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Sir Arthur Sullivan: The Beauty Stone / Toby Spence, David Stout, Stephen Gadd, Richard Suart. Rory Macdonald

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> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 1: Chorus of Knights and Dames: With cards and dice, and with wine and laughter (Chorus)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 1: Melos
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 1: Chorus of Knights and Dames: Though she should dance (Chorus)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 1: Song: Safe in her island home, whose sloping glades (Saida, Chorus)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 1: Nay, see ye not this maid is fair? (Chorus, Philip)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 1: Duet: I love thee! I love thee! (Philip, Laine)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 1: Song: I'll tell them what thou wast when first I knew thee (Guntran)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 1: How say you? Shame! My sword! my sword! (Philip, Laine, Devil, Saida)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 1: Nay, wert thou more than all he said thou art (Laine, Philip)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 1: She's gone! Love's hour has come at last! (Saida, Devil, Philip)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 1: Lords of Sirault, Velaines, and St Sauveur (Guntran, Three Lords, Philip, Chorus)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 1: Change of Scene
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 2: Trio: Look yon, 'tis she! our little Laine! (Joan, Laine, Simon)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 2: Duet: I would see a maid who dwells in Zolden (Simon, Joan)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 2: Quintet: Haste thee! Haste thee! (Devil, Laine, Joan, Saida, Simon)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 3: Duet: Up and down (Jacqueline, Devil)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 3: Finale: There he stands, that lord ye knew (Guntran, Chorus, Philip)
> The Beauty Stone - Act II Scene 3: Finale: My lord! (Laine, Philip, Joan, Chorus)
> The Beauty Stone - Act III Scene 1: Introduction - Song: An hour agone 'twas the moon that shone (Laine)
> The Beauty Stone - Act III Scene 1: Song: Why dost thou sigh and moan? (Jacqueline)
> The Beauty Stone - Act III Scene 1: Recitative and Song: Mine, mine at last! Poor vanquished slave, begone! (Saida)
> The Beauty Stone - Act III Scene 1: Scene: So all is lost for ever! And 'twas thou (Saida, Devil)
> The Beauty Stone - Act III Scene 1: Change of Scene
> The Beauty Stone - Act III Scene 2: Chorus and Dance: O'er Mirlemont city the banners are flying (Chorus)
> The Beauty Stone - Act III Scene 2: Exit of Guntran and Crowd
> The Beauty Stone - Act III Scene 2: Finale: Hail to the lord of our land! (Chorus, Guntran, Joan, Laine, Simon, Jacqueline, Philip, Devil)

Album Summary

>Sullivan, Arthur : The Beauty Stone, musical drama
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Beauty Stone is a neglected gem among the works of Arthur Sullivan, better known for his famous collaboration with W.S Gilbert. In this premiere commercial recording, featuring some of the finest singers on the stage today, all original music has been restored. This release follows Chandos' highly regarded recording of Ivanhoe.

The Guardian, 7th November 2013
It has never been recorded by professional singers before, and Rory Macdonald seems to have prepared with academic scrupulousness...it's very strongly cast, too, but there's no sense of an important rediscovery here.

Sunday Times, 17th November 2013
Sullivan's score is charming, if hardly vintage, and is delivered here with brio by Rory McDonald and leading G&S lights.

MusicWeb International, 16th December 2013
[Macdonald's] exacting skill in the handling of pace, dynamics and texture is very much admired. The teasing out of nuances in the score allows the listener to appreciate the reasons why Sullivan is set on a higher plane than many of his contemporaries...A most enjoyable find.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
A deftly woven score, intriguingly cast in several registers...Sullivan's sophisticated add another layer of delight. The recording and presentation are admirable...I wish Toby Spence's epicurean lord had more and stronger material, but a magic stone, as the opera proves, can't work every miracle.

Financial Times, 28th December 2013
Thanks to the discovery of Sullivan's autograph score, it comes to life in this sparkling recording...The medieval-mystery plot may be hokum, but there are enough scenes of musical depth to justify a reassessment.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
Opie revels in his Faustian role...[Thomas's] youthful soprano voice is well focused throughout and her identification with the part is never in doubt...Evans offers a vivid and dramatic profile of Saida...There's some lovely playing from the BBC NOW, particularly in the score's more reflective moments.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (01/29/2013-02/03/2013).



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Works Details

>Sullivan, Arthur : The Beauty Stone, musical drama
  • Conductor: Rory MacDonald
  • Ensemble: BBC National Chorus of Wales
  • Notes: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (01/29/2013-02/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898