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SULLIVAN, A.: Pineapple Poll (arr. C. Mackerras) / Symphony in E major, "Irish"

Composer(s):Sullivan, Arthur
Artist(s) Lloyd-Jones, David, Conductor • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570351
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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As Sir Charles Mackerras writes in the booklet notes, the idea of transforming ‘the eminently danceable tunes’ of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas into a ballet score occurred to him while he was playing in the orchestra for a Gilbert and Sullivan season in Australia. Pineapple Poll was first performed, with immediate success, in March 1951 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Sullivan was of partly Irish descent and his Symphony in E (later known as the ‘Irish’) originated during a holiday in Northern Ireland when he was 21. Although Mendelssohn and Schubert are obvious influences, the freshness of Sullivan’s melodic gifts, as well as his technical fluency, are abundantly evident.


Review By Andrew King,MUSO,June 2009

This CD of music by the king of English operetta, Sir Arthur Sullivan, adds to David Lloyd-Jones’ already extensive and successful discography for Naxos.

The disc kicks off with Sir Charles Mackerras’ witty ballet, Pineapple Poll, devised and constructed using the most famous of Sir Arthur’s melodies with orchestral reconstruction where vocal lines should be. The toe-tapping tunes are all linked by The Bumboat Woman’s Story, a story of Sullivan’s librettist W S Gilbert, which in later years formed the basis of HMS Pinafore.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,October 2007

The idea for arranging a suite of "eminently danceable tunes" from this (and probably other)G&S operettas occurred to Sir Charles MacKerras during performances in Australia. It's an excellent notion, even if a bit on the long side for such music. The "Irish" Symphony is another matter. Sullivan's melodic gifts benefit from Schubert and Mendelssohnian influences - which is a good thing in this case, resulting in a fine addition to the Romantic orchestral repertoire.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,September 2007

The popularity and vast financial rewards his comic operettas brought to Arthur Sullivan was a double-edged sword, slicing away any chance of his being remembered as a serious composer. That massive contribution he brought to every sector of music in the UK is now long forgotten, the ‘Irish’ symphony being the sole survivor in the fringes of the concert repertoire. Born in 1842 he studied composition in London and Leipzig, though it was as a conductor and organist that he shaped his early career. The symphony started when he was 21 following a visit to Northern Ireland to follow in the footsteps of his Irish ancestors.  Mendelssohn provided the style and stimulus for the symphony, Sullivan displaying a strength in the opening movement that would



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