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