Ruddigore : Work information

Composers
Arthur (Seymour) Sullivan ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Marilyn Hill Smith (Voice), Gordon Sandison (Voice), Thomas Lawlor (Voice), Linda Ormiston (Voice), John Ayldon (Voice), David Hillman (Voice), Innocent Harold (Voice), Joan Davies (Voice), Alexandra Hahn (Voice), New Sadler's Wells Opera, New Sadler's Wells Orchestra, New Sadler's Wells Chorus, Simon Phipps (Conductor)

This work

Work name
Ruddigore
Work number
n/a
Key
n/a
Genre
A
Composed
1886-01-01 02:00:00

This recording

Label
JAY Records
Producer
John Yap
Engineer
Michael Sheady
Recording date
1987-03-01 01:01:00

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 7:45 min
  • Fair Is Rose 2:40 min
  • Sir Rupert Murgatroyd His Leisure 3:13 min
  • If Somebody There Chanced To Be 3:12 min
  • I Know A Youth 3:23 min
  • From The Briny Sea 2:34 min
  • Hornpipe 1:01 min
  • My Boy You May Take It From Me 1:42 min
  • The Battle's Roar Is Over 2:34 min
  • If Well His Suit Had Sped 0:44 min
  • In Sailing O'er Life's Ocean Wide 1:49 min
  • Cheerily Carlos The Lark 5:02 min
  • Welcome, Gentry 2:34 min
  • Oh, Why Am I Moody And Sad? 2:42 min
  • You Understand? I Think I Do 1:21 min
  • Hail The Bride - Finale Act One 13:13 min
  • I Once As Meek 3:08 min
  • Happily Coupled Are We 2:05 min
  • In Bygone Days 1:48 min
  • Painted Emblems 7:52 min
  • When The Night Wind Howls 2:18 min
  • He Yields 2:39 min
  • Away Remorse 2:17 min
  • I Was Once A Very 2:38 min
  • My Eyes Are Fully Open 1:34 min
  • Melodrame 1:12 min
  • There Grew A Little Flower 3:52 min
  • When A Man Has Been Naughty Baronet - Finale Act Two 1:50 min

Notes

This is the first complete recording of the original version of this most popular opera of Gilbert and Sullivan Operas. It was performed by the original cast of the New Sadler’s Wells Opera production as directed by award winning Ian Judge. The New Sadler’s Wells Opera production was conducted by Simon Phipps and was based on a critical edition by Dr.David Hulme from the composer’s authograph.

The release compliments the previous JAY releases of HMS Pinafore and The Mikado. As with the other recordings, the casting is of the highest calibre and of seasoned Gilbert and Sullivan performers such as Gordon Sandison, Harold Innocent, John Ayldon, Thomas Lawlor, Marilyn Hill Smith, Linda Ormiston and Joan Davis.

All the favourite music are highlighted in this recording; FAIR IS ROSE, IF SOMEBODY CHANCED TO BE, FROM THE BRINY SEA, CHEERILY CAROLS THE LARK, HAPPILY COUPLED ARE WE, WHEN THE NIGHT WIND HOWLS, MY EYES ARE FULLY OPEN,and THERE GREW A LITTLE FLOWER.

This recording, together with JAY’s HMS PINAFORE are the chosen recommended versions by both The Penquin Best Classical CD Guide and The Gramophone Good Classical CD Guide. It also won the prestigious MRA award for excellence.