Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard & Trial By Jury

Sir Charles Mackerras & Welsh National Opera

Gilbert Sullivan The Yeomen Of The Guard Trial By
  • CAT # 80404

    DISC ONE  
    1. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Overture 4:42
    2. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Song - (Phoebe) When maiden loves 3:28
    3. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Double Chorus - (People, Yeomen and Solo Second Yeoman) 3:47
    4. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Song with Chorus - (Dame Carruthers and Yeomen) When ou 4:21
    5. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Trio - (Phoebe, Leonard and Meryll) Alas! I waver to an 2:15
    6. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Ballad - (Fairfax) Is life a boon? 2:04
    7. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Chorus - (People, Elsie and Point) Here's A Man Of Joll 1:19
    8. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Duet - (Elsie and Point) I have a song to sing 3:43
    9. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Trio - (Elsie, Point and Lieutenant) How say you, maide 2:43
    10. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Song - (Point) I've jibe and joke, and quip and crank 1:51
    11. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Recitative and Song - (Elsie) 'Tis done, I am a bride&# 3:25
    12. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Song - (Phoebe) Were I thy bride 1:53
    13. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Finale to Act One - (Ensemble) Oh, Sergeant Meryll, is 18:26
    DISC TWO  
    1. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Chorus and Solo - (People, Yeomen, and Dame Carruthers) 4:19
    2. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Song - (Point) Oh, a private buffoon is a light-hearted 2:48
    3. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Duet - (Point and Wilfred) Hereupon we're both agreed 1:39
    4. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Ballad - (Fairfax) Free from his fetters grim 2:33
    5. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Quartet - (Kate, Dame Carruthers, Fairfax and Meryll) S 2:26
    6. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Scene - (Elsie, Phoebe, Dame Carruthers, Fairfax, Wilfr 3:40
    7. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Trio - (Fairfax, Elsie and Phoebe) A man who woud woo a 3:20
    8. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Quartet - (Elsie, Phoebe, Fairfax and Point) When a woo 2:43
    9. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Duet - (Dame Carruthers and Meryll) Rapture, rapture 1:38
    10. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen Of The Guard: Finale to Act Two - (Ensemble) Comes the pretty young b 10:00
    11. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Solo and Chorus - (Usher) Hark, the hour of ten is sounding 3:03
    12. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Recitative and Chorus - (Defendant) Is this the Court of the Exch
    13. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Song with Chorus - (Defendant) When first my old, old love I knew 2:56
    14. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Chorus with Solo - (Judge) All Hail, Great Judge! 2:12
    15. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Song - (Judge) When I, good friends, was called to the Bar 2:45
    16. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Recitative - (Counsel and Usher) Swear thou the jury 1:35
    17. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Recitative and Chorus - (Counsel, Usher and Plaintiff) Where is t 3:14
    18. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Scena - (Judge, Plaintiff, Usher, Foreman and Chorus) Oh never, n 1:16
    19. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Recitative Solo and Chorus - (Counsel, Plaintiff and Usher) May i 3:01
    20. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Solos and Chorus - (Judge, Plaintiff, Counsel and Foreman) That s
    21. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Song - (Defendant with Chorus) Oh, gentleman, listen I pray 1:31
    22. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Scena - (Judge, Counsel and Chorus) That seems a reasonable propo
    23. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Sextet and Chorus - (Plaintiff, Defendant, Counsel, Judge, Usher 3:19
    24. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Duet and Chorus - (Plaintiff, Defendant with Judge and Counsel) I 2:28
    25. Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial By Jury: Finale - (Ensemble) Oh, joy unbounded 1:50

Trial by Jury was the work that firmly established the partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan. It marked the beginning of a run of extraordinary successes over the two decades that permanently changed the face of musical theatre in England. Conceived in some haste as a one-act filler for an evening's entertainment of Offenbach's La Perichole, Trial by Jury quickly established itself as the real hit of the production. Within two months of this first production, Trial by Jury received critical acclaim. Although it was produced early in the Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration, it contains most of the characteristics that define Gilbert and Sullivan's style, most strikingly, the comic use of a disjunction between appearances and reality. Even though Trial by Jury is the smallest of the fourteen works by this remarkable collaboration, it is among Gilbert and Sullivan's most perfect works.

Exhibiting their ability to portray a range of settings and characteristics, Gilbert and Sullivan wrote The Yeoman of the Guard. It is rather serious and realistic work, yet by no means devoid of humor that came after the tremendous successes of H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience, lolanthe and Ruddigore. The Yeoman of the Guard was written in quite a hurry. The overture, for example, was finished during one of the final rehearsals. Even though it was written in haste, there was no evidence of it.

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