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MACFARREN, G.: Robin Hood [Opera] (N. Spence, Hulbert, John Powell Singers, Victorian Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Corp)

MACFARREN, G.: Robin Hood [Opera] (N. Spence, Hulbert, John Powell Singers, Victorian Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Corp)

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release date: November 2011


Artists:

Victorian Opera Orchestra


Corp, Ronald


Ronald Corp

Soloist

Victorian Opera ChorusJohn Powell Singers



Venue:

Urmston Grammar School, Manchester, England



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Opera


Classical

Total Time - 158:32
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MACFARREN, G.: Robin Hood [Opera] (N. Spence, Hulbert, John Powell Singers, Victorian Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Corp)

 

JOHN OXENFORD

     
 

Robin Hood

 


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1 Overture 5:38
2 Act I: Introduction: Clang! Clang! It is a merry (Chorus) 6:59
3 Act I: Ballad: The hunters wake (Alice, Chorus) 2:26
4 Act I: Duet: When lovers are parted (Robin, Marian) 2:55
5 Act I: Trio: A dark and troublous time (Robin, Marian, Sheriff) 3:08
6 Act I: Ballad: True love (Marian) 2:08
7 Act I: Scena and Song: The monk within his cell (Sompnour) 5:31
8 Act I: Scena and Song: Be not severe (Allan, Robin, Chorus) 2:23
9 Act I: Ballad: Englishmen by birth (Robin) 2:30
10 Act I: Finale: May the saints protect 6:10
11 Act II Scene 1: Entr'acte 1:27
12 Act II Scene 1: Part Song: The wood, the wood (Outlaws) 2:03
13 Act II Scene 1: Robbery Scene: A good fat deer (Robin, Much, John, Sompnour) 9:07
14 Act II Scene 1: Ballad: The grasping Normans (Robin, Greenwood men) 7:32
15 Act II Scene 2: Scena: Hail happy morn (Marian) 9:07
16 Act II Scene 2: Ballad: From childhood's dawn (Sheriff) 3:10
17 Act II Scene 2: Duet: To the fair (Marian, Alice) 2:37
18 Act II Scene 3: Chorus: How bright is the day (Allan, Alice, Robin, Marian) 3:44
1 Act II Scene 3: Dances: Round dance and Tilting at the Quintain 4:57
2 Act II Scece 3: Scena: Hoodman blind (Villagers) 9:52
3 Act II Scene 3: Song: My own, my guiding star (Robin) 2:41


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4 Act II Scene 3: Ensemble: Merry laughter (Sheriff, Marian, Alice, Allan, Company) 6:23
5 Act II Scene 3: Quintet: My heart from its terror (Marian, Alice, Robin, Allan, Sheriff) 2:23
6 Act II Scene 3: Finale: My children thus your lives (Sheriff, Company) 6:27
7 Act III Scene 1: Entr'acte 3:18
8 Act III Scene 1: Duet: Greatest plague on earth (Allan, Alice) 3:05
9 Act III Scene 1: Scena: My child has fled (Sheriff) 6:08
10 Act III Scene 1: Duet: To King Richard at once (Sheriff, Sompnour) 4:04
11 Act III Scene 2: Part Song: Now the sun has mounted (Citizens) 6:21
12 Act III Scene 2: Song: Sons of the greenwood (Marian, Greenwood men) 2:45
13 Act III Scene 3: Scena: Vain was the proud ambition (Robin, Marian, Chorus) 8:55
14 Act III Scene 4: Finale: Hark, to that doleful bell (Full company) 7:50
15 Act III Scene 4: Finale ultimo: We've made a slight mistake (Full company) 4:48
     
 Ronald Corp Soloist
 Corp, Ronald


George Macfarren was considered by many of his contemporaries as the greatest British dramatic opera composer since Purcell. Described by Edward J Dent as ‘very full of good fun and on the way to Sullivan’, Robin Hood is Macfarren’s masterpiece, one of an impressive roster of now neglected mid-nineteenth-century British operas, notable for its fine ensemble scenes, witty motifs, and deft, imaginative orchestration.

"The score is full of attractive and often beautiful music that will leave the doubter speechless. It may not be Verdi or Donizetti—was all Verdi great?—but there is a quality of musical endeavour here that must surely strike the listener as being well beyond the perceived ‘dry as dust’ or overly sentimental qualities that have attached themselves to this period of British music. This is operatic music at its best, not over the top, but moving and attractive... The performers in this groundbreaking recording are the Victorian Opera Chorus and Orchestra. The quality of the singing from the principals and chorus is excellent. All the players are kept in order by Ronald Corp, who has drawn an outstanding performance from all concerned... Robin Hood has seriously impressed me. The more I hear this music the more it appears competent, attractive, often beautiful, sometimes moving and always interesting. And I am not an opera buff! In fact, I am coming to love it as much as I love G&S.This is a CD that all opera fans ought to have. Some people will ignore it simply because it was written by an Englishman during Queen Victoria’s reign. They would be utterly misguided to do so. This is a great work; possibly the composer’s masterpiece and is a light opera (not operetta) that can hold its best up against anything offered by the Italians and the French and the Germans from the same period."

John France - MusicWeb-International.com - December 2011


"... The singing here is good, with Nicky Spence, the young Scots tenor, giving a nicely robust performance as Robin Hood. Ronald Corp’s conducting is swaggering when necessary, and it was a massive undertaking to reconstruct the vocal and orchestral scores for this rendition of this very Victorian but quite tuneful work."

Richard Traubner - Opera News - February 2012


"...Despite its unevenness, there is much to enjoy in this revival. Of historical interest in the progress of the English Musical Renaissance."

Ian Lace - MusicWeb-International.com - November 2011


"...music certainly worth hearing for the sheer enjoyment they give to the listeners…one jolly tune after another delights the ear. It is an opera full of charming music  …a delightful way to pass an hour or two."

Charles H Parsons - American Record Guide - March 2012


"...anyone even minimally interested in opera in Victorian England needs to get this set..."

Christopher Howell - Musicweb-international.com - 26 April 2012


"The solo singing is admirably led by Nicky Spence, exhilarating not only in his ballads ‘Englishmen’ and ‘Thy guiding light’ but also in the compelling prison scene…What ultimately remains, though, is amazement that a key work in British operatic history, lost to audiences for over a century, can be disinterred and recorded to such a high overall standard with limited resources..."

Andrew Lamb - Opera magazine - March 2012 


"...The singing here is good, with Nicky Spence, the young Scots tenor, giving a nicely robust performance as Robin Hood. Ronald Corp’s conducting is swaggering when necessary, and it was a massive undertaking to reconstruct the vocal and orchestral scores for this rendition of this very Victorian but quite tuneful work."

Richard Traubner - Opera News - February 2012


"...all is well. Nicky Spence is splendid as Robin Hood: vigorous in the ballad ‘Englishmen by birth’, he is eloquent in the beautiful ‘My own, my guiding star ..."

Richard Lawrence -  Gramophone magazine - January 2012


                Critics Choice
"...Thanks to the remarkable enterprise of Victorian Opera, here’s another invaluable and hugely enjoyable offering in the neglected field of Victorian Romantic opera, Macfarren’s Robin Hood—a work easy on the ear and breathing fresh British air, with Nicky Spence leading full-scale forces under Ronald Corp..."

Andrew Lamb - Gramophone magazine - December 2011


                   CD of the Week: September 24–30 2011

"...David’s CD of the Week is a wonderful recording of George Alexander Macfarren’s finest opera, Robin Hood."

Classic FM - September 2011




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