The Monckton Album


Catalogue No: DDV 24110
EAN/UPC: 809730411021
Release Date: February 2004
Genres: , ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 69:07
Sample: Charming Weather (extract)

Great stage Musicals revived!

Theatre Bel-Etage, conducted by Mart Sander present extended selections from Lionel Monckton’s “The Arcadians”, “The Quaker Girl”, and “The Cingalee” (first modern recording). Brilliant new recording of these well-loved shows.


Track Listing

    Lionel Monckton:

  1. I. The Cingalee – New Year (1:18)
  2. II. The Cingalee – Salaam (0:28)
  3. III. The Cingalee – Pearl of Sweet Ceylon / Tea, Tea, Tea (3:53)
  4. IV. The Cingalee – My Cinnamon Tree (3:19)
  5. V. The Cingalee – In the Island of gay Ceylon (0:54)
  6. VI. The Cingalee – Cingalee (2:17)
  7. VII. The Cingalee – White and Brown Girl (1:57)
  8. VIII. The Cingalee – True Love (2:44)
  9. IX. The Cingalee – When this Girl was a Wee Girl (0:45)
  10. X. The Cingalee – Monkeys (2:32)
  11. XI. The Cingalee – Sloe Eyes (1:40)
  12. XII. The Cingalee – You and I (2:42)
  13. XIII. The Cingalee – The Dance I’ll lead Him (0:57)
  14. XIV. The Cingalee – Bear away the Bride (2:25)
  15. I. The Arcadians – Plant your Posies (1:05)
  16. II. The Arcadians – My Motter (1:01)
  17. III. The Arcadians – Fickle Fortune (0:32)
  18. IV. The Arcadians – Pipes of Pan (2:27)
  19. V. The Arcadians – Sweet Simplicitas (1:30)
  20. VI. The Arcadians – Arcady is Ever Young (1:52)
  21. VII. The Arcadians – I Love London / We Want to be Arcadians (1:08)
  22. VIII. The Arcadians – Joy of Life (1:08)
  23. IX. The Arcadians – Come to Arcady (1:36)
  24. X. The Arcadians – Back your Fancy (1:24)
  25. XI. The Arcadians – Half Past Two (2:49)
  26. XII. The Arcadians – Piccadilly (1:02)
  27. XIII. The Arcadians – Girl with a Brogue (1:06)
  28. XIV. The Arcadians – Charming Weather / Truth is so Beautiful (2:25)
  29. XV. The Arcadians – To All and Each / Arcady is Ever Young (2:03)
  30. I. The Quaker Girl – In this Abode of Madame la Mode (1:19)
  31. II. The Quaker Girl – A Quaker Girl (0:59)
  32. III. The Quaker Girl – A Dancing Lesson (2:40)
  33. IV. The Quaker Girl – While our Worthy Village Neightbours / Barbizon (2:27)
  34. V. The Quaker Girl – Tip Toe (2:01)
  35. VI. The Quaker Girl – Tony From America / O, Time, Time (2:30)
  36. VII. The Quaker Girl – Mr. Jeremiah, Esquire (0:56)
  37. VIII. The Quaker Girl – Couleur de Rose (0:52)
  38. IX. The Quaker Girl – Little grey Bonnet (1:16)
  39. X. The Quaker Girl – Come to the Ball (2:55)



The melody man long neglected at home finds some champions in Estonia…marvellous melodies…quite delightful.. Mart Sander demonstrates…how well-shaped and heartfelt Monckton’s melodies could be. Mariliina von Uexküll’s sweet-toned soprano is no less winning…an enterprising and delightful issue

” —Andrew Lamb
Musical Opinion

Delicious music…sheer joy. Full of gems, brilliant CD

” —Denby Richards
MusicWeb International

This recording is a worthwhile collector’s item… This genre is so much a part of Britain’s heritage… a distinctive charm that should not be underestimated. This is an enjoyable and well recorded disc. I find the quality of the singing excellent with warm sopranos providing good expression, a distinctive tenor and resonant baritone, as well as the support of an excellent chorus.

” —Raymond Walker
MusicWeb International

All three stage comedies are presented as selections… the judgement is invariably astute and the selections are unjoltingly cleverly constructed. When it comes to The Arcadians’ song My Motter Sander proves a dab hand at Estonian Cockney and at playing the lush and Mariliina von Uexküll proves to have a fine, flexible voice with operatic-soubrettish quality (good coloratura as well) as she copes neatly with her tongue-twisting song Pipes of Pan – not easy to do even if your first language is English. There are plenty of opportunities for character singing and acting here and the orchestra has a good supportive opportunity in Arcady is Ever Young. The principals and band prove worthy ambassadors for this music. I recommend popping in to the Theatre Bel-Etage. You might even find Mart Sander there, twirling his cane.

” —Jonathan Woolf

The tunes are all attractive, the lyrics pleasant and sometimes even clever… [Theatre Bel-Etage are] a wonderful group… a personable group of principals and a very good chorus. I can recommend it as miles above the scores of musicals today. I found this set a breath of fresh air. You will too

” —Frank Behrens
American Record Guide

a wealth of easy melodies… Monckton had a remarkable facility for catchy songs… it’s wonderful to hear [these musicals].. the wonderful score [The Arcadians] enchants in an attractive medley. Truly bewitching

” —Traubner
Yorkshire Post

London’s top selling musicals in the early 1900s… a trip down memory lane with such happy and chart topping melodies as Pipes of Pan and Come to the Ball

” —David Denton