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WALLACE, W.V.: Lurline (Lewis, Silver, Soar, Maxwell, Victorian Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Bonynge)

Composer(s):Wallace, William Vincent
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660293-94
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 13.98
 

 


The Lorelei Rock in the Rhine River on which the siren Lurline played her enchanting harp to lure fishermen to a watery grave is the setting for Lurline, heard here in a new performing edition by Richard Bonynge. Victorian theatre critics declared it an outright success and the opera played for a substantial number of performances, making it a landmark production. Wallace’s melodious score is even richer than that of his earlier opera, Maritana.


   




Review By Bill Marsh,The Delian,June 2011

This new performing edition of a celebrated Victorian opera by Richard Bonynge is of course another story of the Lorelei who seduces sailors and fishermen to an unhappy end. Who said there was no significant composer between Purcell and Elgar? There was Wallace, Balfe, and Benedict among others. Again, we have a committed presentation by all concerned with this tuneful work said to be more melodic than Maritana. No libretto is supplied; you can get it as a download. But there is a synopsis and excellent notes and extensive track listings.



Review By Bill Marsh,The Delian,June 2011

This new performing edition of a celebrated Victorian opera by Richard Bonynge is of course another story of the Lorelei who seduces sailors and fishermen to an unhappy end. Who said there was no significant composer between Purcell and Elgar? There was Wallace, Balfe, and Benedict among others. Again, we have a committed presentation by all concerned with this tuneful work said to be more melodic than Maritana. No libretto is supplied; you can get it as a download. But there is a synopsis and excellent notes and extensive track listings.



Review By Andrew Lamb,Gramophone,December 2010

Admirable as Chandos’s recording of Sullivan’s Ivanhoe is, I go for Naxos’s even more enterprising revival of William Vincent Wallace’s romantic Lurline (alias Lorelei), with Sally River, soloists and full-scale forces under Richard Bonynge.



Review By Stephen Eddins ,Allmusic.com,August 2010

British composer William Wallace’s grand opera Lurline (1848) never quite achieved the success of his 1845 Maritana, which remained in the repertoire of many English opera companies into the early 20th century, but it’s fascinating to hear an example of mid-19th century English opera, a genre that’s virtually unknown to modern audiences. Its conventions are perhaps most familiar as the style that Arthur Sullivan so savagely and brilliantly lampooned, so even listeners who have never heard this music itself will probably experience a sense of recognition, recalling Gilbert and Sullivan...a listener who attempts to hear the work as a product of its time can appreciate its virtues: an easy lyricism, melodic generosity, and expert text-setting and

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Review By ,Balaam's Music,May 2010

Next we have a real rarity—the opera Lurline by one William Vincent Wallace, of whom I’m not ashamed to say I’d never heard. The setting of the opera is the Lorelei Rock in the Rhine, on which the siren Lurline played her enchanting harp to lure fishermen to a watery grave. Richard Bonynge has prepared a new performing edition of this work, which was declared a complete success by Victorian theatre critics, and ran for a ‘substantial’ number of performances—certainly one for lovers of opera rarities to investigate.








 

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