Alfreda Hodgson

Biography

Born: June 7, 1940; Morecombe, England   Died: April 16, 1992; Morecombe, England  
The tragically short-lived Alfreda Hodgson had become one of England's most-respected mezzo-sopranos, regarded with much affection by many colleagues and conductors who were all inspired by her deep and intuitive musicianship. Her voice was a full mezzo-soprano (or mezzo-contralto) of great warmth, if sometimes one of imperfect steadiness. Her interpretations, however, frequently probed far beneath surface elements to reach a life-altering Read more musical truth. While she occasionally sang in opera, her greatest imprint was made on the concert stage, both in recital and in orchestral performance. Many recordings survive to attest to her stature as a singer. Hodgson received her formal training at the Northern School of Music in Manchester and made her first concert appearance in Liverpool in 1961. Two years later, she made her London debut, after which engagements followed with many of England's principal orchestras. Within the next decade, she traveled to America and Israel, continually expanding her repertory. In 1974, she accepted a contract with the English National Opera and she later sang at Covent Garden (1983), but she principally remained a concert artist. Her interests were wide ranging, from music of the Baroque to scores by contemporary composers. Within Hodgson's recorded legacy are many significant items. Her Das Lied von der Erde with conductor Jascha Horenstein is regarded as among the best ever. Hodgson's heart-piercing poignancy is matched by Horenstein's own in leading the live performance. The mezzo's singing of the alto arias in Robert Shaw's final recording of Messiah was striking, as was her work in an English-language recording of Bach's St. John Passion led by Benjamin Britten. Hodgson recorded Elgar's The Kingdom twice and left a memento of her way with the music of Michael Tippett when she recorded Sosostris' aria under the direction of the composer himself. Other important discs included those devoted to an English-language Bach St. Matthew Passion directed by David Willcocks, madrigals by Monteverdi, and Rossini's Petite messe solonnelle conducted by Laszlo Heltay. Read less

