ARTHUR SULLIVAN (1842-1900): On Shore and Sea (World Premiere Recording), Kenilworth.
Catalogue Number: 09Q005
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7310
Description: Written for the 1871 Grand Exhibition, On Shore was the on the program of the first ever musical concert at the newly built Royal Albert Hall. This 28-minute dramatic cantata has a simple plot of two lovers separated by war in the Mediterranean which gives Sullivan the opportunity to provide some mildly exotic Moorish music in a skillfully orchestrated work halfway to G&S territory. The masque Kenilworth (1864) was based on Walter Scott with a scene from The Merchant of Venice embedded. Sullivan's personal lyrical voice comes through in the orchestral interludes and in the setting of the Shakespeare. Interesting as an example of the music commissioned for great royal or national occasions in Victorian England. No texts. Sally Silver (soprano), Nico Darmanin (tenor), Louise Winter (mezzo), Donald Maxwell (bass-baritone), John Powell Singers, Victorian Opera Northwest; Richard Bonynge.