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Sullivan: Chamber & Instrumental Music


Release Date: 11/26/2002 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 233   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Jamie WaltonMurray McLachlan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yeomans String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  1 Hours  5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Attractive pieces that show the younger Sullivan beginning to spread his wings.

Twenty-eight years ago I reviewed an LP of Sullivan’s instrumental music (10/74). The big difference here is the inclusion of a string quartet he composed as a student in Leipzig, rediscovered in the mid-1990s in a box of second-hand music. It’s a single-movement piece, earnest and assured, and darker in tone than the more ingratiating Romance that Sullivan sent home from Leipzig to his mother.

The piano pieces here date from Sullivan’s early years as a professional musician. Those on the LP are supplemented by Sullivan’s own transcription of the lullaby from Cox and Box. All are attractive pieces that might have made greater
Read more effect if the six Day Dreams had not been spread around the CD. The only piece not published in Sullivan’s lifetime is the Allegro risoluto, a technically difficult work. Where John Parry played it at a genuine allegro on the LP, Murray McLachlan here takes more of a safety first approach.

The inclusion of a transcription by various hands of ‘Slowly, Slowly’ from The Golden Legend seems at odds with the concentration elsewhere on original pieces from Sullivan’s early years. His compositions for cello and piano are due to the cello being his brother Frederic’s instrument. The Idyll is a charming album piece; but it’s the Duo concertante that again strikes me as the outstanding composition here, a joyous piece of music-making that shows Sullivan’s creative Muse in full flow and above all proclaims this music well worth wider exposure.

-- Andrew Lamb, Gramophone [2/2003]
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Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings in D minor by Arthur Sullivan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yeomans String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1859; England 
2. An Idyll by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; England 
3. Allegro Risoluto by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; England 
4. Day Dreams (6), Op. 14 by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1867; England 
5. Twilight, Op. 12 by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; England 
6. Thoughts, Op. 2 by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1862; England 
7. Duo concertante for Cello and Piano by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1868; England 
8. Slowly, slowly by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Jamie Walton (Cello), Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
9. Berceuse by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Murray McLachlan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
10. Romance for String Quartet in G minor by Arthur Sullivan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yeomans String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; England 

Sound Samples

String Quartet in D Minor
6 Day Dreams, Op. 14: No. 1. Andante religioso
6 Day Dreams, Op. 14: No. 2. Allegretto grazioso
An Idyll
Allegro risoluto in B-Flat Major
6 Day Dreams, Op. 14: No. 3. Andante
6 Day Dreams, Op. 14: No. 4. Tempo di valse
Slowly, Slowly
6 Day Dreams, Op. 14: No. 5. Andante con molta tenerezza
6 Day Dreams, Op. 14: No. 6. Allegretto
Cox and Box: Berceuse
Romance in G Minor
Thoughts, Op. 2: I. Reverie in A Major: Allegretto con grazia
Thoughts, Op. 2: II. Melody in D Major: Allegro grazioso
Twilight, Op. 12
Duo concertante

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