Sullivan - Victoria and Merrie England (Complete Ballet) | Naxos 8555216

Sullivan - Victoria and Merrie England (Complete Ballet)

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8555216

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Ballet

Release Date: 3rd December 2021

Contents

Artists

RTE Sinfonietta

Conductor

Andrew Penny

Works

Sullivan, Arthur

Victoria and Merrie England

Artists

RTE Sinfonietta

Conductor

Andrew Penny

About

Feted for his Savoy operas with librettist W.S. Gilbert, Sir Arthur Sullivan also regularly produced music for important royal or national occasions. In 1897, to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, he was commissioned to write a ballet for the Alhambra Theatre in London. Conforming closely to the theatre’s established style, this single-act ballet was a spectacular pageant, featuring ‘speciality’ dances, startling dramatic effects and grand tableaux, notably military ones. Significant research and reconstruction of the score has made this recording possible.

This title originally appeared on the Marco Polo label in 1995. Gramophone wrote: ‘Sullivan skilfully weaves in various patriotic British melodies as well as traditional dances such as a Morris dance and a sailors’ hornpipe’; and Fanfare said: ‘Conductor Andrew Penny…leads both the orchestral and choral ensembles with zest, good tempo choices, and firm baton.’

Andrew Penny has conducted the complete symphonies of Sir Malcolm Arnold (9-disc set on Naxos 8506041). For the Ninth Symphony, Classic CD exclaimed: ‘Naxos have pulled off a real coup being the first to record [the] Ninth... A very remarkable achievement’.

Penny’s recording of symphonies by Havergal Brian on 8572641 was greatly admired: ‘The sound is still of high quality and the restoration of these recordings, especially at super-budget price, will be immensely welcome to the Brian Society as well as to those coming anew to this famously incalculable composer’ (Gramophone).

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