Sullivan - Incidental Music to Macbeth & The Tempest; Marmion Overture | Dutton - Epoch 2CDLX7331

Sullivan - Incidental Music to Macbeth & The Tempest; Marmion Overture

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Label: Dutton - Epoch

Cat No: 2CDLX7331

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 8th July 2016

Contents

Artists

Mary Bevan (soprano)
Fflur Wyn (soprano)
Simon Callow (speaker)
BBC Singers
BBC Concert Orchestra

Conductor

John Andrews

Works

Sullivan, Arthur

Macbeth (incidental music)
Marmion: Overture
The Tempest (incidental music)

Artists

Mary Bevan (soprano)
Fflur Wyn (soprano)
Simon Callow (speaker)
BBC Singers
BBC Concert Orchestra

Conductor

John Andrews

About

This 2-CD set brings together for the first time Arthur Sullivan’s complete incidental music to Shakespeare’s Macbeth and The Tempest with his concert overture, Marmion. The Tempest was Sullivan’s graduation work from the Leipzig Conservatoire, and its rapturous reception in London in 1862 launched his career. The Macbeth music comes from the other end of Sullivan’s creative life. Commissioned by Henry Irving for his famous production at the Lyceum Theatre, it includes sublime melodic writing, ravishing orchestration (including the atmospheric use of two harps) and a dark dramatic energy. For both plays, Sullivan interwove music and text seamlessly – most impressively in the scenes between Macbeth and the Witches. Simon Callow’s wonderful performance of Shakespeare’s text makes it possible to appreciate how truly theatrical this music is. Marmion was composed after the epic poem by Walter Scott, which culminates in the Battle of Flodden Field. Until now, it has been heard only in a heavily abbreviated version. This recording restores the composer’s original narrative structure, with sparkling playing from the BBC Concert Orchestra.

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