Gilbert and Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance; Trial by Jury

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  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943119624
  • Catalog Number: 8110196-97


Disc 1
  1. 1–34 The Pirates of Penzance, operetta - Arthur Sullivan & D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus (81:30)
    Composed byArthur Sullivan
    Conducted byIsidore Godfrey
    Performed byD'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, Darrell Fancourt, Isidore Godfrey, Joyce Wright, Martyn Green, Ella Halman, Leonard Osborn, Joan Gillingham, Richard Watson, New Promenade Orchestra, Donald Harris
    1. 1Overture
    2. 2Pour, oh pour the pirate sherry
    3. 3When Frederic was a little lad
    4. 4Oh, better far to live and die
    5. 5Oh, false one, you have deceived me
    6. 6What shall I do? / Climbing over rocky mountain
    7. 7Stop, ladies, pray!
    8. 8Oh, is there not one maiden breast / Oh, sisters, deaf to pity's name
    9. 9Poor wand'ring one
    10. 10What ought we to do / How beautifully blue the sky
    11. 11Stay, we must not lose our senses
    12. 12Here's a first rate opportunity
    13. 13Hold, monsters
    14. 14I am the very model of a modern Major-General
    15. 15Oh, men of dark and dismal fate
    16. 16I'm telling a terrible story: Act 1 finale
    17. 17O dry the glistening tear
    18. 18Then Frederic, let your escort
    19. 19When foreman bares his steel
    20. 20Now for the Pirates' lair
    21. 21When you had left our pirate fold
    22. 22Away, away! My heart's on fire
    23. 23All is prepared
    24. 24Stay, Frederic, stay!
    25. 25Ah! Leave me not to pine
    26. 26In 1940 I of age shall be
    27. 27No, I'll be brave
    28. 28Though in body and in mind
    29. 29When a felon's not engaged
    30. 30A rollicking band of pirates we
    31. 31With cat-like tread
    32. 32Hush, hush, not a word
    33. 33Sighing softly to the river
    34. 34Now what is this: Act 2 Finale
Disc 2
  1. 19–38 Trial by Jury, operetta - Arthur Sullivan & D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus (31:58)
    Composed byArthur Sullivan
    Conducted byIsidore Godfrey
    Performed byD'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, Isidore Godfrey, Leslie Rands, Leonard Osborn, Radley Flynn, Richard Watson, New Promenade Orchestra
    1. 19Hark the hour of ten is sounding
    2. 20How jurymen, hear my advice
    3. 21Is this the court of the exchequer
    4. 22When first my old, old love I knew
    5. 23Oh, I was like that
    6. 24All hail great judge
    7. 25For these kind words
    8. 26When I, good friends
    9. 27Swear thou, the jury!
    10. 28Comes the broken flower
    11. 29O'er the season vernal
    12. 30Oh never never never
    13. 31May it please you, my lud
    14. 32That she is reeling
    15. 33Oh gentlemen, listen, I pray
    16. 34But I submit, m'lud
    17. 35A nice dilemma we have here
    18. 36I love him; I smoke like a furnace
    19. 37The question, gentlemen
    20. 38O joy unbounded
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Of great historic interest to students of musical theatre

    After the great electric recordings by the D'Oyly Carte Company of all but three of the Gilbert & Sullivan masterpieces, the advent of LP brought forth on the London label (the Decca overseas) the ''Martyn Green'' series. Two of them (''Pinafore'' and ''Mikado'') have already been re-released by Naxos, and to that series is now added the double bill of ''The Pirates of Penzance'' and ''Trial By Jury,'' both recorded in 1949. This might be called the ''lost Pirates,'' since after Martyn Green redid the role in a very inferior version on the RCA Victor label, the London set just disappeared from the shelves; and rumor had it that Green had bought them all up. This seems unlikely, but he could not stop this reissue and very welcome it is. Green is in top form as Major-General Stanley, Darrell Fancourt (having missed singing the role on the 78 rpm set) enjoys his role, and Ella Halman is a most sympathetic Ruth. My favorite feature of this set is the bottomless basso of Richard Watson as the Police Sergeant, while Isidore Godfrey keeps the tempos brisk, as he does in the companion piece on this set. Alas I cannot recommend the tenor lead, Leonard Osborne, whose pinched nasal sound might have been acceptable on stage but comes over very poorly on recordings. (The exceptions are ''Ruddigore'' and ''Gondoliers,'' in which he plays a slightly rougher type of character.) His soprano, Muriel Harding, has been described as the best of a bad lot of sopranos during that era, but she is acceptable. The ''Trial By Jury'' does not have Green as the judge, as one would have expected, but Richard Watson, who does just fine. Again Osborne leaves something to be desired, Harding is more acceptable since her role does not require coloratura, and the rest of the male roles are a bit ''pudding voiced,'' as another critic put it. The sound on this set is a tad fuzzier, I think, than on the other two Naxos G&S issues. I would not recommend either of these versions as the first choice, but ardent Savoyards will find a place for them in their collections.

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