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Andy Flower Duet

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Dear Andy Flower
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‘The Flower Duet’ from Act 1 of Lakmé by Léo Delibes, has, in its time, been purloined by a Dutch hip hop group, the makers of a Korean drama and for a film where two women are swimming naked under a glass-bottom boat in a piranha-infested lake. In this version, the roles of the daughter of a Brahman priest and her servant, normally sung by two sopranos, are taken by one soprano and a fella with a falsetto voice. And the tenor—or should it be counter-tenor?—of the libretto has been slanted rather cleverly by Mr. Stilgoe to warn of the potential perils that lie in wait for any England cricket manager…

from notes by David Allen © 2011


Songs of cricket
SIGCD217Download only


Track 18 on SIGCD217 [2'04] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD217 track 18

Recording date
28 February 2011
Recording venue
Air Studios, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Jake Jackson & Chris Barrett
Hyperion usage
  1. Songs of cricket (SIGCD217)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: July 2011
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