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Opera

Gems

Founded in 1972 by David Knox (1943-1991)

Musical Director Christopher Barr

Glasgow Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by

Tommy Fowler

Saturday 15th June 2013

St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral

Glasgow

Strathaven Choral Society is a Registered Scottish Charity No. SC006127


Founded in 1972 by David Knox (1943-1991)

Registered Scottish Charity No. SC006127

Overture to Die Meistersingers Richard Wagner (1813-83)

Anvil Chorus (Il Trovatore) Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Humming Chorus (Madama Butterfly) Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Chorus of the Scottish Refugees (Macbeth) Verdi

Cachuca (from The Gondoliers) W S Gilbert (1836–1911)

(Choir & piano) & Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900)

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Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor) Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)

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Dear Friends

A very warm welcome to Opera Gems, greatest hits from some of opera’s finest

moments. Love and loss, passion, rivalry, redemption – enjoy the drama of

opera without the plots in a nostalgic mix of hauntingly beautiful and familiar

overtures and choruses.

We are delighted to be joined by Glasgow Symphony Orchestra for this

evening’s performance, which is part of the West End Festival, under the baton

of their conductor Dr. Tommy Fowler. The concert recognises the bicentenaries

of Wagner's and Verdi's births, and accordingly will open with Wagner’s

Overture to Die Meistersinger. Verdi is represented by several of his best-known

choruses. After the interval the orchestra opens with the final movement of the

Symphony in D Minor by César Franck, his only symphony and the only work

tonight which is not from an opera.

Once again we are most grateful for the dedication of our musical director

Christopher Barr and accompanist Razvan ˘ Luculescu who have prepared us for

tonight’s concert with their usual patience and good humour. Both are singing

with us tonight and Razvan ˘ will accompany the choir on piano for Cachucha

from The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Do have a look at our website www.strathavenchoral.com for information

about forthcoming concerts and events.

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Compared to some Wagner opera preludes which set the scene for

the action and move right into it, the music which begins this opera is

an overture of the old-fashioned style. A number of different tunes

from the opera are organised into a formal scheme with an assertive

conclusion. The opening is taken from the processional music of the

mastersingers’ guild. The opera tells the story of how Walther gets the

girl after winning the song competition; especially after his rival,

Beckmesser, is exposed as a cheat.

When the first tune is over the music

moves to more fleeting themes among

them a motive derived from the

crowd’s mockery of Beckmesser which

is recognisable if you fit the words of

the English translation to it - “Surely

she’ll refuse him”. A return to C major

and a single triangle stroke heralds an

imposing contrapuntal web when

several of the themes are wound

together.

It is probably the best known part of the opera. The setting is a gypsy camp in the

mountains of Biscay, where the men beat out the rhythm of the chorus on their anvils.

(1813-1901)

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Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie

de' cieli sveste l'immensa vôlta:

sembra una vedova che alfin si toglie

i bruni panni ond'era involta.

All'opra, all'opra! Dagli. Martella.

Chi del gitano i giorni abbella?

Chi del gitano i giorni abbella,

chi? chi i giorni abbella?

Chi del gitano i giorni abbella?

La zingarella!

Versami un tratto; lena e coraggio

il corpo e l'anima traggon dal bere.

Oh guarda, guarda del sole un raggio

brilla più vivido nel tuo bicchiere!

All'opra, all'opra..

Chi del gitano i giorni abbella?

Chi del gitano i giorni abbella,

chi? chi i giorni abbella?

La zingarella, la zingarella, la zingarella!

See how the clouds melt away from the

face of the sky when the sun shines, its

brightness beaming; just as a widow,

discarding her black robes, shows all her

beauty in brilliance gleaming.

To work! Lift up your hammers!

Who turns the Gypsy's day from gloom to

brightest sunshine?

Who turns ...

Who? Who from gloom to brightest

sunshine?

His lovely Gypsy maid!

Fill up the goblets! New strength and

courage flow from lusty wine to soul and

body.

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sparkle and give to our wine gay new

splendour.

So, to work now!

