Holst, Britten, Vaughan Williams | Savitri, Sinfonietta, The Lark Ascending

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Savitri, Sinfonietta, The Lark Ascending

by Holst, Britten, Vaughan Williams

Gustav Holst "SAVITRI", Vaughn Williams "THE LARK ASCENDING", Britten "SINFONIETTA, OP.1" Jessica Miller, mezzo soprano, Kyu Won Han, baritone, Simon O'Neill, tenor
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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1. Gustav Holst / Savitri (Chamber opera in one act)
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4:10 album only
2. Death visits Savitri
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2:46 album only
3. Death speaks to Savitri: I come for thy husband. Satyavan.
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2:57 album only
4. Satyavan is heard, coming from the distance
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2:00 album only
5. Satyavan sings of his beloved wife, Savitri
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3:01 album only
6. Savitri chooses to treat Death as a divine figure
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5:16 album only
7. Death offers Savitri any wish she desires, except saving her hus
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2:24 album only
8. Savitri asks for life. Death grants her wish.
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2:56 album only
9. Death leaves defeated, because for Savitri, her husband is life!
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1:44 album only
10. Ralph Vaughn Williams / The Lark Ascending
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14:55 album only
11. Benjamin Britten / Sinfonietta, Op. 1 - Poco Presto
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3:33 album only
12. Variations
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5:13 album only
13. Tarantella
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4:25 album only


Album Notes
Gustav Holst "SAVITRI", Vaughn Williams "THE LARK ASCENDING", Britten "SINFONIETTA, OP.1"

Gustav Holst Savitri
Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Benjamin Britten Sinfonietta, Op.1

Glen Barton Cortese, conductor Savitri
Jessica Miller, mezzo soprano
Kyu Won Han, baritone
Simon O'Neill, tenor
Ik-Hwan Bae, violin The Lark Ascending

This all English album is a wonderful mix of the known and little known. Gustav Holst's opera in one act "Savitri" is based on an episode from the Indian classic Mahabharta. Holst created this work as a result of an almost obsessive fascination with spiritualism and Asian culture that swept through Europe prior to World War I. Benjamin Britten's Op.1 "Sinfonietta" was written when he was an 18 year old music student and is dedicated to his teacher Frank Bridge. "The Lark Ascending" by Ralph Vaughan Williams is in his own words "an English landscape transcribed into musical terms." This work is one of the 20th century's most beautiful Pastorales, as set for solo violin and orchestra.


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