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Best, Matthew 1957-

Works: 355 works in 821 publications in 11 languages and 11,657 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Chamber operas  Musical settings  Motets  Live sound recordings  Drama  Oratorios  Art music  Excerpts  Requiems 
Roles: Conductor, Performer, Singer, Author, Other, con, Musician
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works about Matthew Best
Most widely held works by Matthew Best
Serenade to music ; Five mystical songs ; Fantasia on Christmas carols ; Flos campi by Ralph Vaughan Williams( Recording )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten( )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A moving performance ..."--Gramophone
Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten( )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a small fishing community on the east coast of England, the story of conflict between an individual and a society that sees him as an outsider
Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein( Recording )

14 editions published in 1987 in 5 languages and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chichester Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra; Facsimile, A Choreographic Essay. New York Philharmonic Leonard Bernstein, conductor. The Camerata Singers, Abraham Kaplan, director; John Bogart, Alto Solo
Leonore by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

24 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leonore ; Fidelio : op. 72 ; Ouvertüre Leonore I : op. 138 by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

3 editions published in 1997 in German and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Motets by Johann Sebastian Bach( Recording )

18 editions published between 1982 and 1987 in 5 languages and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(1) CORYDON SINGERS. (1) BEST, Matthew (conductor). (2) CORYDON SINGERS. (2) BEST, Matthew (conductor). (3) CORYDON SINGERS. (3) BEST, Matthew (conductor). (4) CORYDON SINGERS. (4) BEST, Matthew (conductor). (5) CORYDON SINGERS. (5) BEST, Matthew (conductor). (6) TROTTER, Thomas (organ). (6) CORYDON SINGERS. (6) BEST, Matthew (conductor). (7) SALMON, Philip (tenor). (7) TROTTER, Thomas (organ). (8) CORYDON SINGERS. (8) BEST, Matthew (conductor). (9) CORYDON SINGERS. (9) BEST, Matthew (conductor). (10) CHAMBERS, Graham (trombone). (10) GOUGH, Jeremy (trombone). (10) KELLY, Martin. (10) STEARN, Christopher (trombone). (10) CORYDON SINGERS. (10) BEST, Matthew (conductor). (11) CORYDON SINGERS. (11) BEST, Matthew (conductor)
Sir John in love by Ralph Vaughan Williams( )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martin's lie ; Five songs for tenor and piano ; Canti della lontananza by Gian Carlo Menotti( )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ritual dances and other works by Michael Tippett( )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dream of Gerontius by Edward Elgar( )

10 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This CD is part of an edition released to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, which presents all the major orchestral, choral, chamber and stage works, as well as many lesser pieces and rarities in interpretations by the 20th century's finest Elgarians
Mass in G minor ; Te Deum in G by Ralph Vaughan Williams( Recording )

12 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini( Recording )

11 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Innehåller cd-rom-spår med libretto (italienska/engelska/tyska/franska)
Boris Godunov : highlights by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky( )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boris Godunov is an opera by Modest Mussorgsky. The work was composed between 1868 and 1873 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is Mussorgsky's only completed opera and is considered his masterpiece
Missa choralis & via crucis by Franz Liszt( )

5 editions published in 2000 in 3 languages and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Recording )

