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Gilbert & Sullivan: Cox And Box, Trial By Jury / Hickox

Release Date: 07/26/2005 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10321   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  James GilchristNeal DaviesDonald MaxwellMatthew Brook,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of WalesRoyal Welsh College of Music & Drama Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

premiere recording of original orchestration with new linking dialogue

Librettos included.

"Coupled with Trial is Cox & Box, a title which will be the main reason for buying this disc since it is an early version of the piece with some fresh material.
The balance between voices and orchestra is ideal and Hickox nicely brings out the nuances of the score in Trial by Jury. His pace from the opening is lively throughout... Cox & Box is provided with sections of dialogue plus some linking commentary by Donald Maxwell." - MusicWeb International

"Chandos’s Brian Couzens (recording producer) and Ralph Couzens (sound engineer) have provided a recording with sound as
Read more crisp as the singers’ superb diction. Aided by conductor Richard Hickox’s sense of balance and energetic tempos that are never frenetic, the recording sounds fresh and provides readings of one well-known work, and one not so well-known, that are worthwhile additions to the library of Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved operettas." - Opera Today
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Works on This Recording

Cox and Box by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  James Gilchrist (Tenor), Neal Davies (Baritone), Donald Maxwell (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; England 
Date of Recording: 12/2004 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea 
Length: 35 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: The edition of Cox and Box used in this recording was edited from Sullivan's autography manuscript and other authentic sources by Roger Harris, and is published by R. Clyde Music Publisher. 
Trial by Jury by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Matthew Brook (Baritone), Rebecca Evans (Soprano), Donald Maxwell (Baritone),
David Thaxton (Baritone), James Gilchrist (Tenor), Neal Davies (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; England 
Date of Recording: 12/2004 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea 
Length: 32 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Cox and Box (original version): Overture
Cox and Box (original version): Song: Rataplan: Yes, yes, in those merry days (Bouncer)
Cox and Box (original version): Duet: Stay, Bouncer, Stay! (Cox, Bouncer)
Cox and Box (original version): At last he left! (Bouncer)
Cox and Box (original version): Song: A Lullaby: Hush'd is the bacon on the grid (Box)
Cox and Box (original version): Song and Dance: My Master Is Punctual (Cox)
Cox and Box (original version): Trio: Who Are You, Sir? (Cox, Box, All)
Cox and Box (original version): Duet Serenade: The Buttercup (Cox, Box)
Cox and Box (original version): Romance: Not Long Ago (Box, Cox)
Cox and Box (original version): An ingenious scheme (Bouncer)
Cox and Box (original version): Finale: My Hand Upon It (Box, Bouncer)
Trial by Jury: Solo and Chorus: Hark, the hour of ten is sounding (Usher, Chorus)
Trial by Jury: Is this the Court of the Exchequer? (Defendant, All, Chorus of Jurymen)
Trial by Jury: Song and Chorus: When first my old, old love I knew (Defendant, Chorus of Jurymen, Usher)
Trial by Jury: Chorus and Solo: All hail, great Judge! (Judge, All, Chorus)
Trial by Jury: Song: When I, good friends ... (Judge, All, Chorus)
Trial by Jury: Swear thou the jury (Counsel, Usher, Jury)
Trial by Jury: Chorus of Bridesmaids: Where's the Plaintiff? (Counsel, Usher, Chorus of Bridemaids, Plaintiff)
Trial by Jury: Oh never, never, never ... (Judge, Jury, Foreman, Plaintiff, Bridesmaids, Usher)
Trial by Jury: Counsel of Plaintiff: May it please you, m'lud! (All, Counsel, Jury, Plaintiff)
Trial by Jury: That she is reeling is plain to see! (Judge, Foreman, Plaintiff, All, Counsel)
Trial by Jury: Song: Oh gentlemen listen I pray (Defendant, Bridesmaids)
Trial by Jury: That seems a reasonable proposition (Judge, Counsel, Bridesmaids, Jury)
Trial by Jury: Sestet and Chorus: A nice dilemna we have here (Judge, Counsel, Defendant, Plaintiff, All, Usher)
Trial by Jury: Duet and Chorus: I love him - I love him (Plaintiff, Defendant, Jury, Judge, Counsel, All)
Trial by Jury: Finale: Oh joy unbounded (Plaintiff, Counsel, Defendant, Usher, All, Judge)

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