Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano): CD1 tracks 25-27, CD2 tracks 5-7, 15, 17, 19, 21.; James Gilchrist (tenor): CD1 tracks 6-9; John Turner (recorders): CD1 tracks18-27, CD2 tracks 2-4, 6-11, 15-22; Paul Barritt (violin): CD1 tracks 10-14; Matthew Jones (viola): CD1 tracks 1-4; Philip Fowke (piano): CD1 tracks 15-17, CD2 track 1; Michael Hampton (piano): CD1 tracks 1-5; Janet Simpson (piano): CD1 tracks 6-9, 18-27, CD2 tracks 2-11, 15-22; Antony Hopkins (speaker): CD2 tracks 12-14; Jeremy Brett, Stephanie Voss, and Phillada Sewell (vocals): CD2 tracks 23-24; Elizabeth Boyd, Stephen Manton, Eric Shilling (vocals) and Antony Hopkins (piano): CD2 track 25
Antony Hopkins is a phenomenon - a fact which escapes much of the public and even press who still confuse him with the actor (Anthony). Composer, pianist, conductor, broadcaster, lecturer, author ... a true man of music. A livewire at the age of 91, (as we write in May 2012), his genius has suffered from fickle fashion, his 'serious' music being lyrical and tuneful though certainly deep and complex; his lighter music now seen as 'period' - and just ripe for redicovery. This double album contains much fine music including eight pieces written by top British composers as tributes to Antony. For all interested in the evolution of 20th century music this album will be invaluable, and it's also made with wit and humour, to suit the character of Hopkins himself.
playing time: CD1 67.37, CD2 57.52