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Gilbert & Sullivan: Patience, Irish Symphony / Sargent, Groves


Release Date: 07/08/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics For Pleasure Catalog #: 13449   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Elizabeth HarwoodElsie MorisonAlexander YoungHeather Harper,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm SargentSir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte OrchestraGlyndebourne Festival ChorusRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A marvelous Patience from Malcolm Sargent paired with Groves' majestic Irish Symphony.

Patience receives a marvelous performance from the entire cast and conductor, making it a draw between Sargent's classic 1930 version and the stereo recording. To break the tie, I'd have to give the nod to EMI's superior sound.

– James Camner, Fanfare [7/1993], reviewing Patience as previously reissued on EMI 64406

Sullivan's "Irish" Symphony brims with good tunes; the first movement is exhilarating and exciting. The second movement, that so impressed me, has striking themes for trombones and lower strings. [Other performers'] trombones alas cannot quite match the majestic solemnity of those on
Read more Charles Groves's EMI recording. His brass articulates splendidly and they are paced and distanced just right - delicious tingling stuff! The third movement has a jaunty oboe theme and some delightful sparring between pizzicato strings and bubbling woodwind. It is interesting to note that when this work was composed, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorák were all at the beginning of their symphonic careers. Sullivan is clearly more influenced by Mendelssohn particularly in the last two movements and to a lesser extent by Schumann and Schubert.

– Ian Lace, MusicWeb International, reviewing the Irish Symphony
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Works on This Recording

1.
Patience by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Elizabeth Harwood (), Elsie Morison (), Alexander Young (),
Heather Harper (), John Shaw (), George Baker (),
Trevor Anthony (), John Cameron ()
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; England 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England 
Length: 58 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Symphony in E major "Irish" by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; England 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire 
Length: 35 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride): Overture
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: Twenty lovesick maidens we (Maidens, Angela, Ella)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: Still brooding on their mad infatuation (Patience, Saphir, Angela, Maidens)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: I cannot tell what this love may be (Patience, Maidens)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: The soldiers of our Queen (Dragoons, Colonel Calverley)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: In a doleful train (Ella, Angela, Saphir, Maidens, Dragoons, Bunthorne)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: When I first put this uniform on (Colonel Calverley)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: Am I alone and unobserved? (Bunthorne)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: Long years ago, fourteen maybe (Patience, Angela)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: Prithee pretty maiden (Grosvenor, Patience)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: Let the merry cymbals sound (Maidens)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: Now tell us, we pray you (Duke, Colonel, Major, Dragoons, Bunthorne, Maidens)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: Your maiden hearts (Duke, Dragoons, Maidens)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: Come walk up and purchase with avidity (Bunthorne, Maidens, Dragoons, Jane, Patience)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: True love must single-hearted be (Patience, Bunthorne, Colonel, Major, Saphir, Angela)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act I: I hear the soft note (All)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act II: On such eyes as maidens cherish (Maidens)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act II: Sad is that woman's lot (Jane)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act II: Turn, oh turn in this direction (Maidens)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act II: A magnet hung in a hardware shop (Grosvenor, Maidens)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act II: Love is a plaintive song (Patience)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act II: So go to him and say to him (Jane, Bunthorne)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act II: It's clear that medieval art alone retains its zest (Duke, Major, Colonel)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act II: If Saphir I choose to marry (Duke, Major, Saphir, Angela, Colonel)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act II: When I go out of door (Bunthorne, Grosvenor)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act II: I'm a Waterloo House young man (Grosvenor, Maidens)
Patience (or, Bunthorne's Bride), Act II: After much debate internal (Duke, Bunthorne, All)
Symphony in E 'Irish': I. Andante - Allegro, ma non troppo vivace
Symphony in E 'Irish': II. Andante espressivo
Symphony in E 'Irish': III. Allegretto
Symphony in E 'Irish': IV. Allegro vivace e con brio

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