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Lloyd: The Vigil Of Venus / Lloyd, James, Booth

Release Date: 10/24/1995 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 170   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Lloyd
Performer:  Carolyn JamesThomas Booth
Conductor:  George Lloyd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera ChorusWelsh National Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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"George Lloyd’s The Vigil of Venus is a highly exuberant choral piece which has much in common spirit with Orff’s Carmina Burana; however, this work is solely concerned with the thrusting rebirth of spring, and the joys of physical love which take over in nature – and entice human beings too – during that season. The racy and explicit Latin text belongs to the later literature of the Roman Empire. Celebrating the festival of Venus, it is uninhibitedly, pantheistically sensual and one can feel the composer revelling in the advice of its constantly repeated refrain: “Now learn ye to love who loved never – now ye who have loved,
Read more love anew!”. The music is as varied as it is potent, and its style is unashamedly eclectic, drawing on all kinds of sources: there are ecstatic Delian choral swathes and a scherzando movement (track 3) that opens in a similar manner to Act 2 of La boheme, and has similar energy. The performance has great intensity and a bubbling spontaneity ...As for the music, it flows with an unquenchable lyrical impulse..."
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Vigil of Venus by George Lloyd
Performer:  Carolyn James (Soprano), Thomas Booth (Tenor)
Conductor:  George Lloyd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; England 
Length: 77 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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