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WALLACE: Maritana

Composer(s):Wallace, William Vincent
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.223406-07
Label Marco Polo
Quality   320kbps


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Along with Balfe’s Bohemian Girl and Benedict’s Lily of Killarney, Wallace’s Maritana marked a breakthrough in opera in Britain, and it held the stage for over 50 years, This lively recording, with Irish artists celebrating this 19th-century Irish composer, helps to explain the work’s attractions, regularly reminding the modern listener of Gilbert and Sullivan. The big difference is that where G & S present a parody of grand opera, with tongue firmly in cheek, Wallace is intensely serious, with the big melodramatic moments quickly becoming unintentionally comic. To compound the similarly with G & S, the story, like that of the Yeomen of the Guard, depends on the heroine, by contract, marrying a man condemned to death who



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