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CHAN 10578
(multiple CD Set)

Sullivan: Ivanhoe

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2010

Originally recorded in 2009


BBC National Orchestra of Wales

David Lloyd-Jones

Leigh Melrose

baritone - Isaac, the Jew of York

Stephen Gadd

baritone - Prince John

Neal Davies

baritone - Richard Cœur-de-Lion

Peter Rose

bass - Cedric the Saxon

Matthew Brook

bass-baritone - Friar Tuck

James Rutherford

bass-baritone - Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert

Catherine Wyn-Rogers

mezzo-soprano - Ulrica

Geraldine McGreevy

soprano - Rebecca

Janice Watson

soprano - The Lady Rowena

Andrew Staples

tenor - Locksley/The Squire

Peter Wedd

tenor - Maurice de Bracy

Toby Spence

tenor - Wilfred, Knight of Ivanhoe

Adrian Partington Singers


BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales


Brian Pidgeon

Brian Couzens



Ralph Couzens

Jonathan Cooper


Record Label



Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 164:33
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Ivanhoe (1890-91)

  Adapted from Sir Walter Scott's novel  
  A Romantic Opera in Three Acts  
  Words by Julian Sturgis  
  Act I  
  Scene 1. Cedric's Hall at Rotherwood 24:27      
1 Introduction - 0:57
2 Cedric: 'Each day this realm of England faints and fails' - 2:35
  with Men  
3 Isaac: 'Good Thane, most noble Thane, I pray…' - 2:21
  with Men, Cedric, Squire  
4 Cedric: 'Welcome, Sir Knights!' - 5:17
  with de Bracy, Brian, Isaac, Women, Men, Rowena  
5 Cedric: 'Drink, drink ye all…' - 3:46
  with Men, de Bracy, Brian, Rowena, Ivanhoe  
6 Men: 'The Palmer! The holy Palmer!'- 7:27
  with Ivanhoe, Cedric, Brian, Rowena, de Bracy  
7 De Bracy: 'Is she not fair? And she is rich withal' 2:01
  with Brian, Men  
  Scene 2. An Ante-room in Rotherwood 14:09      
8 Rowena: 'O moon, art thou clad in silver mail…' - 4:30
9 Rowena: 'Good Palmer, thou dist speak of one I knew…' - 6:05
  with Ivanhoe  
10 Ivanhoe: 'Like mountain lark my spirit upward springs' 3:34
  with Isaac  
  Scene 3. The Lists at Ashby 20:09      
11 Sopranos: 'Will there be no more fighting?' - 3:52
  with Chorus, Friar, King  
12 Chorus: 'Plantagenesta!' - 3:06
13 Prince John: 'Isaac, my Jew, my purse of Gold' - 3:07
  with Cedric, de Bracy, Rebecca  
14 Prince John: ''Tis from our Royal brother, Louis of France' - 3:30
  with Heralds, Crowd  
15 Sopranos: 'What means his motto?' 6:32
  with Crowd, Friar, Locksley, Prince John, Rowena, Cedric  
  Act II  
  Scene 1. The Forest, Copmanhurst 19:26      
16 King: 'Strange lodging this for England's King' - 5:52
  with Friar  
17 King: 'There is a custom in the East' - 2:30
  with Friar  
18 King: 'I ask not wealth nor courtier's praise' - 3:03
19 Friar: 'Not bad, say I, not badly sung!' - 1:12
  with King  
20 Friar: 'The wind blows cold across the moor' - 3:01
  with Outlaws  
21 Friar: 'And now for combat! Where's this friend of mine?' 3:45
  with King, Lockley, Chorus  
