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Opera Explained: GILBERT and SULLIVAN (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: GILBERT and SULLIVAN (Smillie)

Opera Explained

An Introduction to… Gilbert & Sullivan
Written by Thomson Smillie
Narrated by David Timson
2 CDs
24-page booklet
ISBN: 1-84379-035-1

This audio-biography of sets out to explain the timeless popularity of the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan: a colourful partnership that formed two of the most successful writers in the history of light music. It highlights Gilbert's mastery of language - his wit, his turn of phrase, his brilliant lyrics (alternately very funny and deeply moving) - and the special melodic gift which enabled Arthur Sullivan to write music of such beauty and style. While each was a master of his craft, it was the combination that created magic sparks and guaranteed Gilbert and Sullivan a place in musical history.

Disc 1

  An Introduction to... Gilbert and Sullivan
1.   Introduction and historical background 00:06:09
2.   The enduring appeal of Gilbert and Sullivan 00:02:29
3.   W.S. Gilbert 00:02:37
4.   Arthur Sullivan 00:02:51
5.   Thespis 00:03:55
6.   Trial by Jury 00:05:20
7.   Autobiographical 'entrance arias' 00:04:42
8.   'A nice dilemma' 00:04:14
9.   The Sorcerer 00:01:32
10.   H.M.S. Pinafore: 'Pinafore - mania' 00:03:19
11.   The opening 00:04:52
12.   Enter the First Lord of the Admiralty 00:06:35
13.   The Pirates of Penzance 00:04:55
14.   'Climbing over rocky mountains' 00:05:47
15.   The double chorus 00:05:42
16.   'A policeman's lot is not a happy one' 00:03:56
17.   Patience 00:05:41
18.   Iolanthe 00:04:44

Disc 2

  An Introduction to... Gilbert and Sullivan
1.   Iolanthe continued: Enter the House of Lords 00:05:05
2.   Act I: Finale 00:05:30
3.   Act II 00:04:09
4.   Princess Ida 00:01:13
5.   The Mikado 00:04:39
6.   Enter Ko - Ko, the Lord High Executioner 00:07:14
7.   Act I: Finale 00:06:33
8.   Act II 00:02:31
9.   Ruddigore: The Yeomen of the Guard 00:03:21
10.   Jack Point, the jester 00:05:46
11.   Act II 00:06:18
12.   Gilbert and Sullivan quarrel; The Gondoliers 00:06:51
13.   Enter the Duke of Plaza - Toro 00:04:48
14.   Act II 00:06:29
15.   The 'carpet quarrel' 00:04:27
16.   Conclusion 00:03:36

Total Playing Time: 02:37:50

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Catalogue No: 8.558166-67

Barcode: 0636943816622

Physical Release: 02/2005

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