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The Monckton Album

Monckton: Selections from operettas

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2007


Artists:

Bel Etage Theatre Orchestra



Mart Sander

baritone

Julie Lill

contralto

Pirjo Levandi

Contralto

Jeanne Sevchenko

mezzo soprano

Annika Tonuri

Soprano

Mariliina von Uexkull

Soprano

Oliver Kuusik

tenor

Rene Soom

tenor

Bel Etage Theatre Chorus



Venue:

State Philharmonic Society Concert Hall, Tallinn



Producer:

Mart Sander



Engineer:

Arne Hulm, Kalev Timeska, Tanel Klesment



Record Label
Diversions

Genre:

Opera


Light Music

Total Time - 68:54
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The Monckton Album

 

LIONEL MONCKTON

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The Cingalee

 
1 I New Year 1:18
  World premiere recording  
 
2 II Salaam 0:28
  World premiere recording  
 
3 III Pearl of Sweet Ceylon / Tea, Tea, Tea 3:53
  World premiere recording  
 Mart Sander Baritone
 Jeanne Sevchenko mezzo soprano
4 IV My Cinnamon Tree 3:19
  World premiere recording  
 Julie Lill Contralto
5 V In the Island of gay Ceylon 0:54
  World premiere recording  
 
6 VI Cingalee 2:17
  World premiere recording  
 Mart Sander Baritone
7 VII White and Brown Girl 1:57
  World premiere recording  
 Jeanne Sevchenko mezzo soprano
 Oliver Kuusik tenor
8 VIII True Love 2:44
  World premiere recording  
 Mariliina von Uexkull Soprano
 Oliver Kuusik tenor
 Julie Lill contralto
 Mart Sander baritone
9 IX When this Girl was a Wee Girl 0:45
  World premiere recording  
 Oliver Kuusik Tenor
10 X Monkeys 2:32
  World premiere recording  
 Oliver Kuusik Tenor
 Jeanne Sevchenko mezzo soprano
11 XI Sloe Eyes 1:40
  World premiere recording  
 Julie Lill Contralto
12 XII You and I 2:42
  World premiere recording  
 Mariliina von Uexkull Soprano
 Mart Sander baritone
13 XIII The Dance I’ll lead Him 0:57
  World premiere recording  
 Julie Lill Contralto
14 XIV Bear away the Bride 2:25
  World premiere recording  
 Mariliina von Uexkull Soprano
 Mart Sander baritone
 Julie Lill contralto
     
 

The Arcadians

 
15 I Plant your Posies 1:05
 
16 II My Motter 1:01
 Mart Sander Baritone
17 III Fickle Fortune 0:32
 
18 IV Pipes of Pan 2:27
 Mariliina von Uexkull Soprano
19 V Sweet Simplicitas 1:30
 Mart Sander Baritone
20 VI Arcady is Ever Young 1:52
 Mariliina von Uexkull Soprano
21 VII I Love London / We Want to be Arcadians 1:08
 Jeanne Sevchenko mezzo soprano
 Oliver Kuusik tenor
22 VIII Joy of Life 1:08
 Annika Tonuri Soprano
 Oliver Kuusik tenor
23 IX Come to Arcady 1:36
 Rene Soom tenor
24 X Back your Fancy 1:24
 Oliver Kuusik Tenor
25 XI Half Past Two 2:49
 Annika Tonuri Soprano
 Rene Soom tenor
26 XII Piccadilly 1:02
 Mart Sander Baritone
27 XIII Girl with a Brogue 1:06
 Pirjo Levandi Contralto
28 XIV Charming Weather / Truth is so Beautiful 2:25
 Pirjo Levandi Contralto
 Mart Sander baritone
29 XV To All and Each / Arcady is Ever Young 2:03
 
     
 

The Quaker Girl

 
30 I In this Abode of Madame la Mode 1:19
 
31 II A Quaker Girl 0:59
 Mariliina von Uexkull Soprano
32 III A Dancing Lesson 2:40
 Mariliina von Uexkull Soprano
 Mart Sander baritone
33 IV While our Worthy Village Neightbours / Barbizon 2:27
 
