From Resonus Classics comes the CD premiere of The Dancing Master. Order it here!
Singers: Eleanor Dennis, Catherine Carby, Fiona Kimm, Ed Lyon, Mark Wilde, Greame Broadbent
BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by John Andrews
Originally intended as an opera for television, Malcolm Arnolds collaboration with film-maker and librettist Joe Mendoza, The Dancing Master, Op. 34, was considered too racy for viewers in the 1950s and subsequently rejected for broadcast and largely forgotten. Conductor John Andrews, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and a stellar cast, breathes new life into this operatic gem, here receiving its first recording. With its cast of larger-than life Restoration caricatures the trapped heiress, the scheming maid, the over-protective guardian, and the handsome rake the opera showcases Arnolds taste for exuberant satire and tender Romanticism in equal measure.