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


Disc 2

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

Total Playing Time: 02:37:50






Reader(s):
Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Catalogue No: 8.558166-67

Barcode: 0636943816622

Release Date: 02/2005

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