Sullivan: The Light of the World - Andrews

Sullivan: The Light of the World - Andrews

Dutton  CDLX 7356 (2 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal

Sullivan: The Light of the World

Natalya Romaniw (Mary, the Mother of Jesus)
Eleanor Dennis (Mary Magdalene, Martha)
Kitty Whately (An Angel)
Robert Murray (A Disciple, Nicodemus)
Ben McAteer (Jesus)
Neal Davies (A Ruler, A Pharisee, A Shepherd)
Kinder Children's Choir
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra
John Andrews (conductor)

Commissioned for and first produced at the Birmingham Musical Festival of 1873, The Light of the World is Arthur Sullivan’s great oratorio on the life of Christ. Although regularly performed during the composer’s lifetime, changing fashions gradually condemned the work to obscurity. Occasional revivals have failed to make the case for it, primarily because it was not understood that The Light of the World is essentially a dramatic work, rather than a purely religious one. When Dutton Epoch and the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society came to record the work, this new understanding enabled a completely different approach to be taken – the result is a vibrant performance by the BBC Symphony Chorus and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by John Andrews. They are supported by the Kinder Children’s Choir and a fine team of soloists: Natalya Romaniw and Eleanor Dennis (sopranos), Kitty Whately (contralto), Robert Murray (tenor), Ben McAteer (baritone) and Neal Davies (bass).

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Comment by Dissonance - October 29, 2019 (1 of 1)

Dutton has just released four very interesting classical hybrid multi-channel SA-CDs, all remastered by Michael J. Dutton from the quadraphonic origins:

1) Puccini: La Bohème (sung in Italian) & Verdi & Puccini: Arias
Domingo, Caballe, Milnes, Sardinero & Raimondi
The John Alldis Choir,
London Philharmonic Orchestra,
Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

2) Schoenberg: Gurrelieder (sung in German)
Napier, Thomas, Minton, Bowen, Nimsgern, Reich
BBC Singers & BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez (conductor)
(As a bonus the album also consist of Roussel’s Symphony No. 3 performed by New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez)

3) Orff - Carmina Burana; Beethoven - Late Choral Music (Elegiac Song, Song of Sacrifice, Fellowship, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage & the Complete Incidental Music to King Stephen) & Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & An American in Paris
London Symphony Orchestra, Muchael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

4) Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 15
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy (conductor)