℗ 2020 Chandos
 

Smyth: The Prison

Sarah Brailey, Dashon Burton, Experiential Orchestra, James Blachly, Experiential Chorus

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The Prison  
1.1
No. 1, Close on Freedom. The Prisoner Communes with His Soul
Ethel Smyth; Sarah Brailey; Dashon Burton; Experiential Orchestra; James Blachly
7:10
1.2
No. 2, Voices Sing of Immortality
Ethel Smyth; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
4:29
1.3
No. 3, The Prisoner Askes the Secret of Emancipation
Ethel Smyth; Dashon Burton; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
2:27
1.4
No. 4, His Soul Replies
Ethel Smyth; Sarah Brailey; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
3:26
1.5
No. 5, He Asks In What Shape Emancipation Will Come
Ethel Smyth; Sarah Brailey; Dashon Burton; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
1:36
1.6
No. 6, The Voices Reply
Ethel Smyth; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
3:38
1.7
No. 7, Orchestral Interlude. The First Glimmer of Dawn
Ethel Smyth; Experiential Orchestra; James Blachly
3:12
1.8
No. 8, The Prisoner Understands His Own Immortality
Ethel Smyth; Dashon Burton; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
5:06
1.9
No. 9, The Deliverance. The Prisoner Awakes
Ethel Smyth; Experiential Orchestra; James Blachly
3:59
1.10
No. 10, His Soul Tells Him the End of the Struggle Is At Hand
Ethel Smyth; Sarah Brailey; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
2:51
1.11
No. 11, He Hears His Guests Moving to Depart
Ethel Smyth; Dashon Burton; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
2:13
1.12
No. 12, Pastoral. Sunset Calm
Ethel Smyth; Sarah Brailey; Dashon Burton; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
2:45
1.13
No. 13, He Disbands His Ego
Ethel Smyth; Dashon Burton; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
3:06
1.14
No. 14, Voices Sing the Indestructibility of Human Passions
Ethel Smyth; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
2:01
1.15
No. 15, Death Calls Him. Gloring, He Obeys the Summons
Ethel Smyth; Sarah Brailey; Dashon Burton; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
5:13
1.16
No. 16, His Farewell - His Triumph - His Peace
Ethel Smyth; Sarah Brailey; Dashon Burton; Experiential Orchestra; Experiential Chorus; James Blachly
10:38
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    63:50
Grammy Award, 2020 – Best Classical Solo Vocal Album Sarah Brailey & Dashon Burton; James Blachly, conductor (Experiential Chorus; Experiential Orchestra) August 18th marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Constitutional Amendment, granting women in the US the right to vote. A fitting time then for our release of the World Premier Recording of Ethel Smyth’s late masterpiece "The Prison". Smyth left home at nineteen to study composition in Leipzig. In the company of Clara Schumann and her teacher Heinrich von Herzogenberg, she met and won the admiration of composers such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Dvorák, and Grieg. Smyth was the first woman to have an opera performed at the Met, in 1903. (The second was Kaija Saariaho, whose "L'Amour de loin" appeared there in 2016!) Smyth later became central to the Suffragette movement in England, writing the March of the Women. Her gender politics and sexuality were cause for attacks by critics, and she famously went to prison herself for throwing a stone through an MP’s window. Composed in 1930 and premiered in 1931 in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, "The Prison" is a Symphony in two parts, ‘Close on Freedom’ and ‘The Deliverance’, set for soprano and bass-baritone soloists, chorus, and full orchestra. The text is taken from a philosophical work by Henry Bennet Brewster and concerns the writings of a prisoner in solitary confinement, his reflections on life and his preparations for death.
352.8 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

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