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Wagstaff: Breathe Freely

Julian Wagstaff

Wagstaff: Breathe Freely

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CKD 535 (Linn Records)
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1
Breathe Freely: Act I. Hello? Ritchie? Doctor Ritchie, are you there?

Breathe Freely: Act I. Hello? Ritchie? Doctor Ritchie, are you there?

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Conductor Derek Clark
Band Breathe Freely Ensemble
03:22 Play $1.70
2
Breathe Freely: Act I. Kendall, how do you do?

Breathe Freely: Act I. Kendall, how do you do?

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Conductor Derek Clark
Band Breathe Freely Ensemble
01:03 Play $1.70
3
Breathe Freely: Act I. You know, I am certain, how my mother country suffers

Breathe Freely: Act I. You know, I am certain, how my mother country suffers

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Conductor Derek Clark
Band Breathe Freely Ensemble
01:31 Play $1.70
4
Breathe Freely: Act I. In Scotland there is hope

Breathe Freely: Act I. In Scotland there is hope

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Conductor Derek Clark
Band Breathe Freely Ensemble
02:32 Play $1.70
5
Breathe Freely: Act I. Cometh the woman

Breathe Freely: Act I. Cometh the woman

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Conductor Derek Clark
Band Breathe Freely Ensemble
02:22 Play $1.70
6
Breathe Freely: Act I. Der kleine Hund

Breathe Freely: Act I. Der kleine Hund

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Conductor Derek Clark
Band Breathe Freely Ensemble
02:53 Play $1.70
7
Breathe Freely: Act I. This analysis is exemplary

Breathe Freely: Act I. This analysis is exemplary

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Conductor Derek Clark
Band Breathe Freely Ensemble
05:45 Play $3.40
8
Breathe Freely: Act II. The evening light

Breathe Freely: Act II. The evening light

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Conductor Derek Clark
Band Breathe Freely Ensemble
05:00 Play $3.40
9
Breathe Freely: Act II. To live is to regret

Breathe Freely: Act II. To live is to regret

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Conductor Derek Clark
Band Breathe Freely Ensemble
02:53 Play $1.70
10
Breathe Freely: Act II. Doctor Hempel, what progress?

Breathe Freely: Act II. Doctor Hempel, what progress?

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Conductor Derek Clark
Band Breathe Freely Ensemble
02:29 Play $1.70
11
Breathe Freely: Act II. Breathe Freely

Breathe Freely: Act II. Breathe Freely

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Conductor Derek Clark
Band Breathe Freely Ensemble
04:52 Play $1.70
12
A Persistent Illusion: I.

A Persistent Illusion: I.

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Soloist Pete Furniss: clarinet, Mark Bailey: cello, Andrew Johnston: piano
05:42 Play $3.40
13
A Persistent Illusion: II.

A Persistent Illusion: II.

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Soloist Pete Furniss: clarinet, Mark Bailey: cello, Andrew Johnston: piano
04:48 Play $1.70
14
A Persistent Illusion: III.

A Persistent Illusion: III.

Composer Julian Wagstaff
Soloist Pete Furniss: clarinet, Mark Bailey: cello, Andrew Johnston: piano
08:46 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 54 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Breathe Freely is a new opera by contemporary Scottish composer Julian Wagstaff. Written for three singers and piano trio, it is a chamber opera in two acts set in 1943 against the backdrop of the Second World War.
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Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

The Scottish-born pianist Andrew Johnston has performed as chamber musician and soloist in Britain and abroad, in repertory including the concertos of Tchaikovsky (No. 1), Grieg and Beethoven (No. 3, in Kiev).
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Derek Clark

Derek Clark

Derek Clark was born in Glasgow and studied at the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Durham University and the London Opera Centre. He joined the music staff of Welsh National Opera in 1977 and joined Scottish Opera as Head of Music in 1997.
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Julian Wagstaff

Julian Wagstaff

Julian Wagstaff lives in his native Edinburgh, where he is active as a composer, arranger and guitarist. He enjoys close connections with many of Scotland's leading musicians, and his works are widely performed throughout Scotland and beyond.
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Laura Margaret Smith

Laura Margaret Smith

The Scottish mezzo-soprano Laura Margaret Smith was the Scottish Opera Robertson Scholarship Trust Emerging Artist, 2014-15. Smith studied music at the University of Edinburgh before graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
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Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey

Cellist Mark Bailey was a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music, where he won all the major cello prizes. In his career he attracted numerous scholarships and won the Premier Prix de la Musique de Chambre de Nice.
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Paul Curievici

Paul Curievici

Paul Curievici studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with John Evans and made his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, debut in 2013. He is a proud winner of Scottish Opera's John Scott Award and the Basil A. Turner Prize awarded by British Youth Opera.
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Pete Furniss

Pete Furniss

The British clarinettist Pete Furniss has played with many of the UK's leading ensembles and orchestras and is a dedicated improviser and educator.
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Phil Gault

Phil Gault

The Welsh baritone Phil Gault has toured Wales with Opra Cymru, performed with the Scottish, Buxton Festival and Northampton Festival operas, is principal baritone for Opera on a Shoestring and co-founded Black Sheep Opera.
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At its heart Julian Wagstaff's opera is a manifold celebration of human endeavour, history, interest, compassion, and, of course, chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. It recounts the semi-fictional story of several real and extraordinary chemists who helped to make the Chemistry department the extraordinary institution it is today: Romantic pragmatist Stanislaw Hempel, endearing perfectionist Chrissie Miller and Professor James Kendall FRS, whose book is the basis for the synopsis.

Breathe Freely was premiered in 2013 to celebrate the tricentenary of the appointment of the first Chair of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.

Also included on the recording is Wagstaff's piano trio A Persistent Illusion commissioned to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry, 2011. The title refers to Einstein's observation that the distinction between the past, present and future is merely a ‘stubbornly persistent illusion'.

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American Record Guide
'The performances and sound of both the opera and the trio are very good.'
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Gramophone
'I admire the clarity of the piece...Laura Margaret Smith is a spirited young mezzo with a full, fearless voice...'
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Chemistry World
'By turns witty and sombre, tonal and atonal, the music is engaging in its own right…'
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