Gilbert & Sullivan: Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore

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Barnes & Noble - Benjamin Ivry
Here's a howdy-do! To record new versions of Gilbert and Sullivan's best-loved classics, Telarc assembled some of Britain's finest singers and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and Chorus under the deft guidance of conductor Charles Mackerras. Alternating spiffy comedy with graceful sentiment, his interpretations perfectly capture this music's lasting charm. These delightful new versions of "The Mikado," "H.M.S. Pinafore," "The Pirates of Penzance," "The Yeomen of the Guard," and "Trial By Jury" will bewitch both devoted G&S fans and newcomers. Even those familiar with Sir Malcolm Sargent's celebrated recordings should not be disappointed by these new Savoyard ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Benjamin Ivry
Here's a howdy-do! To record new versions of Gilbert and Sullivan's best-loved classics, Telarc assembled some of Britain's finest singers and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and Chorus under the deft guidance of conductor Charles Mackerras. Alternating spiffy comedy with graceful sentiment, his interpretations perfectly capture this music's lasting charm. These delightful new versions of "The Mikado," "H.M.S. Pinafore," "The Pirates of Penzance," "The Yeomen of the Guard," and "Trial By Jury" will bewitch both devoted G&S fans and newcomers. Even those familiar with Sir Malcolm Sargent's celebrated recordings should not be disappointed by these new Savoyard offerings. "The Mikado" boasts distinguished tenor Anthony Rolfe-Johnson as Nanki-Poo and as Katisha, mezzo-soprano Felicity Palmer, whose uproariously funny acting redeems W. S. Gilbert's acidulous jokes about aging women. "Pinafore" is even better. Thomas Allen's Captain Corcoran is the best interpretation of this role ever recorded, sung with the same integrity and musical subtlety he devotes to Elgar and Vaughan Williams. In "The Pirates of Penzance," tenor John Mark Ainsley is an elegant Frederic and Richard Suart rattles off the Major General's patter numbers with surgical precision. This five-disc set is a feast of razor-sharp jokes and lush Victorian tunefulness -- the perfect gift for any D'Oyly Carte wannabe.
All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
In 1999, Telarc released The Mikado/Pirates of Penzance/HMS Pinafore/Trial by Jury/The Yeomen of the Guard, which contained five complete albums -- The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Trial by Jury, and The Yeomen of the Guard -- by Gilbert & Sullivan in one box set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408050022
  • Catalog Number: 80500
  • Sales rank: 98,380

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act 1. 1. Chorus of Nobles. If you want to know who we are (3:01)
  2. 2 Act 1. 2. Song and Chorus. A wandering minstrel I (4:20)
  3. 3 Act 1. 3. Song. Our great Mikado, virtuous man (2:58)
  4. 4 Act 1. 4. Song. Young man, despair, likewise go to (2:43)
  5. 5 Act 1. 4a. Recitative. And have I journeyed for a month (0:49)
  6. 6 Act 1. 5. Chorus with Solo. Behold the Lord High Executioner (2:39)
  7. 7 Act 1. 5a. Song. As some day it may happen (List Song) (2:00)
  8. 8 Act 1. 6. Chorus of Schoolgirls. Comes a train of little ladies (2:12)
  9. 9 Act 1. 7. Trio. Three little maids from school are we (1:32)
  10. 10 Act 1. 8. Quartet. So please you, sir, we much regret (1:55)
  11. 11 Act 1. 9. Duet. Were you not to Ko-Ko plighted (2:27)
  12. 12 Act 1. 10. Trio. I am so proud (3:00)
