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Maconchy: Héloïse and Abelard


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The story of Héloïse and Abelard, ill-starred lovers of the early twelfth century, is universally known, and a mountain of books has been written about them, some scholarly, some largely fictional. In making this libretto the composer has avoided the works of fiction and drawn only on Abelard's Historia Calamitatum in which he tells the tragic story in an open "Letter to a Friend", his letters to Héloïse, and most of all on Héloïse's passionate letters to Abelard. Two of Abelard's Latin Hymns, written at her request for Héloïse and the nuns of the Paraclete, are included; also his Planctus or Lament and a tenth-century love-song, both sung in English, and a popular Latin song for the Students. Héloïse emerges as the stronger and more remarkable character, despite Abelard's eminence as a philosopher, his brilliance and magnetism: students flocked to hear him from all parts. Héloïse herself was a distinguished scholar and later became the renowned Abbess of the Paraclete and founded six daughter houses. She was revered and beloved by everyone. But the Cantata is concerned only with her relationship to Abelard, and ends with his death. The Cantata is in Nine Sections. For those passages sung in Latin an English translation by William Le Fanu is given in the booklet.
Facts
Item number REAM1138
Barcode 5020926113825
Release date 1/5/2018
Category Choral
Label LYRITA RECORDED EDITION-NIMBUS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Gaddarn, James
Disc: 1
Héloïse and Abelard01:12:00
1 Scene 1, Resurrexit: In the pleasant spring-time ( 00:04:00 Langridge, Philip English Symphony Orchestra McDonnell, Tom Francis, Hannah Croydon Philharmonic Choir Gaddarn, James
2 Scene 2, In the Cloister of Notre Dame: So farewel 00:08:18 Langridge, Philip English Symphony Orchestra McDonnell, Tom Francis, Hannah Croydon Philharmonic Choir Gaddarn, James
3 Scene 3, In Canon Fulbert's House: Ah my beloved n 00:09:31 Langridge, Philip English Symphony Orchestra McDonnell, Tom Francis, Hannah Croydon Philharmonic Choir Gaddarn, James
4 Interlude 00:02:38 Langridge, Philip English Symphony Orchestra McDonnell, Tom Francis, Hannah Croydon Philharmonic Choir Gaddarn, James
5 Scene 4, In Brittany: Sleep sound (Women, Héloïse) 00:14:46 Langridge, Philip English Symphony Orchestra McDonnell, Tom Francis, Hannah Croydon Philharmonic Choir Gaddarn, James
6 Scene 5, In Paris - In Canon Fulbert's House: Abel 00:03:16 Langridge, Philip English Symphony Orchestra McDonnell, Tom Francis, Hannah Croydon Philharmonic Choir Gaddarn, James
7 Scene 5, In Paris - Outside Abelard's House in the 00:05:07 Langridge, Philip English Symphony Orchestra McDonnell, Tom Francis, Hannah Croydon Philharmonic Choir Gaddarn, James
8 Scene 6, At the Convent: Let Christians offer prai 00:02:11 Langridge, Philip English Symphony Orchestra McDonnell, Tom Francis, Hannah Croydon Philharmonic Choir Gaddarn, James
9 Scene 6, At the Convent: Héloïse, our beloved Hélo 00:07:26 Langridge, Philip English Symphony Orchestra McDonnell, Tom Francis, Hannah Croydon Philharmonic Choir Gaddarn, James
10 Scene 7, Abelard's Hymn: O Quanta Qualia (Chorus) 00:03:45 Langridge, Philip English Symphony Orchestra McDonnell, Tom Francis, Hannah Croydon Philharmonic Choir Gaddarn, James
11 Scene 8, Abelard's Planctus: Buried at thy side (C 00:03:22 Langridge, Philip English Symphony Orchestra McDonnell, Tom Francis, Hannah Croydon Philharmonic Choir Gaddarn, James
12 Scene 9, Naenia: Let him rest from his sad labour 00:07:44 Langridge, Philip English Symphony Orchestra McDonnell, Tom Francis, Hannah Croydon Philharmonic Choir Gaddarn, James
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