℗ 2011 Chandos
 

Bernard Herrmann: Moby Dick - Sinfonietta

Richard Edgar-Wilson, David Wilson-Johnson, Danish National Choir, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Michael Schønwandt

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Moby Dick  
1
Chorus: ‘“And God created great whales”’. Maestoso – Più mosso –
Bernard Herrmann; Richard Edgar-Wilson; David Wilson-Johnson; Danish National Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
1:07
2
Ishmael: ‘Call me Ishmael’. Andante tranquillo – Ishmael: ‘And in the wild conceits’. Agitato – Tempo I –
Bernard Herrmann; Richard Edgar-Wilson; David Wilson-Johnson; Danish National Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
3:24
3
Hymn. Chorus: ‘The ribs and terrors in the whale’. Slowly and sombrely – Chorus: ‘With speed he flew to my relief‘. Faster – Chorus: ‘My song for ever shall record‘. Allegro moderato – Maestoso – Molto allargando, Pesante – Adagio –
Bernard Herrmann; Richard Edgar-Wilson; David Wilson-Johnson; Danish National Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
5:57
4
Ishmael: ‘At last anchor was up, the sails were set’. Moderato assai –
Bernard Herrmann; Richard Edgar-Wilson; David Wilson-Johnson; Danish National Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
1:19
5
Ahab: ‘Send everyone aft, mastheads there! Come down!’ Allegro pesante – Pesante –
Bernard Herrmann; Richard Edgar-Wilson; David Wilson-Johnson; Danish National Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
3:29
6
Ahab: ‘Yonder, by the ever-brimming goblet’s rim’. Lento – Tranquillo – Ahab: ‘I, the wearer, see not its far flashings’. Agitato – Allargando – Tempo I – Accelerando – Allegro – Allargando – Agitato – Ahab: ‘Dry heat upon my brow?’ Slowly
Bernard Herrmann; Richard Edgar-Wilson; David Wilson-Johnson; Danish National Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
7:56
7
Voice: ‘Hist, boys! Let’s have a jig!’ Allegro marcato – Allegro (Hornpipe tempo) – Drunken Sailor: ‘Oh! Jolly is the gale’. Meno mosso – Tempo I – Slow – Pip: ‘Oh! Thou big white God aloft there‘. Molto agitato (quasi Andante) – Tempo I –
Bernard Herrmann; Richard Edgar-Wilson; David Wilson-Johnson; Danish National Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
8:24
8
Ishmael: ‘It was a clear steel-blue day’. Slowly and tranquilly – Ahab: ‘Oh, Starbuck! It is a mild, mild wind’. Molto sostenuto – Ahab: ‘Aye, toil how we may’. Più mosso – Ahab: ‘Starbuck!’ Molto sostenuto –
Bernard Herrmann; Richard Edgar-Wilson; David Wilson-Johnson; Danish National Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
8:57
9
Sailor: ‘There she blows! There she blows!’ Molto allegro – Ahab: ‘Starbuck, some men die at ebb tide’. Lento – Starbuck: ‘Oh! my captain, my captain! go not! go not!’ Agitato –
Bernard Herrmann; Richard Edgar-Wilson; David Wilson-Johnson; Danish National Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
2:00
10
Ahab: ‘Lower away! Stand by the crew!’ [Agitato] – Ahab: ‘I turn my body from the sun’. Slowly – A tempo – Ahab: ‘Sink all coffins and all hearses’. Molto pesante –
Bernard Herrmann; Richard Edgar-Wilson; David Wilson-Johnson; Danish National Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
2:33
11
Ahab: ‘Thus, I give up the spear!’ [Molto pesante] – Pesante e più lento – Molto rallentando – Ishmael: ‘“And I only am escaped alone to tell thee”’
Bernard Herrmann; Richard Edgar-Wilson; David Wilson-Johnson; Danish National Choir; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
1:09
Sinfonietta  
12
I. Prelude. Slowly (Andante molto) –
Bernard Herrmann; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
3:35
13
II. Scherzo. Presto –
Bernard Herrmann; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
2:34
14
III. Adagio –
Bernard Herrmann; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
3:33
15
IV. Interlude. Largo (softly as possible) –
Bernard Herrmann; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
2:31
16
V. Variations: Variation I. Adagio – Variation II. Andante – Variation III. Adagio – Variation IV. Andante – Variation V. Moderato – Variation VI. Adagio – Variation VII. Allegro
Bernard Herrmann; Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Schønwandt
4:35
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    63:03
"Editor's Choice ... simply stunning with vivid singing and playing, all of the highest order ..."
- Gramophone

"... Herrmann’s score is dramatic and skilfully orchestrated, befitting a born film composer, with tension deftly maintained throughout ... (on Moby Dick) the orchestra and chorus are distinguished by tightness of ensemble and commitment to the drama. The soloists show a similar level of involvement ..."
- Limelight

Bernard Herrmann is best known today as a composer of film music, most notably for several Alfred Hitchcock classics as well as Citizen Kane and Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. This album, however, provides a glimpse of Herrmann's work outside the soundtrack idiom. Initially, he intended Moby Dick to be an opera, but soon concluded that the stage was not an ideal medium for a musical version of Herman Melville’s tale. This programme incudes the successful compromise, a cantata, along with the premiere recording of the Sinfonietta for strings in its original version, adapted by Herrmann for the latter half of his famous film score to Hitchcock’s Psycho. The works are performed by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Danish National Choir on Moby Dick, under the direction of Michael Schønwandt..
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

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