℗ ℗ 2006 Chandos
 

Richard Rodney Bennett: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1: Partita - Reflections on a Sixteenth Century Tune - Songs before Sleep - Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song

Jonathan Lemalu, Paul Watkins, Philharmonia Orchestra, Richard Hickox

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Partita  
1.1
I. Intrada. Allegro giocoso
Richard Rodney Bennett; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
5:00
1.2
II. Lullaby. Andante con moto - Poco meno mosso
Richard Rodney Bennett; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
7:38
1.3
III. Finale. Vivo e giocoso
Richard Rodney Bennett; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
4:57
Reflections on a 16th Century Tune  
1.4
Prelude. Lento -
Richard Rodney Bennett; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
2:07
1.5
Variation 1. Allegretto - Con moto - Come prima -
Richard Rodney Bennett; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
1:55
1.6
Variation 2. Allegro vivo - Non troppo allegro - Poco a poco rilassando -
Richard Rodney Bennett; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
2:34
1.7
Variation 3. "Homage to Peter Warlock": Andante - Pochissimo piu mosso -
Richard Rodney Bennett; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
2:42
1.8
Variation 4. Con brio e ritmico - Sempre piu animato - Molto vivo e ritmico -
Richard Rodney Bennett; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
2:24
1.9
Finale. ( - ) - Tranquillo - Sempre piu moderato - Sostenuto
Richard Rodney Bennett; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
3:31
Songs before Sleep (version for Baritone and Strings)  
1.10
No. 1. The Mouse and the Bumble-bee
Richard Rodney Bennett; Jonathan Lemalu; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
1:23
1.11
No. 2. Wee Willie Winkie
Richard Rodney Bennett; Jonathan Lemalu; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
3:50
1.12
No. 3. Twinkle, twinkle, little star
Richard Rodney Bennett; Jonathan Lemalu; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
4:01
1.13
No. 4. Baby, baby, naughty baby
Richard Rodney Bennett; Jonathan Lemalu; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
1:43
1.14
No. 5. As I walked by myself
Richard Rodney Bennett; Jonathan Lemalu; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
3:01
1.15
No. 6. There was an old woman
Richard Rodney Bennett; Jonathan Lemalu; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
3:25
Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song  
1.16
Andante lento -
Richard Rodney Bennett; Paul Watkins; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
1:55
1.17
Arioso -
Richard Rodney Bennett; Paul Watkins; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
4:25
1.18
Vivo - Grazioso - Come prima (Vivo) - Con fuoco - Largamente appassionato -
Richard Rodney Bennett; Paul Watkins; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
4:23
1.19
Interlude. Dolce semplice -
Richard Rodney Bennett; Paul Watkins; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
3:38
1.20
Con brio - Con fuoco, sempre allegro - A tempo, non troppo vivo - A tempo, con brio - Cadenza: Maestoso - Rapsodico - Flessibile, comodo -
Richard Rodney Bennett; Paul Watkins; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
6:31
1.21
Alla sarabanda - Poco piu sostenuto
Richard Rodney Bennett; Paul Watkins; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox
4:53
Total Playing Time    75:56
“It’s hard to imagine a more beguiling start to this series or a more appealing introduction to Richard Rodney Bennett than this CD… I can’t imagine anyone not being enraptured by this CD.”
- Gramophone

“With the impeccable Richard Hickox conducting the Philharmonia, these nuanced and authoritative interpretations are everything one could wish and expect… In both departments of his musical activities, as composer or performer, Chandos has done Bennett proud. Further volumes in either series will be something to look forward to.”
- Fanfare

“Recorded sound is up to the usual high Chandos standards and Anthony Burton’s notes are excellent. This is a release I recommend with the greatest enthusiasm to anyone with an interest in British music, and I greatly look forward to further releases in the series. A winner.”
- International Record Review

“Blindfolded you might easily guess some newly discovered score by Bernstein or Copland, as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’s 1995 Partita shoots off the blocks and into busy action. That’s meant as no disservice to the piece – it’s strongly individual, and undoubtedly reflects Bennett’s year of US residence and his extensive work in film music… An auspicious start to what could be a very interesting series.”
- BBC Music Magazine

This collection of orchestral pieces by respected British composer and jazz pianist Richard Rodney Bennett includes the cinematic Partita and lyrical Reflections on a Scottish Folksong. Performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox, this release also features Grammy award-winning Samoan-New Zealand baritone Jonathan Lemalu, singing the delightful Songs before Sleep.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recorded at Watford Colosseum
Produced by Rachel Smith
Engineer: Ralph Couzens
Assistant Engineer: Michael Common

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