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Syrens, Enchanters & Fairies / Terey-Smith, Capella Savaria


Release Date: 05/13/2003 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 93251   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Christopher SmithJohn Abraham Fisher(Earl of Kelly) ErskineThomas Augustine Arne
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The recorded catalog of 18th-century English theatrical music is so Handel-heavy that it's easy to get the impression that Georg Frederic was the only notable name contributing to the lively operatic scene in London during the 1700s. However, as we discover on this very fine program from the Hungarian period-instrument ensemble Capella Savaria, a host of names--such as Arne, Smith, Fisher, and Erskine--also graced the billboards and entertained audiences during the English capital's busy, flourishing theatrical seasons.


Of course, in their full-fledged stagings, not all the operatic efforts of these now lesser-known composers were successes--in fact, many were only moderately popular, and others were outright failures.
Read more But, as in the cases exhibited here, many of the overtures (and often other orchestral interludes as well) were hits that survived on the concert stage long after the work that spawned them was forgotten.


J.C. Smith was a student of Handel--and his music displays all the familiar characteristics of his teacher. This isn't a bad thing--at least in the context of music designed purely for enjoyment. After all, who knew how to write great tunes, catchy rhythms, and lively fugues better than Handel? And you'll never hear music more audience-friendly than Smith's overtures to his Shakespeare operas The Fairies (based on A Midsummer Night's Dream) and The Tempest. Best is his music for The Enchanter, which shows a far more individual, forward-looking style. Even more striking is J.A. Fisher's overture to The Syrens, with its overtly dramatic character, scurrying strings, and effective use of winds and horns.


T.A. Erskine's overture to The Maid of the Mill is remarkably Haydn-esque in its symphonic posture and thematic richness that cries out for a more developed context. But as we might expect, it is the most recognized name of the bunch, Thomas Arne, who provides the most memorable and theatrically viable music, invariably charged with energy and brimming with good ideas guaranteed to hold the interest of every paying customer. All of this is played with requisite spirit, clean articulation, and a genuine feel for the music's true purpose: entertainment. The well-balanced, bright, clearly defined sound does full justice to these light but never fluffy or frivolous works. This is one of the more delightful musical hours I've spent in a long time.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Fairies: Overture by John Christopher Smith
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Period: Classical 
Written: 1755; London, England 
2.
The Fairies: March by John Christopher Smith
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Period: Classical 
Written: 1755; London, England 
3.
The Enchanter: Overture by John Christopher Smith
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Period: Classical 
Written: 1760; London, England 
4.
The Enchanter: Funeral March by John Christopher Smith
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Period: Classical 
Written: 1760; London, England 
5.
The Tempest: Overture by John Christopher Smith
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Period: Classical 
Written: 1755-1756; London, England 
6.
The Tempest: Hornpipe by John Christopher Smith
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Period: Classical 
Written: 1755-1756; London, England 
7.
The Syrens: Overture by John Abraham Fisher
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1776; London, England 
8.
The Maid of the Mill: Overture by (Earl of Kelly) Erskine
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765; London, England 
9.
Artaxerxes: Overture by Thomas Augustine Arne
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1762/1777; England 
10.
Thomas and Sally: Overture by Thomas Augustine Arne
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Period: Classical 
Written: 1760; London, England 
11.
The Guardian Out-witted: Overture by Thomas Augustine Arne
Conductor:  Mary Térey-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Savaria
Period: Classical 
Written: 1764; London, England 

Sound Samples

The Fairies: Overture: Andante - Allegro
The Fairies: Overture: Minuet: Andantino
The Fairies: March: Allegro
The Syrens: Overture: I. Allegro
The Syrens: Overture: II. Grave
The Syrens: Overture: III. Allegro
Thomas and Sally: Overture: I. Presto
Thomas and Sally: Overture: II. Scotch Gavotte: Affettuoso
Maid of the Mill, Op. 1, No. 28: I. Allegro
Maid of the Mill, Op. 1, No. 28: II. Adagio ma non troppo
Maid of the Mill, Op. 1, No. 28: III. Minuet
The Enchanter: Overture: Andante
The Enchanter: Overture: Allegro - Adagio
The Enchanter: Overture: Gavotte
The Enchanter: Dead March: Largo
The Guardian Out-witted: Overture: I. (Allegro) con spirito
The Guardian Out-witted: Overture: II. Andante - Larghetto
The Guardian Out-witted: Overture: III. Andante e amoroso
The Tempest: Overture: Andante - Allegro
The Tempest: Overture: Minuet: Andante
The Tempest: Hornpipe: Allegro
Artaxerxes: I. Poco piu che andante
Artaxerxes: II. Larghetto
Artaxerxes: III. Gavotta

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