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Sir Arthor Sullivan: Ivanhoe

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  1. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 1: Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 1: Each Day This Realm of England Faints and Fails (Cedric, Men) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 1: Good Thane, Most Noble Thane, I Pray … (Isaac, Men, Cedric, Squire) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 1: Welcome, Sir Knights! (Cedric, de Bracy, Brian, Isaac, Women, Men, Rowena) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 1: Drink, Drink Ye All … (Cedric, Men, de Bracy, Brian, Rowena, Ivanoe, All) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 1: The Palmer! the Holy Palmer! (Men, Ivanhoe, Cedric, Brian, Rowena, de Bracy) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 1: Is She Not Fair? and She Is Rich Withal (de Bracy, Brian, Men) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 2: O Moon, Art Thou Clad In Silver Mail … (Rowena) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 2: Good Palmer, Thou Didst Speak of One I Knew … (Rowena, Ivanhoe) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 2: Like Mountain Lark My Sprit Upward Springs (Ivanhoe, Isaac) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 3: Will There Be No More Fighting? (Sopranos, Chorus, Friar, King, All) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 3: Chorus: Plantagenesta! (All) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 3: Isaac, My Jew, My Purse of Gold (Prince John, Cedric, de Bracy, Rebecca) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 3: Tis from Our Royal Brother, Louis of France (Prince John, Heralds, Crowd) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act I Scene 3: What Means His Motto? (Sopranos, Crowd, Friar, Locksley, Prince John, Rowena, Cedric, All) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act II Scene 1: There Is a Custom In the East (King, Friar) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act II Scene 1: Not Bad, Say I, Nor Badly Sung! (Friar, King) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act II Scene 1: The Wind Blows Cold Across the Moor (Friar, Outlaws) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act II Scene 2: Will Not Our Captor Dare to Show His Face? (Cedric, de Bracy, Rowena) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act II Scene 2: Welcome, Sir Templar! But I May Not Stay (de Bracy, Brian) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act II Scene 2: Her Southern Splendour, Like the Syrian Moon (Brian) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act II Scene 3: Whet the Keen Axes (Ulrica, Rebecca) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act II Scene 3: O Awful Depth Below the Castle Wall! (Rebecca) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act II Scene 3: Lord of Our Chosen Race (Rebecca) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act II Scene 3: Take Thou These Jewels; Here Is Wealth Enow … (Rebecca, Brian) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act II Scene 3: What Sound Is That? (Rebecca, Brian) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 1: Happy With Winged Feet (Ivanhoe) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 1: Tend Thou the Knight Thou Lovest (Ulrica, Rebecca) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 1: Ah, Would That Thou and I Might Lead Our Sheep … (Rebecca, Ivanhoe) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 1: But Hark! What Sound Is In Mine Ear? (Ivanhoe, Rebecca) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 1: I See Them Now; the Dark Wood Moves With Bows (Rebecca, Tenors, Basses, Ivanhoe) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 1: How Canst Thou Know What Pain It Is to Lie … (Ivanhoe, Rebecca, Soldiers, Brian, Outlaws, Ulrica, All) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 2: Light Foot Upon the Dancing Green (Outlaws, King, Ivanhoe) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 2: Maurice de Bracy, Faithless Knight (King, de Bracy) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 2: Look, Where Thy Moody Father Walks Apart (King, Ivanhoe, Cedric, Rowena) $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 2: How Oft Beneath the Far-off Syrian Skies … (Ivanhoe, Rowena) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 2: Knight, Knight, of Ivanhoe, I Come for Thee! (Isaac, Ivanhoe, Rowena) $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 3 Fremeure Principes (Templars) $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 3: Thou Jewish Girl, Who Art Condemned to Die … (Grand Master, Rebecca) $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 3: It Shall Not Be (Brian, Grand Master, Rebecca) $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 3: A Champion! a Champion! a Champion! (Voices, Ivanhoe, Chorus, Rebecca, Brian) $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 3: Chorus: A Judgement! a Judgment! (King, Grand Master, Templars) $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Sullivan, A. — Ivanhoe: Act III Scene 3: See Where the Banner of England Floats Afar … (King, Templars, Rebecca, Rowena, Ivanhoe, Cedric, All) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Sullivan, Arthur : Ivanhoe, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

