This is not the well-known short version introduced by the D'Oyly-Carte company, but THE ORIGINAL 1866 VERSION - this recording was first issued on limited edition cassette by the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society in 1984 and was highly praised. In 1995, a reviewer in "BBC Music Magazine" expressed his wish to see this production on CD, and so here it is!
Ian Kennedy was described by one critic as "the best Box on record". An uninhibited interpretation of this high musical farce, and a re-creation of the first ever performance (at Burnand's house) including a wonderfully clangy period Victorian parlour piano from the Colt Clavier Collection. Not to be missed by any G&S or musical comedy fan. Since its issueRead more this has become one of our best selling CDs all around the world.
"A professionally performed and comically expert recording" - BBC Music Magazine
"this merry enterprise...is very convincing. Strongly recommended" ***** - Classic CD
"the performance has real flair and accomplishment" - The Gramophone "earnest dedication to authenticity…..Donald Francke is genuinely funny…" - Opera Quarterly (USA)
"Recorded at a 1984 performance, this is the world-première issue of the original 60-minute Cox and Box. The performance is delightful. Leon Berger is a rough and ready Cox, and Ian Kennedy a mellifluous Box. Kenneth Barclay keeps the proceedings moving smartly on the piano. Highly recommended for all Savoyards." - James Camner - Fanfare (USA)
"lively..enjoyable..spirited and polished performance" - Penguin Guide to Compact Discs Read less
Works on This Recording
Cox and Boxby Arthur Sullivan
Ian Kennedy (Tenor),
Leon Berger (Baritone),
Donald Francke (Bass),
Kenneth Barclay (Piano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1866; England