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Sullivan: Cox and Box/ Trial by Jury

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2005

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2004


BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Richard Hickox

Matthew Brook

baritone - Counsel for the Plaintiff

Neal Davies

baritone - Cox

David Thaxton

baritone - Foreman of the Jury

Donald Maxwell

baritone - Learned Judge

Donald Maxwell

baritone - Sergeant Bouncer

Neal Davies

baritone - Usher

Rebecca Evans

soprano - Plaintiff

James Gilchrist

tenor - Box

James Gilchrist

tenor - Defendant

Chamber Choir of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

(<i>Trial by Jury </i>only)


Brangwyn Hall, Swansea


Brian Couzens


Ralph Couzens

Michael Common


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Total Time - 68:03
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  premiere recording of original orchestration with new linking dialogue  

Cox and Box (or The Long Lost Brothers)

  A Triumviretta in one act adapted to the lyric stage by F.C. Burnand from J. Maddison Morton's farce Cox and Box  
1 No. 1 Overture 2:27
2 Bouncer: 'It seemed like just another day. . .' 0:15
3 No. 2 Rataplan (Bouncer's Song) 3:20
4 Bouncer: 'Now, for some reason or other' 0:08
5 No. 3 'Stay, Bouncer, Stay!' (Duet) 6:39
6 Bouncer: 'At last he left' 0:46
7 No. 4 'A Lullaby' (Box's Song) 2:36
8 No. 5 'My Master Is Punctual' (Song and Dance) 0:56
9 Bouncer: 'Disaster!' 0:08
10 No. 6 'Who Are You, Sir?' (Trio) 3:58
11 Bouncer: 'Not even ''Rataplan'' could settle this. . .' 0:24
12 No. 7 'The Buttercup' (Duet Serenade) 4:34
13 Bouncer: 'Music, it seemed, wasn't their only mutual interest' 0:15
14 No. 8 'Not Long Ago' (Romance) 5:51
15 Bouncer: 'An ingenious scheme' 1:22
16 No. 10 'My Hand Upon It' (Finale) 1:54
 James Gilchrist tenor - Box
 Neal Davies baritone - Cox
 Donald Maxwell baritone - Sergeant Bouncer
  The edition of Cox and Box used in this recording was edited from Sullivan's autography manuscript and other authentic sources by Roger Harris, and is published by R. Clyde Music Publisher.  

Trial by Jury

  A Dramatic Cantata in one act with libretto by W.S. Gilbert. Edited by John Bauser  
17 No. 1 Chorus: 'Hark, the hour of ten is sounding' 3:09
18 No. 1a Defendant: 'Is this the Court of the Exchequer?' 1:02
19 No. 2 Defendant: 'When first my old, old love I knew' 3:07
20 No. 3 Chorus: 'All hail, great Judge!' 2:18
21 No. 4 The Judge's Song. 'When I, good friends. . .' 2:30
22 No. 5 Counsel: 'Swear thou the jury' 1:37
23 No. 6 Chorus of Bridesmaids. Counsel: 'Where's the Plaintiff?' 3:33
24 No. 7 Judge: 'Oh never, never, never. . .' 1:15
25 No. 8 Counsel: 'May it please you, m'lud!' 3:09
26 No. 9 Judge: 'That she is reeling is plain to see!' 0:50
27 No. 10 Defendant: 'Oh gentlemen listen I pray' 1:37
28 No. 11 Judge: 'That seems a reasonable proposition' 0:59
29 No. 12 Judge: 'A nice dilemma we have here' 3:09
30 No. 13 Plaintiff: 'I love him - I love him' 2:25
31 No. 14 Finale. Plaintiff: 'Oh joy unbounded' 1:50
Richard Hickox directs a star-studded cast in this fantastic new recording of two early operettas by Arthur Sullivan. Cox and Box was first performed in 1866, when the composer was just twenty-four. It shared the bill with another operetta by writer W. S. Gilbert, and it is highly likely that this was how Arthur Sullivan and William Gilbert met. Trial by Jury, written as a commission for Richard D’Oyly Carte, was their second collaboration, and it was with this project that Gilbert and Sullivan discovered their joint creative voice. New and exciting, it took British musical theatre by storm.

Premiere recording of the original orchestration of Cox and Box which Arthur Sullivan approved for use at the Savoy performance in 1894.

The libretto of Cox and Box was an adaptation of Maddison Morton’s popular farce Box and Cox by the editor of Punch, Francis Burnard. Sullivan wrote the music and the piece received its first performance – in a benefit matinée at the Adelphi Theatre – in May 1866.The proposal to present Cox and Box in a professional run came from impresario Thomas German Reed, and the work entered the repertory of his Regent Street theatre in March 1869. Interestingly, another name on the first-night programme was W. S. Gilbert, whose show was also opening. Cox and Box did well, and gained further popularity from a subsequent tour. Credit for bringing Sullivan and Gilbert into partnership for the first time goes to John Hollingshead, manager of the Gaiety Theatre. Needing a new musical piece for his 1871 Christmas season, he offered them work. The result was Thespis, a two-act burlesque on Greek mythology (the score of which is now lost).Although Thespis was well received, it did not lead Gilbert and Sullivan to plan any future collaboration. It was Richard D’Oyly Carte who brought the two men together again. Looking out for a short piece to put together with a production of Offenbach’s La Périchole, he agreed with Gilbert that the legal skit the author had developed from a little piece published in the magazine Fun in 1868 would fit the bill perfectly. D’Oyly Carte liked Trial by Jury and proposed that Sullivan should write the music. The work’s enormous success encouraged ambitious plans. Guided by D’Oyly Carte’s sure business hand, a company was formed to produce the joint works of Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan, and from there the team went on to become one of the great theatrical partnerships.

Coupling the best-known of Sullivan’s pre-Gilbert operettas with the first of their collaborations produces a programme that is not only entertaining but also shows just how essential Gilbert’s verbal coruscations were in enabling his comic genius to take flight…The performances are equally sparkling. Donald Maxwell takes the Judge’s Song at a cracking pace yet sacrifices not a jot of comic effect, and Matthew Brook’s gloriously mangled pseudo-aristocratic vowels as Counsel for the Plaintiff are guaranteed to induce helpless mirth.
The Telegraph

Regular readers will be aware of my deep-seated aversion to G&S; but this column is a broad church, public-spirited enough for me to have sat through these two half-hour works and recognise that they are performed here with character and conviction enough to recommend warmly. Tenor James Gilchrist and baritone Neal Davies shine in this recording of ‘Cox and Box’, the first of its original orchestration with linking dialogue. They are joined by the delightful soprano Rebecca Evans and the Chamber Choir of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for a spirited version of ‘Trial by Jury’, led with authentic brio by Richard Hickox.
The Observer

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