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Gilbert & Sullivan: Princess Ida (Naxos Historical: 8.110317-18)



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William Schwenk Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)


Princess Ida, or 'Castle Adamant'


The three-act comic opera Princess Ida appeared,chronologically, between Iolanthe (1882) and TheMikado (1885) and was first performed under the batonof the composer, on 5th January 1884 at the'electrically-lighted' Savoy Theatre. Its initialproduction ran for 246 performances (with a firstAmerican production opening in parallel at New York'sFifth Avenue Theatre, on 11th February). Billed a'respectful Operatic Per-Version of Tennyson's\Princess" ', it was a re-working by Gilbert of his ownunsuccessful 1870 burlesque The Princess, itself a satireof Tennyson's narrative poem, but whereas in ThePrincess: A Medley (1847; augmented in 1853) the PoetLaureate had eagerly anticipated female emancipation,in Princess Ida the conservative Gilbert reaffirmed hisown more sceptical view of the feminist movement, astance which, after the establishment during the 1870sof women's colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, wasalready becoming unfashionable.

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Disc: 1
Princess Ida
1 Act I: Overture
2 Act I: Search throughout the panorama (Chorus, Flo
3 Act I: Now hearken to my strict command (Hildebran
4 Act I: Recit: Today we meet - Ballad: Ida was a tw
5 Act I: From the distant panorama (Chorus) - We are
6 Act I: If you give me your attention (Gama, Chorus
7 Act I: Perhaps if you address the lady (Gama, Hild
8 Act I: Recit: Come, Cyril, Florian (Hilarion) - Ex
9 Act I: Recit: Must we, till then, in prison cell b
10 Act II: Towards the empyrean heights (Chorus, Meli
11 Act II: Mighty maiden with a mission(Chorus)
12 Act II: Recit: Minerva! Hear me - Oh goddess wise
13 Act II: Gently, gently, evidently (Hilarion, Cyril
14 Act II: They intend to send a wire (Hilarion, Flor
15 Act II: I am a maiden, cold and stately (Hilarion,
16 Act II: The world is but a broken toy (Princess, H
17 Act II: A lady fair (The Ape and The Lady) (Lady P
18 Act II: The woman of the wisest wit (Psyche, Melis
19 Act II: Now wouldn't you like to rule the roost (M
20 Act II: Merrily ring the luncheon bell (Chorus, Bl
21 Act II: Would you know the kind of maid (Cyril)
22 Act II: Finale (Tutti)
Disc: 2
Princess Ida
1 Act III: Death to the invader! (Chorus, Melissa)
2 Act III: I built upon a rock (Princess)
3 Act III: Whene’er I spoke (Gama)
4 Act III: When anger spreads his song (Chorus of So
5 Act III: This helmet, I suppose (Arac, Guron, Scyn
6 Act III: This is our duty plain (Chorus of ladies
7 Act III: Finale (Princess Ida, Hilarion, Chorus)
The Gondoliers (excerpts)
8 Act I: For the merriest fellows are we (Antonio, C
9 Act I: Buon giorno, signorine (Giuseppe, Marco, Ch
10 Act I: From the sunny Spanish shore (Duke, Duchess
11 Act I: In enterprise of martial kind (Duke)
12 Act I: There was a time (Casilda, Luiz)
13 Act I: I stole the prince (Don Alhambra)
14 Act I: Recit: But bless my heart - Try we lifelong
15 Act I: Bridegroom and bride (Chorus)
16 Act I: When a merry maiden marries (Tessa)
17 Act I: Then one of us will be a queen (Tessa, Gian
18 Act II: Rising early in the morning (Giuseppe)
19 Act II: Take a pair of sparkling eyes (Marco)
20 Act II: There lived a king (Don Alhambra)
21 Act II: I am a courtier, grave and serious (Duke,
22 Act II: Here we are, at risk of our lives (Chorus)
23 Act II: Dance a cachucha (Chorus)
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