John Frederick Lampe: The Dragon of Wantley (2 CDs)

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Total playing time [100:56]

Mary Bevan (soprano)
Catherine Carby (mezzo-soprano)
Mark Wilde (tenor)
John Savournin (bass-baritone)
The Brook Street Band
John Andrews (conductor)

A rapacious dragon has been terrorising a Yorkshire village. Gubbins and his daughter Margery, together with Mauxalinda, decide to seek the help of Moore of Moore Hall. Moore needs persuading away from his beer but succumbs to Margery’s pleading, and her promises of love. Unfortunately, he had already promised to marry Mauxalinda, and so the love triangle has to be resolved in dramatic fashion before Moore heads out and defeats the dragon, restoring harmony and prosperity to the village.

Following the BBC Music Magazine Opera Award for his recording of Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master, conductor John Andrews returns with the world premiere professional recording of John Frederick Lampe’s operatic comedy The Dragon of Wantley. With librettist Henry Carey, Lampe combines a first-rate score with a quintessentially English plot, told in a tone of earthy satire, pastiching opera’s conventions with skill and affection, but also a razor wit.

Album Booklet (PDF)


Disc 1

1. Overture

2. First & Second Tune

Act One
3. Fly, Neighbours, fly, The Dragon’s nigh

4. The Dragon’s March crossing the stage

5. What wretched Havock does this Dragon make!

6. Poor Children three, Devoured he

7. Houses and Churches, To Him are Geese and Turkies

8. O Father!

9. But to hear the Children mutter

10. This Dragon very modish

11. He’s a Man ev’ry Inch, I assure you

12. Let’s go to his Dwelling

13. Symphony

14. Come, Friends, let’s circulate the cheerful Glass

15. Zeno, Plato, Aristotle

16. O save us all! Moore of Moore Hall!

17. Gentle Knight! all Knights exceeding

18. Her looks shoot thro’ my Soul

19. If that’s all you ask

20. A forward Lady!

21. Let my Dearest be near me

22. O Villain! Monster! Devil!

23. No Place shall conceal ‘em

24. By Jove! I’m blown

25. By the Beer, as brown as Berry

26. But do you really love me

27. Pigs shall not be So fond as we

Disc 2

Act Two
1. Sure my Stays will burst with sobbing

2. My Madge! My HoneySuckle, in the Dumps!

3. Insulting Gipsey, You’re surely tipsy

4. Lauk! what a monstrous Tail our Cat has got

5. O give me not up

6. Come, come, forgive her!

7. Oh how easy is a woman

8. Now, now, or never save us, valiant Moore!

9. Fill the mighty flagon

Act Three
10. One Buss, dear Margery

11. Dragon! thus I dare thee – It is not Strength that always wins

12. Symphony – What nasty Dog has got into the Well

13. Oh ho! Master Moore, You Son of a Whore

14. Battle Piece

15. Oh! The Devil take your Toe

16. Oh, my Champion! how d’ye do

17. My sweet HoneySuckle

18. Most mighty Moore

19. Sing, sing, and rorio, An Oratorio

A 'top quartet of soloists' it 'fills a gap for students of the 18th-century English stage, but the commitment of these performers creates its own, wider pleasure.'

- The Observer

A 'top quartet of soloists' it 'fills a gap for students of the 18th-century English stage, but the commitment of these performers creates its own, wider pleasure.'
The Observer

'...beautifully accompanied... Mary Bevan and Catherine Carby are absolutely ideal. The orchestration is splendid... and the whole thing is exhilaratingly conducted by John Andrews.'
Gramophone - Editor's Choice

'In this premiere recording, conductor John Andrews shrewdly reserves buffoonery for Carey and Lampe’s antic scenes, heightening the galant elements of duets and ensembles, and giving performers space for arresting explorations of Lampe’s lyricism. In the showpiece ‘Gentle Knight’, soprano Mary Bevan gently wraps stunning ascending embellishments around the oboe’s melody. In the big lament aria, cellist Tatty Theo enriches the subtle articulation and rich timbres of mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby with her own. By contrast, tenor Mark Wilde as the knight and bass-baritone John Savournin as a squire and the dragon have great fun with the work’s excesses, Wilde prefacing his runs with vulgar gulps and Savournin growling absurdly.'
BBC Music Magazine - Five Stars

'The Dragon of Wantley was a hit in 1737, and should be again in 2022.'
The Arts Desk

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Ⓟ 2022 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10304
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262793350
Cover image: Dragon’s Eye formation in Upper Antelope Canyon by Natarajan Ganesan
Release date: 4 July 2022