Nicholas Maw - Scenes and Arias (1962) • Anthony Milner - Salutatio Angelica Op. 1 (1948)

Jane Manning, soprano
Anne Howells, mezzo-soprano
Norma Proctor, contralto
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Norman Del Mar, conductor
Alfreda Hodgson, contralto
Felicity Palmer, soprano
RobertTear, tenor
London Sinfonietta & Chorus
David Atherton, conductor

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 2007 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.267
UPC/EAN: 5020926026729
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 79.39
Price: £ 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

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Music for voice has always been an important component of Maw’s creative output. He first came to notice with a Nocturne for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, and it was the thrilling Scenes and Arias for three female voices and large orchestra that unmistakably announced the arrival of a strong new personality in British music.

"Nicholas Maw's 'Scenes and Arias' is a big work of voluptuous beauty in which erotic stormy and eruptive urgency melds with music of curvaceous Szymanowskian subtlety ... Of Roman Spring let me quote Paul Conway who puts the matter far better than I ever could: "a beautifully evocative setting of Latin poems on the themes of spring, the renewal of love and the transitory nature of life" ... The CD could hardly be more full and the notes (Calum Macdonald) and texts and translations are all provided in handsome detail. A generous offering: Maw’s early verismo-lyrical triumph and two less flamboyant works from the lower key but grandly rewarding Milner ..." Rob Barnett, Click here to read the full review

"The recordings come out very well and were at the time of the best available standards. They are of course analogue and seem to highlight the soloists more than is realistic. But this should not create a problem, the recordings serve the music beautifully and anyone who cares about British Music of the period should snap this recording up without fail ..." Gary Higginson, Click here to read the full review

"Amongst the many worthy restorations to the catalogue brought about by Lyrita’s current reissue programme, the first appearance on CD of Nicholas Maw’s “Scenes and Arias” is surely one of the most deserved ... In many ways, Lyrita performs the same function with regard to one sector of 20th-century British music as the NMC label does for another. The two are wholly complementary and only someone determined to restrict the range of their musical experience would not wish to draw pleasure and stimulation from both. Heartily recommended ..." Steve Lomas, Click here to read the full review

Scenes and Arias (1962)
for Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Contralto and Orchestra
Nicholas Maw (b. 1935) 34.12
1 I De Amico ad Amicam, A celuy que pluys en mounde 2.02
2 Sachez bien, pleysant et beele 3.17
3 Ma tres duce et tres amé 5.02
4 A vous jeo suy tut doné 1.41
5 Jeo vous pry par charité 6.16
6 II Responcio, A soun tres chere et special 2.44
7 Jeo vous pry sans debat 4.42
8 Pur vostre amour, allas, allas! 2.06
9 Vous estes ma morte et ma vye 6.22
Salutatio Angelica Op. 1 (1948)
Cantata for Contralto Solo, Choir and Chamber Orchestra
Anthony Milner (1925 - 2002) 22.21
10 Chorus: Angelus Domini 2.38
11 Aria I: Consolatrix afflictorum 4.36
12 Chorus: Ecce ancilla Domini 1.41
13 Aria II: Causa nostrae laetitiae 4.20
14 Chorus: Et Verbum caro factum est 2.11
15 Aria III: Mater misericordiae 3.12
16 Chorus: Domine, non est exaltatum cor meum 4.03
Roman Spring (1969)
Cantata for Soprano and Tenor Soli, Chorus and Orchestra
Anthony Milner (1925 - 2002) 22.38
17 I Cras amet qui nunquam 9.34
18 II Diffugere nives redeunt jam gramina campis 6.22
19 III Vivamus mea Lesbia atque amemus 6.42