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W.S. Gilbert & Alfred Cellier: The Mountebanks & Alfred Cellier: Suite Symphonique [SACD Hybrid Multi-channel]
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Audio CD, Hybrid SACD, 1 Jan. 2018
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Manufacturer : Dutton Epoch
- Label : Dutton Epoch
- ASIN : B07BR3K55S
- Number of discs : 2
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W.S. GILBERT & ALFRED CELLIER
The Mountebanks (1892)
1. -20. CD 1
– Act I, Finale
1. -21. CD 2
– Entr’acte composed by Ivan Caryll, Act II, Finale
22. - 25. Suite Symphonique (1878)
WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS
SORAYA MAFI soprano - Teresa
THOMAS ELWIN tenor - Alfredo
JAMES CLEVERTON baritone - Arrostino
SHARON CARTY mezzo-soprano - Minestra
JOHN-COLYN GYEANTEY tenor - Risotto
CATHERINE CARBY mezzo-soprano - Nita
JOHN SAVOURNIN bass-baritone - Bartolo
GEOFFREY DOLTON baritone - Pietro
MADELEINE SHAW mezzo-soprano - Ultrice
MARTIN LAMB bass-baritone - Elvino
DANIEL COOK chorus master including soloists:
OLIVIA ROBINSON soprano
NANCY COLE mezzo-soprano
TOM RASKIN tenor -Giorgio Ravioli
ANDREW RUPP baritone - Luigi Spaghetti
BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by JOHN ANDREWS
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Alfred Cellier was immersed in the G and S works, so when Gilbert himself offered him a libretto totally Gilbertian, it was inevitable that much of Cellier's music called Sullivan to mind.Sometimes he borrows an exact phrase, influenced by the same rhythms and inflections Gilbert gave to Sullivan. Nevertheless there is much to delight here, with moments of beauty.
The orchestration is exquisite and surpasses that of Sullivan at times whilst the BBC Concert Orchestra (as always, I believe) are on top form, very well conducted by John Andrew.
The performance is clearly well prepared and rehearsed by all. The singers all do a fine job, even when hampered by Gilbert's awkward and preposterous lyrics. Especially lovely is Soraya Mafi as Teresa, who luckily has the best music. The notes by J. Donald Smith are exhaustive but annoyingly there is no summary of the plot. Recommended to those who like Victorian operetta.