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Lloyd: John Socman (Highlights) / Lloyd, Philharmonia Orch


Release Date: 08/10/1995 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 131   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Lloyd
Performer:  Malcolm RiversJanice WatsonMichael GeorgeThomas Booth,   ... 
Conductor:  George Lloyd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraLondon Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The original early-Fifties Carl Rosa production of John Socman was so ineptly handled that Lloyd was put off opera entirely for 18 years. Thanks to Albany, he can now show us how he intended it to be. Alas, funds only permitted the recording of highlights and some important scenes are missing (sponsorship might permit completion). However, the 79 minutes of music here demonstrate Lloyd’s impressive operatic skills (much advanced since the early Iernin, despite a few less-inspired moments), particularly his strength in conveying meaning and character through the vocal line as well as through the orchestra. The opera is set in medieval Wiltshire after Agincourt. Ageing Socman is bent on seducing the young Sybil away from her archer lover Read more Richard and threatens to have her father burnt for heresy if she will not marry him. David Wilson-Johnson is excellent in the title role, gently pleading, then becoming almost Scarpia-like in his malevolence. His long Act II duet with Janice Watson, a fine, assertive Sybil, is an expressive tour de force. Thomas Booth’s Richard is strong and confident. Lloyd, as conductor, secures colourful and committed contributions from all his singers and the Philharmonia is in good form.

-- Ian Lace, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
John Socman: Act 1, scene 1 by George Lloyd
Performer:  Malcolm Rivers (Baritone), Janice Watson (Soprano), Michael George (Bass),
Thomas Booth (Tenor)
Conductor:  George Lloyd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
Length: 23 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
John Socman: Act 1, scene 2 by George Lloyd
Performer:  Michael George (Bass), Janice Watson (Soprano), Diana Montague (Soprano),
Malcolm Rivers (Baritone), Thomas Booth (Tenor)
Conductor:  George Lloyd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
Length: 14 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
John Socman: Act 2, scene 1 by George Lloyd
Performer:  Janice Watson (Soprano), David Wilson-Johnson (Bass)
Conductor:  George Lloyd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
Length: 20 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
John Socman: Act 3 by George Lloyd
Performer:  Janice Watson (Soprano), Michael George (Bass), Malcolm Rivers (Baritone),
Diana Montague (Soprano), David Wilson-Johnson (Bass), Thomas Booth (Tenor)
Conductor:  George Lloyd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
Length: 20 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 

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