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W.S. Gilbert & Alfred Cellier: The Mountebanks & Alfred Cellier: Suite Symphonique

[SACD Hybrid Multi-channel]

W.S. GILBERT (1836-1911) & ALFRED CELLIER (1844-1891)

The Mountebanks (1892)
CD 1
Act I
1. Miserere! (Men’s Chorus)
2. We are Members of a Secret Society (Giorgio, Chorus)
3. Come All the Maidens (Chorus)
4. If You Please (Minestra, Risotto)
5. Only Think, a Duke and a Duchess (Minestra, Chorus)
6. High Jerry Ho! (Arrostino, Chorus)
7. Teresa, Little Word … Bedecked in Fashion Trim (Alfredo)
8. It’s My Opinion (Teresa)
9. Upon My Word, Miss (Teresa, Alfredo, Ultrice, Elvino)
10. Fair Maid, Take Pity (Teresa, Alfredo, Ultrice, Elvino)
11. Tabor and Drum (Nita, Bartolo, Pietro, Chorus)
12. Those Days of Old (Nita, Bartolo, Pietro)
13. Alfredo Hers? … When Man in Lovesick Passion (Teresa, Alfredo)
14. Oh! Whither, Whither … (Teresa, Alfredo)
15. Come and Take Your Places All (Chorus)
16. Attamen ex cunctis supra reliquisque notandum (Chorus)
17. Pretty Maidens (Arrostino, Chorus)
18. Come and Listen Pretty Ladies (Minestra, Chorus)
19. Now All You Pretty Villagers (Pietro, Chorus)
20. Appreciation of Such Skill (Alfredo, Pietro, Chorus)

CD 2
1. Entr’acte composed by Ivan Caryll (1861-1921)
Based on Alfred Cellier’s melody for Whispering Breeze
Act II
2. I’d be a Young Girl if I Could (Minestra, Risotto)
3. All Alone to My Eerie … Whispering Breeze (Teresa)
4. If I Can Catch (Teresa, Minestra)
5. Put a Penny in the Slot (Nita, Bartolo)
6. When Gentlemen are Eaten Up with Jealousy (Nita, Bartolo, Pietro)
7. When Your Clothes, from Your Hat to Your Socks (Pietro)
8. Time there Was (Arrostino, Chorus)
9. What Does this Mean? (Pietro, Chorus)
10. The Duke and Duchess (Luigi, Alfredo, Arrostino, Chorus)
11. Where’s My Duck-a-Deary? (Teresa)
12. In Days Gone By (Alfredo, Teresa)
13. So, I Have Found You (Ultrice, Alfredo, Teresa)
14. An Hour? Nay, Nay … When Hungry Cat (Ultrice)
15. Oh Please You (Chorus)
16. May it Please Your Graces (Pietro, Elvino, Alfredo, Ultrice, Bartolo, Nita, Chorus)
17. Accursed Sorcerer (Pietro, Chorus)
18. Ophelia was a Dainty Little Maid (Nita, Bartolo, Pietro)
19. Hope Lived … My Pride is Bowed (Teresa)
20. Hold! Stay thy Hand! (Ultrice, Teresa, Pietro, Chorus)
21. High Jerry Ho! (reprise) (Ensemble)

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ALFRED CELLIER (1844-1891)

Suite Symphonique (1878)
22. i Introduction – Allegro
23. ii Scherzo – Allegro
24. iii Romance – Andante moderato
25. iv Finale – Allegro vivace

SORAYA MAFI soprano - Teresa
THOMAS ELWIN tenor - Alfredo
JAMES CLEVERTON baritone - Arrostino
SHARON CARTY mezzo-soprano - Minestra
CATHERINE CARBY mezzo-soprano - Nita
JOHN SAVOURNIN bass-baritone - Bartolo
GEOFFREY DOLTON baritone - Pietro
MADELEINE SHAW mezzo-soprano - Ultrice
MARTIN LAMB bass-baritone - Elvino

DANIEL COOK chorus master including soloists:
NANCY COLE mezzo-soprano
TOM RASKIN tenor - Giorgio Ravioli
ANDREW RUPP baritone - Luigi Spaghetti

BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by JOHN ANDREWS

Multi-ch Stereo
All tracks available in stereo and multi-channel

This hybrid CD can be played on any standard CD players

This is a revival of a charming light opera – the “G&S” opera that Sullivan didn’t write. W.S. Gilbert’s partner in the enterprise was Alfred Cellier, Richard D’Oyly Carte’s music director at London’s Opera Comique, where Cellier was experienced in conducting the nightly performances of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most successful operas. His closeness to the team included assisting Sullivan in the composition of the overture of The Pirates of Penzance. Thus, when in the late 1880s there came a pause in Gilbert & Sullivan’s collaboration, Gilbert had a new partner ready to step in and take the load. Sadly, it came too late for Cellier, who died on 28 December 1891, before he had finished scoring The Mountebanks. Ivan Caryll, music director of the Lyric Theatre, completed the work, which was first seen in January 1892, and would run for 229 performances with a provincial tour. This sumptuous recording – featuring the BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra and fourteen of the UK’s leading young operatic singers, all under conductor John Andrews’ expert direction – demonstrates that this late Gilbert opera with a different collaborator is a masterpiece in its own right. Cellier’s Suite Symphonique (1878) is also included, the fourth movement of which would later become the overture for The Mountebanks.

“... Gilbert collaborated with Cellier ... the fatefully ill composer did not live to see its successful premiere – but a delightful one [the late work], with no inkling of dark shadows looming in its catchy melodies, clever word-setting and deft orchestration.” “Andrews is a seasoned enthusiast for this lightweight, charming score ... the cast is ideal. Chorus members rejoice in the roles of Giorgio Ravioli and Luigi Spaghetti. Delicious!” Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times' Culture supplement, 22 July 2018

“This week’s essential new releases” The Sunday Times' Culture supplement, 29 July 2018

"... painstakingly edited from surviving parts, does the work more than justice, with John Andrew's sprightly conducting and SACD sound; the young but well-seasoned cast is so uniformly excellent ..." Mike Scott Rohan, BBC Music Magazine, September 2018

Product ID 2CDLX7349
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The Mountebanks -Value for your coppers insignificant!

- 10/29/2019

A subversive and hilarious libretto and a glorious score, performed and recorded with extraordinary skill. The additional Cellier material is also delightful.

Gilbert and Cellier - a winning combination!

- 04/28/2018

Having acquired the G&S bug – and with it a particular and abiding interest in all things related to Sullivan – through school productions nearly 40 years ago, and having been impressed by the artistic and technical standards of Dutton Vocalion’...

Revelatory ...

- 04/24/2018

I have been well acquainted with Gilbert and Cellier's THE MOUNTEBANKS for many years. As early as the late 1960's I sang several numbers from the piece in concerts, including Alfredo's "Teresa, little word", "Put a penny in the slot" ...

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