«Gordon Crosse – Ariadne and Changes»
Ariadne, Op. 31 (1972),
Changes, Op. 17 (1966).
John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Jennifer Vyvyan (Soprano).
Highgate School Boys Choir, London Symphony Chorus.
Orpington Junior Singers.
London Symphony Ensemble – Michael Lankester,
London Symphony Orchestra – Norman Del Mar.
Ariadne was first performed, with outstanding success, at the Cheltenham International Festival on 11 July 1972 by Sarah Francis and Contrapuncti conducted by Michael Lankester. The present recording was made in Kingsway Hall, London, immediately following a performance given with members of the London Symphony Orchestra at a BBC Prom concert at the Royal Albert Hall in August 1974. Ariadne has had a considerable number of performances, many of them with Sarah Francis as soloist, and her name stands at the head of the score as dedicatee.