Elisabeth Lutyens - Quincunx * • And Suddenly it's Evening **
David Bedford - Music for Albion Moonlight ***

* Josephine Nendick, soprano, John Shirley-Quirk, baritone
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Norman Del Mar, conductor
** Herbert Handt, tenor / director
Members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra
*** Jane Manning, soprano
Members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, John Carewe, conductor

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 2008 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.265
UPC/EAN: 5020926026521
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 77.00
Price: £ 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

Tracks 1 - 10: Recorded at Kingsway Hall, November 1968
Tracks 11 - 14: Recorded at Decca No. 3, May 1969
Tracks 15 - 18: Recorded at Decca No. 3, March 1969;


Elisabeth Lutyens was a pioneer in British music, both as a woman composer and as a serialist. Her exceptional prolificacy was achieved largely whilst raising four children and supporting her mostly unemployed husband. She is habitually described as a 'miniaturist', but, concise though many of her works are, and frequently involving chamber forces, she also handled a large orchestra expertly and wrote effectively on a substantial scale, as evidenced by the masterly Quincunx, written between October 1959 and February 1960 ...


Quincunx, after Sir Thomas Browne Op.44 (1960)
for baritone, soprano and orchestra
Elisabeth Lutyens (1906 - 1983) 24.14
1 Tutti 1 2.46
2 Soli 1 woodwind 2.02
3 Tutti 2 2.09
4 Soli 2 strings 1.39
5 Intro: baritone 1.36
6 Tutti 3: soprano 4.11
7 Soli 3 percussion 0.54
8 Tutti 4 2.21
9 Soli 4 brass 2.03
10 Tutti 5 coda-finale 4.33
And Suddenly itís Evening Op. 66 (1966)
for tenor and chamber ensemble
words by Salvatore Quasimodo
Elisabeth Lutyens (1906 - 1983) 23.52
11 I On the Willow Boughs 5.15
12 II In the Just Human Time 5.22
13 III Almost a Madrigal 7.58
14 IV And Suddenly itís Evening 5.17
Music for Albion Moonlight (1965)
for soprano, flute, clarinet, melodica, piano, violin, cello
words by Kenneth Patchen
David Bedford (b. 1937) 29.10
15 I So it ends 9.01
16 II If we are to know where we live 7.33
17 III Lament for the makers of songs 5.35
18 IV Fall of the evening star 7.02