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Lloyd: Iernin / Lloyd, Hill-smith, Powell, Pogson, Et Al

Release Date: 09/27/1994 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 121/23   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Lloyd
Performer:  Marilyn Hill SmithGeoffrey PogsonHenry HerfordMalcolm Rivers,   ... 
Conductor:  George Lloyd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert OrchestraBBC Singers
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Iernin, one of three operas written by the British composer George Lloyd, was written between July 1933 and June 1934. It was first performed at the Pavilion, Penzance, during the week of November 5-10, 1934. Subsequently it ran for a short season at the Lyceum, London, during June 1935. This recording is taken from a BBC broadcast. Performers include Geoffrey Pogson, Henry Herford, Malcolm Rivers, Jonathon Robarts, Jeremy White, Stephen Jackson, Marilyn Hill Smith, Claire Powell, Marion Fiddick, Kate Lock and Hedley Goodall. The BBC Concert Orchestra and Singers were conducted by George Lloyd. The story takes place in West Penwith in Cornwall around 950 A.D. and is based on characters from the Celtic Faery World.


"The work has an interesting history. It originated from a late-night conversation his father had with a friend on their return from a visit to Covent Garden. Opera in England and English opera were both found wanting. The friend, Penzance's indefatigable amateur impresario, Walter Barnes, proposed a school of Cornish opera: ''You write it, I'll put it on''. Four days later the father came up with a libretto, and George began to wander the moors around Zennor. Within a year the opera was complete, the friend was as good as his word, and by the happiest of chances Frank Howes, The Times's critic, taking his holidays in Cornwall, attended the premiere and loved it. A London season followed in 1935, playing to enthusiastic houses and defeated only by the heat-wave which emptied the theatres that summer. The recording was made in 1985 from a broadcast which went out the following year. Its producer, Chris de Souza, conducts an excellent interview with the composer on the final track of the third disc." - THE GRAMOPHONE
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Works on This Recording

Iernin by George Lloyd
Performer:  Marilyn Hill Smith (Soprano), Geoffrey Pogson (Tenor), Henry Herford (Baritone),
Malcolm Rivers (Baritone), Claire Powell (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  George Lloyd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra,  BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1934; England 
Language: English 

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