.1214
33
Scene 3: Rejoice, O Israel, rejoice (Head Reaper, Women, Men, Ruth, Naomi, Boaz)
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