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Hyperion Records

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Backcloth design by Robin Linklater
for Opera Restor'd's production of The Ephesian Matron
Track(s) taken from CDA66608
Recording details: April 1992
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1992
Total duration: 13 minutes 32 seconds

'Three delightful pocket operas' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'An hour of unmitigated pleasure. Another splendid addition to Hyperion's English Orpheus series' (Classic CD)

'Absolutely enchanting' (Early Music)

The Grenadier
composer
1773; A Musical Dialogue; orchestrated by Peter Holman
author of text
possible author of libretto

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Brickdust Man and The Grenadier belong to a group of short 'musical dialogues' written by Dibdin in the 1770s for Sadler's Wells, then a summer resort outside London. Spoken plays were also forbidden at Sadler's Wells which specialised at the time in popular variety shows with dancing, conjuring, songs and aquatic displays designed to appeal to a middle-class audience. So they have recitative rather than dialogue, and in them the world of the commedia dell'arte is transformed into contemporary London. The Grenadier is set below stairs. Ralph suspects, with good reason, that Jenny is being unfaithful to him. She sends him on a fool's errand, and when he is out of the way his soldier-rival appears. Ralph returns and catches them together but soon relinquishes his claim to the girl when the grenadier threatens him with his sword.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1992

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