'Ivanhoe', perhaps Sir Walter Scott's most popular novel, was the perfect choice for historical opera and launched by D'Oyly Carte's ambitious English Royal Opera (now home to the Palace Theatre) where this romantic opera of three hours ran with a double cast in one of London's largest and most expensive theatres, on consecutive nights, for 155 performances. 'Ivanhoe' was written when Sullivan was at the height of his powers, with his typical fluency in word-setting and mastery of orchestration, and it breathes his natural empathy and humanity. This is the first professional commercial recording of 'Ivanhoe' and features a fine cast. The recording is dedicated to the memory of Richard Hickox who was instrumental in getting the project off the ground.

"Arthur Sullivan's Ivanhoe is among the most prominent works on the list of operas that almost everyone has heard of, but that almost no one has heardWhile Ivanhoe is certainly not going to find a place in, or even at the fringes of the standard repertoire, this recording should go a way toward putting to rest the platitude that England was an arid operatic wasteland between Dido and Aeneas and Peter Grimes Lloyd-Jones leads the opera with loving attention to detail and to its dramatic arc, drawing committed performances from the orchestra and chorus. All of the soloists are very fine and several are exceptionalChandos' sound is clean and presentIvanhoe should be of strong interest to fans of late Romantic opera." - All Music Guide

"Sullivan's tuneful score makes for pleasant listening in this recording, planned for the late Richard Hickox, but stylishly conducted by David Lloyd-Jones. A fine British cast is headed by Toby Spence and Geraldine McGreevy, with James Rutherford as the lustful baddie." -Sunday Times ***

"Here at last is a recording...that makes the best possible case for the opera. David Lloyd-Jones conducts with an ideal balance of swagger and lyricism...Anyone who enjoys the serious side of Sullivan, as in The Yeomen of the Guard, will find much to enjoy here" -The Observer

"That this first fully professional recording so clearly outclasses two previous semi-professional efforts is due above all to David-Lloyd-Jones's dramatic pacing... The three key roles are well cast. Toby Spence admirably balances heroic and lyrical demands... James Rutherford as Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert and Geraldine McGreevy as Rebecca combine to bring the most out of Act 2, Scene 3 - the opera's musical high point." -Gramophone Magazine

"Toby Spence is an impeccable Ivanhoe opposite Janice Watson's aristocratic, if effortful Rowena. But it's Geraldine McGreevy and James Rutherford, astonishing as Rebecca and Brian, who will really sweep you away." -The Guardian

"From the lively pomp of the jousting scene, with its brilliant double chorus, to moments of exquisite tenderness and passion, to thrilling battles and powerful drama, this recording makes a compelling case for a monumental work that deserves a modern audience." -Graham Rogers, bbc.co.uk

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Haddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (06/24/2009-06/28/2009).



Reviews

On for Saint George!
Though it was the lighter music of the Savoy operettas that made him famous (and rich), Sir Arthur Sullivan longed to make his mark as a serious composer. In 1890 he was given the chance to compose a grand opera in English, based on 'Ivanhoe,' Scott's popular novel of chivalry. It ran for 155 consecutive performances, was given five more times afterwards, then basically vanished from the stage; this is the first professional recording of the entire work. The text isn't any great shakes--Julian Sturgis was no W.S. Gilbert--but much of the music is well worth the wait. Freed from the restrictions of the singing actors and small pit band he normally wrote for, Sullivan gives his lyrical side full rein. While he tried to move away from his usual "numbers opera" style, and largely succeeds, the famous character song "Ho, Jolly Jenkin" and a marvelous double-chorus would be at home at the Savoy. The orchestra and chorus are first-rate, as you'd expect from Chandos. Toby Spence (who could surely headline a new G&S cycle ) lends his ringing voice to the hero, and there are two fine sopranos--Janice Watson and Geraldine McGreevy--as the women who love him. The booklet contains detailed notes (history of the original production, Sullivan's use of motifs, etc), and full libretto.
Submitted on 03/05/10 by Jim D. 
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>Sullivan, Arthur : Ivanhoe, opera
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Notes: BBC Haddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (06/24/2009-06/28/2009)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1891