Ronald Corp

Conductor & Composer


Arthur Sullivan

During the Victorian era The Golden Legend was second only to Handel’s Messiah in popularity and is regarded by Sullivan experts as his finest concert work.  Never before recorded in its entirety, Hyperion and Ronald Corp, with support from the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, have resurrected this masterpiece…

During the summer of 1886 following on from the huge success that was The Mikado, Sullivan hid himself away in a cottage in Yorktown and composed a secular cantata that Gilbert was to recognise as ‘the biggest thing you’ve done’.  Scenes following the première at the Leeds Festival on 15 October transcended any known before, with the audience on its feet waving programmes and hats, climbing on chairs and hurling flowers.  The choir had formed an opinion of its own of the work at rehearsal – and had accumulated bouquets under their chairs to launch at the composer.

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The Golden Legend

Janice Watson, soprano
Jean Rigby, mezzo soprano
Mark Wilde, tenor
Jonathan Brown, tenor
Jeffrey Black, baritone

 

The London Chorus
New London Orchestra
Ronald Corp, conductor

Total duration: 94′ 47″

‘A vivid and melodious score worthy to stand among Sullivan’s finest works.’

BBC Music Magazine

HYPERION  CDA67280 (2 discs)

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The Prodigal Son
Boer War Te Deum

Claire Rutter, soprano
Catherine Denley, mezzo soprano
Mark Wilde, tenor
Garry Magee, baritone

The London Chorus
New London Orchestra
Ronald Corp, conductor

Total duration: 75′ 6″

‘Sullivan-admirers and British-music buffs need not hesitate … Strongly recommended.’

Fanfare, USA

HYPERION CDA67423

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The Contrabandista (or ‘The Law of the Ladrones’)
The Foresters (or ‘Robin Hood and Maid Marian’)

 

 

 

Claire Rutter, soprano
Joanna Cohn, soprano
Catherine Hopper, soprano
Frances McCafferty, contralto
Ashley Catling, tenor
Justin Bindley, tenor
Donald Maxwell, baritone
Richard Suart, baritone
Geoffrey Moses, bass

The London Chorus
New London Orchestra
Ronald Corp, conductor

Total duration: 76′ 16″

HYPERION CDA67486

The above recordings were made possible by
The Arthur Sullivan Society
of which Ronald Corp is a Vice-President

 

‘The choir and orchestra with Ronald Corp seem to be having a good time, enthusiastic in their task.  The clear recording is helped by the fine acoustics of the Henry Wood Hall.  This is a worthwhile addition to the Sullivan discography.’

International Record Review

 

See Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Choruses edited by Ronald Corp published by Faber Music

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Festival Te Deum (1872) (World première recording)

Teresa Cahill, soprano
Margaret Phillips, organ

The London Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra
Ronald Corp, conductor

Sullivan: Macbeth Overture
Cello Concerto

Paul Watkins, cello

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Charles Mackerras, conductor

Total duration: 58′ 23″

BBC MM 203

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‘It’s an excellent performance…  Until a world-shattering new version comes along complete with military band [as stipulated in the score], this disc is an absolute must for any Sullivan enthusiast.’

Stephen Turnbull, oakapplepress.com