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Dibdin: Christmas Gambols


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« on: November 19, 2017, 08:44:15 am »

Retrospect Opera have just released a new recording of works by Dibdin, composer of Tom Bowling, two "Table Entertainments" (short operas) and some songs. It's a bit earlier than my usual period, but looks like an interesting addition from a period in British opera of which hardly anything is ever heard.

Retrospect Opera are the group that gave us Smyth's "The Boatswain's Mate", which was really professionally recorded and produced, so I have high hopes for this.

If anyone is interested in them, they have a few projects going on, all related to British opera: www.retrospectopera.org.uk.
Apparently they also have a special offer on at the moment.
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2017, 03:28:44 pm »

It's a fine enterprise, but sadly Dibdin's output was calculated to appeal to the very mainest of mainstream in his era. The advanced composers of the time were Shield, Storace, and Linley.  Probably Dibdin is interesting as social history.
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2017, 03:56:00 pm »

Retrospect Opera have just released a new recording of works by Dibdin, composer of Tom Bowling, two "Table Entertainments" (short operas) and some songs. It's a bit earlier than my usual period, but looks like an interesting addition from a period in British opera of which hardly anything is ever heard.

Retrospect Opera are the group that gave us Smyth's "The Boatswain's Mate", which was really professionally recorded and produced, so I have high hopes for this.

If anyone is interested in them, they have a few projects going on, all related to British opera: www.retrospectopera.org.uk.
Apparently they also have a special offer on at the moment.
I have the,long deleted,Hyperion recording of Dibdin's The Ephesian Matron; The Brickdust Man and The Grenadier by Opera Restor'd,and,I must say,I have found the enthusiastic performances of these pieces,highly enjoyable. Their Hyperion recording,also long deleted,of Lampe's: Pyramus and Thisbe is even better,though. I played them both,recently. So,yes,imho,I think this is quite interesting. I probably won't rush out to buy it,though;as I have to watch the pennies a bit these days!! Sad
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2017, 08:55:28 pm »

I have the,long deleted,Hyperion recording of Dibdin's The Ephesian Matron; The Brickdust Man and The Grenadier by Opera Restor'd,

Yes, I've got that one too, somewhere :-))  To describe these as 'operas' is really pushing the definition somewhat - they are really music-hall entertainments, and were presented as such in Dibdin's lifetime (at the Sadler's Wells Theatre - in the then-rowdy suburb of Islington!  Dibdin was also famous for his 'sea-battle' musical re-enactments - more famed for their theatrical effects than for their musical finery :-))  Sheridan spoofed the genre in his satire 'The Rehearsal'.

Sadly no-one at all seems interested in performing Storace's Viennese-style music?  In Vienna his pieces featured alongside Mozart, Haydn, Salieri, and Co - and he's certainly in their musical league.  Dibdin's 'sausage operas' are at the other end of the musical spectrum Wink  Storace was catering to a more refined audience at Drury Lane, far from the beer-halls of Islington - where his impresario boss, Sheridan, had some of Europe's top opera singers on staff  ("Mrs Crouch", the Prince of Wales's mistress; Anna 'Nancy' Storace, the composer's sister, and offcast mistress of Emperor Franz-Josef; and Michael Kelly, the famed Irish tenor. Later the team was joined by tenor John Braham, the new love interest in Anna Storace's life).
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