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Favorites Collection

Favorites Collection

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Cast: Eric Shilling, Keith Michell, Peter Marshall, The Ambrosian Opera Chorus

Gilbert & Sullivan: Favorites Collection comes to DVD from Acorn. This five-disc box set contains The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Gondoliers, and Patience. Each opera is presented with a standard full-frame transfer and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. provides introductions. Special


Gilbert & Sullivan: Favorites Collection comes to DVD from Acorn. This five-disc box set contains The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Gondoliers, and Patience. Each opera is presented with a standard full-frame transfer and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. provides introductions. Special features include making-of featurettes, profiles of Gilbert & Sullivan, and companion booklets featuring the complete libretto for each opera. Acorn has also released each of these operas on disc individually.

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This five-volume DVD set collects a quintet of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular operas --HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, The Gondoliers, and Patience. Offered for the first time on DVD, the productions are backed by the London Symphony Orchestra and star such greats as Keith Mitchell, Joel Grey, and Vincent Price. Supplemental features include "making-of" featurettes with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew, revealing such tidbits as the fact that it took 24 gallons of tea per day to slake the Penzance crew's thirst. With more than nine hours of operatic splendor, it's a G&S fan's dream.

Product Details

Release Date:
Acorn Media
[Dolby Digital Stereo]

Special Features

An introduction to each opera by Douglas Fairbanks Jr.; Making-of featurettes; Gilbert & Sullivan profile; Song indexes; Companion booklets featuring the complete libretto as sung for each opera

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Shilling Duke of Plaza-Toro
Keith Michell Actor,Don Alhambra
Peter Marshall Captain Corcoran
Ambrosian Opera Chorus Actor
William Conrad Actor
Alexander Oliver Actor
Derek Hammond-Stroud Actor
Frankie Howerd Sir Joseph Porter
Stafford Dean Actor
Clive Revill Actor
Francis Egerton Marco Palmieri
Janis Kelly Actor
Meryl Drower Josephine
Gordon Sandison Actor
Michael Bulman Ralph Rackstraw
Paul "H.R." Hudson Actor
Tom McDonnell Giuseppe Palmieri
Alan Watt Dick Deadeye
Peter Allen Actor

