Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Ohio Light Opera's version of "The Mikado" has the virtue of including the dialogue, a relative rarity among Gilbert and Sullivan recordings. There are moments, particularly those between Ko-Ko and Pooh-Bah, and Ko-Ko and Katisha, where the interactions are deliciously over the top. The quality of the musical performances, though, keeps this from being a version that is likely to be broadly popular. Overall, with the notable exception of some individual performances, the caliber of the enterprise is that of a very talented amateur production. The difficulties are evident from the opening notes of the overture; the reduced orchestration, particularly the spartan ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
The Ohio Light Opera's version of "The Mikado" has the virtue of including the dialogue, a relative rarity among Gilbert and Sullivan recordings. There are moments, particularly those between Ko-Ko and Pooh-Bah, and Ko-Ko and Katisha, where the interactions are deliciously over the top. The quality of the musical performances, though, keeps this from being a version that is likely to be broadly popular. Overall, with the notable exception of some individual performances, the caliber of the enterprise is that of a very talented amateur production. The difficulties are evident from the opening notes of the overture; the reduced orchestration, particularly the spartan string section, simply fails to deliver either the amplitude or timbral depth that Romantic operetta requires. Conductor J. Lynn Thompson's tempos are consistently on the slow side, so that the music's zaniness is rarely allowed to blossom. The chorus is too small to provide adequate fullness and its performance lacks precision and crispness. The soloists vary considerably in their effectiveness and impact, but several stand out. Frederick Reeder is superb as Ko-Ko; he has the voice to convincingly put the music across and he's an expert comedian. Dennis Jesse is an appropriately pompous and deep-voiced Pooh-Bah, and Karla Hughes sings with purity as Yum-Yum. The remaining soloists tend to have modest instruments, and many have issues with vibrato and/or intonation. The sound is adequate, but somewhat shallow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Albany Records
  • UPC: 034061107026
  • Catalog Number: 1070/71

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–37 The Mikado (The Town of Titipu), operetta - Arthur Sullivan & Sir William Schwenk Gilbert (132:06)
    Composed byArthur Sullivan
    Conducted byJ. Lynn Thompson
    Performed byBoyd Mackus, Boyd Mackus, J. Lynn Thompson, Julie Wright, Julie Wright, Jessie Wright Martin, Jessie Wright Martin, Frederick Reeder, Frederick Reeder, Kyle Knapp, Kyle Knapp, Karla Hughes, Karla Hughes, Ohio Light Opera 2006 Festival Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera Cast Ensemble, Dennis Jesse, Dennis Jesse, David Kelleher-Flight, David Kelleher-Flight, Erica Post, Erica Post
    1. 1Act 1. Overture
    2. 2Act 1. Opening. If you want to know
    3. 3Act 1. Song. Gentlemen... A wand'ring minstrel
    4. 4Act 1. Dialogue/Song. And what... Our great Mikado
    5. 5Act 1. Dialogue. Ko-Ko, the cheap tailor
    6. 6Act 1. Scene. Young man, despair
    7. 7Act 1. Scene. Behold the Lord High Executioner
    8. 8Act 1. Dialogue. Gentlemen... As someday
    9. 9Act 1. Dialogue. Pooh-Bah, it seems
    10. 10Act 1. Scene. Comes a train... Three little maids
    11. 11Act 1. Dialogue. At last, my bride
    12. 12Act 1. Ensemble. So please you, sir
    13. 13Act 1. Dialogue. Yum-Yum, at last
    14. 14Act 1. