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  • Orchestra: National Festival Orchestra
  • Conductor: David Russell Hulme
  • Composer: Edward German
  • Audio CD (17 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B002ED6VJK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Act I, ''The lawn at Squire Western's'': Introduction - National Festival Orchestra and Chorus
  2. Act I: Don't you find the weather charming (Chorus) - National Festival Orchestra and Chorus
  3. Act I: Song: On a Januairy morning (Squire Western, Chorus)
  4. Act I: Song: West Country lad (Tom, Chorus)
  5. Act I: Song: To - day my spinet (Sophia)
  6. Act I: Interlude: I gave your message, Miss (Sophia, Honour, Tom)
  7. Act I: Trio: Wisdom says, Festina lente (Sophia, Honour, Tom)
  8. Act I: Sextet: The Barley Mow (Honour, Gregory, Peggy, Betty, Grizzle, Dobbin)
  9. Act I: Madrigal Quartet: Here's a paradox for lovers (Sophia, Honour, Tom, Allworthy)
  10. Act I: Finale: For aye, my love (Sophia, Tom, Squire Western, Blifil, Allworthy, Chorus)
  11. Act II, ''The Inn at Upton'': Hurry! Bustle! (Hostess, Officer, Chorus)
  12. Act II: Song: A Person of Parts (Partridge, Chorus)
  13. Act II: Song: Dream o' Day Jill (Sophia)
  14. Act II: Song: Gurt - Uncle Jan Tappit (Gregory, Chorus)
  15. Act II: Jig: With a fal la la (Chorus)
  16. Act II: My lady's coach (Hostess, Chorus)
  17. Act II: Song: As all the maids (Honour)
  18. Act II: Laughing Trio: You have a pretty wit (Honour, Partridge, Gregory)
  19. Act II: Song: A Soldier's Scarlet Coat (Tom, Chorus) (lyrics: Harry Beswick)
  20. Act II: Song: Love maketh the heart a garden fair (Sophia, Chorus)
  21. Act II: Finale: Where be my daughter (Lady Bellaston, Tom, Squire Western, Partridge, Officer, Hostess, Chorus)

Disc: 2

  1. Act III, ''Ranelagh Gardens'': Morris Dance
  2. Act III: Gavotte: Glass of fashion (Chorus)
  3. Act III: Song: The Green Ribbon (Honour, Chorus of Men) - National Festival Orchestra and Chorus
  4. Act III: Song: If love's content (Tom) - National Festival Orchestra and Chorus
  5. Act III: Barcarolle: Beguile, beguile, with music sweet (Chorus, Chapman, Wise, Stein)
  6. Act III: Recitative: Which is my own true self (Sophia) - Waltz Song: For to - night (Sophia)
  7. Act III: Trio: Says a well - worn saw (Honour, Partridge, Gregory)
  8. Act III: Melos
  9. Act III: Finale: Hark, the merry marriage bells! (Sophia, Honour, Tom, Chorus)
  10. Additional Song: A Foundling Boy (Tom)
  11. Additional Song: By night and day (Sophia)
  12. Additional Trio: Come away with me my deary (Sophia, Honour, Tom)

Product Description

Product Description

Opéra comique en 3 actes / Marianne Hellgren Staykov (Sophia), Richard Morrison (Tom Jones), Heather Shipp (Honour), Donald Maxwell (Squire Western), Simon Butteriss (Gregory)... - National Festival Orchestra and Chorus - David Russell Hulme, direction

Review

This second Marco Polo disc of Edward German's more serious music evokes the same warm welcome I recently gave the first. --Gramophone on 8.223726

''This new recording [is] highly worthwhile. A strong and largely british cast is excellently conducted by David Russell Hulme, clearly singing with much enthusiasm Great fun.'' --Scotland on Sunday

''That the work deserves a complete recording is no more in doubt than that it has here received a worthy one. David Russell Hulme, the conductor, has long made a special study of German's music, and his grasp of its scope and nuances is readily apparent...[an] exceptionally fine achievement.'' --Gramophone

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The music of Sir Edward German (1862-1936) has been increasingly well-served in recent years: two very impressive discs from the Dutton label (CDLX 7156 and CDLX 7202) (giving us a comprehensive survey of his orchestral music, beautifully played and recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra under John Wilson) supplement two fine Marco Polo discs from the 1990s.

