Wallace, W V: Maritana

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Wallace, W V: Maritana

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Naxos

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8660308-09

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2

Release date:

31st Oct 2011

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0730099030878

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1 hour 48 minutes

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Wallace, W V: Maritana


Majella Cullagh (Maritana), Lynda Lee (Lazarello), Paul Charles Clarke (Don Caesar), Ian Caddy (Don Jose), Damien Smith (Captain), Quentin Hayes (King of Spain)

RTÉ Philharmonic Choir & RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Proinnsías Ó Duinn

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Maritana was one of the most popular of mid-nineteenth-century British operas. Its 1848 première was a triumph and was soon followed by performances in opera houses from Vienna to Philadelphia. The absurd plot, which contrasts life at the Spanish court with that of the Gypsy street-singer of the title, is subsidiary to the appeal of a string of infectious and much loved arias such as There is a flower that bloometh and Yes! Let me like a soldier fall. Wallace’s opera Lurline is available on Naxos 8660293-94, on which the American Record Guide commented: ‘The opera and the performance are both a delight.’

William Vincent Wallace: Maritana

Overture

Act I: Chorus: Sing, pretty maiden, sing (Chorus)

Act I: Romance: It was a knight of princely mien (Maritana) - Chorus: Sing, Maritana! No delay! (Chorus)

Act I: Romance: I hear it again (Maritana) - Chorus: Listen pilgrim, list (Chorus)

Act I: Angelus: Angels that around us hover (Chorus)

Act I: Duet: Of fairy wand had I the power (Maritana, Don Jose)

Act I: Trio: See the culprit (Captain, Lazarillo, Don Caesar) - Chorus: See this combat, all now must (Chorus)

Act I: Chorus: Pretty Gitana, tell us (Chorus) - Song: Yes, the language of the skies (Maritana)

Act I: Finale: Farewell my gallant Captain (Don Caesar, Maritana, Lazarillo, Don Jose, Alcade, Chorus)

Act II, Scene 1: Romance: Alas, those chimes so sweetly stealing (Lazarillo)

Act II, Scene 1: Duet: Hither as I came, one poor old man (Don Caesar, Lazarillo)

Act II, Scene 1: Trio: Turn on, old time, thine hourglass (Don Caesar, Lazarillo, Don Jose)

Act II, Scene 1: Song: Yes! Let me like a Soldier fall (Don Caesar)

Act II, Scene 1: Ballad: In happy moments day by day (Don Jose)

Act II, Scene 1: Quartet with Chorus: Health to the Lady, the lovely bride (Don Caesar, Chorus, Maritana, Don Jose, Lazarillo)

Act II, Scene 2: Chorus: Oh! What pleasure the soft guitar (Chorus)

Act II, Scene 2: Waltz

Act II, Scene 2: Song: Hear me, gentle Maritana (King)

Act II, Scene 2: Song: There is a flow'r that bloometh (Don Caesar)

Act II, Scene 2: Finale: That voice! 'Tis hers I swear (Don Caesar, Maritana, Don Jose, Chorus)

Act III: Introduction - Recitative: How dreary to my heart is this gay chamber! (Maritana)

Act III: Ballad: Scenes that are brightest (Maritana)

Act III: Song: So! My courage now regaining (Don Jose)

Act III: Cabaletta (Duet): Surely as thou art Don Caesar, yes, I am King of Spain (Don Caesar, King)

Act III: Duet: A stranger here! (Maritana, Don Caesar)

Act III: Prayer (Duet): Sainted Mother, guide his footsteps (Maritana, Lazarillo)

Act III: Song: With rapture glowing (Maritana) - Finale: Viva, Maritana! (Chorus)

Gramophone Magazine

August 1997

“[I] feel all the wiser for having at last been given the opportunity to hear a modern performance of this very important work, it's part of the missing link in our knowledge of British music theatre...[the cast] all sing with total dedication and conviction. It isn't at all difficult to understand Maritana's popularity, nor with the ensuing snobbery of the twentieth century, why it fell out of favour.”

International Record Review

February 2012

“The music is effortlessly tuneful, if occasional banal...[Cullagh's] light lyric soprano is just perfect for the [title] role and her diction is as clear as Waterford crystal...this reissue is worth exploring, not least to hear Cullagh's assumption of the title-role.”

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