The Station Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
The Woodland Sketches are among the happiest tokens of MacDowell's affection for the countryside. In these pieces we hear how his imagination responded to the legends and folklore of Europe (he spent some years in study and teaching in Germany) and to the beauties of the woodlands of his native America.
The titles of the complete set of pieces are:
(1) To a Wild Rose; (2) Will o' the Wisp; (3) At an Old Trysting Place; (4) In Autumn; (5) from an Indian Lodge; (6) To a Water Lily; (7) From Uncle Remus; (8) A Deserted Farm; (9) By a Meadow Brook; (10) Told at Sunset.
Spanish Dance rhythms have attracted most Russian Composers at some time. This Caprice consists of a string of short Movements in various Spanish styles, which follow one another without pause.
The first is an Alborada, or morning greeting - a vigorous 'waking-up' piece.
Next we have a tiny set of Variations on a theme. Then the Alborada is repeated, with varied orchestration.
A Scene and Gipsy Song follows, the Song rising in intensity, and then, without a pause, the music breaks into the last dance - a Fandango. This was originally an Andalusian dance to the accompaniment of Guitar and Castanets. The Coda is a reminiscence of the opening Alborada.
The Station Orchestra
A Picaresque by Vincent Thomas.
Annie Rees (Soprano), Dilys Jones (Contralto), Walter Glynne (Tenor), Topliss Green (Baritone)
The Station Repertory Choir
The Augmented Station Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
Alsatia was the name given to the Whitefriars district in London, East of the Temple, and between Fleet Street and the Thames.
From the 13th to the 17th Century a Carmelite Monastery stood in the area.
The privilege of sanctuary at the Monastery was so much abused that an attempt was made to curtail it and to make it apply to cases of debt only; murderers, cheats, thieves, highwaymen and forgers congregated there, however, and none dated enter Alsatia in the name of the law without the protection of a full company of musketeers. The rebels very often organized themselves under leaders who took high-sounding titles, and their followers made merry' with wine and song.
Opening Chorus, 'The Land of Alsatia'
Song (Baritone) and Chorus, ' The Clank of the Can'
Ballad (Soprano), 'In days long ago'
Quartet, 'Since you are you and I am'
Song (Baritone) and Quartet, 'A Welcome to Alsatia'
Song (Tenor) and Chorus, 'Light come, light go'
Chorus, 'By Spigot and Barrel'
Song (Mezzo) and Chorus, 'Special Pleading'
Ensemble (Principals and Chorus), 'The Right Divine'
May-Day Chorus, 'How bright was May-day then'
The Maypole Dance (Orchestral) Chorus. 'Till the Sun goes down'
Song (Mezzo) and Chorus, 'Where the Dreamers lie'
Song (Soprano), 'Wind on the Heath'
Song (Baritone), Chorus and Dance, 'The looks of these Young'
Ensemble (Principals and Chorus), 'Back to London Town'
Nocturne (Tenor), 'Sleep on and dream of Heaven awhile'
Bacchanalian Chorus and Dance, 'Oh yes, he's dead'
Finale (Principals and Chorus), 'Good Fortune'
The Station Repertory
The Augmented Station
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