10 editions published between 1984 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis ACT I: Anne Trulove is in the garden of her father's country house with her suitor, Tom Rakewell, admiring the springtime. Sending Anne into the house, her father, Trulove, tells Tom he has arranged an accountant's job for him in the city. Tom declines the offer and the older man leaves. A stranger enters as Tom declares his determination to live by his wits and enjoy life. When he says "I wish I had money," the stranger introduces himself as Nick Shadow, "at your service." Shadow tells Tom that a forgotten rich uncle has died, leaving the young man a fortune. Anne and Trulove return to hear the news, the latter urging Tom to accompany Shadow to London to settle the estate. As Tom leaves, promising to send for Anne as soon as everything is arranged, Shadow turns to the audience to announce, "the Progress of a Rake begins." At a brothel in the city, whores entertain a group of "roaring boys," dissolute young playboys; together they toast Venus and Mars. Shadow coaxes Tom to recite for the madam, Mother Goose, the catechism he has taught him: to follow nature rather than doctrine, to seek beauty (which is perishable) and pleasure (which means different things to different people). Tom refuses, however, to define love. Turning back the clocks when he sees Tom restless to escape, Shadow commends him to the pursuit of hedonism with these companions. Tom responds with ruminations of love. When the whores offer to console him, Mother Goose claims him for herself and leads him off. As evening falls, Anne leaves her father's house, determined to find Tom, since she has heard nothing from him. ACT II: Tom, who is in the morning room of his house in the city, is beginning to tire of city pleasures and no longer dares to think of Anne. When he says "I wish I were happy," Shadow appears, showing a poster for Baba the Turk, a bearded lady whom he urges Tom to marry, because only when one is obligated to neither passion nor reason can one be truly free. Amused by the idea, Tom gets ready to go out. Anne approaches Tom's house but is hesitant to knock. As darkness falls, she sees servants enter with strangely shaped packages. A conveyance arrives and Tom steps out. Startled to see Anne, he says she must forget him, he cannot go back to her. Baba calls out from the sedan, whereupon Tom admits to the astonished Anne that he is married. Hurried along by Baba's impatient remarks, Anne faces the bitter realities, while Tom repeats that it is too late to turn back. As Tom helps Baba from the sedan, a curious crowd gathers. Anne hurriedly leaves. In his morning room, Tom sits sulking amid Baba's curios as she chatters about the origin of each. When he refuses to respond to her affection, she complains bitterly. Tom silences her and she remains motionless as Tom falls asleep. Shadow wheels in a strange contraption, and when Tom awakens, saying "Oh I wish it were true," the machine turns out to be his dream: an invention for making stones into bread. Seeing it as a means of redemption for his misdeeds, Tom wonders whether he might again deserve Anne. Shadow points out the device's usefulness in gulling potential investors. ACT III: On a spring afternoon, the same scene (including the stationary Baba) is set for an auction. Customers examine the various objects: Tom's business venture has ended in ruin. Amid rumors as to what has become of Tom, Anne enters in search of him. An auctioneer, Sellem, begins to hawk various objects -- including Baba, who resumes her chatter after the crowd bids to purchase her. Indignant at finding her belongings up for sale, she tries to order everyone out. She draws Anne aside, saying the girl should try to save Tom, who still loves her. Anne, hearing Tom and Shadow singing in the street, runs out. Shadow leads Tom to a graveyard with a freshly dug grave, where he reminds the young man that a year and a day have passed since he promised to serve him: now the servant claims his wage. Tom must end his life by any means he chooses before the stroke of twelve. Suddenly, Shadow offers a reprieve: they will gamble for Tom's soul. When Tom, placing his trust in the Queen of Hearts, calls upon Anne, and her voice is heard, Shadow realizes he has lost. In retaliation, he condemns Tom to insanity. As Shadow disappears and dawn rises, Tom -- gone mad -- imagines himself Adonis, waiting for Venus. In an insane asylum, Tom declares Venus will visit him, whereupon fellow inmates mock the idea. The Keeper admits Anne. Believing her to be Venus, Tom confesses his sins: "I hunted the shadows, disdaining thy true love." Briefly they imagine timeless love in Elysium. With his head upon her breast, Tom asks her to sing him to sleep. As she does, her voice moves the other inmates. Trulove comes to fetch his daughter, who bids the sleeping Tom farewell. When he wakens to find her gone, he cries out for Venus as the inmates sing "Mourn for Adonis." EPILOGUE: The principals gather to tell the moral that each finds in the story. Anne warns that not every man can hope for someone like her to save him; Baba warns that all men are mad; Tom warns against self-delusion, to Trulove's agreement; Shadow mourns his role as man's alter ego; and all concur that the devil finds work for idle hands
English choral favourites by Simon Halsey( )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Requiem in C minor : Marche funèbre by Luigi Cherubini( )

3 editions published in 1996 in Latin and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All-night vigil : (Vespers) by Sergei Rachmaninoff( )

5 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in Russian and No Linguistic content and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Requiem : (third version) ; Quatre motets sur des thèmes gregoriens by Maurice Duruflé( Recording )

6 editions published in 1986 in Latin and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Best, Mathew 1957-

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