Within a Dream: A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox | Chandos CHAN105682

Within a Dream: A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN105682

Barcode: 0095115156827

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 27th September 2009



City of London Sinfonia
Collegium Musicum 90


Richard Hickox


Arnold, Malcolm

Symphony no.1, op.22
» I. Allegro

Bridge, Frank

The Sea
» I. Seascape

Britten, Benjamin

Albert Herring, op.39
» Come along, darling
Peter Grimes, op.33
» Grimes!
War Requiem, op.66
» Libera me

Dvorak, Antonin

Rusalka, op.114
» Mesicku na nebi hlubokem (Song to the Moon) (Act 1)

Elgar, Edward

Symphony no.1 in A flat major, op.55
» IV. Lento - Allegro
The Dream of Gerontius, op.38
» Praise to his Name! - Take me away

Grainger, Percy

Molly on the Shore

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Symphony no.102 in B flat major, Hob.I:102
» IV. Finale: Presto

Holst, Gustav

The Perfect Fool, op.39
» Dance of Spirits of Fire: Allegro moderato - Andante

Hummel, Johann Nepomuk

Mass in D major, op.111
» Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo

Lloyd Webber, William


Mendelssohn, Felix

Elijah, op.70
» O Rest in the Lord

Stanford, Charles Villiers

Songs of the Sea (5), op.91
» The 'Old Superb'

Tavener, John

We shall see Him as He is

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Symphony no.2 'A London Symphony'
» I. Lento - Allegro risoluto
The Pilgrim's Progress
» The Pilgrim in Prison

Verdi, Giuseppe

Requiem (Messa da Requiem)
» Tuba Mirum


City of London Sinfonia
Collegium Musicum 90


Richard Hickox


The premature death of Richard Hickox on 23 November, 2008, at the age of just 60, deprived the musical world of one of its greatest conductors. The depth and breadth of his musical achievements were astonishing, not least in his remarkable work on behalf of British composers.  

Richard had a long and deeply fulfilling relationship with Chandos that enabled him to realise his artistic vision. His recorded legacy remains as a testament to his musical ability, and the excerpts on this two-CD set have been chosen to capture all aspects of his art.

It was difficult to know what to leave out, as Richard seemed never to make a poor recording. However, here we have some of his greatest achievements, from the original recording of Vaughan Williams’ A London Symphony to the poignant setting of Delius’ Songs of Sunset from which the title of this celebration – Within a Dream – is taken. In between, there are excerpts from Britten operas, from the Grainger, Arnold and Holst series as well as much beyond British music, including Mendelssohn, Menotti, Hummel and Beethoven.

The breadth and depth of Richard Hickox’s achievements were astonishing, as this brief selection of his music-making demonstrates. Through these recordings we can continue to marvel at the consistently high level of his interpretations, whilst wondering what more he could have achieved had he lived to eighty.

Chandos will donate the royalties from all sales of this disc to The Richard Hickox Foundation, supporting those causes about which Richard felt passionately, including British composers, support for young conductors and singers and the performance of British music outside the UK. 

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