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Dyson: Canterbury Pilgrims (At The Tabard Inn) (Chandos: CHAN 241-43) (Yvonne Kenny/ Robert Tear/ Stephen Roberts/ London Symphony Chorus/ London Symphony Orchestra/ Richard Hickox) [Double CD]

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  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Composer: George Dyson
  • Audio CD (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0085AXUKY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. At the Tabard InnLondon Symphony Orchestra11:50Album Only
Listen  2. The Canterbury Pilgrims: I. Prologue -Yvonne Kenny0:520.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Canterbury Pilgrims: I. Prologue [figure 2]Yvonne Kenny10:07Album Only
Listen  4. The Canterbury Pilgrims: II. The KnightYvonne Kenny 4:500.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Canterbury Pilgrims: III. The SquireYvonne Kenny 2:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Canterbury Pilgrims: IV. The NunYvonne Kenny 9:10Album Only
Listen  7. The Canterbury Pilgrims: V. The MonkYvonne Kenny 4:550.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Canterbury Pilgrims: VI. The Clerk of OxenfordYvonne Kenny 6:060.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Canterbury Pilgrims: VII. The Haberdasher and his Fraternity. The MerchantYvonne Kenny 6:320.59  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Canterbury Pilgrims: VIII. The Sergeant Of The Law. The FranklinYvonne Kenny 8:23Album Only
Listen  2. The Canterbury Pilgrims: IX. The ShipmanYvonne Kenny 4:560.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Canterbury Pilgrims: X. The Doctor of PhysicYvonne Kenny 6:180.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Canterbury Pilgrims: XI. The Wife of BathYvonne Kenny 4:370.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Canterbury Pilgrims: XII. The Poor Parson of a TownYvonne Kenny10:11Album Only
Listen  6. The Canterbury Pilgrims: XIII. L'EnvoiYvonne Kenny11:02Album Only
Listen  7. In Honour of the CityLondon Symphony Chorus15:10Album Only

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This re-release of The Canterbury Pilgrims forms part of the new Hickox Legacy commemorative series on Chandos Records, leading up to (and continuing beyond) the fifth anniversary, in Nov 2013, of the conductor's untimely death. The two-disc set is issued on the Chandos 241 label for the price of 1 CD.

The pioneering account of The Canterbury Pilgrims, a colourful but neglected work by Sir George Dyson, brilliantly depicts assorted characters from the prologues of Chaucers famous Canterbury Tales, while highlighting key aspects of Hickoxs recorded legacy: the championing of neglected repertoire in general, and British repertoire in particular, as well as his special affinity with choral music.

Dyson described The Canterbury Pilgrims as a work for chorus, orchestra and three soloists, placing the emphasis firmly on the chorus appropriate, as the work gets much of its momentum and swagger from the dramatic and highly effective choral writing. In fact, the practical needs of the English choral movement lay at the very heart of this work. Dyson had been troubled by the fact that music of the past was exercising an increasing domination of the concert repertoire, and recognised that major English works such as Vaughan Williamss A Sea Symphony and Deliuss A Mass of Life were beyond most choral societies. The music that sprang from these concerns was uncomplicated, vivacious, and tuneful, and not surprisingly it proved an instant success with many choral societies.

When first released, this recording was well received by BBC Music Magazine, which wrote: Chaucers amusingly ironic depictions and Dysons memorable tunes and imaginative orchestration are a winning combination. If you like Gerontius, Vaughan Williams and Ireland, youll like Dyson. Go out and buy this disc *****.

Gramophone echoed the sentiment, particularly commenting on the quality of the sound: This is a very fine recording Every layer in the texture is exceptionally well defined and integrated, which is no mean feat when such elaborate forces soloists, choir, and orchestra are involved

Product Description

Yvonne Kenny, soprano - Robert Tear, ténor - Stephen Roberts, baryton - London Symphony Chorus - London Symphony Orchestra - Richard Hickox, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars And smale foweles maken melodye (Take Two) 12 July 2012
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This review is a duplicate of my review of this recording in its Audio CD format but having purchased and listened to the music on this recording in both formats I am confident my comments apply to this MP3 version as well as the Audio CDs:-

Back in 1930 there was still a demand for well crafted tuneful music and George Dyson, a distinguished teacher of music at the very highest level, certainly met that demand in this rich, warm choral and orchestral evocation of Geoffrey Chaucer's pilgrims. This setting of much of the General Prologue is for tenor, baritone and soprano soloists, full orchestra and large choir. The recording of the Canterbury Pilgrims, which is an extended work running to 90 minutes, is supplemented by the later (1943) orchestral Overture "At The Tabard Inn" and the 15 minute choral setting of a poem by William Dunbar called "In Honour of the City" (the city in question being London).

It is however the great 13 part "Canterbury Pilgrims", a musical setting of one of the early masterpieces of English poetry, which will most interest Amazon customers. There are 11 musical portraits of perhaps the most richly drawn of Chaucer's characters: the Knight, the Squire, the Nun, the Monk, the Clerke of Oxenforde, The London Livery Company men/merchants, the Franklin, the Shipman, the Doctor of Physicke, the Wife of Bath and finally the Poor Parson of a Towne. Each individual portrait has its own merits but it is fair to say that the music for the Clerke of Oxenforde and the Poor Parson is the most beautiful melodically and both pieces have become firm favourites of mine. Other reviewers have rightly written of the beauty of the music of the Poor Parson but I would like to add that the music written for the clerke is almost as noble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome emergence from obscurity 22 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD
There are some CDs you buy on a whim, a purchase dictated sometimes by a desire to discover an unfamiliar work or composer, sometimes by the performing forces involved and sometimes, I'm slightly embarrassed to admit, by the CD cover!

All three elements played a role in this particular purchase, but what a great discovery this has been of a work which undoubtedly deserves to be better known and, moreover, performed more frequently.

Until his recent "rediscovery", the traditional, optimistic music of Sir George Dyson had suffered almost total neglect during the latter half of the twentieth century, when it was seen as being out of tune with the times.

The main work on this two-disc set, "The Canterbury Pilgrims", was first performed in 1930 with a trio of distinguished soloists including the soprano Isobel Baillie. The work sprang from a deep conviction on the part of the composer as to the practical needs of the English choral movement which had, he felt, an over-reliance on the music of the past. The work remained popular throughout the 30s and 40s and it is surprising that it fell so far from favour, given its endless stream of uncomplicated, vivacious and tuneful music which is both warm and direct in its appeal. Dyson depicts the various pilgrims with flair and wit; his musical portrait of the Poor Parson is especially effective.

The recording, which had been preceded by a concert revival at the Barbican, was made in 1996. The work is lovingly conducted by the late Richard Hickox, that great champion of British music. The three soloists all do very well on the whole. Yvonne Kenny has a lovely soprano voice, even if I do not find her quite as verbally acute as her male colleagues.
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