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Sousa: El Capitan / Hobson, Beer, Dolter, Edwards, Et Al


Release Date: 02/24/1998 
Label:  Zephyr   Catalog #: 97   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Mary Ann McCormickGerald DolterLucille BeerRichard Schacht,   ... 
Conductor:  Ian Hobson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia da CameraUniversity of Illinois ChoraleUniversity of Illinois Concert Band
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This was the most successful of Sousa’s 15 operas but it still needed far more restoration than Joplin’s Treemonisha before it could reach full performance. Fisher and Martin have made a convincing authentic realization as opposed to the various extracts and adaptations that have done the rounds. The marches emerge triumphantly but Sousa was not limited to his most characteristic genre, although tied to his European operetta models in Offenbach and Sullivan. The story of El capitan is replete with mistaken identity and ensuing subterfuge, but it’s well sung and spoken here and provides a genuine missing link.'

-- Peter Dickinson, Gramophone [3/1999]
This was the most successful of Sousa’s 15 operas but it still needed far more restoration than Joplin’s Treemonisha before it could reach full performance. Fisher and Martin have made a convincing authentic realization as opposed to the various extracts and adaptations that have done the rounds. The marches emerge triumphantly but Sousa was not limited to his most characteristic genre, although tied to his European operetta models in Offenbach and Sullivan. The story of El capitan is replete with mistaken identity and ensuing subterfuge, but it’s well sung and spoken here and provides a genuine missing link.'

-- Peter Dickinson, Gramophone [3/1999]
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Works on This Recording

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El Capitan (operetta) by John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Mary Ann McCormick (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Dolter (Baritone), Lucille Beer (Mezzo Soprano),
Richard Schacht (Bass), Donald Hartmann (Bass Baritone), Darryl Edwards (Tenor),
Harold Gray Meers (Tenor), Sherri Karam (Soprano), Andy Bade (Bass),
Donna Elyashar (Spoken Vocals), Douglas Webster (Baritone), Robert Daniel Goulet (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ian Hobson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia da Camera,  University of Illinois Chorale,  University of Illinois Concert Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 

Sound Samples

El Capitan: Act I: Prelude
El Capitan: Act I: Nobles of Castilian birth (Castilian Nobles)
El Capitan: Act I: Don Medigua, all for thy coming wait (Chorus)
El Capitan: Act I: When we hear the call for battle (Don Medigua, Verrada, Estrelda)
El Capitan: Act I: Oh, spare a daughter's aching heart (Isabel)
El Capitan: Act I: Lo, the awful man approaches (All)
El Capitan: Act I: Finale: Bah! Bah! (Verrada, Isabel)
El Capitan: Act II: Ditty of the Drill
El Capitan: Act II: Behold (Don Medigua)
El Capitan: Act II: I've a most decided notion (Don Medigua)
El Capitan: Act II: Bow'd with tribulationn (All)
El Capitan: Act II: Oh, warrior grim (Isabel)
El Capitan: Act II: Don Medigua, here's your wife (Don Medigua, Pozzo, Princess, Isabel, Estrelda)
El Capitan: Act II: Finale: He cannot, must not (Princess)
El Capitan: Act III: Sweetheart, I'm waiting (Verrada)
El Capitan: Act III: Don Medigua's Entrance
El Capitan: Act III: When some serious affliction (Don Medigua)
El Capitan: Act III: A Typical Tune of Zanzibar
El Capitan: Act III: Chorus and Entrance of Spanish Troops
El Capitan: Act III: Finale: We beg your kind consideration (Don Medigua)

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