Sullivan - Incidental Music: Macbeth, King Arthur, The Merry Wives of Windsor | Naxos 8555210

Sullivan - Incidental Music: Macbeth, King Arthur, The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8555210

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 25th February 2022

Contents

Artists

Maggie McDonald (mezzo-soprano)
RTE Chamber Choir
RTE Concert Orchestra

Conductor

Andrew Penny

Works

Sullivan, Arthur

King Arthur (incidental music, ed. Wilfred Bendall)
Macbeth (incidental music)
The Merry Wives of Windsor (incidental music)

Artists

Maggie McDonald (mezzo-soprano)
RTE Chamber Choir
RTE Concert Orchestra

Conductor

Andrew Penny

About

Arthur Sullivan is best remembered today for his Savoy Operas with W.S. Gilbert, but during his lifetime Sullivan was also famed for his church, concert hall and stage works. These three sets of incidental music show his versatility in the genre. The music for The Merry Wives of Windsor has a joviality and lightness that matches its pantomime mood, while the concert suite for Macbeth weaves together nervous tension and impending tragedy. By contrast, King Arthur required one of Sullivan’s specialties, a sequence of choruses, edited after his death into this evocative suite.

This is a reissue of Marco Polo 8223635 (issued in 1995) about which American Record Guide wrote: ‘It is a pleasure to welcome both of these splendidly played and recorded discs to the catalogue’ and Fanfare wrote, ‘Conductor Andrew Penny... leads both the orchestral and choral ensembles with zest, good tempo choices, and firm baton.’

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