Granville Bantock: Omar Khayyám

Granville Bantock: Omar Khayyám

BBC Singers

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Tracklist

  • Prelude

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    6:19

  • Wake! For the Sun, Who Scattered Into Flight

    Sarah Walker

    6:13

  • Now the New Year Reviving Old Desires

    Anthony Rolfe Johnson

    7:33

  • Each Morn a Thousand Roses Brings, You Say

    Sarah Walker

    8:27

  • Some for the Glories of This World

    Sarah Walker

    9:14

  • I Sometimes Think That Never Blows so Red

    Sarah Walker

    7:15

  • Alike for Those Who for To-day Prepare

    Sarah Walker

    10:16

  • Then of the Thee in Me Who Works Behind

    Anthony Rolfe Johnson

    7:36

  • As Then the Tulip for Her Morning Sup

    Sarah Walker

    10:07

  • Interlude. The Desert

    BBC Singers

    9:56

  • Would You That Spangle of Existence Spend

    Sarah Walker

    10:48

  • Interlude

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    2:45

  • You Know, My Friends, with What a Brave Carouse

    Brian Rayner Cook

    7:32

  • Why, Be This Juice the Growth of God, Who Dare

    Brian Rayner Cook

    6:57

  • I Sent My Soul Through the Invisible

    Anthony Rolfe Johnson

    9:21

  • The Moving Finger Writes

    Sarah Walker

    6:55

  • What! Out of Senseless Nothing to Provoke

    Sarah Walker

    7:21

  • Introduction. The Fast of Ramazán

    BBC Singers

    6:34

  • As Under Cover of Departing Day

    Brian Rayner Cook

    10:17

  • Ah, with the Grape My Fading Life Provide

    Brian Rayner Cook

    6:02

  • Yet Ah, That Spring Should Vanish with the Rose!

    Sarah Walker

    8:12

  • Yon Rising Moon That Looks for Us Again

    Sarah Walker

    6:42

  • Fifine at the Fair

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    30:14

  • Prelude

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    10:14

  • I. Hymn to Aphrodite, Daughter of Zeus

    Johanna Peters

    8:03

  • II. I Loved Thee, Atthis, Long Ago

    Johanna Peters

    6:51

  • III. Evening Song

    Johanna Peters

    2:04

  • V. The Moon Has Set

    Johanna Peters

    6:05

  • VI. Peer of Gods He Seems

    Johanna Peters

    4:03

  • IX. Muse of the Golden Throne

    Johanna Peters

    5:32

  • The Pierrot of the Minute Overture

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    11:26

  • Total playing time

    4:17:10

Album review

“This release is of a different and more ambitious kind than other releases of the mid-2010s on the Lyrita revival label. Like the others, it is taken from BBC broadcasts, but in this case, the recording was made in a studio, not live, and the sound quality is much superior. The most unusual feature is the music by the almost-forgotten Granville Bantock, who was as responsible as anyone else for the ongoing popularity of Sibelius in Britain, and who, believe it or not, liked to dress up as the medieval Persian poet Omar Khayyam. Thus this work, not an opera, but a setting of the Rubaiyat's 101 stanzas, has a peculiar quality of personal commitment that shines through its Edwardian gigantism. It's an over-the-top mish-mash, often cut when it is performed, but here presented in full. In its mostly choral writing there are echoes of Verdi, Delius, Rimsky-Korsakov, Elgar, maybe Schoenberg in some of the orchestral effects, and even Arthur Sullivan, but the overarching influence is Wagner, reimagined as a competitor in the annual Three Choirs Festival. To sit through the whole thing might be a tall order, but dip in virtually anywhere and you'll find something broad and entertaining. The performance by the BBC Symphony and BBC Singers, with fine soloists Sarah Walker, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, and Brian Rayner Cook, under conductor Norman Del Mar is absolutely committed and highly accomplished. This music is unavoidably going to be a matter of taste, but it should probably be experienced at least once, and probably in this version among the few available ones.”

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    Released

    8 July 2016

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