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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 
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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

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. 
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. 

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