David Owen Norris’s new Chandos double CD (supported by the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society) is the result of years of taking Sullivan’s songs seriously, with his Sullivan Song Day for Gresham College back in 2011 as a notable landmark.
“… thanks to Owen Norris’s inspired direction – you realise what a fine, underrated songwriter Sullivan was.” (David Cairns Sunday Times).
You can see the review from Gramophone at the foot of this page.
The selection of songs includes rarities like ‘I wish to tune my quiv’ring lyre’ (Byron), ‘Sweet Day’ (George Herbert) and the Tennyson song-cycle ‘The Window’. The song-cycle was a collaboration put together by Sir George Grove, between Tennyson, Sullivan & Sir John Everett Millais, who eventually withdrew from the project. The cover of the CD is a Millais picture only now noticed to be connected with it – an iconographical breakthrough causing much rejoicing in Yale, where it lives. You can see it here. It sums up the whole story of the cycle in one brilliant image. The recording was launched in a short Rhinegold Live concert at Conway Hall on April 25th.