CONSTANT LAMBERT (1905-1951): Summer's Last Will and Testament, The Rio Grande, Aubade Héroïque.
Catalogue Number: 09N052
Reference: CDH 55388
Description: Setting an Elizabethan text, Summer's subject is death and plague and this 53-minute work of almost unrelieved melancholy and gloom is one of the most forgotten masterpieces of English music with its string of orchestral and choral-orchestral movements leading up to the Lisztian Rondo Burlesca (King Pest), suggested by the Poe short story and the final, inexorable, dissipating Sarabande which dissolves into the dust of the tomb. Hard to believe this is still its only recording. Texts included. Sally Burgess (mezzo), William Shimell (baritone), Jack Gibbons (piano), Chorus of Opera North, Leeds Festival Chorus, English Northern Philharmonia; David Lloyd-Jones. Original 1992 Hyperion release.