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Arthur Sullivan: Macbeth (Incidental music)/The Tempest (Incidental music)/Marmion Overture  [SACD Hybrid Stereo] Reviews for the product - Arthur Sullivan: Macbeth (Incidental music)/The Tempest (Incidental music)/Marmion Overture

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Superb Sullivan

- 07/13/2016

Put simply, this is both an exceptional and an exquisite release of some of Arthur Sullivan\'s finest music. Bringing together the complete musical texts of his two most significant incidental music scores (not wishing to negate the merits of the more balletic \'Merchant of Venice\', 1871) shows us a facet of the composer\'s art that has been largely overlooked: as with the splendid Chandos recording of \'The Beauty Stone\' (1898) it is only when all the snippets of a Sullivan score are included that the full integrity of the whole can be grasped. \'Macbeth\' is rich in leading-themes which are inventive, atmospheric and highly memorable with the focus very much on the supernatural aspects of the drama - a good reading of the concert suite (assembled by the composer for the 1889 Leeds Festival) under Andrew Penny on the Marco Polo label is also strongly recommended. The score to \'The Tempest\' is much more of a known quantity, having been recorded quasi-complete in 1955 and in suite-form several times since then. It is a supremely fresh creation and clearly deserved the accolades which it received for it\'s young composer, fresh home from Leipzig. The overwhelming advantage of this outstanding new set is the sympathetic inclusion of linking dialogue in both scores, delivered with virtuoso panache by Simon Callow (his Witches in \'Macbeth\' will curdle the blood). Vocal soloists, chorus and orchestra all contribute first-rate interpretations under the exceptional direction of John Andrews, a staunch enthusiast for Sullivan and for British music in general. As if all this weren\'t enough we are also given the premiere recording of the original uncut version of Sullivan\'s Weber-esque \'Marmion\' overture (1867): previously only recorded on Decca in severely truncated form, this new reading shows us a gorgeously-coloured and well-integrated score which can take now it\'s place alongside Sullivan\'s better-known \'In Memoriam\' (1866) and \'Di Ballo\' (1870) overtures. Yet again, the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society has been instrumental in bringing a splendid and neglected aspect of the composer\'s achievement before the public.

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