Technical Credits

Scene Index

Side #1 -- H.M.S. Pinafore
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [3:01]
2. Act 1: Overture and Credits [1:50]
3. Act 1: We Sail the Ocean Blue (Opening Chorus) [1:46]
4. Act 1: I'm Called Little Buttercup (Aria: Buttercup) [3:19]
5. Act 1: The Nightingale Sighed for the Moon's Bright Ray (Madrigal: Ralph) [5:01]
6. Act 1: I Am the Captain of the Pinafore (Song: Captain) [3:24]
7. Act 1: Sorry Her Lot Who Loves Too Well (Ballad: Josephine) [7:55]
8. Act 1: I Am the Monarch of the Sea (Song: Sir Joseph) [:57]
9. Act 1: I Am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee! (Song: Sir Joseph) [8:36]
10. Act 1: A British Tar Is a Soaring Soul (Glee: Ralph, Boatswain, Mate and Chorus) [4:45]
11. Act 1: Refrain, Audacious Tar, Your Suit From Pressing (Duet: Josephine and Ralph) [5:59]
12. Act 1: Oh Joy, Oh Rapture Unforeseen (Ensemble: Josephine, Hebe, and Ralph) [5:35]
13. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [1:47]
14. Act II: Fair Moon, to Thee I Sing (Song: Captain) [5:14]
15. Act II: Things Are Seldom What They Seem (Duet: Buttercup and Captain) [4:34]
16. Act II: A Simple Sailor, Lowly Born (Song: Josephine) [5:25]
17. Act II: Never Mind the Why and Wherefore (Trio: Sir Joseph, Captain, and Josephine) [3:46]
18. Act II: Kind Captain, I've Important Information (Duet: Captain and Dick Deadeye) [4:27]
19. Act II: He Is an Englishman! (Ensemble) [6:31]
20. Act II: I Go to a Dungeon Cell (Octet: Ralph, Josephine, Sir Joseph et al.) [2:24]
21. Act II: When I Was Young and Charming, I Practised Baby-Farming (Song: Buttercup) [4:26]
22. Act II: Oh Joy, Oh Rapture Unforeseen (Final Ensemble) [4:26]
Side #2 -- The Mikado
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [2:53]
2. Act I: Overture and Credits [1:24]
3. Act I: If You Want to Know Who We Are, We Are Gentlemen of Japan (Chorus of Nobles) [2:55]
4. Act I: A Wandering Minstrel I (Song: Nanki-Poo and Chorus) [4:39]
5. Act I: Our Great Mikado, Virtuous Man (Song: Pish-Tush and Chorus) [4:46]
6. Act I: Young Man, Despair, Likewise Go to, Yum-Yum the Fair You Must Not Woo (Song: Pooh-Bah, Nanki-Poo, and Pish-Tush) [3:11]
7. Act I: Behold the Lord High Executioner! (Chorus of Nobles) [:54]
8. Act I: Taken From the County Jail (Solo: Ko-Ko) [2:07]
9. Act I: I've Got a Little List (Song: Ko-Ko and Chorus) [4:56]
10. Act I: Comes a Train of Little Ladies (Chorus of Girls) [2:11]
11. Act I: Three Little Maids From School Are We (Trio: Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo and Pitti-Sing) [3:37]
12. Act I: So Pardon Us! (Quartet: Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo, Pitti-Sing, and Pooh-Bah) [4:41]
13. Act I: Were You Not to Ko-Ko Plighted (Duet: Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo) [5:06]
14. Act I: I Am So Proud (Trio: Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Pish-Tush) [6:25]
15. Act I: With Aspect Stern and Gloomy Stride (Finale Act One) [5:43]
16. Act I: Oh Fool, That Fleest My Hallowed Joys! (Song: Katisha) [7:27]
17. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [:50]
18. Act II: Braid the Raven Hair (Solo: Pitti-Sing and Chorus of Girls) [1:48]
19. Act II: Sit With Downcast Eye (Solo: Pitti-Sing) [2:22]
20. Act II: The Sun, Whose Rays Are All Ablaze (Song: Yum-Yum) [4:16]
21. Act II: Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day (Madrigal: Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing, Nanki-Poo, and Pish-Tush) [6:02]
22. Act II: Here's a How-De-Do! If I Marry You (Trio: Yum-Yum, Nanki-Poo, and Ko-Ko) [5:51]
23. Act II: I'm the Emperor of Japan (Duet: Mikado and Katisha) [1:36]
24. Act II: A More Humane Mikado Never Did in Japan Exist (Song: Mikado and Chorus) [4:05]
25. Act II: The Criminal Cried, as He Dropped Him Down (Trio: Ko-Ko, Pitti-Sing, Pooh-Bah, and Chorus) [6:10]
26. Act II: See How the Fates Their Gifts Allot, for A Is Happy... B Is Not (Glee: Pitti-Sing, Katisha, Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Mikado) [3:27]
27. Act II: The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring (Duet: Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko) [2:02]
28. Act II: Hearts Do Not Break! They Sting and Ache (Song: Katisha) [3:57]
29. Act II: Oh, Willow, Tit Willow, Tit Willow! (Song: Ko-Ko) [3:04]
30. Act II: There Is Beauty in Extreme Old Age (Duet: Katisha and Ko-Ko) [4:24]
31. Act II: For He's Gone and Married Yum-Yum (Finale) [3:20]
Side #3 -- The Pirates of Penzance
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [2:58]
2. Act 1: Overture and Credits [2:10]
3. Act 1: Pour, O Pour the Pirate Sherry (Opening Chorus) [2:32]
4. Act 1: When Frederic Was a Little Lad (Song: Ruth) [6:00]
5. Act 1: Oh, Better Far to Live and Die Under the Brave Black Flag I Fly (Song: Pirate King) [4:21]
6. Act 1: You Told Me You Were Fair as Gold! And, Master, Am I Not So? (Duet: Frederic and Ruth) [2:52]
7. Act 1: Climbing Over Rocky Mountain (Chorus: Girls) [6:10]
8. Act 1: Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast (Song: Frederic) [3:54]
