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Wonderland: The Alice Sound [download] – LSO Live

Wonderland: The Alice Sound [download]

  • Release date: 30 June 2023
    LSO5129-D | 0822231512967

    24 bit 96 kHz FLAC | 320 kbps MP3
    Digital booklet in English

    Producer: Jonathan Stokes
    Engineers: Classic Sound Ltd
    Recorded: 12 &13 July 2022 in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke's, London

  • ‘It is the musical equivalent of the topsy turvy world of the Alice books where nothing is quite what it seems.
    It can be enthusiastically recommended to anyone who likes joyous, irreverent, brilliantly scored music!’
    – MusicWeb International

    ‘Rissmann has fully captured the imagination in his delightful orchestration...
    It is exactly what we need to help young people discover the power and beauty of music.’
    – Yorkshire Times


Lee Reynolds
Paul Rissmann
Emily Dickens, Joanna Harries, Richard Pinkstone, Neil Balfour
London Symphony Orchestra

150 years after the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, LSO Animateur Paul Rissmann began work on a project that would see the musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra collaborating with young, school-aged singers. Together, they bring to life the story of Alice in a truly enchanting way.

Having set out to discover how Victorian composers represented Carroll’s iconic characters, Rissmann began working with Professor Kiera Vaclavik from Queen Mary University of London. During their research they uncovered a host of sheet music that presented Alice as a quiet, saccharine character—a far cry from the feisty heroine in Carroll’s book.

There were, however, a few exceptions to this, including a short piano piece by Arthur Cleveland. Taking just eight bars of music from this early surviving manuscript, Rissmann began work on a new piece — one that would portray Alice as a determined young soul, as someone inspiring and contemporary.

At the culmination of the project, over 1,000 school children came to the Barbican Concert Hall to sing Lewis Carroll’s words accompanied by the full force of the LSO, and supported by four soloists. This recording, captured at LSO St Luke’s, gives children the opportunity to take part from home.

Paul Rissmann
Lee Reynolds
Emily Dickens, Joanna Harries, Richard Pinkstone, Neil Balfour, London Symphony Orchestra

Track list

Paul Rissmann: Wonderland Suite

  1. I. The Golden Afternoon
  2. II. The White Rabbit
  3. III. Down the Rabbit-Hole
  4. IV. DRINK ME!
  5. V. The Duchess
  6. VI. The Cheshire Cat
  7. VII. The Hatter's Tea Party
  8. VIII. EAT ME!
  9. IX. The Queen of Hearts and Finale

Paul Rissmann: Through the Looking-Glass

  1. I. The Looking-Glass House
  2. II. The Garden of Live Flowers
  3. III. The Red Queen
  4. IV. Tweedledum and Tweedledee
  5. V. The White Queen
  6. VI. Humpty Dumpty
  7. VII. An Exam to be Queen
  8. VIII. Queen Alice
  9. IX. Return Through the Looking-Glass

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