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GERMAN, E.: Tom Jones [Operetta] (Staykov, Morrison, Shipp, National Festival Orchestra, Hulme)

Composer(s):German, Edward
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Operetta
Catalogue 8.660270-71
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 13.98


Tom Jones, based on Fielding’s classic novel, first appeared in 1907. One of the finest British operettas to follow Gilbert and Sullivan, the music has a style of its own and brings a new Romantic sweep to the genre. Full of superb numbers, such as the famous waltz-song For To-night, On a Januairy morning, A Soldier’s Scarlet Coat, Dream o’ Day Jill and West Country lad, this is the first complete recording, and includes three numbers cut during the original run.


Review By A. Thot,Das Opernglas (Germany),March 2010

8.660270-71_Das Opernglas_032010_gr.pdf

Review By Jim Murphy,The Age,September 2009


Review By Geoffrey Norris,The Daily Telegraph (Australia),August 2009

Edward German, he of the once-popular operetta Merrie England, wrote Tom Jones for the 200th anniversary of Henry Fielding’s birth in 1907.

Hugely successful in its day, the score has sauce and swagger, romantic relish, suave songs and a scintillating orchestral palette. It has an individuality of style that sets it apart from the G&S repertoire, with which it might nevertheless be compared, and this exuberant performance taps its potential for West Country accents, its wit and its winning charm.


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