GUSTAV HOLST (1874-1934): At the Boar’s Head, Op. 42 (Jonathan Lemalu [bass-baritone], Eric Barry [tenor], Kathleen Reveille [mezzo]), RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958): Riders to the Sea (Gary Griffiths [baritone], Nicole Percifield [soprano], Reveille [mezzo], Warsaw Philharmonic Women’s Chamber Choir).
Catalogue Number: 03S004
Description: Noticing matches in rhythm and meter between Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” folk melodies collected by Cecil Sharp and others and tunes in John Playford’s 17th-century “The English Dancing Master”, Holst assembled a series of scenes from Part 1 and Part 2 “Henry IV” in 1924 to form a one-act comic opera. The cover says “World Premiere Recording of the Complete Score” but as to how that may be the case the notes offer not a word (this live concert performance times in at 55:11 in case anyone who has the only other recording - on EMI - to check to see if that is notably shorter than this one). Vaughan Williams’ somewhat better-known 1927 setting of Synge’s play dealing with death at sea among Irish fishermen receives what may be only its fourth recording. Excellent packaging, good notes (except about the “premiere recording” claim) and a full libretto in a slip-case alongside the discs. 2 CDs. Libretti included. Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta; Łukasz Borowicz.