9. Act 1: Poor Wand'ring One! (Song: Mabel) [5:32]
10. Act 1: Here's a First-Rate Opportunity to Get Married With Impunity (Ensemble: Pirates and Girls) [2:15]
11. Act 1: I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General (Song: Major-General) [5:26]
12. Act 1: I Am an Orphan Boy! (Solo With Ensemble: Major-General) [8:21]
13. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [1:18]
14. Act II: Opening (Chorus: Girls) [5:08]
15. Act II: When the Foeman Bares His Steel, Tarantara! (Song: Sergeant and Police) [6:28]
16. Act II: A Most Ingenious Paradox! (Trio: Ruth, King, and Frederic) [8:07]
17. Act II: Stay, Frederic, Stay! (Duet: Mabel and Frederic) [7:42]
18. Act II: A Policeman's Lot Is Not a Happy One (Song: Sergeant) [2:49]
19. Act II: With Cat-Like Tread, Upon Your Prey We Steal (Chorus: Pirates) [2:43]
20. Act II: Tormented With the Anguish Dread of Falsehood Unatoned (Solo and Ballad: Major-General) [5:26]
21. Act II: We Charge You Yield, in Queen Victoria's Name! (Final Chorus: Police and Pirates) [6:16]
Side #4 -- The Gondoliers
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [3:14]
2. Act I: Overture and Credits [1:59]
3. Act I: List and Learn, Ye Dainty Roses (Opening Chorus: Contadine) [7:48]
4. Act I: We're Called Gondolieri (Duet: Marco and Giuseppe) [7:24]
5. Act I: From the Sunny Spanish Shore, the Duke of Plaza-Tor' (Entrance of Duke, Duchess, Casilda, and Luiz) [6:31]
6. Act I: That Celebrated, Cultivated, Underrated Nobleman, the Duke of Plaza-Toro! (Song: Duke) [5:28]
7. Act I: There Was a Time... for Ever Gone... Ah, Woe Is Me! (Duet: Casilda and Luiz) [5:02]
8. Act I: Of That There Is No Matter of Doubt, No Possible Doubt Whatever (Song: Don Alhambra) [3:18]
9. Act I: Try We Life-Long, We Can Never Straighten Out Life's Tangled Skein (Quintet: Duke, Duchess, Casilda, Luiz, and Don Alhambra) [3:44]
10. Act I: When a Merry Maiden Marries (Song: Tessa) [6:19]
11. Act I: Kind Sir, You Cannot Have the Heart Our Lives to Part (Song: Gianetta) [2:59]
12. Act I: Oh, 'Tis a Glorious Thing, I Ween, to Be a Regular Royal Queen! (Quartet: Marco, Giuseppe, Gianetta, and Tessa) [3:36]
13. Act I: For Everyone Who Feels Inclined, Some Post We Undertake to Find (Duet: Marco and Giuseppe) [2:54]
14. Act I: In Yonder Isle Beyond the Sea, Do Not Forget You've Married Me! (Duet: Gianetta and Tessa) [4:27]
15. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [1:34]
16. Act II: Opening Chorus [3:08]
17. Act II: Rising Early in the Morning We Proceed to Light the Fire (Song: Giuseppe and Chorus) [3:24]
18. Act II: Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes (Song: Marco) [4:32]
19. Act II: After Sailing to This Island... We Are All Once More on Dry Land (Duet: Tessa and Gianetta) [2:06]
20. Act II: Dance a Cachucha, Fandango, Bolero (Chorus and Dance) [3:45]
21. Act II: There Lived a King, as I've Been Told (Song: Don Alhambra) [5:11]
22. Act II: In a Contemplative Fashion, and a Tranquil Frame of Mind (Quartet: Marco, Giuseppe, Gianetta, and Tessa) [5:46]
23. Act II: On the Day When I Was Wedded to Your Admirable Sire (Song: Duchess) [3:23]
24. Act II: Small Titles and Orders for Mayors and Recorders (Duet: Duke and Duchess) [5:41]
25. Act II: I Am a Courtier Grave and Serious, Who Is About to Kiss Your Hand (Gavotte: Duke, Duchess, Casilda, Marco, and Giuseppe) [13:07]
Side #5 -- Patience
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [2:17]
2. Act 1: Overture and Credits [2:39]
3. Act 1: Twenty Love-Sick Maidens We (Opening Chorus: Maidens) [6:26]
4. Act 1: I Cannot Tell What This Love May Be (Song: Patience) [4:14]
5. Act 1: The Soldiers of Our Queen (Chorus: Dragoons) [:49]
6. Act 1: If You Want a Receipt for That Popular Mystery, Known to the World as a Heavy Dragoon (Song: Colonel) [14:17]
7. Act 1: When I First Put This Uniform On (Song: Colonel) [1:41]
8. Act 1: I'm an Aesthetic Sham! (Recitative: Bunthorne) [1:52]
9. Act 1: If You're Anxious for to Shine in the High Aesthetic Line (Song: Bunthorne) [7:51]
10. Act 1: Long Years Ago... When but a Tiny Babe of Four (Duet: Patience and Angela) [2:08]
11. Act 1: Prithee, Pretty Maiden... Prithee, Tell Me True (Duet: Patience and Grosvenor) [17:06]
12. Act 1: True Love Must Single-Hearted Be... Exactly So! (Song: Patience) [7:05]
13. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [2:42]
14. Act II: Opening [3:44]
15. Act II: Silvered Is the Raven Hair... In the Coming By and By! (Song: Jane) [7:02]
16. Act II: "The Magnet and the Churn" (Song: Grosvenor) [5:50]
17. Act II: Love Is a Plaintive Song Sung by a Suffering Maid (Ballad: Patience) [4:17]
18. Act II: Sing "Hey to You, Good Day to You" (Duet: Bunthorne and Jane) [3:18]
19. Act II: It's Clear That Mediaeval Art Alone Retains Its Zest (Trio: Duke, Colonel, and Major) [5:13]
20. Act II: If Saphir I Choose to Marry (Quintet: Duke, Colonel, Major, Angela, and Saphir) [6:20]
21. Act II: An Ultra-Poetical, Super-Aesthetical, out-of-the-Way Young Man! (Duet: Bunthorne and Grosvenor) [9:10]

