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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Retrospect Opera
  • ASIN: B06X1DY3W1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,013 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Edward Solomon (1855-95), the composer of Pickwick (1889), was judged by his contemporaries second only to Arthur Sullivan in the field of English comic opera. This is the first professional recording of his music. The one-act operetta Pickwick, the first successful musical adaptation of one of Charles Dickens's stories, has a delightful, fun-filled (and pun-filled) libretto by Sir Francis Burnand, the versatile writer who had teamed up with Sullivan before the latter established his more enduring partnership with W. S. Gilbert. The most famous incident in Pickwick Papers, the hilarious 'misunderstanding' between Mr Pickwick and Mrs Bardell, is brought to life in a series of sparkling songs and duets. Mr Pickwick is sung by Simon Butteriss, Mrs Bardell by Gaynor Keeble, and the Baker, Mr Pickwick's rival in Mrs Bardell's affections, by Toby Stafford-Allen. The companion work, Cups and Saucers of 1876, was written, composed and performed by George Grossmith (1847-1912), best known for his origination of many of the Gilbert and Sullivan patter roles, but a talented composer and writer in his own right. It is a delicious little satire on the British obsession with Oriental china and may have helped inspire The Mikado. Simon Butteriss sings General Deelah and Gaynor Keeble sings Mrs Nankeen Worcester. Both works are directed from the keyboard by Stephen Higgins. The sleeve booklet contains the full librettos, as well as essays by David Chandler, Kurt Gänzl and Simon Butteriss putting the operettas in context. We ship worldwide - please contact us directly if you are outside the UK and are having difficulty buying the CD.

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