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Sullivan: The Golden Legend

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  • Performer: New London Orchestra, Arthur Sullivan
  • Orchestra: The London Chorus
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Composer: Sir Arthur Sullivan
  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00005NUPB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,849 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prologue
  2. Nocte surgentes
  3. Scene 1
  4. I cammpt sleep
  5. All hail, Prince Henry
  6. Behold it here
  7. Drink, drink, and thy soul shall sink
  8. Scene 2
  9. Slowly, slowly up the wall
  10. Eveneing Hymn
  11. Who was it said 'Amen'?
  12. I heard Him call
  13. My Redeemer and my Lord
  14. My life is little
  15. Onward and onward
  16. Here am I too
  17. It is the sea
  18. The night is calm and cloudless

Disc: 2

  1. My guests approach
  2. Prince Henry enters
  3. O pure in heart
  4. Weep not, my friends
  5. Come with me, this Way
  6. Scene 5
  7. Virgin, who lovest the poor
  8. Scene 6
  9. We are alone
  10. Dear Elise
  11. In life's delight
  12. Choral Epilogue

Product description


An enthusiastic round of applause to Hyperion for a modern recording of Arthur Sullivan's The Golden Legend, which was overwhelmingly the most popular work of its kind by a British composer in the late 19th century. Yes, the "action" is limited, in a take on the familiar Christian theme of redemption through the shedding of blood (although in the event a love-struck Prince Henry spares the willing Ursula her fate). Yes, the pace of much of the music is slow. But on repeated listenings the musical ideas settle pleasingly, and admiration never ceases to grow for Sullivan's masterly orchestration. The atmosphere of those famed operettas does show through (for example, Lucifer--sung by a suitably snarling Jeffrey Black--is a veritable G&S villain, complete with perky theme tune). But overall this is serious Sullivan, rubbing musical shoulders with Parry and even Elgar. The performance here can be warmly recommended, though there are reservations. Mark Wilde seems neither vocally comfortable nor sufficiently characterful as Prince Henry, while the London Chorus is rather soggy at times. Corp's admirable conducting is never less than affectionate, yet speeds are surely on the conservative side and the whole needs more shape, more sense of drama. --Andrew Green

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