W.S. GILBERT (1836-1911) & ALFRED CELLIER (1844-1891): The Mountebanks, CELLIER: Suite Symphonique.
Catalogue Number: 05T041
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7349
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: A revival of a charming light opera – the “G&S” opera that Sullivan didn’t write. W.S. Gilbert’s partner in the enterprise was Alfred Cellier, Richard D’Oyly Carte’s music director at London’s Opera Comique, where Cellier was experienced in conducting the nightly performances of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most successful operas. His closeness to the team included assisting Sullivan in the composition of the overture of The Pirates of Penzance. Thus, when in the late 1880s there came a pause in Gilbert & Sullivan’s collaboration, Gilbert had a new partner ready to step in and take the load. Sadly, it came too late for Cellier, who died on 28 December 1891, before he had finished scoring The Mountebanks. Ivan Caryll, music director of the Lyric Theatre, completed the work, which was first seen in January 1892, and would run for 229 performances with a provincial tour. 2 CDs. No libretto. Soraya Mafi (soprano), thomas Elwin (tenor), James Cleverton (baritone), Sharon Carty (mezzo), BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra; John Andrews.