34 V Tip Toe 2:01
 Pirjo Levandi Contralto
35 VI Tony From America / O, Time, Time 2:30
 Mariliina von Uexkull Soprano
 Pirjo Levandi contralto
36 VII Mr. Jeremiah, Esquire 0:56
 Annika Tonuri Soprano
 Rene Soom tenor
37 VIII Couleur de Rose 0:52
 Oliver Kuusik Tenor
38 IX Little grey Bonnet 1:16
 Mariliina von Uexkull Soprano
39 X Come to the Ball 2:55
 Oliver Kuusik Tenor
   


Lionel Monckton was a leading composer of stage musical or operetta in the early 20th century. His "Arcadians" has retained a great deal of popularity as have some songs from other shows. His music is infectious, tuneful and memorable, as demonstrated by these three condensed shows. "The Arcadians" was co-composed with Howard Talbot and "The Cingalee" with Paul Rubens.

Theatre Bel-Etage is a leading company in Estonia, who have dedicated themselves to the English stage musical and "Variety" style of Victorian and Edwardian days. Even though not English themselves they have created a fine reputation, even performing Sullivan’s "Cox & Box" in London to great acclaim.

"...Divine Arts Recording Group has made a major contribution to British Light Opera with this fine exploration of Lionel Monckton’s music.I noted in an earlier review of the same group’s release of Herman Finck’s music that they have managed ‘to capture the mood and the spirit of the Edwardian and Georgian times’. Other reviewers have noted the ‘Germanic’ and ‘Michigan’ accents as opposed to that of ‘Mayfair’ in the performance of these numbers. However, true as this may be, it is a trifling matter. The enunciation, clarity and mood are near-perfect. Besides, my ‘Estonian’ is not so dusty. The performers, led by Mart Sander are all members of the Bel-Etage Theatre in Tallinn, which was itself an old music hall. In addition, let us not forget the orchestra who make such an important contribution to the success of this disc. I was delighted by the sound quality of this CD: the ambience is ideally suited to this kind of music.

John France - MusicWeb-International.com - July 2012


“...a wealth of easy melodies… Monckton had a remarkable facility for catchy songs… it’s wonderful to hear [these musicals].. the wonderful score [The Arcadians] enchants in an attractive medley. Truly bewitching. I have been waiting for decades to hear [The Quaker Girl] and I have liked nearly everything I have heard from this score”
 

American Record Guide

“All three stage comedies are presented as selections… the judgement is invariably astute and the selections are unjoltingly cleverly constructed. When it comes to The Arcadians’ song "My Motter" Sander proves a dab hand at Estonian Cockney and at playing the lush and Mariliina von Uexküll proves to have a fine, flexible voice with operatic-soubrettish quality (good coloratura as well) as she copes neatly with her tongue-twisting song "Pipes of Pan" – not easy to do even if your first language is English. There are plenty of opportunities for character singing and acting here and the orchestra has a good supportive opportunity in "Arcady is Ever Young". The principals and band prove worthy ambassadors for this music. ”

Jonathan Woolf

Music Web

“The melody man long neglected at home finds some champions in Estonia…marvellous melodies…quite delightful.. Mart Sander demonstrates…how well-shaped and heartfelt Monckton’s melodies could be. Mariliina von Uexküll’s sweet-toned soprano is no less winning…an enterprising and delightful issue” 

Andrew Lamb

Gramophone

“This recording is a worthwhile collector’s item… This genre is so much a part of Britain’s heritage… a distinctive charm that should not be underestimated. This is an enjoyable and well recorded disc. I find the quality of the singing excellent with warm sopranos providing good expression, a distinctive tenor and resonant baritone, as well as the support of an excellent chorus.”

Raymond Walker

Music Web

“Delicious music…sheer joy. Full of gems, brilliant CD”

Denby Richards
 

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