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(1842 - 1900)

The name of Arthur Sullivan is indissolubly wedded with that of W.S. Gilbert, with whom he wrote a succession of operettas that have remained a popular part of English national repertoire. They were for many years the sole property of the company founded for their performance by Richard D’Oyly Carte, who later built the Savoy Theatre in London for the performance of what became the Savoy Operas. The national institution that Gilbert and Sullivan have become has drawn attention away from Sullivan’s more serious work. He was knighted in 1883.

Operettas and Other Stage Works

Operettas with words by Gilbert range from Trial by Jury in 1875 to The Gondoliers in 1889, followed in 1893 by Utopia Limited and, in 1896, by the lesser-known The Grand Duke. HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience (with its satire on Oscar Wilde), the political satire Iolanthe, The Mikado, Ruddigore and The Yeomen of the Guard all continue to bear witness to the deft and witty music of Sullivan and the comic verbal talents of Gilbert. Sullivan also wrote incidental music for the theatre, operas and ballet scores.

Orchestral and Choral Music

Sullivan’s music for the concert hall has been largely eclipsed by his successful collaboration with W.S. Gilbert. His compositions include his Irish Symphony, a cello concerto, cantatas and oratorios, and settings of the Te Deum in addition to works intended to mark public occasions. The orchestral Pineapple Poll was devised by Charles Mackerras as a comic ballet drawing on the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Ballet Naxos 8.501055
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Piano Concertos Naxos 8.501056
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Russian Symphonies Naxos 8.572955
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Naxos 8.501062
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Violin Concertos Naxos 8.501058
A to Z Gift Pack Naxos 8.554775
Artist Profile Series - José Serebrier Naxos 8.505086
CHILDREN’S CLASSICS - CD Story Box Naxos 8.507007
Classic Bouquet Naxos 8.505080
Classic Romance Naxos 8.506004
Classical Moments 1-3 Naxos 8.506004
Die schöensten Serenaden Naxos 8.503056
Elegie - Relaxing with the Composers Naxos 8.505092
Enjoy the Classics (Best of Naxos 1-4) Naxos 8.504003
Los Grandes Románticos Naxos 8.505193
Naxos Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Box Set Naxos 8.506013
Night Music Naxos 8.503049
Night Music Vol 1 Naxos 8.505008
Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 1 Naxos 8.505028
Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 2 Naxos 8.505029
Romantic Symphonies Naxos 8.505039
Serenades & Divertimenti Naxos 8.505038
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphonies Nos 1-6 Naxos 8.505022
TCHAIKOVSKY The Ballets Naxos 8.507009
The Seasons Naxos 8.504038
The Very Best Of Naxos 8.502020

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