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Theatre Bel-Etage - Monckton Album - Selections From Musical Comedies

Theatre Bel-Etage - Monckton Album - Selections From Musical Comedies-Legendary Voices-Mémoires d'coeur
ID: DDV24110 (EAN: 809730411021)  | 1 CD | DDD
Publi: 2003
Mémoires d'coeur
Legendary Voices
KUUSIK, Oliver (tenor) | LEVANDI, Pirjo (soprano) | LILL, Julie (contralto) | SANDER, Mart (bariton) | SEVCHENCO, Jeanne (soprano) | TÖNURI, Annika (mezzo-soprano) | UEXKULL, Mariliina von (soprano)
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Selections from:
The Cingalee (first ever recording)
The Arcadians
The Quaker Girl (first modern recording)

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.

Soloists: Pirjo Levandi, Jeanne Sevchenco, Mart Sander, Mariliina von Uexkull, Julie Lill, Oliver Kuusik and Annika Tönuri, with the Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Mart Sander
MONCKTON, Lionel (1861-1924) 
The Cingalee (1904) 
1. New Year1:18 
2. Salaam0:32 
3. Pearl Of Sweet Ceylon / Tea, Tea, Tea3:53 
4. My Cinnamon Tree3:19 
5. In The Island Of Gay Ceylon0:54 
6. Cingalee2:17 
7. White And Brown Girl1:57 
8. True Love2:44 
9. When This Girl Was A Wee Girl0:45 
10. Monkeys2:32 
11. Sloe Eyes1:40 
12. You And I2:42 
13. The Dance I'll Lead Him0:57 
14. Bear Away The Bride2:25 
The Arcadians (1909) 
15. Plant Your Posies1:05 
16. My Motter1:01 
17. Fickle Fortune0:32 
18. Pipes Of Pan2:27 
19. Sweet Simplicitas1:30 
20. Arcady Is Ever Young1:52 
21. I Love London / We Want To Be Arcadians1:08 
22. Joy Of Life1:08 
23. Come To Arcady1:26 
24. Back Your Fancy1:24 
25. Half Past Two2:49 
26. Piccadilly1:02 
27. Girl With A Brogue1:06 
28. Charming Weather / Truth Is So Beautiful2:25 
29. To All And Each / Arcady Is Ever Young2:03 
The Quaker Girl (1910) 
30. In This Abode Of Madame La Mode1:19 
31. A Quaker Girl0:59 
32. A Dancing Lesson2:40 
33. While Our Worthy Village2:27 
34. Tip Toe2:01 
35. Tony From America2:30 
36. Mr. Jeremiah, Esquire!0:56 
37. Couleur De Rose0:52 
38. Little Gray Bonnet1:16 
39. Come To The Ball2:55 


“Delicious music…sheer joy. Full of gems, brilliant CD” - Denby Richards (Musical Opinion)
“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 (MusicWeb)
“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)
“The tunes are all attractive, the lyrics pleasant and sometimes even clever… [Theatre Bel-Etage are] a wonderful group… a personable group of principals and a very good chorus. I can recommend it as miles above the scores of musicals today. I found this set a breath of fresh air. You will too” - Frank Behrens (Amazon.com / Showcase)
“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 (MusicWeb)
“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


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