Who turns the Gypsy's day from gloom to

brightest sunshine?

Who? Who from gloom to brightest

sunshine?

His lovely Gypsy maid!

The “Humming Chorus” ends the second act of

Puccini’s opera; it serves as a lullaby for Suzuki,

the servant of the geisha Cio-Cio-San (“Butterfly”),

and for Butterfly’s toddler, as the three wait

through the night for the return of the American

Lieutenant Pinkerton.

(1858-1924)

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At the beginning of Act 4, the refugees stand near the border, with Birnam Wood in the

distance. Macduff, determined to avenge the deaths of his wife and children, is joined

by Malcolm, son of king Duncan, and the English army, as they prepare to liberate

Scotland from the tyrant Macbeth.

Patria oppressa! il dolce nome

No, di madre aver non puoi,

Or che tutta a figli tuoi

Sei conversa in un avel.

D'orfanelli e di piangenti

Chi lo sposo e chi la prole

Al venir del nuovo Sole

S'alza un grido e fere il Ciel.

A quel grido il Ciel risponde

Quasi voglia impietosito

Propagar per l'infinito,

Patria oppressa, il tuo dolor.

Suona a morto ognor la squilla,

Ma nessuno audace è tanto

Che pur doni un vano pianto

A chi soffre ed a chi muor.

Oppressed land of ours! You cannot have

the sweet name of mother,

Now that you have become a tomb for

your sons.

From orphans, from those who mourn,

Some for husbands, some for children,

At each new dawn a cry goes up

to outrage heaven.

To that cry heaven replies

as if moved to pity,

Oppressed land, it would

proclaim your grief forever.

The bell tolls constantly for death

But no-one is so bold

As to shed a vain tear

For the suffering and dying.

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In Act 2, Marco and Giuseppe, the two gondoliers, whilst enjoying their life in Barataria,

are missing their wives. But when Tessa and Gianetta arrive with the other ladies after a

long sea voyage from Venice, the reunited couples have a magnificent banquet and a

dance (a cachucha). The finale is a reprise of the cachuca, here added after a short piano

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And the clitter, clitter, clitter, clatter

Clitter, clitter, clatter, Pitter, pitter, patter,

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Dance a cachuca, fandango, bolero,

Xeres we'll drink, manzanilla, Montero;

Wine when it runs in abundance, enhances the

reckless delight of that wildest of dances!

To the pretty pitter, pitter, patter,

And the clitter, clitter, clitter, clatter

Clitter, clitter, clatter, Pitter, pitter, patter,

Clitter, clitter, clatter, Clitter, clitter, clatter,

pitter, pitter, pitter, patter, patter, patter, patter,

we'll dance,

Old Xeres we'll drink, manzanilla, Montero;

INTERVAL

The themes of Franck's only symphony present

strong outlines, vivid orchestral colour and

exultant climaxes. It has a highly individual

construction one of the features being that the

finale quotes from the other movements. The

finale has a sweeping onward drive with a marchlike,

syncopated main theme. Later the cor anglais theme from the second movement

re-appears and there is also a recapitulation of the "motive of faith" and the opening

theme from the first movement. Nevertheless it is the march-like theme from the

movement's opening which returns in triumph at the end.

Tannhäuser has sinned, having dallied with the Venus in Venusberg, and goes with a

group of Pilgrims to Rome to beg pardon from the Pope. His love, Elisabeth, awaits his

return with his friend Wolfram. This chorus is sung as the Pilgrims return from Rome,

and opens in a beautifully atmospheric , gradually reaching its climactic ,

before dying away into the distance.

Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat, ich

schauen

und grüssen froh deine lieblichen Auen;

nun lass' ich ruh'n den Wanderstab,

weil Gott getreu ich gepilgert hab'.

With joy, my home, I now behold thee,

and gladly greet thy smiling meadows;

now I lay down my pilgrim's staff,

for, submissive to God, I have made my

pilgrimage.

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Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat, ich

schauen

und grüssen froh deine lieblichen Auen;

nun lass' ich ruh'n den Wanderstab,

weil Gott getreu ich gepilgert hab'.

