Holst: The Perfect Fool | Lyrita REAM1143

Holst: The Perfect Fool

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Label: Lyrita

Cat No: REAM1143

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 3rd September 2021

Contents

Artists

Richard Golding (bass)
Pamela Bowden (contralto)
Walter Plinge (voice)
Margaret Neville (soprano)
John Mitchinson (tenor)
David Read (bass)
Ronald Harvi (voice)
Alison Hargan (soprano)
Barbara Platt (soprano)
Lesley Rooke (soprano)
George Hagan (narrator)
BBC Northern Singers
BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Charles Groves

Works

Holst, Gustav

The Perfect Fool, op.39

Artists

Richard Golding (bass)
Pamela Bowden (contralto)
Walter Plinge (voice)
Margaret Neville (soprano)
John Mitchinson (tenor)
David Read (bass)
Ronald Harvi (voice)
Alison Hargan (soprano)
Barbara Platt (soprano)
Lesley Rooke (soprano)
George Hagan (narrator)
BBC Northern Singers
BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Charles Groves

About

The opera opens with a Wizard working his mystical ways and summoning the spirits of air, fire and water in the form of a brilliant ballet. His plan is to wed the Princess who is destined to select a husband that very day. An older Mother enters with a drowsy sleep-prone son in tow. The Mother is obsessed with a prophecy her son will woo and win the Princess. There is an elixir of course and once drained the man who does so will be loved by the Princess. The Wizard tries some of this on the Princess. The Mother has already switched it for pure water while administering the elixir to her yawning son. The Wizard flies into a fury promising to bring death and destruction on everyone. He departs. A troubadour and a wanderer have appeared and pay songful court to the Princess which she is having none of. When the Princess sees the Fool she falls in love with him and asks him to marry her. He answers with the word ‘No’ but the whole scenario leaves you wondering about their future. The Wizard returns with his horrors but after some stern and encouraging words from the Mother all the Wizard’s fell crew are burnt to a crisp.

Cast:
- The Wizard: Richard Golding (bass)
- The Mother: Pamela Bowden (contralto)
- Her son, The Fool: Walter Plinge (speaking part)
- The Princess: Margaret Neville (soprano)
- The Troubadour: John Mitchinson (tenor)
- The Traveller: David Read (bass)
- A Peasant: Ronald Harvi (speaking part)
- Three girls: Alison Hargan (soprano), Barbara Platt (soprano), Lesley Rooke (soprano)
- Narrator George Hagan

Produced by Lionel Salter

A BBC studio recording, broadcast on 7 May 1967

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