Richard Hale

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Biography

Born: November 16, 1892; Rogersville, TN   Died: May 18, 1981; Northridge, CA  
A participant in one of the most famous classical music recordings of all time, American baritone Richard Hale made a considerable reputation in opera, recital, and concert work. Well-schooled as both singer and actor, he was involved in the American premieres of several important works before devoting himself increasingly to the legitimate stage. In later life, he became a respected motion picture actor.

As a student at Columbia
Read more University, Hale pursued musical training along with his academic studies. In 1921, he made a successful concert debut at Aeolian Hall, attracting the attention of critics and managers alike. Admired for "the exceptional volume and richness" of his voice, he embarked on an equally fruitful recital tour of the United States. On the concert stage, he won further praise for his interpretive skills and "winning stage presence."

Hale's histrionic gifts brought engagements for a series of American premieres, including Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Stravinsky's Les Noces. Opera appearances in New York and Cincinnati included the title role in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. In 1927-1928, Hale participated in a touring production of Deems Taylor's The King's Henchman, then a popular before its fall into obscurity. During the early stages of his career, Hale was a charismatic presence with many leading orchestras in America and Western Europe.

During the 1930s, Hale turned increasingly to appearances as a straight actor, joining the casts of such productions as Green Grow the Lilacs and Goin' Home. As his singing career drew to a close, Hale turned to the Hollywood movie studios and, later, television work, where he enjoyed a new career as a character actor. Among his most notable roles in film were Nathan Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird, Purdy in Friendly Persuasion, Perigore in Scaramouche, and Tamanny in Knickerbocker Holiday. In the field of television, Hale is remembered for multiple appearances on such series programs as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Tales of Wells Fargo, Maverick, Perry Mason, and Rawhide. Hale's appearance as narrator in the legendary Koussevitzky/Boston Symphony Orchestra recording of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf made his a familiar voice in thousands of American households. Read less
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    Handel: Messiah / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434297 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Saul Quirke,  Charles Brett,  Richard Hale,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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Biography

Born: November 16, 1892; Rogersville, TN   Died: May 18, 1981; Northridge, CA  
A participant in one of the most famous classical music recordings of all time, American baritone Richard Hale made a considerable reputation in opera, recital, and concert work. Well-schooled as both singer and actor, he was involved in the American premieres of several important works before devoting himself increasingly to the legitimate stage. In later life, he became a respected motion picture actor.

As a student at Columbia
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
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Symphony
1. Accompagnato: Comfort ye, My people
2. Air: Ev'ry Valley shall be exalted
3. Chorus: And the glory of the Lord
4. Accompagnato: Thus saith the Lord
5. Air: "But who may abide the day of his coming"
6. Chorus: And He shall purify the sons of Levi
7. Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive
8. Air - 9. Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings
10. Accompagnato: For behold, darkness shall cover
11. Air: The people that walked in darkness
12. Chorus: "For unto us a Child is born"
13. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
14. Recitative: There were shepherds - Accompagnato: And lo, the angel of the Lord - Recitative: And the angel said unto them - Accompagnato: And suddenly
15. Chorus: Glory to God in the highest
16. Air: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion
17a. Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind
18a. Duet: He shall feed his flock
19. Chorus: His yoke is easy
20. Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God
21. Air: He was despised
22. Chorus: Surely He hath borne our griefs
23. Chorus: And with His stripes we are healed
24. Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astray
25. Accompagnato: All they that see Him
26. Chorus: He trusted in God
27. Accompagnato: Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
28. Arioso: Behold and see
29. Accompagnato: He was cut off
30. Aria: But thou didst not leave
31. Chorus: Lift up your heads
32. Recitative: Unto which of the angels
33. Chorus: Let all the angels of God
34a. Air: "Thou art gone up on high"
35. Chorus: The Lord gave the word
36. Air: How beautiful are the feet
37a. Chorus: Their sound is gone out
38. Air: Why do the nations
39. Chorus: Let us break their bonds asunder
40. Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven
41. Air: Thou shalt break them
"Hallelujah"
43. Air: I know that my Redeemer liveth
44. Chorus: Since by man came death
45. Accompagnato: Behold, I tell you a mystery
46. Air: The trumpet shall sound
47. Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass
48. Duet: O death where is thy sting?
49. Chorus: But thanks be to God
50. Air: If God be for us
51. Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb... Amen