Walton - The Bear
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Label: Chandos - Classics
Cat No: CHAN10947X
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th July 2017
ArtistsDella Jones (mezzo-soprano)
Alan Opie (baritone)
John Shirley-Quirk (bass)
So second time round Walton was taking no chances: everything in The Bear is on a modest scale: a chamber opera in one act, for three singers only, no chorus, and the orchestra is chamber-sized, with a small number of strings (originally solo players).
Not only did this specific recording bring the piece to fame but it also proved a revelatory disc for the soloists, Della Jones, Alan Opie, and John Shirley-Quirk, who would go on to become multi-award-winning soloists and whose achievements in British music would become increasingly successful.
Richly endowed with musical qualities, Richard Hickox was a great champion of neglected music in general, and of British music in particular. His sudden death in November 2008 robbed the world of a most vital, industrious, and energising musician, whose discographical legacy remains a treasure trove of the record catalogue. With the Richard Hickox Legacy we wish to express our gratitude to and appreciation of this great musical artist.
- Popova: Della Jones (mezzo-soprano)
- Smirnov: Alan Opie (baritone)
- Luka: John Shirley-Quirk (bass)
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