Magazine article Gramophone

Sullivan

Magazine article Gramophone

Sullivan

Article excerpt

Sullivan

On Shore and Sea. Kenilworth Sally Silver sop Louise Winter mez Nico Darmanin ten Donald Maxwell bass-bar The John Powell Singers; Victorian Opera Northwest / Richard Bonynge Dutton Epoque [F] CDLX7310 (65' * DDD * T/t)

Recordings of Sullivan's choral music are a rare commodity these days, and even rarer still are performances of these two works, written in the first flush of the composer's career. Kenilworth, a premiere recording, was written for the Birmingham Festival of 1864, at a time when Sullivan continued to enjoy the accolades established by his incidental music to The Tempest, a graduation piece composed at the end of his time at Leipzig in 1861 and first heard in London to much acclaim in 1862. Styled a 'masque', there is much to admire in Kenilworth-, the slick orchestration, the euphonious melody of the individual songs and dances, the ingenious multi-layered counterpoint of the chorus and quartet 'Let fauns the cymbals ring' and the fine nocturnal scena 'How sweet the moonlight sleeps', with its strong reminiscences of Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.