Iolanthe : Work information

Arthur (Seymour) Sullivan ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Richard Suart (Bass), Philip Creasy (Voice), lawrence Richard (Voice), John Rath (Voice), Jill Pert (Voice), Elizabeth Woollett (Voice), Regina Hanley (Voice), Philip Blake Jones (Voice), D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, John Pryce Jones (Conductor)

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1882-01-01 02:00:00

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JAY Records
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The Composers

Arthur (Seymour) Sullivan

The man famous as half of the opera-writing duo Gilbert and Sullivan was a gifted composer and musician in his own right. He was born on May 13th 1842 into a very encouraging musical family - by the time he was eight the young Sullivan had written his own anthem, and by ten he had mastered all the wind instruments in his father's Royal Military College band.  He won scholarships for several conservatories and academies, and when he had finished at the last in Germany, he returned to England, wrote incidental music for 'The Tempest' and became famous - at age 20. He was professor of composition at the Royal Academy and conducted the Royal Philharmonic between 1885 and 1887, and was quite a society man, friends with monarchs across Europe.

In 1867 he collaborated on Cox and the Box and The Contrabandista with the writer F C Brunand, revealing a talent for comic opera.  And in 1871 to 1896 he worked with W S Gilbert on fourteen comic operas, including Trial by Jury (1875), H.M.S. Pinafore (1878), The Pirates of Penzance (1879), The Mikado (1885), The Yeomen of the Guard (1888), and The Gondoliers (1889).  Sullivan had a gift for writing great melodies and for musical parody of traditional types of song, and he invented too new forms of comic song, such as the patter song - a long, rapidly delivered text to a light tune of restricted vocal range.

Some of Sullivan's most beautiful music was composed while he was in intense pain from the kidney stones that plagued him for the 28 years before his death on 22nd November 1900.  His later works include the grand opera Ivanhoe (1891), Onward Christian Soldiers (1872) and a Te Deum (1897).

Track listing

  • Overture 7:00 min
  • Tripping Hither, Tripping Thither 4:00 min
  • Iolanthe! From Thy Dark Exile 3:28 min
  • Good Morrow, Good Mother 0:46 min
  • Fare Thee Well, Attractive Stranger 1:06 min
  • Good Morrow, Good Lover 0:46 min
  • None Shall Part Us From Each Other 3:08 min
  • Loudly Let The Trumpet Bray 5:26 min
  • The Law Is The True Embodiment 2:14 min
  • My Well-Loved Lord And Guardian Dear 3:51 min
  • Nay, Tempt Me No 0:30 min
  • Spurn Not The Nobly Born 2:05 min
  • My Lords, It May Not Be! 3:00 min
  • When I went to the bar... 1:40 min
  • When Darkly Looms The Day 3:07 min
  • This Gentlemen Is Seen 2:56 min
  • For Riches And Rank I Do Not Lon 2:56 min
  • The Lady Of My Love Has Caught M 1:37 min
  • Go Away, Madam 1:26 min
  • Oh! Chancellor Unwary 2:06 min
  • Henceforth, Strephon, Cast Away 2:06 min
  • With Strephon For Your Foe 2:19 min
  • When All Night Long 4:14 min
  • Strephon's A Member of Parliament! 1:26 min
  • When Britain Really Rules The Wave 2:48 min
  • In Vain To Us You Plead 1:48 min
  • Oh, Foolish Fay 3:16 min
  • Though P'rhaps I May Incur Your Blame 2:06 min
  • Love, Unrequited, Robs Me Of My Rest 3:27 min
  • If You Go In, You’re Sure To Win... 2:16 min
  • Fold Your Flapping Wings 3:11 min
  • If We're Weak Enough To Tarry 1:20 min
  • My Lord, A Suppliant At Your Feet I Kneel 2:22 min
  • It May Not Be For So The Fates Decide! 3:03 min
  • Soon As We May 2:04 min