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HANSON: Merry Mount

Born in Nebraska, of Scandinavian heritage, Howard Hanson was influenced as much by Jean Sibelius as by his American surroundings. The plot of his 1933 opera, Merry Mount, set in New England in 1625 during a conflict between the Puritans and the Cavaliers, is anything but merry. However, the composer described the music as “warm-blooded…essentially a lyrical work [that] makes use of broad melodic lines as often as possible”. Listeners familiar with Hanson’s first two symphonies will find strong melodic and harmonic affinities with Merry Mount. This recording derives from a critically acclaimed pair of concert performances by Seattle Symphony and Gerard Schwarz in October 1996. Hanson’s Symphony No. 1 can be heard on Naxos 8.559072.



Disc 1

Hanson, Howard
Stokes, Richard L., lyricist(s)

  Merry Mount, Op. 31
1.   Play with flash player Act I: Prelude 00:03:01
2.   Play with flash player Act I: Be as a lion, dread Jehovah… From plots of Hell and witcheries (Puritans, Bradford, Bridget, Plentiful, Myles Brodrib, Tewke, Desire) 00:08:09
3.   Play with flash player Act I: Ah - I deny thy Christ (Bradford, Banks, Tewke, Puritans) 00:03:51
4.   Play with flash player Act I: A savoury discourse, good Master Bradford (Bradford, Tewke) 00:02:49
5.   Play with flash player Act I: Last night came One that paced a - down the stairway of the sky (Bradford) 00:02:37
6.   Play with flash player Act I: My son, Thou'rt over - ripe for marriage! (Tewke, Bradford) 00:01:44
7.   Play with flash player Act I: The willow keep to thatch our sleep (Plentiful, Bradford) 00:03:42
8.   Play with flash player Act I: Plentiful Tewke hath catched the preacher! (Love, Bradford, Peregrine Brodrib, Prence, Children) 00:04:48
9.   Play with flash player Act I: Gi' you good night, sir… (Prence, Myles Brodrib, Marigold, Bradford, Tinker, Morton, Puritans, Cavaliers) 00:04:59
10.   Play with flash player Act I: Scratch a Roundhead, find a rebel … Thrones of Earth be idle things (Prence, Scrooby, Tewke, Bradford, Puritans, Cavaliers) 00:02:15
11.   Play with flash player Act I: Right rev'rend priest, our holy joy … Respect the Sabbath day (Prence, Scrooby, Tewke, Bradford, Puritans, Cavaliers) 00:02:41
12.   Play with flash player Act I: Marigold! Lady! … Let us be lions of Jehovah (Bradford, Marigold, Lackland, Myles Brodrib, Tewke, Puritans, Cavaliers) 00:04:37


Disc 2

Hanson, Howard
Stokes, Richard L., lyricist(s)

  Merry Mount, Op. 31
1.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Prelude - I wind and I wind, My true love to find (Men and Women) 00:03:48
2.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: From forth the hill … I christen 'Merry Mount' - Maypole Dance (Lackland, Men and Women) 00:03:56
3.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Long Live the Lady (Men and Women) 00:00:53
4.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Marigold! When the morning stars together sang (Lackland, Marigold, Men and Women) 00:04:23
5.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Methinks I see th'infernal rendezvous of Satan and his bond - slaves (Bradford, Men and Women, Morton, Tewke, Puritans) 00:06:36
6.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: O pity me! Thou alone of women Canst heal this tortured heart (Bradford, Marigold, Lackland, Tewke, Puritans) 00:03:05
7.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Let them strike twice, And I will come to thee! (Marigold) 00:02:38
8.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Hale her to the village, A prisoner… (Tewke, Bradford) 00:00:40
9.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Almighty Father, My King and my God (Bradford, Mystic Voices) 00:03:11
10.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Chorus of Mystic Voices 00:03:11
11.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 3: Alleluia! Alleluia! (Bradford, Lucifer, Monsters, Witches and Demons) 00:14:23
12.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 3: Now thou art mine (Lucifer, Monsters, Witches and Demons, Bradford) 00:01:47
13.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 3: Rise up, my love my fair one (Bradford, Astoreth) 00:04:33
14.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 1: Prelude 00:07:30
15.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 2: Gird you with Sackcloth (Tewke, Puritans) 00:02:56
16.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 2: Never more shall prayer ravish these lips!… (Bradford, Chorus) 00:03:37
17.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 2: Woe, woe! Lost sheep are we (Puritans, Bradford, Myles Brodrib) 00:01:47
18.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 2: No witch am I; But one that long ago was happy (Marigold) 00:04:31
19.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 2: Ay, even now thy lover frets at Hellgate - Death to the Witch (Bradford, Marigold, Ensemble) 00:05:23

Total Playing Time: 02:04:01






Composer(s):
Hanson, Howard

Lyricist(s):
Stokes, Richard L.

Conductor(s):
Schwarz, Gerard

Orchestra(s):
Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Choir(s):
Northwest Boychoir; Seattle Girls' Choir; Seattle Symphony Chorale

Artist(s):
Austin, Charles Robert; Bristol, Christopher; Buchholz, Gene; Dent, Fred K.; Ellis, Byron; Flanigan, Lauren; Freudenstein, Rosy; Gudas, Paul; Huber, Diana; Jessup, Daniel; Johnson, Barry; Luchetti, Gino; MacNeil, Walter; Marley, Louise; Schneider, Joachim; Walton, Nan Beth; Zeller, Richard

Label: Naxos

Series: Opera Classics

Genre: Opera

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.669012-13

Barcode: 730099691222

Release Date: 05/2007

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