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2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I am a G&S fan, and frankly, this is not my dream. The Brent Walker videos are a big part of the little we Savoyards have in the way of G&S recordings. Unfortunately. They are decent in spite of themselves; nevertheless, I will continue to cringe at Peter Allen's pitiful pirate king and William Conrad's mikado. A distinguishing feature of these recordings is the unevenness of the casting; we have Anne Collins, a brilliant Katisha, against Conrad's Mikado, and D'Oyly Carte great Gillian Knight against Peter Allen in Penzance. In Pinafore, for example, we have an exemplory Little Buttercup and (I thought) an excellent Dick Deadeye, cast beside a hopeless Captain Corocoran and a Sir Joseph who does not sing but recites what words he can remember (which are few). Besides this, the sets are very cheap and the acting is exaggerated. We tend to get used to overacting in G&S but I still think that these operas are worthy of a Bunthorne who could sing more and mug less than the Brent Walker Bunthorne. As I have said, however, this is almost all we have in the way of traditional G&S. Luckily, all the songs are sung in this collection except for the second verse of Antonio's song in 'Gondoliers.' Overall, in spite of its iniquities, this collection can be enjoyed. My little sister grew quite fond of them when I showed them to her. The Gondoliers is the best; Penzance and the Mikado are good too notwithstanding the aforementioned leads. Iolanthe I enjoyed least; they were very wild in their interpretation of it, and used 80's technology that just looks stupid now. Patience is redeemed by Anne Collins' Lady Jane - 'Sad is that Woman's Lot' is brilliant. Anne Collins plays the contralto in each except for Pinafore and Penzance, so you can expect a good performance on her part. The Gondoliers has excellent casting mostly, expecially for Tessa - what a voice! So now that I have all my complaints done with, I can say that if you have small children who should be watching G&S, start here; if you want to convert someone grown to G&S, this is really the last place you should go.