German: Tom Jones

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German: Tom Jones



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17th Aug 2009




1 hour 49 minutes


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German: Tom Jones

Book by Alexander Thompson and Robert Courtneidge & Lyrics by Charles Taylor

Marianne Hellgren Staykov, Richard Morrison, Heather Shipp, Donald Maxwell, Simon Butteriss, Richard Suart, Gaynor Keeble & Giles Davies

National Festival Orchestra and Chorus, David Russell Hulme

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Tom Jones, based on Fielding’s classic novel, first appeared in 1907.

One of the finest British operettas to follow Gilbert and Sullivan, the music has a style of its own and brings a new Romantic sweep to the genre.

Full of superb numbers, such as the famous waltz-song For Tonight, On a January morning, A Soldier’s Scarlet Coat, Dream o’ Day Jill and West Country lad, this is the first complete recording, and includes three numbers cut during the original run.

Edward German: Tom Jones

Act I, "The lawn at Squire Western's": Introduction

Act I: Don't you find the weather charming? (Chorus)

Act I: Song: On a Januairy morning (Squire Western, Chorus)

Act I: Song: West Country lad (Tom, Chorus)

Act I: Song: To-day my spinet (Sophia)

Act I: Interlude: I gave your message, Miss (Sophia, Honour, Tom)

Act I: Trio: Wisdom says, Festina lente (Sophia, Honour, Tom)

Act I: Sextet: The Barley Mow (Honour, Gregory, Peggy, Betty, Grizzle, Dobbin)

Act I: Madrigal Quartet: Here's a paradox for lovers (Sophia, Honour, Tom, Allworthy)

Act I: Finale: For aye, my love (Sophia, Tom, Squire Western, Blifil, Allworthy, Chorus)

Act II, "The Inn at Upton": Hurry! Bustle! (Hostess, Officer, Chorus)

Act II: Song: A Person of Parts (Partridge, Chorus)

Act II: Song: Dream o' Day Jill (Sophia)

Act II: Song: Gurt-Uncle Jan Tappit (Gregory, Chorus)

Act II: Jig: With a fal la la (Chorus)

Act II: My lady's coach (Hostess, Chorus)

Act II: Song: As all the maids (Honour)

Act II: Laughing Trio: You have a pretty wit (Honour, Partridge, Gregory)

Act II: Song: A Soldier's Scarlet Coat (Tom, Chorus) (lyrics: Harry Beswick)

Act II: Song: Love maketh the heart a garden fair (Sophia, Chorus)

Act II: Finale: Where be my daughter? (Lady Bellaston, Tom, Squire Western, Partridge, Officer, Hostess, Chorus)

Act III, "Ranelagh Gardens": Morris Dance

Act III: Gavotte: Glass of fashion (Chorus)

Act III: Song: The Green Ribbon (Honour, Chorus of Men)

Act III: Song: If love's content (Tom)

Act III: Barcarolle: Beguile, beguile, with music sweet (Chorus, Chapman, Wise, Stein)

Act III: Recitative: Which is my own true self? (Sophia) - Waltz Song: For to-night (Sophia)

Act III: Trio: Says a well-worn saw (Honour, Partridge, Gregory)

Act III: Melos

Act III: Finale: Hark, the merry marriage bells! (Sophia, Honour, Tom, Chorus)

Additional Song: A Foundling Boy (Tom)

Additional Song: By night and day (Sophia)

Additional Trio: Come away with me my deary (Sophia, Honour, Tom)

Gramophone Magazine

March 2010

“David Russell Hulme, the conductor, has long made a special study of German's music, and his grasp of its scope and nuances is readily apparent. In those leading roles Richard Morrison and Marianne Hellgren Staykov do the work proud…”

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