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Bantock: Sappho and Sapphic Poem


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  • Performer: Susan Bickley, Julian Lloyd Webber
  • Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Composer: Sir Granville Bantock
  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZYH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prelude
2. Hymn to Aphrodite
3. ' I Loved Thee Once, Atthis, Long Ago'
4. Evening Song
5. ' Stand Face to Face, Friend'
6. ' the Moon Has Set'
7. ' Peer of Gods He Seems'
8. ' in a Dream, I Spake'
9. Bridal Song
10. ' Muse of Golden Throne'
11. Sapphic Poem for Cello and Orchestra - Julian Lloyd Webber

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Post Mortem Books on 8 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
Chris Todhunter reviews this music perfectly and I can only echo every single word he says. If you thought Bantock was some kind of second-rate British composer of the early 20th century and this was going to be a turgid old pot-boiler you are about to be astonished at the foolishness of your preconceptions.
Tod Handley handles the RPO ravishingly and Susan Bickley is just absolutely stunningly perfect with each word clearly and lovingly audible.
Take the prologue for example: A quiet, deceptive beginning but about half-way through Bantock (and Handley's RPO) unleash an astonishing climax that lifts the listener off the seat. From then on right to the end, over 60 minutes later, you are transfixed to the exotic miasma of sound that emanates from the speakers.
It is an emotional journey of epic proportions. Bantock's "Das Lied Von der Erde"? Yes...and more so.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Pluck on 29 Dec 2012
Format: Audio CD
Sir Granville Bantock, though not a household name, was a composer much admired by Sibelius, Elgar and Sir Thomas Beecham; in fact he was the dedicatee of Sibelius 3rd, Symphony.

In the period 1898 to 1905, Bantock wrote 4 song cycles, of which Sappho was the final one. Sappho was a Greek Lyric poet, born on the Island of Lesbos around 620 BC and only one complete poem: Hymn to Aphrodite remains. There is also a significant fragment "Peer of the gods he seems.", the rest of the poems exist only as odd lines. Bantock's wife, a competent Poet acted as Librettist and skillfully arranged, edited and supplemented those poems where only a few lines existed.

The Song Cycle (which has Susan Bickley as the Mezzo-soprano, lasts around an hour) comprises:

Prelude - Completely orchestral. Opening with a harp evocative of Sappho with her lyre and contains the most wonderful, sustained climax;this contains elements which appear again in the Songs.
Hymn to Aphrodite - probably the pick of the songs - Bickley's rendition and diction are superb.
I loved thee once Atthis, long ago
An Evening Song
Stand Face to Face, Friend
The Moon Has Set - an excellent song, with full orchestration, reminiscent of the prelude.
Peer of the Gods he seems - opens with a wonderful understated fanfare.
In a dream, I spake.
Bridal Song, this serves to showcase Susan Bickley's range and talent.
Muse of the Golden Throne.

All the words are in English from the original translations by Henry Thorton Wharton and Susan Bickley's performance is outstanding, supported by a wonderful recording.

As a bonus the disc contains the eleven minute Sapphic poem for cello and orchestra, with Julian Lyoyd Webber as the soloist.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. J. SHIELDS on 2 April 2008
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This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have heard. Bantock combines the melodic invention and grace of Tchaikovsky with the wistful Englishness of Delius or Vaughan Williams. Mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley is ravishing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The singing strad on 11 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
Hyperion's Bantock series is one of the jewels in thier crown and this CD is possibly the best of all. Bickley is marvellous in Sappho with every word beautifully enunciated and Julian Lloyd Webber gets right under the skin of Bantock's style in the superb Sapphic Poem for cello and orchestra. Vernon Handley conducts with his usual masterly flair.
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