  13. 13 Act 1. 11. Finale, Act 1. With aspect stern and gloomy stride (14:24)
  14. 14 Act 2. 1. Solo. Braid the raven hair (3:25)
  15. 15 Act 2. 2. Song. The sun, whose rays are all ablaze (3:10)
  16. 16 Act 2. 3. Madrigal. Brightly dawns our wedding day (3:58)
  17. 17 Act 2. 4. Trio. Here's a how-de-do! If I marry you (1:13)
  18. 18 Act 2. 5. Entrance of Mikado and Katisha. Miya sama, miya sama (2:46)
  19. 19 Act 2. 6. Song. A more humane Mikado never did in Japan exist (4:05)
  20. 20 Act 2. 7. Trio and Chorus. The criminal cried as he dropped him down (3:24)
  21. 21 Act 2. 8. Quintet. See how the Fates their gifts allot (2:03)
  22. 22 Act 2. 9. Duet. The flowers that bloom in the spring (1:36)
  23. 23 Act 2. 10. Recitative and Song. Alone, and yet alive (2:56)
  24. 24 Act 2. 11. Song. On a tree by a river, a little tom-tit sang, "Willow, (2:30)
  25. 25 Act 2. 12. Duet. There is a beauty in the bellow of the blast (2:00)
  26. 26 Act 2. 13. Finale, Act 2. For he's gone and married Yum-Yum (1:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Act 1. 1. Opening Chorus of Pirates and Solo. Pour, oh pour, the pirate (1:31)
  2. 2 Act 1. 2. Song. When Fred'ric was a little lad (2:36)
  3. 3 Act 1. 3. Song. Oh, better far to live and die (2:18)
  4. 4 Act 1. 4. Recitative and Duet. Oh! false one, you have deceived me (2:53)
  5. 5 Act 1. 5. Climbing over rocky mountain (3:28)
  6. 6 Act 1. 6. Recitative. Stop, ladies, pray! (1:29)
  7. 7 Act 1. 7. Song. Oh! is there not one maiden breast (4:20)
  8. 8 Act 1. 8. Song. Poor wand'ring one (2:39)
  9. 9 Act 1. 9. What ought we to do? gentle sisters, say! (0:44)
  10. 10 Act 1. 10. Duet. How beautifully blue the sky (1:55)
  11. 11 Act 1. 11. Stay, we must not lose our senses (1:24)
  12. 12 Act 1. 12. Recitative. Hold, monsters! (0:55)
  13. 13 Act 1. 13. Song. I am the very pattern of a modern Major-General (2:51)
  14. 14 Act 1. 14. Finale - Act 1. Oh! men of dark and dismal fate (8:43)
  15. 15 Act 2. 1. Introduction. Solo. Oh! dry the glist'ning tear (3:01)
  16. 16 Act 2. 2. Recitative. Now, Frederic, let your escort lion-hearted (0:18)
  17. 17 Act 2. 3. Chorus, with Solos. When the foeman bares his steel (4:36)
  18. 18 Act 2. 4. Recitative and Trio. Now for the pirates' lair! (1:25)
  19. 19 Act 2. 5. Trio. When you had left our pirate fold (3:37)
  20. 20 Act 2. 6. Trio. Away, away, my heart's on fire! (1:22)
  21. 21 Act 2. 7. Recitative and Duet. All is prepared! Your gallant crew await (1:24)
  22. 22 Act 2. 8. Duet. Stay, Frederic, stay! (6:09)
  23. 23 Act 2. 9. Recitative. No, I'll be brave! Oh family descent (1:23)
  24. 24 Act 2. 10. Song. When a felon's not engaged in his employment (2:30)
  25. 25 Act 2. 11. Solo. A rollicking band of pirates we (0:50)
  26. 26 Act 2. 12. Solo. With cat-like tread (2:38)
  27. 27 Act 2. 13. Hush! hush! not a word (1:37)
  28. 28 Act 2. 14. Song and Finale. Sighing softly to the river (9:32)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Overture (4:08)
  2. 2 Act 1. 1. Introduction and Opening Chorus. We sail the ocean blue (2:02)
  3. 3 Act 1. 2. Recitative and Aria. I'm called Little Buttercup (2:11)
  4. 4 Act 1. 2a. Recitative. But tell me who's the youth (0:27)
  5. 5 Act 1. 3. Madrigal. The nightingale (2:24)
  6. 6 Act 1. 3a. Ballad. A maiden fair to see (2:14)
  7. 7 Act 1. 4. Recitative and Song. My gallant crew (2:09)
  8. 8 Act 1. 4a. Recitative. Sir, you are sad! (1:23)
  9. 9 Act 1. 5. Ballad. Sorry her lot (3:30)
  10. 10 Act 1. 6. Barcarolle. Over the bright blue sea (0:44)
  11. 11 Act 1. 7. Sir Joseph's barge is seen (1:59)
