Serving the Memory
conducted by Hickox -
'... this series will undoubtedly please British music aficionados.'
Digitally remastered from the 1997 premiere recordings of these works, this disc is one of the Hickox Legacy series that Chandos has recently embarked on, repackaging some of the over 280 CDs that the late Richard Hickox recorded for the label. Hickox's devotion to British music is well-known enough to need no further comment, so this series will undoubtedly please British music aficionados.
In the present case the major work is the concert cantata that Vaughan Williams adapted from his first opera Hugh the Drover. At a century's remove it is perhaps difficult to imagine what a brave step it was for him to contemplate in 1910 the idea of a rustic opera founded in folksong...
Copyright © 31 July 2012