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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard / Marriner

Release Date: 01/12/1999 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 462508   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Bryn TerfelSylvia McNairKurt StreitJean Rigby,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The use of leading opera singers doesn’t automatically guaranteethe success of G&S. To my mind Charles Mackerras’s star-laden Mikado (Telarc) was over-mannered in phrasing and tempo, and occasionally obscured Gilbert. However, no such faults beset Neville Marriner’s splendid Yeomen. Gilbert is especially well treated since the dialogue (in abbreviated form) is included – as in no previous recording of this work, to my knowledge. The gain in dramatic continuity is heightened by allowing the beginning of a musical number occasionally to overlap dialogue, and by the bold insertion of a few chords to link ‘Rapture, rapture’to the second finale. Kurt Streit (Fairfax) and Sylvia McNair (Elsie), two Americans in this uniformly excellent Read more cast, sing as good ‘British English’ as the rest, and Thomas Allen calls on his native Durham accent to characterise Jack Point in songas well as in speech. The vocal and orchestral sound is excellent. Here is G&S as fresh, appealing and as musical as it should be, and Sullivan at his very best."

-- Arthur Jacobs, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Yeomen of the Guard by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Sylvia McNair (Soprano), Kurt Streit (Tenor),
Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas Allen (Baritone), Robert Lloyd (Bass),
Stafford Dean (Bass), Neil Mackie (Tenor), Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone),
Anne Collins (Alto), Judith Howarth (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, England 
Length: 115 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 

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