THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
SIR HENRY ROWLEY BISHOP (1786 1855), once a very popular figure in English Opera, is now remembered by little save a few songs from his extremely numerous works. One song alone has achieved immortality—Home, Sweet Home, which comes from a work named Clari, produced in 1823.
SIR JULIUS BENEDICT was a German who followed in the steps of Handel by spending a great deal of his life in England. Like Handel, too. he was extremely popular here for nearly fifty years, from 1835 until his death. Earlier in life he had the good luck to impress Weber, who for several years treated him, as Benedict himself said, ' Not only as pupil, but as a son.'
He is remembered now by very few works, chief among them being The Lily of Killarney. The bass air, Rage, thou angry storm, comes from his first English opera, The Gipsy's Warning, which was produced in 1838.
MAVIS BENNETT (Soprano) and Orchestra CHORUS and ORCHESTRA
Choral Fantasia on Benedict's 'The Lily of Killarney
Sir Henry Rowley
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