  12. 12 Act 1. 8. Now give three cheers (1:22)
  13. 13 Act 1. 9. Song. When I was a lad (2:38)
  14. 14 Act 1. 9a. For I hold that on the seas (0:37)
  15. 15 Act 1. 10. Glee. A British tar (2:14)
  16. 16 Act 1. 11. Duet. Refrain, audacious tar (3:17)
  17. 17 Act 1. 12. Finale. Can I survive this overbearing? (9:08)
  18. 18 Entr'acte (1:06)
  19. 19 Act 2. 13. Song. Fair moon, to thee I sing (2:26)
  20. 20 Act 2. 14. Duet. Things are seldom what they seem (2:54)
  21. 21 Act 2. 15. Scena. The hours creep on apace (4:41)
  22. 22 Act 2. 16. Trio. Never mind the why and wherefore (2:28)
  23. 23 Act 2. 17. Duet. Kind Captain, I've important information (2:04)
  24. 24 Act 2. 18. Carefully on tiptoe stealing (7:22)
  25. 25 Act 2. 19. Farewell, my own! (2:32)
  26. 26 Act 2. 20. Song. A many years ago (2:29)
  27. 27 Act 2. 21. Finale. O joy, oh rapture unforseen! (3:01)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Overture (4:45)
  2. 2 Act 1. 1. Song. When maiden loves (3:30)
  3. 3 Act 1. 2. Double Chorus. Tower wardens, under orders... (3:49)
  4. 4 Act 1. 3. Song with Chorus. When our gallant Norman foes (4:23)
  5. 5 Act 1. 4. Trio. Alas! I waver to and fro (2:17)
  6. 6 Act 1. 5. Ballad. Is life a boon? (2:06)
  7. 7 Act 1. 6. Chorus. Here's a man of jollity (1:18)
  8. 8 Act 1. 7. Duet. I have a song to sing, O! (3:45)
  9. 9 Act 1. 8. Trio. How say you, maiden (2:44)
  10. 10 Act 1. 9. Song. I've jibe and joke and quip and crank (1:54)
  11. 11 Act 1. 10. Recitative and Song. 'Tis done, I am a bride... Though tear (3:28)
  12. 12 Act 1. 11. Song. Were I thy bride (1:55)
  13. 13 Act 1. 12. Finale to Act 1. Oh, Sergeant Meryll, is it true (18:26)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Act 2. 13. Chorus and Solo. Night has spread her pall once more (4:19)
  2. 2 Act 2. 14. Song. Oh, a private buffoon is a light-hearted loon (2:49)
  3. 3 Act 2. 15. Duet. Hereupon we're both agreed (1:40)
  4. 4 Act 2. 16. Ballad. Free from his fetters grim (2:34)
  5. 5 Act 2. 17. Quartet. Strange adventure (2:26)
  6. 6 Act 2. 18. Scene. Hark, what was that, sir? (3:40)
  7. 7 Act 2. 19. Trio. A man who would woo a fair maid (3:20)
  8. 8 Act 2. 20. Quartet. When a wooer goes a-wooing (2:46)
  9. 9 Act 2. 21. Duet. Rapture, rapture (1:37)
  10. 10 Act 2. 22. Finale to Act 2. Comes the pretty young bride (10:09)
  11. 11 1. Solo and Chorus. Hark, the hour of ten is sounding (3:03)
  12. 12 1a. Recitative and Chorus. Is this the Court of the Exchequer? (0:52)
  13. 13 2. Song with Chorus. When first my old, old love I knew (2:55)
  14. 14 3. Chorus and Solo. All hail, great Judge! (2:11)
  15. 15 4. Song. When I, good friends, was called to the Bar (2:44)
  16. 16 5. Recitative. Swear thou the jury (1:21)
  17. 17 6. Recitative and Chorus. Where is the Plaintiff?... Comes the broken f (3:13)
  18. 18 7. Scena. Oh never, never, never (1:14)
  19. 19 8. Recitative Solo and Chorus. May it please you, m'Lud (3:00)
  20. 20 9. Solos and Chorus. That she is reeling is plain to see (0:48)
  21. 21 10. Song. Oh, gentlemen, listen I pray (1:30)
  22. 22 11. Scena. That seems a reasonable proposition (0:56)
  23. 23 12. Sextet and Chorus. A nice dilemma we have here (3:19)
  24. 24 13. Duet and Chorus. I love him, I love him (2:28)
  25. 25 14. Finale. Oh, joy unbounded (1:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gilbert & Sullivan Primary Artist
John Mark Ainsley Vocals
Anthony Rolfe Johnson Baritone (Vocal)
Donald Maxwell Baritone (Vocal)
Charles Mackerras Conductor, Conductor
Janice Watson Soprano (Vocal)