Durch Sühn' und Buss' hab' ich versöhnt

den Herren, dem mein Herze fröhnt,

der meine Reu' mit Segen krönt,

den Herren, dem mein Lied ertönt!

Der Gnade Heil ist dem Büsser beschieden,

With joy, my home, I now behold thee,

and gladly greet thy smiling meadows;

now I lay down my pilgrim's staff,

for, submissive to God, I have made my

pilgrimage.

By atonement and repentance I have

made my peace with the Lord, to whom

my heart bows down, who has crowned

my remorse with blessing, the Lord to

whom I raise my song.

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This is arguably Verdi‘s most famous

melody and was reputedly adapted by

the Italians as a song of patriotism shortly

after its premier at La Scala opera house

in Milan. The words are a paraphrase of

Psalm 137 when the Israelites lament the

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Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate;

va, ti posa sui clivi, sui colli,

ove olezzano tepide e molli

l'aure dolci del suolo natal!

Del Giordano le rive saluta,

di Sionne le torri atterrate...

O, mia patria, sì bella e perduta!

O, membranza, sì cara e fatal!

Arpa d'or dei fatidici vati,

perché muta dal salice pendi?

Le memorie nel petto raccendi,

ci favella del tempo che fu!

O simile di Sòlima ai fati

traggi un suono di crudo lamento,

o t'ispiri il Signore un concento

che ne infonda al patire virtù.

Fly, thought, on wings of gold;

go settle upon the slopes and the hills,

where the sweet airs of our

native soil smell soft and mild!

Greet the banks of the Jordan

and Zion's tumbled towers...

Oh, my country, so beautiful and lost!

Oh, remembrance, so dear and so fated!

Golden harp of the prophetic seers,

why hang so silently from the willows?

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Prince Igor, which was incomplete on Borodin‘s death and was

completed by Rimsky Korsakov and Glazunov, is rarely

performed outside Russia. The action of the opera relates to an

incident in 1185 during a conflict between Russia and the Tartars.

Prince Igor is defeated and captured by Khan Konchak of the

Polovtsi but eventually manages to escape.

The Polovtsian dances were completed by Borodin before his

death. They are much better known than the opera itself and are

frequently performed in the choral version we sing tonight. In the

opera the dances are performed by the slave dancers of the Khan

to entertain the captive Prince Igor.

Fly away on gentle breezes; fly swiftly, songs of love, to greet our homeland where

once we lived in hope and knew no sorrow, where once we sang, rejoicing in our

freedom.

There beneath the burning sky languid breezes cooled us, there the cloud-capped

mountains dream above the silver sea;

There our days were long and carefree amid the sunlit hills and shady meadows, and

there the scent of roses in the valleys once filled the sultry air with sweetest perfume,

and fertile vineyards yield sweet wine.

There skylarks sing. Fly away, our songs of freedom.

Glory, honour, praises to our Khan! Fearless, mighty, ruthless warrior, hail!

Sing his praise, great Konchak, praise him! Fiercer than the scorching midday sun!

None can equal him in splendour, none! Slaves and captives all acclaim him -

"Look at those slaves of mine, aren't they beautiful? Captives I took from the tribes of

the Caspian. They can make you forget all your loneliness, choose any one who

attracts you, and she shall be yours."

Glory, honour, praises to our Khan! Braver far than all before you!

Great Khan Konchak! Praise our Khan, Khan Konchak!

Fly away on gentle breezes ...

Braver far than all before you ... Praise our Khan, Khan Konchak!

Dance and sing for Konchak's pleasure,

Let all people praise him singing! Let all people praise him dancing!

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Glasgow Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1975 by Dorothy Gunnee and

Tom Kent. The orchestra has only ever had two conductors, Tom Kent and

Tommy Fowler who took over when Tom retired. The orchestra prides itself in

being truly a community organisation with no formal audition process and open

to anyone who feels they can keep up! It meets every Tuesday evening in term

time at Notre Dame High School and sometimes at Glasgow Gaelic School. It

gives three concerts a year on the first Wednesdays of December, March and

June all of which are in Adelaide’s on Bath Street. The orchestra is delighted to

have been asked to accompany Strathaven Choral Society for they rarely get the

opportunity to perform this operatic repertoire.

