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Sarah Brailey|Smyth: The Prison

Smyth: The Prison

James Blachly, Experiential Orchestra, Dashon Burton, Sarah Brailey

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August 18th marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Constitutional Amendment, granting women in the US the right to vote. A fitting time then for our release of the World Premier Recording of Ethel Smyth’s late masterpiece The Prison.
Smyth left home at nineteen to study composition in Leipzig. In the company of Clara Schumann and her teacher Heinrich von Herzogenberg, she met and won the admiration of composers such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Dvorák, and Grieg. Smyth was the first woman to have an opera performed at the MET, in 1903 - the second was Kaija Saariaho, whose L'Amour de loin appeared there in 2016 ! Smyth later became central to the Suffragette movement in England, writing the March of the Women. Her gender politics and sexuality were cause for attacks by critics, and she famously went to prison herself for throwing a stone through an MP’s window.
Composed in 1930 and premiered in 1931 in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, The Prison is a symphony in two parts, Close on Freedom and The Deliverance, set for soprano and bass-baritone soloists, chorus, and full orchestra. The text is taken from a philosophical work by Henry Bennet Brewster and concerns the writings of a prisoner in solitary confinement, his reflections on life and his preparations for death. © Chandos

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The Prison (Ethel Smyth)

1
No. 1, Close on Freedom. The Prisoner Communes with His Soul
Sarah Brailey
00:07:10

Ethel Smyth, Composer - Sarah Brailey, Artist, MainArtist - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Dashon Burton, Artist, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

2
No. 2, Voices Sing of Immortality
Experiential Orchestra
00:04:29

Ethel Smyth, Composer - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

3
No. 3, The Prisoner Askes the Secret of Emancipation
Dashon Burton
00:02:27

Ethel Smyth, Composer - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Dashon Burton, Artist, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

4
No. 4, His Soul Replies
Sarah Brailey
00:03:26

Ethel Smyth, Composer - Sarah Brailey, Artist, MainArtist - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

5
No. 5, He Asks In What Shape Emancipation Will Come
Sarah Brailey
00:01:36

Ethel Smyth, Composer - Sarah Brailey, Artist, MainArtist - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Dashon Burton, Artist, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

6
No. 6, The Voices Reply
Experiential Orchestra
00:03:38

Ethel Smyth, Composer - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

7
No. 7, Orchestral Interlude. The First Glimmer of Dawn
Experiential Orchestra
00:03:12

Ethel Smyth, Composer - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

8
No. 8, The Prisoner Understands His Own Immortality
Dashon Burton
00:05:09

Ethel Smyth, Composer - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Dashon Burton, Artist, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

9
No. 9, The Deliverance. The Prisoner Awakes
Experiential Orchestra
00:03:59

Ethel Smyth, Composer - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

10
No. 10, His Soul Tells Him the End of the Struggle Is At Hand
Sarah Brailey
00:02:51

Ethel Smyth, Composer - Sarah Brailey, Artist, MainArtist - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

11
No. 11, He Hears His Guests Moving to Depart
Dashon Burton
00:02:13

Ethel Smyth, Composer - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Dashon Burton, Artist, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

12
No. 12, Pastoral. Sunset Calm
Sarah Brailey
00:02:45

Ethel Smyth, Composer - Sarah Brailey, Artist, MainArtist - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Dashon Burton, Artist, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

13
No. 13, He Disbands His Ego
Dashon Burton
00:03:06

Ethel Smyth, Composer - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Dashon Burton, Artist, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

14
No. 14, Voices Sing the Indestructibility of Human Passions
Experiential Orchestra
00:02:01

Ethel Smyth, Composer - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

15
No. 15, Death Calls Him. Gloring, He Obeys the Summons
Sarah Brailey
00:05:13

Ethel Smyth, Composer - Sarah Brailey, Artist, MainArtist - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Dashon Burton, Artist, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

16
No. 16, His Farewell - His Triumph - His Peace
Sarah Brailey
00:10:38

Ethel Smyth, Composer - Sarah Brailey, Artist, MainArtist - James Blachly, Conductor, MainArtist - Dashon Burton, Artist, MainArtist - Experiential Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Experiential Chorus, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 Chandos (P) 2020 Chandos

Album Description

August 18th marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Constitutional Amendment, granting women in the US the right to vote. A fitting time then for our release of the World Premier Recording of Ethel Smyth’s late masterpiece The Prison.
Smyth left home at nineteen to study composition in Leipzig. In the company of Clara Schumann and her teacher Heinrich von Herzogenberg, she met and won the admiration of composers such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Dvorák, and Grieg. Smyth was the first woman to have an opera performed at the MET, in 1903 - the second was Kaija Saariaho, whose L'Amour de loin appeared there in 2016 ! Smyth later became central to the Suffragette movement in England, writing the March of the Women. Her gender politics and sexuality were cause for attacks by critics, and she famously went to prison herself for throwing a stone through an MP’s window.
Composed in 1930 and premiered in 1931 in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, The Prison is a symphony in two parts, Close on Freedom and The Deliverance, set for soprano and bass-baritone soloists, chorus, and full orchestra. The text is taken from a philosophical work by Henry Bennet Brewster and concerns the writings of a prisoner in solitary confinement, his reflections on life and his preparations for death. © Chandos

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