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

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  1. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone: Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 1: Duet. Click, clack, click, clack (Simon, Joan) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 1: Semi-Chorus. Maidens and Men of Mirlemont Town (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 1: Prayer. Dear Mary Mother, Unto Thee I Bring (Laine) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 1: Quartet. Who Stands Within? (Simon, Joan, Devil, Laine) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 1: Recitative and Song. Since it Dwelt in That Rock Whose Hallowed Crest (Devil) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 1: Appearance of Laine $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 1: Change of Scene $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 2: Full Chorus. Maidens and Men of Mirlemont Town (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 2: Duet. My Name is Crazy Jacqueline (Jacqueline, Devil) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 2: Scene. Know Ye all, Both Great and Small (Nicholas, Philip) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 2: Scene. I am Loyse From St. Denis (Loyse, Chorus, Saida, Philip, Nicholas) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 2: Scene. in the Hills Beyond Florennes (Isabeau, Chorus, Saida, Devil, Philip, Nicholas) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 2: Scene. I am Barbe of Bovigny (Barbe, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 2: Finale. By Our Lady, She is Fair! (Philip, Chorus, Nicholas, Saida) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 2: Finale. Oh, Turn Thine Eyes Away (Saida, Philip, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 2: Finale. in Vain Ye Plead, Some Magic Spell Enthralls Him! (Saida, Guntran, Devil, Chorus, Joan, Simon, Philip) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act I Scene 2: Finale. I Can But Tell I Knelt and Prayed (Laine, Philip, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 1: Chorus of Knights and Dames. With Cards and Dice, and With Wine and Laughter (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 1: Melos $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 1: Chorus of Knights and Dames. Though She Should Dance (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 1: Song. Safe in Her Island Home, Whose Sloping Glades (Saida, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 1: Nay, See Ye Not This Maid is Fair? (Chorus, Philip) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 1: Duet. I Love Thee! I Love Thee! (Philip, Laine) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 1: How Say You? Shame! My Sword! My Sword! (Philip, Laine, Devil, Saida) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 1: Nay, Wert Thou More Than All He Said Thou Art (Laine, Philip) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 1: Lords of Sirault, Velaines, and St. Sauveur (Guntran, Three Lords, Philip, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 1: Change of Scene $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 2: Duet. I Would See a Maid Who Dwells in Zolden (Simon, Joan) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 2: Quintet. Haste Thee! Haste Thee! (Devil, Laine, Joan, Saida, Simon) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 3: Duet. Up and Down (Jacqueline, Devil) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 3: Finale. Three He Stands, That Lord Ye Knew (Guntran, Chorus, Philip) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act II Scene 3: Finale. My Lord! (Laine, Philip, Joan, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act III Scene 1: Song. Why Dost Thou Sigh and Moan? (Jacqueline) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act III Scene 1: Recitative and Song. Mine, Mine at Last! Poor Vanquished Slave, Begone! (Saida) $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act III Scene 1: Change of Scene $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act III Scene 2: Exit of Guntran and Crowd $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Sullivan — The Beauty Stone, Act III Scene 2: Finale. Hail to the Lord of Our Land! (Chorus, Guntran, Joan, Laine, Simon, Jacqueline, Philip, Devil) $0.99 on iTunes

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.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
The performances are mostly fine, with some excellent singing from Toby Spence as Philip, Alan Opie as the Devil, Elin Manahan Thomas as Laine, and Rebecca Evans as Saida. The BBC Orchestra of Wales performs admirably. The set includes a 136-page booklet in English, German, and French with copious explanations of the original production, a long plot synopsis, publicity stills, musical notations, and an English only libretto.

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