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Date for your diaries

- our next concert

Sunday 17th November 2013

‘Wherever You Are’ (the Military Wive’s song) by Paul Mealor

Howard Goodall’s ‘Love Divine’

and

John Rutter’s Requiem

7.30pm in the Rankin Church Hall

Lethame Road, Strathaven

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Tommy Fowler is a composer based in Glasgow. His

music, for orchestras, choirs, ensembles and soloists, has

been performed widely in Scotland as well as abroad.

He is a graduate of the University of Glasgow where he

gained a Ph.D in composition.

He has conducted the GSO since 1998. Under his baton

in 2003 the GSO gave the first public performance in

modern times of Edvard Grieg’s only symphony and in 2005 gave the first

performance of a suite taken from the music of the neglected Scottish composer

Mildred Marion Bowes-Lyon (a great-aunt of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen

Mother) who, in 1894, was the first female composer ever to have a success with

an opera.

Tommy is currently working on a project with the Paragon Ensemble making a

collection of children’s songs from around the world.

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Razvan ˘ was born in Bucharest, Romania. He studied

piano and double bass at the Dinu Lipatti Music High

School before moving on to the Universitatea

Nationala de Muzica in Bucharest where he

specialised in orchestral and choral conducting. On

leaving university he became Assistant Chorus Master

at the National Operetta Theatre Ion Dacian in

Bucharest, where he was involved in coaching the

choir and organising premieres.

He gained conducting experience, over a period of 11 years, from various

sources including (in Bucharest) The George Enescu Philharmonic, The National

Theatre, The Oleg Danovschi National Theatre for Opera and Ballet Constanta,

The Philharmonic Society Campina, The Pitesti Philarmonic, and (in Austria) The

Sinfonietta Baden.

Razvan ˘ moved to Scotland in 2010 in order to further his musical career. As well

as being Strathaven Choral’s accompanist and member of the Strathaven Singers,

he is also Organist and Musical Director at Busby Parish Church, and is presently

also Musical Director of Milngavie Choir, Accompanist for Glasgow Studio

Ballet and Music Director at Hyndland Community Choir.

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STRATHAVEN

CHORAL SOCIETY

founded in 1972 by David Knox (1943-1991)

Honorary President

Musical Director

Christopher Barr (BMus.Ed Hons) studied at the University of Aberdeen, studying voice

with Gillian Jack. He is currently a member of The National Youth Choir of Scotland and

the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.

Christopher’s conducting studies began in 2003 where he was invited to attend and

observe BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Rehearsals. In 2005 he was invited, as a guest,

to participate in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), formally the RSAMD junior

“Youthworks” conducting master classes with Dr Alistair Mitchell. In 2008 and 2009

Christopher studied under the guidance of Mark Heron, Russell Cowieson and Tim

Reynish at the RNCM conductor training weekend.

In August 2010 Christopher received the 2010/11 ABCD (Association of British Choral

Directors) apprenticeship which enabled him to study conducting with Alan Tavener and

Gerard Doherty. During this apprenticeship Christopher worked with the University of

Strathclyde Chamber Choir, Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. As part of the

apprenticeship Christopher was invited to participate in a BBC Singers conducting master

class with Paul Brough. In 2012 Christopher received the National Youth Choir of

Scotland Student Conductor Bursary which allowed him to become the assistant

conductor of the National Boys Choir of Scotland working under the guidance of

Christopher Bell. During 2012, Christopher also featured in the Creative Scotland film

“Keep Her Lit” as the musical director of the South Lanarkshire Olympic Cultural

Olympiad Choir parade choir.

During 2007 Christopher successfully founded the 16 voice “Legato Voices Choir” and

co-founded the Aberdeen Student Sinfonia. He was appointed Musical Director of the

RGU Singers in 2009 and is currently the Musical Director of Strathaven Choral Society,

the Bridge of Weir Choral Society, East Kilbride Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the

amaSing Festival Community Chorus.

