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Mary Bevan, Ben Johnson, Ashley Riches & David Owen Norris - Sir Arthur Sullivan: Songs (2017)

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Mary Bevan, Ben Johnson, Ashley Riches & David Owen Norris - Sir Arthur Sullivan: Songs (2017)
Artist:Mary Bevan, Ben Johnson, Ashley Riches & David Owen Norris
Title Of Album: Sir Arthur Sullivan: Songs
Year Of Release: 2017
Label: Chandos Records
Country: UK
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, booklet)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 02:26:37
Full Size: 509 MB


Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842 – 1900)

CD 1
01 - 05] Five Shakespeare Songs
06] Love laid his sleepless head
07] Nel ciel seren
08] Where the bee sucks
09] I wish to tune my quivering lyre
10] Sweet Day
11] Arabian Love Song

Cox and Box
12] Birds in the Night
13] A life that lives for you
14] Once again
15] Golden Days
16] Guinevere!
17] None but I can say
18] O Israel
19] St Agnes' Eve
20] Edward Gray
21] What does little birdie say?
22] O swallow, swallow
23] Tears, idle tears

CD 2
01 - 11] The Window; or, the Songs of the Wrens

Song Cycle
12] Bid me at least goodbye
13] E tu nol sai
14] Ich m?chte hinaus es jauchzen
15] Lied mit Thr?nen halbgeschrieben
16] Oh! ma charmante
17] I would I were a King
18] Sad Memories
19] Ever
20] Mary Morison
21] Old Love Letters
22] County Guy
23] Sweethearts

Arthur Sullivan always wanted to be known more as a serious composer than one of comic opera, and his Symphony in E minor ("Irish") and his grand opera Ivanhoe, immensely popular in its own time, have been revived in recent decades. The same cannot be said of his songs, which are all but unknown except for The Lost Chord. That chestnut is not even included on this expansive two-disc survey, a highly worthwhile look into Sullivan the song composer. The songs do fall into categories, ordered on the program and described in the informative booklet as Shakespearean Settings, Famous Poets, Songs to Words by Lionel Lewin (a friend of Sullivan in his early adulthood), The Beginning, The "Liederkreis" of Sullivan and Tennyson, Songs from the Stage, Foreign Tongues, and In Conclusion (for the moment -- apparently further releases are on the way, suggesting just how neglected this aspect of Sullivan's output has been). Certainly they're a mixed bag, but many are attractive, with Mendelssohn and Schubert (as with the "Irish" symphony) the main models. Lovers of the Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas will find some echoes of those here, and not all pertaining to the sentimental numbers of the dull, romantic leads. The triplet beat of the famous G&S patter songs is turned to new purposes in several places, and one number, Birds in the Night, even has a tune from Sullivan's pre-Gilbert operetta Cox and Box, furnished with new words by Lewin. G&S fans might also sample Arabian Love Song, to a text by Shelley, which renders Verdi in a few deft strokes, in just the way the comic operas do with various composers. The foreign-language pieces on the second disc, mostly written for plays, are workmanlike, and represent a genre not much heard from any composer, although it was common enough in the 19th century. The songs range from O Israel of 1855, Sullivan's first published composition, to the lovely O swallow, swallow, another song in which one can hear echoes of the elegant madrigals of the comic opera; it dates from the last year of Sullivan's life. The trio of singers, soprano Mary Bevan, tenor Ben Johnson, and bass-baritone Ashley Riches, all have an instinct for the dimensions of these songs. Highly recommended for Gilbert & Sullivan fans or for any lover of the Romantic art song. -- James Manheim

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