  Scene 2: A Passage-way in Torquilstone 9:55      
22 Cedric: 'Will not our captor dare to show his face?' - 5:48
  with de Bracy, Rowena  
23 De Bracy, 'Welcome, Sir Templar! But I may not stay' - 1:07
  with Brian  
24 Brian: 'Her southern splendour, like the Syrian Moon' 2:59
  Scene 3. A Turret-chamber in Torquilstone 22:33      
25 Ulrica: 'Whet the keen axes' - 7:26
  with Rebecca  
26 Rebecca: 'O awful depth below the castle wall!' - 1:06
27 Rebecca: 'Lord of our chosen race' - 3:16
28 Rebecca: 'Take thou these jewels; here is wealth enow…' - 7:55
  with Brian  
29 Rebeccca: 'What sound is that?' 2:48
  with Brian  
  Act III  
  Scene 1. A Room in Torquilstone 21:04      
30 Ivanhoe: 'Happy with winged feet' - 5:33
31 Ulrica: 'Tend thou the Knight thou lovest' - 1:16
  with Rebecca  
32 Rebecca: 'Ah, would that thou and I might lead our 3:51
  sheep…' -  
  with Ivanhoe  
33 Ivanhoe: 'But hark! what sound is in mine ear?' - 1:48
  with Rebecca  
34 Rebecca: 'I see them now; the dark wood moves with bows' - 2:57
  with Tenors, Basses, Ivanhoe  
35 Ivanhoe: 'How canst thou know what pain it is to 5:38
  with Rebecca, Soldiers, Brian, Outlaws, Ulrica, All  
  Scene 2. In the Forest 16:50      
36 Outlaws: 'Light foot upon the dancing green' - 4:16
  with King, Ivanhoe  
37 King: 'Maurice de Bracy, faithless knight' - 2:27
  with de Bracy  
38 King: 'Look, where thy moody father walks apart' - 5:29
  with Ivanhoe, Cedric, Rowena  
39 Ivanhoe: 'How oft beneath the far-off Syrian Skies…' - 2:29
  with Rowena  
40 Isaac: 'Knight, Knight of Ivanhoe, I come for thee!' 2:09
  with Ivanhoe, Rowena  
  Scene 3. At Templestowe 16:13      
41 Templars: 'Fremuere principes' - 3:06
42 Grand Master: 'Thou Jewish girl, who art condemned to 4:03
  die…' -  
  with Rebecca  
43 Brian: 'It shall not be' - 2:33
  with Grand Master, Rebecca  
44 Voices: 'A champion! A champion! A champion!' - 1:51
  with Ivanhoe, Chorus, Rebecca, Brian  
45 Chorus: 'A judgment! A judgment!' - 2:30
  with King, Grand Master, Templars  
46 King: 'See where the banner of England floats afar…' 2:09
  with Templars, Rebecca, Rowena, Ivanhoe, Cedric, All  
 Neal Davies baritone - Richard Cœur-de-Lion
 Stephen Gadd baritone - Prince John
 James Rutherford bass-baritone - Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert
 Peter Wedd tenor - Maurice de Bracy
 Peter Rose bass - Cedric the Saxon
 Toby Spence tenor - Wilfred, Knight of Ivanhoe
 Matthew Brook bass-baritone - Friar Tuck
 Leigh Melrose baritone - Isaac, the Jew of York
 Andrew Staples tenor - Locksley/The Squire
 Janice Watson soprano - The Lady Rowena
 Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano - Ulrica
 Geraldine McGreevy soprano - Rebecca
  Knights and Ladies, Attendants, Saxons, Youths etc.  
 David Lloyd-Jones
  24-28 June 2009  
  To the late Richard Hickox who took the enthusiastic initiative to record Sir Arthur Sullivan's Ivanhoe and in whose memory this project has now been brought to completion by his friends.  

