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ARTHUR SULLIVAN  

(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.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Around The World In 80 Minutes Marco Polo
8.223003
Orchestral
BEST OF LONDON Naxos
8.572098-99
Orchestral
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 3 - Music on the high Seas (1912-1926) Oehms Classics
OC841
Instrumental
CARUSO, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 7 (1912-1913) Naxos Historical
8.110724
Vocal
GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 7: London, New York and Milan Recordings (1931-1932) Naxos Historical
8.110268
Vocal
GILBERT AND SULLIVAN (The Best of) Naxos Historical
8.111311-12
Operetta
GILBERT AND SULLIVAN COLLECTION (THE) (NTSC) (4 DVD Box Set) Opus Arte
OAF4028D
Opera DVD
LADY AND THE FOOL (THE) / PINEAPPLE POLL (Royal Ballet, 1959) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5040
Ballet DVD
MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 10: Victor Talking Machine Company Recordings / Gramophone Company Ltd. Recordings (1923-1924) Naxos Historical
8.111401
Vocal
MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 9: Victor Talking Machine Company Recordings (1920-1923) Naxos Historical
8.111385
Vocal
Pianola Music - STRAVINSKY, I. / LUTOSLAWSKI, W. / RACHMANINOV, S. / HANDEL, G.F. / WIDOR, C.-M. (The Virtuoso Pianolist) (Lawson) Other Minds
OM1001-2
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Santelmann, Vol. 10 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442263232
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Santelmann, Vol. 9 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442263222
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Orchestral
SULLIVAN, A.: Mikado (The) (Opera Australia, 2011) EPC Distribution
OPOZ56016CD
Operetta
SULLIVAN, A.: Mikado (The) (Opera Australia, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) EPC Distribution
OPOZ56015BD
Opera DVD
SULLIVAN, A.: Mikado (The) (Opera Australia, 2011) (NTSC) EPC Distribution
OPOZ56014DVD
Opera DVD
SULLIVAN, A.: Mikado (The) (Voorhees) (1960) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81099
Operetta
SULLIVAN, A.: Pineapple Poll (arr. C. Mackerras) / Symphony in E Major, "Irish" Naxos
8.570351
Ballet, Orchestral
SULLIVAN: Gilbert and Sullivan Overtures Naxos
8.554165
Orchestral
SULLIVAN: Gondoliers (The) (D'Oyly Carte) (1950) Naxos Historical
8.110209-10
Operetta
SULLIVAN: Gondoliers (The) (Opera Australia) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4008D
Opera DVD
SULLIVAN: H.M.S. Pinafore (D'Oyly Carte) (1948) Naxos Historical
8.110175
Operetta
SULLIVAN: HMS Pinafore / Trial by Jury (Opera Australia) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4009D
Opera DVD
SULLIVAN: Ile Enchantee (L') / Thespis Marco Polo
8.223460
Ballet
SULLIVAN: Iolanthe (D'Oyly Carte) (1951) Naxos Historical
8.110231-32
Operetta
SULLIVAN: Macbeth / King Arthur / Merry Wives of Windsor Marco Polo
8.223635
Operetta, Opera, Choral - Secular
SULLIVAN: Merchant of Venice / Henry VIII / Sapphire Necklace Marco Polo
8.223461
Orchestral
SULLIVAN: Mikado (The) (D'Oyly Carte) (1950) Naxos Historical
8.110176-77
Operetta
SULLIVAN: Mikado (The) (Opera Australia, 1987) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4001D
Opera DVD
SULLIVAN: Patience (D'Oyly Carte) (1951) Naxos Historical
8.110233
Operetta
SULLIVAN: Patience (Opera Australia) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4012D
Opera DVD
SULLIVAN: Pirates of Penzance / Trial by Jury (D'Oyly Carte) (1949) Naxos Historical
8.110196-97
Operetta
SULLIVAN: Princess Ida (Morgan, Round, Godfrey) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.110317-18
Operetta
SULLIVAN: Ruddigore (D'Oyly Carte) (1950) Naxos Historical
8.110295
Operetta
SULLIVAN: Sorcerer (The) (D'Oyly Carte) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.110785-86
Operetta
SULLIVAN: Victoria and Merrie England Marco Polo
8.223677
Ballet
SULLIVAN: Yeomen of the Guard (D'Oyly Carte) (1950) Naxos Historical
8.110293-94
Operetta
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND SEA CHANTERS CHORUS: Homeward Bound Altissimo
75442270402
Choral - Secular
Vocal Recital: Aler, John - MARSHALL, C. / FIRESTONE, I. / RASBACH, O. / SANDERSON, W. / PURCELL, E. / CHARLES, W. / SULLIVAN, A. Delos
DE3181
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Backes, Constanze - SULLIVAN, A. / GAUNTLETT, H.J. / SANDYS, W. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / HANDEL, G.F. (Victorian Christmas) Orfeo
C689061A
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Johnson, Ben - GERMAN, E. / WHIPP, I.M. / COATES, E. / ELGAR, E. / SULLIVAN, A. (English Songs - I Heard You Singing) Opus Arte
OACD9032D
Vocal




 
 
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