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Thomas Linley The Younger / Nicholson, Et Al


Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55256   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas Linley Jr.
Performer:  Paul GoodwinJulia Gooding
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of InstrumentsParley of Instruments Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a straight reissue of Hyperion 66767, which was reviewed in detail by David Johnson in Fanfare 19:1. As is the case with all Hyperion’s midprice Helios, the original packaging, notes, and text have been retained. Given that it is a reissue, and that my contribution to Fanfare this time round is already substantial, I’ll here restrict myself to a few brief comments.

The incidental music for The Tempest was provided by the younger Thomas Linley for a revival at Covent Garden in January 1777. It consists of seven numbers, four of them songs for soprano, here delightfully sung by Julia Gooding, and three of which are choruses, among them Linley’s arrangement of Arne’s evergreen Where the bee sucks. Much the best piece is
Read more the electrifying opening “storm” chorus, not just Linley’s masterpiece, but the greatest single stretch of music written by an Englishman in the 18th century.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Duenna, first given at Covent Garden in November 1775, was one of the most successful of all English operas. The music was a pastiche prepared by the two Thomas Linleys, who both contributed music of their own. The younger Linley’s Overture is in the three-section Italian style, with sparkling outer movements, and a central Adagio unusually scored for winds alone.

The three remaining works are secular cantatas for solo soprano of the kind popularized by Arne in the London pleasure gardens, with orchestral accompaniments. All were probably composed before Linley was 20, and demonstrate not only his innate gift for melody, but also his extraordinary assurance in the handling of the orchestra. Like The Tempest songs, they are appealingly sung by Gooding, although her diction leaves something to be desired. The orchestral and choral work is excellent throughout.

Finally, a generally point. This disc was originally one of the most desirable of the now-defunct “English Orpheus” series. It is an open secret that the series, a cultural undertaking of inestimable value, was discontinued because poor sales resulted in a considerable loss to Hyperion. That is to the eternal shame of my fellow countrymen. One can only hope and pray that the reappearance of this and other “Orpheus” CDs at midprice will encourage a more positive general response. And there’s no better way to start than by investing in the present disc, one of my most cherished recordings.

FANFARE: Brian Robins
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Tempest by Thomas Linley Jr.
Performer:  Paul Goodwin (Oboe), Julia Gooding (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments,  Parley of Instruments Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1777; England 
2.
The Duenna: Overture by Thomas Linley Jr.
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1775; England 
3.
In yonder grove by Thomas Linley Jr.
Performer:  Julia Gooding (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1973; England 
4.
Ye nymphs of Albion's beauty-blooming isle by Thomas Linley Jr.
Performer:  Julia Gooding (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Classical 
Written: England 
Language: English 
5.
Daughter of Heav'n fair art thou! "Darthula" by Thomas Linley Jr.
Performer:  Julia Gooding (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Classical 
Written: England 
Language: English 

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