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Antony Hopkins - A Portrait

dda21217 (2 discs)

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Playing time: 67'37"/57'52" - TT 125'29"
Tracks: 27 + 25
Booklet pages: 16
© 2012 Divine Art Ltd
Reviewer: Patric Standford
Review of Antony Hopkins - A Portrait published on 8 June 2013

Listen: Antony Hopkins: Gai lon la (CD1 track 26, 0:00-0:49)

Antony Hopkins (born 1921):

CD1

Sonata for Viola and Piano (1945)
1 March
2 Ground
3 Scherzo
4 Epilogue
Matthew Jones, viola
Michael Hampton, piano

5 Rondo (1945) from Piano Sonata No 2 in F sharp minor
Michael Hampton, piano

A Humble Song to the Birds - Cantata (1945) for high voice and piano
6 My darlings, O my little birds: Moderato, molto rubato
7 You need not peep: Andante
8 How dare I then, poor silly man: Allegro con brio
9 Some may be priests or kings or lords: Lento assai
James Gilchrist, tenor
Janet Simpson, piano

Partita in G minor (1947) for solo violin
10 Andante - Fugato
11 Vigoroso
12 Moderato, molto rubato
13 Mésuré
14 Allegro giusto
Paul Barritt, violin

Piano Sonata No 3 in C sharp minor (1946-48)
15 Allegro vigoroso
16 Largo
17 Tranquillo - Allegro giusto
Philip Fowke, piano

Suite (1952) for descant recorder and piano
18 Prelude: Allegretto, quasi pastorale
19 Scherzo: Prestissimo
20 Canon: Andante tranquillo
21 Jig: Vivace
John Turner, recorder
Janet Simpson, piano

Pastiche Suite (1944) for treble recorder and piano
22 Allegro molto giusto
23 Alla siciliano
24 Vivace non troppo
John Turner, recorder
Janet Simpson, piano

Three French Folksongs (1947) for soprano, recorder and piano
25 Les trois rubans
26 Gai lon la
27 Quand mon mari se fachera
Leslie-Jane Rogers, soprano
John Turner, recorder
Janet Simpson, piano

CD2

1 Tango (1948) for piano
Philip Fowke, piano

Three Seductions (1949) for recorder and piano
2 Wanton Waltz
3 Flirtatious Fancy
4 Sensuous Sarabande
John Turner, recorder
Janet Simpson, piano

5 First Love (1980) from Early One Morning for soprano and piano
6 I've Lost my Love (1953) from Hands Across the Sky, for soprano, recorder and piano
7 A Melancholy Song (1945) for soprano, recorder and piano
Leslie-Jane Rogers, soprano
John Turner, recorder
Janet Simpson, piano

Four Dances (1946) from Back to Methusalah, for recorder and piano
8 Farandole
9 Sarabande
10 Wilman's Grounde
11 Air
John Turner, recorder
Janet Simpson, piano

Three Poems
12 Good King Jack Nicklaus
13 Charlie's Revenge
14 String Quartet
Antony Hopkins, reader

Eight Tributes to Antony Hopkins (2011)
Andrew Plant:
15 On How to Sing, for soprano, recorder and piano
David Matthews:
16 A Little Pastoral, for solo recorder
David Dubery:
17 Evening in April, for soprano, recorder and piano
Anthony Gilbert:
18 Above All That, for recorder and piano
Gordon Crosse:
19 CantAHta, for soprano, recorder and piano
David Ellis:
20 Head Music, for recorder and piano
Joseph Phibbs:
21 Pierrot, for soprano, recorder and piano
Elis Pehkonen:
22 Pieds en l'air, for recorder and piano
Leslie-Jane Rogers, soprano
John Turner, recorder
Janet Simpson, piano

Bonus tracks

Antony Hopkins:
Two extracts from Johnny the Priest (1960)
23 Vicarage Tea
24 Be Not Afraid
Jeremy Brett, Stephanie Voss and Phillada Sewell
Orchestra conducted by Gordon Langford
25 Trio (1953) from Three's Company
Elizabeth Boyd, Stephen Manton, Eric Shilling
Antony Hopkins, piano

Antony Hopkins is a phenomenon - a fact which escapes much of the public and even press who still confuse him with the actor (Anthony). Composer, pianist, conductor, broadcaster, lecturer, author ... a true man of music. A livewire at the age of 91 (as we write in May 2012), his genius has suffered from fickle fashion, his 'serious' music being lyrical and tuneful though certainly deep and complex; his lighter music now seen as 'period' - and just ripe for redicovery. This double album contains much fine music including eight pieces written by top British composers as tributes to Antony. For all interested in the evolution of 20th century music this album will be invaluable, and it's also made with wit and humour, to suit the character of Hopkins himself.

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