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Biography

Born: June 7, 1940; Morecombe, England   Died: April 16, 1992; Morecombe, England  
The tragically short-lived Alfreda Hodgson had become one of England's most-respected mezzo-sopranos, regarded with much affection by many colleagues and conductors who were all inspired by her deep and intuitive musicianship. Her voice was a full mezzo-soprano (or mezzo-contralto) of great warmth, if sometimes one of imperfect steadiness. Her interpretations, however, frequently probed far beneath surface elements to reach a life-altering Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Prologue (Chorus)
Part I: And it came to pass in those days (Tenor)
Part I: The voice of Thy watchman
Part I: Shofar
Part I: It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord
Part I: And when it was day, He called unto Him His disciples (Tenor)
Part I: Blessed are the poor in spirit (Jesus)
Part I: And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship (Tenor)
Part I: O Lord Almighty, God of Israel (Mary Magdalene)
Part I: This shall ye have of Mine hand (Mary Magdalene)
Part I: When Jesus came into the parts of Cæsarea Philippi (Tenor)
Part I: Thy face, Lord, will I seek (Mary Magdalene)
Part II: Introduction
Part II: And it came to pass that He went throughout every city and village (Tenor)
Part II: Then gathered the chief Priests and Pharisees a council (Tenor and Bass)
Part II: Hail, Master! (Judas)
Part II: Thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth
Part II: Then Judas, which had betrayed Him (Contralto)
Part II: Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? (Judas)
Part II: Truly this was the Son of God (Chorus)
Part II: And very early in the morning they came unto the sepulchre ... (Contralto)
Part II: We trusted that it had been He which should have redeemed Israel
Part I: Introduction
Part I: The Merry Cuckoo
Part I: Spring, the Sweet Spring
Part I: The Driving Boy
Part I: The Morning Star
Part II: Welcome Maids of Honour
Part II: Waters above
Part II: Out on the Lawn I lie in Bed
Part III: When will my May come
Part III: Fair and Fair
Part III: Sound the Flute
Part IV: Finale
I. Russia under the Mongolian Yoke
II. Song about
III. The Crusaders in Pskov
IV. Arise, ye Russian People
V. The Battle on Ice
VI. The Field of the Dead
VII. Alexander's Entry into Pskov
Part I: Jesu Maria - O Lord into Thy hands
Part I: Proficiscere, anima Christiana - through the same, through Christ our Lord
Part II: I went to sleep - and Heaven begun
Part II: But hark, upon my sense comes a fierce hubbub - In all His ways!
Part II: Thy judgement now is near - Amen
Preludio
Feste! Pane! Feste!
E cantan su lor tombe!
L'ora non giunse ancor
Voce di donna ... a te questo rosario
Enzo Grimaldo, Principe di Santafior
Maledici? sta ben
O monumento!
Carneval! Baccanal!
Ho! he! ho! he! Fissa il timone!
Pescator, affonda l'esca
Sia gloria ai canti dei navaganti!
Cielo e mar!
Ma chi vien?...Oh! la sinistra voce!
Laggiù fra le nebbe remote
Stella del marinar!
E un anatema!
Il mio braccia t'afferra!
Sì, morir ella de'!
Là turbini e farnetichi
Qui chiamata m'avete?... Bella così, madonna
La gaia canzone fa l'eco languir
Benvenuti, messeri!
Grazie vi rendo
Dance of the Hours
Vieni! Lasciami! ohimè!
Preludio ... Nessun v'ha visto?
Suicidio!
Ecco il velen di Laura
Ah, il cor mi si ravviva
Ora posso morir
Così mantieni il patto?
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor): Introitus: Requiem aeternam
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor): Kyrie eleison
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor), Sequenz: Dies irae
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor), Sequenz: Tuba mirum
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor), Sequenz: Rex tremendae
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor), Sequenz: Recordare
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor), Sequenz: Confutatis
Mozart: Requiem K. 626 (Mass No. 19 in D Minor), Sequenz: Lacrimosa
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor), Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor), Offertorium: Hostias et preces tibi
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor): Sanctus
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor): Benedictus
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor): Agnus Dei
Requiem K626 (Mass No. 19 in D minor): Communio: Lux aeterna
Overture
Comfort Ye My People
Every Valley Shall Be Exalted
And The Glory Of The Lord
Thus Saith The Lord
But Who May Abide The Day Of His Coming?
And He Shall Purify
Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive
O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion
For, Behold, A Darkness Shall Cover The Earth
The People That Walked In Darkness
For Unto Us A Child Is Born
Pastoral Symphony
There Were Shepherds Abiding In The Field
And The Angel Said Unto Them
And Suddenly There Was With The Angel
Glory To God
Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion
Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind Be Opened
He Shall Feed His Flock Like A Shepherd
His Yoke Is Easy, And His Burthen Is Light
Behold The Lamb Of God
He Was Despised
But Thanks Be To God
If God Be For Us, Who Can Be Against Us?
Worthy Is The Lamb
Coronation Ode, Op.44 (1987 - Remaster): I. Crown the King
Coronation Ode, Op.44 (1987 - Remaster): IIa. The Queen
Coronation Ode, Op.44 (1987 - Remaster): IIb. Daughter of ancient Kings
Coronation Ode, Op.44 (1987 - Remaster): III. Britain, ask of thyself
Coronation Ode, Op.44 (1987 - Remaster): IV. Hark, upon the hallowed air...Only let the heart be pure
Coronation Ode, Op.44 (1987 - Remaster): V. Peace, gentle Peace
Coronation Ode, Op.44 (1987 - Remaster): VI. Land of hope and glory
"Sire, Lord and Master"
"Jesus Went With His Disciples"
"O generous Love!"
"So That the Word Might Be Fulfilled"
"Thy Will Be Done, O God Of Love"
"The Band Then, Together With the Captain"
"To Release Me From the Prison"
"Simon Peter Also Followed Jesus From Afar"
"I'll Follow Thee Also"
"Now That Same Disciple Was Known Unto the High Priest"
"Ah, Who Would Dare To Smite Thee?"
"Now Annas Sent Him Bound Unto the High Priest"
"Ah! Take Flight"
"Peter, Who Denied His Lord"
"Christ, Who Gave Us Life and Light"
"Then Led They Jesus From Caiaphas To the Judgement"
"Ah, King Of Heaven"
"And Pilate Said Unto Him"
"Look Yonder, O My Soul"
"Consider, How His Body"
"And When the Soldiers Had Plaited a Crown Of Thorns"
"Thy Bonds, O Christ, Have Set Us Free"
"But the Jews Cried Out and Said"
"Haste, Ye Souls Forlorn and Weary"
"And There Crucified They Him"
"Within My Heart, O Saviour"
"And Then Did the Soldiers"
"When His Life Had Reached Its End"
"And From That Hour He Took Her Unto His Own Home"
"The End Is Nigh"
"My Dearest Saviour, Wilt Thou Answer?"
"And Then Behold, the Veil Of the Temple Was Rent"
"My Heart, Behold How All the World"
"With Torrents Of Weeping"
"The Jews Therefore, Because It Was the Preparation"
"Help Us, Son Of God Most High"
"And After This, Joseph Of Arimethea"
"Farewell, O Weary, Broken Body"
"Lord Jesus, When We Come To Die"
Part I: Introduction
Part I: The Merry Cuckoo
Part I: Spring, the Sweet Spring
Part I: The Driving Boy
Part I: The Morning Star
Part II: Welcome Maids of Honour
Part II: Water above
Part II: Out on the Lawn I lie in Bed
Part III: When will my May come
Part III: Fair and Fair
Part III: Sound the Flute
Part IV: Finale


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