For many listeners, Edward German will be known primarily as the composer of the comic opera 'Merrie England' written for the Savoy in 1902, a work which at the time seemed to herald a new and exciting operatic partnership with Basil Hood (the skilled librettist for Arthur Sullivan's last completed opera 'The Rose of Persia', 1899). Indeed, when Sullivan died in 1900 leaving his next collaboration with Hood 'The Emerald Isle' unfinished, Edward German was chosen by Richard and Helen D'Oyly Carte to complete the work which was subsequently unveiled in 1901 to considerable acclaim.

Perhaps the jewel among German's operatic scores is 'Tom Jones', first performed in Manchester in 1907 and swiftly transferred to London's Apollo Theatre. There has been a previous recording of highlights (now available on a Classics for Pleasure coupling with 'The Beggar's Opera'), but it has been a long wait for a complete recording of this masterly work. From the hugely impressive opening chorus (pitting a busily-chattering female group against their hunting spouses) to the joyous finale, German provides number after number which will remain in the memory long after the performance has finished.

In every way, this new recording from Naxos is a triumph. The soloists are consistently fine and bring their colourful characters vividly to life.
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Other reviewers have summed this up perfectly. Most enjoyable, great music and worth every penny! It's a mystery to me why in this country we ignore works like this which should be in our national repertoire.

I have listened to this several times now with a score from ebay and with each listening I have become more impressed with German's achievement. The two big finales are superb and I am slightly ashamed to say that I find them quite moving! Things have moved on from Sullivan's time and the orchestration is much richer and positively Elgarian at times. A couple of passages I'm sure influenced later musical composers including Richard Rogers. I love the low rich chords with full orchestra at the ends of pieces, and brass are used much more prominantly than Sullivan's scores, with some lovely passionate counter-melodies for the horns.

David Russell Hulme does not put a foot wrong. His love for the music shines through in the care and attention to detail. To be picky, he doesn't have the Royal Philharmonic at his command and there are one or two intonational challenges in the brass, including a little horn burble hidden in the Prologue which I'm surprised was missed. Strings and woodwind are excellent. However these are minor criticisms and in a way add to the live character of the performance.

The soloists without exception are excellent. Marianne Hellgren Staykov sings the virtuosic arias with great panache - just a hint of accent at times - "the san in 'ees flight". The chorus also is good, but being small could perhaps have had the volume boosted in some tutti sections.

All in all, thoroughly recommended and I look forward to the next release.
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Sadly,Edward German is one of those composers that few have heard of,and even more sadly fewer have actually heard the music of.
Hopefully this new recording of the complete "Tom Jones" may rectifiy that.
I didn't know much of German's work (apart from Merrie England) but now am quite hooked on this recording.
The Classics for pleasure recording of "Merrie England is great,but suffers somewhat due to it's age,this cannot be said of Tom Jones.
It has a cast chosen for their abilty not only to fit the roles,but also their diction,essential when singing in English,is exemplary.
Selling (as of August 2009)at £6.98,it is a something that can't be overlooked,by either lovers of the musical period that German wrote for,or just anyone who likes Edwardian Operetta.
By the way, the second disc is "filled out" by 3 arias from Tom Jones that were deleted before the production reached the stage,so a real "complete" Tom Jones it is!

Go on,you know you want to.I can guarantee you won't regret it.
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An excellent job on an operetta we've all been waiting for. It starts a little slow but picks up greatly. Good singers, good orchestra, good lyrics, good music, who could ask for more.
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By M. Joyce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 July 2010
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I really like G&S. My wife doesn't. We both quite like this and there is certainly nothing here to scare the horses. It is perfectly pleasant, infectiously memorable music and is indisputably of some musical merit, although only the most ardent "Germanites" could pretend that it is anything more. It receives an excellent performance here, under the expert direction of David Russell Hulme. It is musically complete, including some (actually very fine) numbers omitted early on. The character parts are in the expert hands of Donald Maxwell, Simon Butteriss and Richard Suart, the first two adopting amusing "Zummerset" accents with some aplomb. Heather Shipp sings well as Honour, as does the Swedish soprano Marianne Hellgren Staykov. Her English is excellent and she makes a good job of her celebrated waltz song, a shrieked last note notwithstanding. Richard Morrison is a fine Tom, without quite erasing memories of Frederick Harvey on the EMI highlights disc, a "filler" on the Sargent "Beggar's Opera." Smaller parts are capably taken by some fine young singers and the choral contributions are first-rate. Lovers of British light music will find much to enjoy here.
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