AudioFile - Find your next great audiobook
Get our Newsletter


by | Read by Simon Butteriss, Stephen Higgins [fortepiano]

Classics • 1 hr. • Audio Program • © 2017

Singing as if he were packing the entire British Empire into one voice, the hugely accomplished British baritone Simon Butteriss re-creates the sounds and styles of an original comic Christmas holiday performance circa 1788. In that period, no performer outshined the inimitable Charles Dibdin, who wrote, sang, and accompanied himself on fortepiano in his one-man shows. Along with Irish and Cockney-accented banter, the bright chords and tempos in this uniquely British concoction of patriotic, sentimental, and humorous songs suggest it to be the ancestor of a cross between vaudeville and the light opera of Gilbert and Sullivan. With mentions of holly and mistletoe, it's an educational treat to hear what Christmas sounded like before Tiny Tim and Rudolph came on the scene. B.P. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2017]

Trade Ed. • Retrospect Opera • 2017

CD ISBN $15.94 • One CDs

Advertisement Advertisement
The latest audiobook reviews, right in your inbox.

Get our FREE Newsletter and discover a world of audiobooks.


AudioFile Newsletter

Let us recommend your next great audiobook!

No algorithms here!
We pick great audiobooks for you.
Sign up for our free newsletter with audiobook love from AudioFile editors.

If you are already with us, thank you! Just click X above.


Thank you for signing up.



Thank you for contacting us!

Our group will review and follow up within 72 hours.
Thanks for your interest!

Back Home ×


Thank you for signing up!

Our group will review and follow up soon.

Back Home ×