- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Classical
- Label: Dutton Epoch
- ASIN: B00LONBX3A
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Arthur Sullivan - On Shore and Sea (1871) & Kenilworth (1864) Classical
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Arthur Sullivan had a life and career before and beyond the Savoy operas. In the now completely unknown cantata On Shore and Sea of 1871 and the earlier "Masque" Kenilworth, with which the 22-year-old composer fulfilled his first commission for a major choral festival (at Birmingham), we have two scores all lovers of Sullivan - as well as those exploring the still forgotten tuneful delights of Victorian cantatas - will revel in. Already the master of the charming aria, catchy number and delightful chorus, we can share with Sullivan's first audiences the pleasure of melodic discoveries in works commissioned from the coming man of mid-Victorian music. Under the authoritative direction of Richard Bonynge the music of Sullivan is vibrantly restored to us in these enthusiastic performances. Track listing: On Shore and Sea (1871): A dramatic cantata [tracks 1-10] / Kenilworth (1864): A masque [tracks 11-20] / Recorded: Urmston Grammar, Manchester, 2-3 November 2013 / Sally Silver (soprano), Nico Darmanin (tenor), Louise Winter (mezzo-soprano), Donald Maxwell (bass baritone), The John Powell Singers, Victorian Opera Northwest conducted by Richard Bonynge
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The first work on the disc, “On Shore and Sea”, was first performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 1871, to mark the third incarnation of the Great Exhibition. The concert featured music from four countries; Gounod was the French composer, while the young Sullivan represented the United Kingdom. The work is a dramatic cantata, with a libretto by one Tom Taylor. Set on the Genoese coast and at sea, this “charming and picturesque” work, to quote a contemporary critic, is mildly exotic and oriental in flavor and has, indeed, many delightful moments.
The masque “Kenilworth” is a musical portrayal of the visit of Queen Elizabeth to Kenilworth Castle in 1575. Its first performance in 1864 featured a huge orchestra and a stellar quartet of vocal soloists, including the baritone Charles Santley, whose song “I am a Ruler on the Sea” became a popular drawing-room ballad. The work was a success with audiences, but critics found it rather “slight”; there is, however, much to enjoy here.
The splendid soprano and tenor soloists in “On Shore and Sea” are Sally Silver and Nico Darmanin, whose name is, I would suggest, one to watch out for. In “Kenilworth” they are joined by the excellent mezzo Louise Winter and the veteran baritone Donald Maxwell, who, despite singing with his customary verbal acuity, rather shows his age in his big solo.Read more ›
As for the two works: very pleasant Sullivan, but not that memorable. The best item/movement is probably the Moresque dance, which is for orchestra alone, so perhaps stronger vocal performances would have helped the rest of the music?
However, it is good to have this music available on CD. The alternative version of Kenilworth has similar weaknesses.