Marie McLaughlin Soprano (Vocal)
Michael Schade Vocals
Richard Suart Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Anne Howells Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Gillian Knight Vocals
Peter Savidge Baritone (Vocal)
Welsh National Opera Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Welsh National Opera Chorus Choir, Chorus
Eric Garrett Tenor (Vocal)
Felicity Palmer Vocals, Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Yeoman of the Guard Cast Ensemble cast
Peter Massocchi Vocals
Nicholas Folwell Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Alwyn Mellor Soprano (Vocal)
Peter Hoare Vocals
Donald Adams Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Barry Banks Tenor (Vocal)
Neill Archer Tenor (Vocal)
Richard van Allan Vocals, Brass Baritone
Julie Gossage Vocals
John King Vocals
Trial by Jury Cast Ensemble cast
Clare O'Neill Vocals
Philip Lloyd Evans Vocals
Pamela Helen Stephen Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Jenevora Williams Vocals
Ralph Mason Vocals
Rebecca Evans Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Gareth Rhys-Davies Baritone (Vocal)
Gilbert & Sullivan Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Michael Bishop Sound Effects
Rosalind Ilett Sound Effects
Jack Renner Engineer
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Sir William Schwenk Gilbert Librettist
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction, Cover Design
Steven Ledbetter Liner Notes, Synopsis
Ray Kirschensteiner Art Direction
Patricia Dussaux Liner Note Translation
James Mallinson Producer
Gila Fox Liner Note Translation
Hilary Knight Cover Illustration
Gilbert & Sullivan Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Recordings yet!!!

    My name is Daniel Osborn and I am 16 yrs. old and I love Gilbert and Sullivan operas. My very first opera that I ever seen of Gilbert and Sullivan is The Pirates of Penzance. Odly enough I watched it on the Disney channel late one night and fell in love with the music and got hooked on to Gilbert and Sullivan ever since. I recently bought this recording and thought it was wonderful. I liked how all of the performers portrayed their characters well. Sir Charles Makerras did an outstanding job with the orchestration and the chorus work. The only thing that I thought was missing from these recordings was the full opera itself meaning (words and music) That is the only downfall of the recording. I have three favorite people on this recording that I would like to mention. Donald Adams, Richard Stuart, and Felicity Palmer. I liked how these people carried out the characters moods in all their performances. If you want to listen to a good character portraying then listen to Donald Adams as the Mikado. He does a fantastick job setting the character as well as The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. Felicity Palmer can be sweet and mean persay as we hear her in H.M.S. PINAFORE as Buttercup. And the Ravishing Katisha. She is by far the best person to portray those characters. Then we have Richard Stuart. I liked how he portrayed Major General Stanely and liked how he sang the famous song which takes talent to do. Also he does a fabulous job as KO-KO the lord high executioner in The Mikado. He can play the very funny and boisterous executioner in the song ''As someday It may happen'' as well as soft and tender hearted in the song ''Willow Tit Willo'' He also portrayed the Judge in ''Trial by Jury'' Fantastically. As you can see if you are a Gilbert and Sullivan fan then this is the cd for you.

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