Gilbert & Sullivan: Iolanthe

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Isidore Godfrey conducts the members of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in this 1951 version of "Iolanthe" without the spoken dialogue. The performance features many of the D'Oyly Carte stars of the mid-century, including Martyn Green, Leonard Osborn, Alan Styler, and Ann Drummond-Grant in portrayals they had honed on-stage. The recording was supervised by Bridget D'Oyly Carte, so it can be certain that the performance practice for better or for worse, can be traced to the work's origins. For an operetta about fairies, the performance seems somewhat heavy and ponderous, due perhaps to a combination of Sullivan's orchestration, Godfrey's limitations as a conductor, and the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Isidore Godfrey conducts the members of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in this 1951 version of "Iolanthe" without the spoken dialogue. The performance features many of the D'Oyly Carte stars of the mid-century, including Martyn Green, Leonard Osborn, Alan Styler, and Ann Drummond-Grant in portrayals they had honed on-stage. The recording was supervised by Bridget D'Oyly Carte, so it can be certain that the performance practice for better or for worse, can be traced to the work's origins. For an operetta about fairies, the performance seems somewhat heavy and ponderous, due perhaps to a combination of Sullivan's orchestration, Godfrey's limitations as a conductor, and the lumpish sound quality. That overall consistent heaviness undercuts a central conceit of the operetta, the contrast between the worlds of the fairies and that of the members of Parliament. The set is filled out with a suite from "Pineapple Poll," a ballet Charles Mackerras constructed using a variety of Sullivan's music, with the arranger conducting the Sadler's Wells Orchestra. Mackerras' orchestrations are frequently more felicitous and effective than Sullivan's originals. It's a lively and exuberant piece, especially entertaining for Gilbert and Sullivan fans who can have fun identifying the excerpts, and it's given a sparkling performance here. The sound quality is adequate for a recording of this vintage, but there is some bothersome tape hiss.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943123126
  • Catalog Number: 8110231-32

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–25 Iolanthe (The Peer and the Peri), operetta - Arthur Sullivan & D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus (88:07)
    Composed byArthur Sullivan
    Conducted byIsidore Godfrey
    Performed byD'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra, Isidore Godfrey, Alan Styler, Yvonne Dean, Ann Drummond-Grant, Martyn Green, Ella Halman, Joyce Hill, Margaret Mitchell, Fisher Morgan, Leonard Osborn, Eric Thornton
    1. 1Overture
    2. 2Act 1. Chorus. Tripping hither, tripping thither
    3. 3Act 1. Invocation. Iolanthe! From thy dark exile
    4. 4Act 1. Song. Good morrow, good mother
    5. 5Act 1. Ensemble. Fare thee well, attractive stranger
    6. 6Act 1. Song. Good morrow, good lover
    7. 7Act 1. Duet. None shall part us from each other
    8. 8Act 1. Chorus. Loudly let the trumpet bray!
    9. 9Act 1. Song. The Law is the true embodiment
    10. 10Act 1. Recit. My well-loved lord / Solo. Of all the young ladies I know
    11. 11Act 1. Recit. Nay, tempt me not / Ballad. Spurn not the nobly born
    12. 12Act 1. Song. When I went to the bar
    13. 13Act 1. Finale
    14. 14Act 2. Song. When all night long
    15. 15Act 2. Chorus. Strephon's a member of Parliament
    16. 16Act 2. Song. When Britain really ruled the waves
    17. 17Act 2. Duet. In vain to us you plead
    18. 18Act 2. Song. Oh, foolish fay
    19. 19Act 2. Quartet. Though p'raps I may incur your blame
    20. 20Act 2. Recit. Love, unrequited, robs me of my rest / Song. When you're lying awake
    21. 21Act 2. Trio. If you go in
    22. 22Act 2. Duet. If we're weak enough to tarry
    23. 23Act 2. Recit. My lord, a supplicant at your feet / Ballad. He loves!
    24. 24Act 2. It may not be
    25. 25Act 2. Finale
Disc 2
  1. 13–26 Pineapple Poll, ballet (compiled & arranged by C. Mackerras) - Arthur Sullivan & Charles Mackerras (43:15)
    Composed byArthur Sullivan
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byCharles Mackerras, Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra
    1. 13Scene 1. Opening Dance
    2. 14Scene 1. Poll's Solo
    3. 15Scene 1. Pas de deux
    4. 16Scene 1. Belaye's Solo
    5. 17Scene 1. Pas de trois
    6. 18Scene 1. Finale
    7. 19Scene 2. Poll's Solo
    8. 20Scene 2. Jasper's Solo
    9. 21Scene 3. Belaye's Solo
    10. 22Scene 3. Sailor's Drill
    11. 23Scene 3. Poll's Solo
    12. 24Scene 3. Entry of Belaye with Blanche as Bride
    13. 25Scene 3. Reconciliation
    14. 26Scene 3. Grand Finale
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