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Lambert: Tiresias, Pomona / Lloyd-jones, English Northern Po


Release Date: 04/13/1999 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67049   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Constant Lambert
Performer:  Michael Cleaver
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Constant Lambert was a prominent figure on the British music scene during his short life, but his work is little known today. This welcome release resurrects two ballet scores--a genre he specialized in--from opposite ends of Lambert's career. 'Pomona' is a neo-classical romp featuring the Roman goddess of fruits. Pastoral moods are combined with Baroque dance forms and rhythms, less irreverently than in much of the music of 'Les Six' but with a clear affinity to Poulenc and Milhaud in particular. The score's piquant charm is heightened by the refined orchestration, with chamber-music textures, solo winds, and muted strings.
'Tiresias' was Lambert's final work, and is far more ambitious. An odd story for a ballet: Tiresias changes sex
Read more twice (after impulsively attacking a snake), is blinded by Hera, and given the gift of prophecy by Zeus. Again, the orchestration is distinctive, here omitting high strings entirely and favoring a battery of percussion, vigorous brass, and a solo piano. Lasting nearly an hour, it may be a bit too prolonged, but it's a fascinating score and, like 'Pomona,' well worth getting to know--especially in these superb performances under David Lloyd-Jones, which capture the eccentricity and the element of pastiche that are essential to Lambert's music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pomona by Constant Lambert
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Tiresias by Constant Lambert
Performer:  Michael Cleaver (Piano)
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 54 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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