Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore; Trial By Jury

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Malcolm Sargent recorded 10 Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in productions based on performances at the Glyndebourne Festival in the late '50s and early '60s, and this version of "H.M.S. Pinafore" is among his most successful efforts. Sargent's reading is notable for its typically nuanced attention to details of the score, and the performances by his soloists here are especially strong. The romantic leads in particular are more convincing than in many of the other recordings in the series. As Josephine, Elsie Morison sounds fresher and more the innocent ingénue than in some of her other Gilbert and Sullivan roles; her tone is clean and bright and her performance is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Malcolm Sargent recorded 10 Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in productions based on performances at the Glyndebourne Festival in the late '50s and early '60s, and this version of "H.M.S. Pinafore" is among his most successful efforts. Sargent's reading is notable for its typically nuanced attention to details of the score, and the performances by his soloists here are especially strong. The romantic leads in particular are more convincing than in many of the other recordings in the series. As Josephine, Elsie Morison sounds fresher and more the innocent ingénue than in some of her other Gilbert and Sullivan roles; her tone is clean and bright and her performance is completely convincing. Richard Lewis brings more of a heroic timbre and bearing to Ralph Rackstraw than he does to many of his other romantic leading roles. Monica Sinclair is impressive as an amusingly stalwart Buttercup. The other male leads -- John Cameron as Captain Corcoran, George Baker as Joseph Porter, and Owen Brannigan as Dick Deadeye -- are all in strong voice and each has a fine sense of comic timing. The entire cast seems to be having a wonderful time, and it's the infectious fun combined with the unusually high musical standards that make this a standout version of the opera. "Pinafore" is paired with an absolutely fabulous performance of "Trial by Jury" that features the same cast but without Sinclair, and the singers are up to the same high standards. The recording of "Trial by Jury" is in a class by itself among Sargent's Glyndebourne releases because of its strong feeling of theatrical realism. This is due to the fact that director Colin Graham was called in to "stage" the opera for the recording, and the result is hilarious. Graham had the singers move around the studio, creating a convincing sense of theatrical space. He also encouraged the cast including the chorus to let loose dramatically with an appropriate level of hamminess. Many of Sargent's other Gilbert and Sullivan recordings, despite their musical excellence, are unnecessarily sober, but with Graham unleashing the operetta's silliness, the effect here is magically giddy. This pairing of "Pinafore" and "Trial by Jury" is easily the strongest installment in EMI's reissues of Sargent's series, and both of the performances are in strong contention as the most compelling recorded version.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/1993
  • Label: Angel Records
  • UPC: 077776439723
  • Catalog Number: 64397

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–31 H. M. S. Pinafore (The Lass that Loved a Sailor), operetta - Arthur Sullivan & Owen Brannigan (77:47)
    Composed byArthur Sullivan
    Conducted byPeter Gellhorn, Malcolm Sargent
    Performed byOwen Brannigan, John Cameron, Peter Gellhorn, Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra, Richard Lewis, James Milligan, Elsie Morison, Pro Arte Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent, Monica Sinclair, Marjorie Thomas, George Baker
    1. 1Overture
    2. 2Act 1. We sail the ocean blue
    3. 3Act 1. Hail, men-o'-war's men
    4. 4Act 1. I'm called Little Buttercup
    5. 5Act 1. But tell me, who's the youth
    6. 6Act 1. The Nightingale
    7. 7Act 1. A maiden fair to see
    8. 8Act 1. My gallant crew, good morning
    9. 9Act 1. I am the Captain of the Pinafore
    10. 10Act 1. Sir, you are sad
    11. 11Act 1. Sorry her lot who loves too well
    12. 12Act 1. Over the bright blue sea
    13. 13Act 1. I am the Monarch of the sea
    14. 14Act 1. When I was a lad I served a term
    15. 15Act 1. A British tar ia a soaring soul
    16. 16Act 1. Refrain, audacious tar
    17. 17Act 1. Can I survive this overbearing
    18. 18Act 1. Oh joy, oh rapture unforseen
    19. 19Act 1. This very night with baited breath
    20. 20Act 1. Let's give three cheers
    21. 21Act 1. Entr'acte
    22. 22Act 2. Fair moon, to thee I sing
    23. 23Act 2. Things are seldom what they seem
    24. 24Act 2. The hours creep on apace
    25. 25Act 2. Never mind the why and wherefore
    26. 26Act 2. Kind Captain, I've important information
    27. 27Act 2. Carefully on tiptoe stealing
    28. 28Act 2. Pretty daughter of mine
    29. 29Act 2. Farewell my own
    30. 30Act 2. A many years ago
    31. 31Act 2. O joy, o rapture unforseen
Disc 2
  1. 8–25 Trial by Jury, operetta - Arthur Sullivan & Ronald Kinloch Anderson (32:48)
    Composed byArthur Sullivan
    Conducted byPeter Gellhorn, Malcolm Sargent
    Performed byOwen Brannigan, John Cameron, Peter Gellhorn, Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra, Richard Lewis, Elsie Morison, Pro Arte Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent, Bernard Turgeon, George Baker
    1. 8Hark, the hour of ten is sounding
    2. 9Now jurymen hear my advice
    3. 10Is this the court of the Exchequer
    4. 11When first my old, old love I knew
    5. 12Silence...All hail great judge
    6. 13When I, good friends, was call'd to the bar
    7. 14Swear thou the jury
    8. 15Where is the plaintiff
    9. 16Comes the broken flower
    10. 17Oh, never, never, never
    11. 18May it please you my Lud
    12. 19That she is reeling is plain to me
    13. 20Oh gentlemen listen I pray
    14. 21That seems a reasonable proposition
    15. 22A nice dilemma we have here
    16. 23I love him with fervour unceasing
    17. 24The question, gentlemen, is one of liquor
    18. 25Oh joy unbounded
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Performance Credits
Malcolm Sargent Primary Artist
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