Gilbert & Sullivan Operettas [Box Set]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Malcolm Sargent began serving as an accompanist for amateur productions of Gilbert & Sullivan when he was 14, was musical director for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company from 1926 to 1928, and made complete recordings of several of the operettas with the company, so he clearly had the Gilbert & Sullivan tradition in his blood. During the late '50s and early '60s he recorded nine of the operettas without the dialogue with the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and the Pro Arte Orchestra using regular Glyndebourne soloists, including sopranos Elsie Morison and Heather Harper, contraltos Monica Sinclair and Marjorie Thomas, tenors Richard Lewis and Alexander Young, baritones ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Malcolm Sargent began serving as an accompanist for amateur productions of Gilbert & Sullivan when he was 14, was musical director for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company from 1926 to 1928, and made complete recordings of several of the operettas with the company, so he clearly had the Gilbert & Sullivan tradition in his blood. During the late '50s and early '60s he recorded nine of the operettas without the dialogue with the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and the Pro Arte Orchestra using regular Glyndebourne soloists, including sopranos Elsie Morison and Heather Harper, contraltos Monica Sinclair and Marjorie Thomas, tenors Richard Lewis and Alexander Young, baritones John Cameron and George Baker, and bass Owen Brannigan. Each of Sargent's Glyndebourne versions of the operettas has been released individually, plus smaller works by Sullivan to fill out the discs, and this compilation includes all the previous releases. These performances under Sargent's leadership are uniformly at a musically high level, models of precise and nuanced playing and singing. They vary, though, in the extent to which they convey the element of fun that's essential to make Gilbert & Sullivan really sparkle. Some versions are absolutely stellar; the performances of "H.M.S. Pinafore," and especially "Trial by Jury," are easily in contention for the finest recorded versions, musically immaculate, scintillating, and wildly funny. At the other end of the spectrum is a humdrum performance of "Patience," in which only Sinclair and Baker seem to be having any fun at all. Among the more consistently satisfying performances are "The Pirates of Penzance," "Iolanthe," "Ruddigore," and "Yeomen of the Guard," which are spirited and zesty, for the most part. "The Mikado" and "The Gondoliers" are somewhat less effective, although the orchestra and chorus are consistently excellent. Another factor in the impact of the performances is the vocal quality of the soloists. Morison is cast in the ingénue role in all of the operettas, but except for "The Pirates of Penzance" and "Trial by Jury," she sounds too mature for the parts. Lewis is frequently the heroic lead, but he tends to sound thin and strained more often than heroic. Several troopers can be counted on to excel wherever they are cast, particularly Sinclair, Brannigan, Cameron, and Baker, who are in fine voice and are exceptional comedians. The short works included as filler -- overtures to other Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, and Sullivan's "serious," concert works -- don't contribute much to the compilation. Most feature conductors other than Sargent, and the performances range from fine to decidedly mediocre. Overall, though, the musical quality of Sargent's performances makes this a collection that should be of interest to any serious fan of Gilbert and Sullivan, and there are some complete works and individual performances that are genuinely transcendent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2001
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724357446822
  • Catalog Number: 74468

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 H. M. S. Pinafore (The Lass that Loved a Sailor), operetta - Arthur Sullivan & Owen Brannigan (77:47)
  2. 2 Trial by Jury, operetta - Arthur Sullivan & Owen Brannigan (32:48)
  3. 3 The Pirates of Penzance, operetta - Arthur Sullivan & Owen Brannigan (88:17)
  4. 4 The Sorcerer, operetta: Overture : The Sorcerer - Arthur Sullivan & Pro Arte Orchestra (5:45)
  5. 5 Cox and Box (The Long-Lost Brothers), operetta: Overture : Cox and Box - Arthur Sullivan & Pro Arte Orchestra (2:43)
  6. 6 Princess Ida (Castle Adamant), operetta: Overture : Princess Ida - Arthur Sullivan & Pro Arte Orchestra (4:13)
  7. 7 Overture (In Memoriam), for orchestra in C major: Overture in C (In memoriam) - Arthur Sullivan & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (11:17)
  8. 8 Patience (Bunthorne's Bride), operetta - Arthur Sullivan & John Cameron (76:59)
  9. 9 Symphony in E major (Irish), for orchestra - Arthur Sullivan & Charles Groves (35:45)
  10. 10 Iolanthe (The Peer and the Peri), operetta - Arthur Sullivan & Owen Brannigan (95:37)
  11. 11 Overture di ballo, for orchestra in E major: BBC Symphony Orchestra - Arthur Sullivan & BBC Symphony Orchestra (9:53)
  12. 12 The Mikado (The Town of Titipu), operetta - Arthur Sullivan & Owen Brannigan (90:34)
  13. 13 Ruddigore (The Witch's Curse), operetta - Arthur Sullivan & Harold Blackburn (82:24)
  14. 14 The Tempest, incidental music, Op. 1: I: Introduction - Arthur Sullivan & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (5:00)
  15. 15 The Tempest, incidental music, Op. 1: IV: Prelude Act III - Arthur Sullivan & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2:16)
  16. 16 The Tempest, incidental music, Op. 1: VI: Banquet Dance - Arthur Sullivan & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:19)
  17. 17 The Tempest, incidental music, Op. 1: VII: Overture Act IV - Arthur Sullivan & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:43)
  18. 18 The Tempest, incidental music, Op. 1: X: Dance of the Nymphs and Reapers - Arthur Sullivan & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:06)
  19. 19 The Tempest, incidental music, Op. 1: XI: Prelude Act V - Arthur Sullivan & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (4:12)
  20. 20 The Tempest, incidental music, Op. 1: XIIc: Epilogue - Arthur Sullivan & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1:50)
  21. 21 The Merchant of Venice, incidental music - Arthur Sullivan & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (14:18)
  22. 22 The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta - Arthur Sullivan & Owen Brannigan (93:19)
  23. 23 The Gondoliers (The King of Barataria), operetta - Arthur Sullivan & John Cameron (96:28)
  24. 24 Cello Concerto (orchestral part lost; reconstructed by C. Mackerras and D. Mackie) - Arthur Sullivan & Julian Lloyd Webber (17:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Malcolm Sargent Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost as good as my early exposure to D'Oyly Carte

    Wonderfully presented by a fine orchestra and excellent singers. Somewhat blander than D'Oyly Carte

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