Ivanhoe, perhaps Sir Walter Scott’s most popular novel, was the perfect choice for historical opera and launched by D’Oyly Carte’s ambitious English Royal Opera (now home to the Palace Theatre) where this romantic opera of three hours ran with a double cast in one of London’s largest and most expensive theatres, on consecutive nights, for 155 performances. Ivanhoe was written when Sullivan was at the height of his powers, with his typical fluency in word-setting and mastery of orchestration, and it breathes his natural empathy and humanity. This is the first professional commercial recording of Ivanhoe and features a fine cast including Janice Watson, Toby Spence, Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Geraldine McGreevy. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales is conducted by Sullivan expert David Lloyd-Jones. The recording is dedicated to the memory of Richard Hickox who was instrumental in getting the project off the ground.

Nominated for Best Opera Recording


2011 Grammy Awards

           ****   Good


Marcel Louis

Pizzicato Magazine - June 2010


Robert Fraunholzer  - 12 June 2010

                  Repertoire ***      Sound ****


Gerhard Persche

Fono Forum (Germany) - June 2010

“…This recording, conceived by Richard Hickox and dedicated to his memory, is quite marvellous, well engineered, excitingly conducted and played, cast with a First XI of native artists – bravo Chandos!”

Rodney Milnes

Opera - May 2010

“...Chandos’s recorded sound and production are up are to its customary standards. The scenes with on-and off-stage trumpets (such as the magnificent one which concludes Act One) have vivid perspectives and there is a good balance between voices and orchestra; indeed the clarity of the latter is impressive.”

Timothy Ball - 2 April 2010

“… The performance benefits from conductor David Lloyd-Jones’ forthright and deeply committed leadership and from tenor Toby Spence’s beautiful shapely performance in the title role; there are also fine contributions by sopranos Janice Watson and Geraldine McGreevey as the two female principals and baritone Neal Davies as Richard Lionheart.”

Joshua Kosman

San Francisco Chronicle - 11 April 2010



Xavier de Gaulle

Classica - April 2010

"...If you like grand opera then this is for you and Chandos are to be congratulated in completing the project begun by the late Richard Hickox."


Peter Worsley

Light Music Society - Spring Newsletter 2010

Performance *****    Recording *****

“…We can at last hear what Sullivan conceived and it’s impressive.”


Michael Scott Rohan

BBC Music Magazine - April 2010

“…The recording,conducted with love and commitment by David Lloyd-Jones, was the brainchild of the late Richard Hickox, to whom it is dedicated. Toby Spence is an impeccable Ivanhoe opposite Janice Watson’s aristocratic if effortful Rowena. But it’s Geraldine McGreevy and James Rutherford, astonishing as Rebecca and Brian, who will really sweep you away.”  ****

Tim Ashley

The Guardian - 12 March 2010

“…All concerned are to be congratulated on this magnificent recording…”  *****

Richard Lawrence

Classic FM Magazine - April 2010

“…Here at last is a recording [Ivanhoe] – planned for the late conductor Richard Hickox but realised in his memory – that makes the best possible case for the opera. A superb A-list cast of British soloists is led by Neal Davies as King Richard, Toby Spence as Ivanhoe  and Geraldine McGreevy as Rebecca. There are lovely set pies, including a touching aria for Rowena(Janice Watson) and a brooding one for Ulrica (Catherine Wyn-Rogers), David Lloyd-Jones conducts with an ideal balance of swagger and lyricism.”
“…Anyone who enjoys the serious side of Sullivan, as in Yeoman of the Guard, will find much to enjoy here…”

Nicholas Kenyon


The Observer - 21 February 2010

                          Record of the Month

“…David Lloyd-Jones must be congratulated for the energetic pace he sets, never rushed but always advancing in a purposeful way. This has made all the difference to the way this kind of recording is perceived.”…

“The singers provide a polished performance, sing superbly and support each other admirably. Special mention should be made of Janice Watson with sincerity of portrayal and effortless top notes; Toby Spence with his strength of delivery and powerful presence; and peter Rose for warmth of tone and clear diction…. The chorus is fine and adds considerable weight to the opera. What has made all the difference in this recording is the impact that is added by the meaningful phrasing of the vocal lines and absence of bland characterisation.”…

“… sure to please the harshest of critics.”

Raymond J Walker  


MuiscWebInternational - February 2010

“…Sullivan’s tuneful score makes for pleasant listening in this recording, planned for the late Richard Hickox, but stylishly conducted by David Lloyd-Jones. A fine British cast is headed by Toby Spence and Geraldine McGreevy, with James Rutherford as the lustful baddie.”

Hugh Canning

The Sunday Times - 14 February 2010

“…In the title-role, Spence is on top form, catching Ivanhoe’s nobility in a voice which has grown stronger and fuller over the years. His tone is clean: free from breathiness and rough edges. He reacts fittingly, be Ivanhoe wooing or warring. Other roles are satisfactorily undertaken.
The project is dedicated to Richard Hickox, who ‘took the enthusiastic initiative’ to record the work. In his place, David Lloyd-Jones secures fine playing from the orchestra and gives a worthy illustration of what Sullivan could do in the field of serious opera.

John T Hughes

International Record Review - February 2010

                  Gramophone Recommends
“…The three key roles are well cast. Toby Spence admirably balances heroic and lyrical demands, culminating in a fine Act 3 solo ‘Come gentle sleep’.  James Rutherford as Sir Brian de Bois –Guilbert and Geraldine McGreevy as Rebecca combine to bring the most out of Act 2, Scene 3 – the opera’s musical high point.”
“…nobody interested in British opera should miss this opportunity to hear a work that represents a milestone in British operatic history."

Andrew Lamb

Gramophone - March 2010

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