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Shakespeare at Covent Garden / Musicians of the Globe


Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 456506   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Bishop
Performer:  Susan GrittonJeannette AgerRachel ElliottJoanne Lunn,   ... 
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The works of William Shakespeare have enough music in the words to keep composers working through the end of time. Between 1816 and 1821, Henry Rowley Bishop helped create operas from Shakespeare's stage work. The productions, which took place at Covent Garden, were crowd-pleasing affairs featuring the most popular actors of the day. Unlike traditional opera, Bishop's operas were not sung all the way through, and the music was easy enough to allow actors without rigorous operatic training to join in.
Bishop's compositions are light and airy, full of string and winds, and typically English. It is easy to see why the popularity of these songs continues: melodic with an easy, subtle rhythm, they follow the iambic pentameter of Shakespeare's
Read more verse. Despite their heavenly lyrics, these songs are quite human and easy to enjoy.
Reviews:
Fanfare (1-2/00, p.210) - "...[Susan Gritton's] superb technical control of the coloratura demands of 'Lo!, Hear the Gentle Lark'...is almost worth the price of the disc alone....Philip Pickett...directs with verve, spirit, and, in the gentler songs, sensitivity..."
American Record Guide (1-2/00, p. 68) - "...The music is uncomplicated, though well crafted and presented with confidence...and grand style by Philip Picket's [Musicians of the Globe]....I don't think I have ever heard [this music] performed with more polish, flair and sensitivity..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Comedy of errors: Lo, here the gentle lark by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Welcome to this place by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Jeannette Ager (Alto), Rachel Elliott (Soprano), Joanne Lunn (Soprano),
Helen Groves (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1816; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Should he upbraid by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1821; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Who is Sylvia? What is she? (1) by Henry Bishop
Performer:  William Purefoy (Countertenor), Julia Gooding (Soprano), Andrew Murgatroyd (Tenor),
Joseph Cornwell (Tenor), Simon Grant (Bass)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1820; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
That time of year by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1821; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
When that I was a little tiny boy by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Andrew King (Tenor), Simon Grant (Bass), Susan Gritton (Soprano),
William Purefoy (Countertenor), Simon Davies (Tenor), Joseph Cornwell (Tenor),
Andrew Murgatroyd (Tenor), Julia Gooding (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1820; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Come live with me and be my love by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1819; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Hark, hark, each Spartan hound by Henry Bishop
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1816; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Oh! never say that I was false of heart by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Julia Gooding (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1821; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Who is Sylvia? What is she? (2) by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Andrew King (Tenor), Simon Grant (Bass), William Purefoy (Countertenor),
Roderick Williams (Baritone), Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1821; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Sing Willow by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1819; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
It was a lover and his lass by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Julia Gooding (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1819; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Under the greenwood tree by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Christopher Robson (Countertenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Joseph Cornwell (Tenor),
Andrew King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1819; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Take, oh! take those lips away by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1819; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Flower of this purple dye by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Mark Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1816; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
Now the hungry lions roar by Henry Bishop
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1821; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Orpheus with his lute by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano), Julia Gooding (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1820; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Come, thou monarch of the vine by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Robson (Countertenor), Andrew King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1819; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Spirits Advance by Henry Bishop
Performer:  Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Rachel Elliott (Soprano), Mark Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1816; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 

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