Title: Hugh The Drover
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Vaughan Williams, Ralph. I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. Mary (soprano) Aunt Jane (mezzo-soprano) Hugh the drover (tenor) John the butcher (baritone) Sergeant (baritone) Constable (bass) A cheap-jack (tenor) Shellfish seller (bass) Primrose seller (soprano) Showman (baritone) Ballad seller (tenor) Susan (soprano) Nancy (mezzo-soprano) William (tenor) Robert (baritone) Turnkey (tenor) Fool (tenor) Innkeeper (baritone).
Conductor, Primary Artist. Ralph Vaughan Williams. Composer, Conductor, Primary Artist.
LyricsHugh the Drover: Tuesda. alph Vaughan Williams, Mary Lewis, Trefor Jones, William Anderson, Frederic Collier, British National Opera Company Chorus, Sir Malcolm Sargent.
Richmond found Harold Child, a Times leader-writer, and some weeks later Vaughan Williams wrote him a long letter† warning him that, ‘if our scheme ever comes to anything I see hardly any chance of an opera by an English composer ever being produced, at all events in our lifetime’, a forecast that happily proved incorrect – though in 1910 it must have seemed. At the first professional performance at His Majesty’s on 14 July, Tudor Davies sang Hugh, Mary Lewis (an American soprano) was Mary, and Constance Willis was Aunt Jane. The conductor was the Malcolm Sargent.
Vaughan Williams: Hugh the Drover. CAST: HUGH THE DROVER, a wandering collector of horses for His Majesty's cavalry during the late conflict with Old Boney - Bonaventura Bottone (tenor) MARY, daughter of the Constable of the Cotswolds town of Cotsall, unhappily betrothed to John - Rebecca Evans (soprano) JOHN, butcher to the Town of Cotsall, a course, grasping bully, a brawler and the local boxing champion - Alan Opie (baritone).
Hugh the Drover (or Love in the Stocks) is an opera in two acts by Ralph Vaughan Williams to an original English libretto by Harold Child. The work has set numbers with recitatives. It has been described as a modern example of a ballad opera.
1. Hugh the Drover: Act I, VIII. Horse-hoofs, horse-hoofs, thunder down the valleys. 2. Hugh the Drover: Act II, II. Gaily I go to die. 04:20. 3. Hugh the Drover: Act I, XIII. Are you ready? Go! 03:19. 4. Hugh the Drover: Act I, III. As I was a-walking. 5. Hugh the Drover: Act II, XI. Oh! the sky shall be our roof. 6. Hugh the Drover: Act I, XII. Yes, I! 06:23. 7.
Sargent's debut recording was Vaughan Williams's Hugh the Drover, in 1924, for His Master's Voice, with singers from the British National Opera Company, with whom he was then performing the work on tour Royal Albert Hall, an early recording venue for Sargent. The sources for this discography are primarily The Gramophone, 1924 onwards; the discography published in Sir Malcolm Sargent: a tribute. London: Daily Mirror Newspapers, and A Gilbert and Sullivan Discography. The following abbreviations are used in this list. Hugh the Drover: Mary Lewis, Constance Willis, Nellie Walker, Tudor Davies, Frederick Collier, Peter Dawson, William Anderson, chorus and orchestra, HMV, 1924. The Lark Ascending: Isolde Menges, Orchestra, HMV, 1930.
Hugh the Drover: Love Duet. By Ralph Vaughan Williams - Sir Malcolm Sargent & British National Opera Orchestra. By Sir Edward Elgar - Sir Malcolm Sargent & Royal Choral Society.
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- Composed By – Vaughan Williams*
- Conductor – Malcolm Sargent*
- Liner Notes – Michael Kennedy
- Vocals – Constance Willis, Frederic Collier, Janet Powell , Keith Falkner, Mary Lewis , Nellie Walker, Peter Dawson, Robert Gwynne, Trefor Jones , Tudor Davies, William Anderson , William Michael