Christopher has participated in choral conducting master classes with Christopher Bell,

Alan Tavener, Derek Clark, Stephen Layton, Paul Brough, Roger Williams MBE and Ralph

Alwood.

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Irene Little

Elizabeth Batty

Eleanor Brown

Milly Clark

Rosi Engelke

Maria Franchetti

Nic Broadbridge

Marie Campbell

Jim Keeney

John Campbell

Michael Cunningham

Arthur Lang

Hannah Mairi Miller*

Roxana Nite*

Sarah O’Reilly

Anne Pollock

Brianna Robertson*

Nan Robertson*

Sarah Hampson

Anne Henderson

Amanda Kennett

Christine Leitch

Anne Little

Howard Kennett

Alan Mathew

Bob Towers

Iain Sinclair

Alastair Valentine

Alan Williams

Razvan ˘ Luculescu

Christine Smillie

Anne Weir

Ann Williams

Brenda Young

Frances Naismith

Liz O’Neill

Christine Paterson

Leonie Shankland

Barbara Smith

Sinclair Couper*

Christopher Barrµ

Razvan ˘ Luculescuµ

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St John Passion

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Brazilian Psalm

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Liebeslieder Walzer

Noenia

Requiem

Hymn to St Cecilia

St Nicolas

Ye Shall Have a Song

Motets

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BeThou My Vision

Requiem

A Fascicle of Songs

Requiem

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Dream of Gerontius

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Eternal Light: A Requiem

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Irish Tune from County

Derry

Messiah

Samson

Creation

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Nelson Mass

Paukenmesse

The Seasons

These Things Shall Be

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Blest Pair of Sirens

Songs of Farewell

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Stabat Mater

Messa di Gloria

Ode for St Cecilia's Day

Welcome To All The

Pleasures

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Christmas Oratorio

Mass in G Major

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When Mary To The Garden

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STRATHAVEN CHORAL SOCIETY

Registered Scottish Charity No. SC006127

STRATHAVEN CHORAL SOCIETY was founded in 1972 by the late David Knox and

draws its membership from across Lanarkshire and beyond. It is affiliated to Making

Music - the National Federation of Music Societies - and strives for a varied repertoire

and high standard of performance. It remains committed to the promotion of music.

Over the years the choir has performed over a hundred choral works, large and small,

by a wide range of composers, from Handel to Vaughan Williams. The repertoire also

includes opera, part songs and commissioned pieces. The Society has sung on BBC radio

and television and has performed in a variety of venues, mainly in the West of Scotland.

In recent years we have hosted visits by choirs from Denmark and Sweden. In each case

we were able to make return visits as their guests, to everyone’s musical and social

enjoyment. Future exchanges are being considered.

Strathaven Choral Society is particularly interested in involving young people in music

making and in musical appreciation and has in the past received national recognition for

its work with school children and in the community with three consecutive BT/NFMS

Innovation Awards.

The choir greatly appreciates the dedication and enthusiasm of Musical Director,

Christopher Barr and Rehearsal Accompanist, Razvan ˘ Luculescu.

We rehearse on Mondays at 7.30pm in the EVANGELICAL CHURCH, Lethame Road,

Strathaven, just up Lethame Road from the traffic lights. Anyone interested in joining the

Choral Society would be made most welcome.

Please contact Ann Williams (General Secretary) - email

We hope to see you at our Autumn concert on Sunday 17th November

in Strathaven for a programme to include

‘Wherever You Are’ by Paul Mealor

‘Love Divine’ by Howard Goodall

and John Rutter’s Requiem

and of course for our Christmas Concert

on Sunday 15th December, at the Rankin Church in Strathaven!

Visit www.strathavenchoral.com

Keep up to date with our news, and find out about forthcoming concerts.

Send us your questions or comments - about this concert perhaps - to

info@strathavenchoral.com

Follow us on Twitter - @thescs

And look for Strathaven-Choral-Society on Facebook

www.lafargetarmac.com

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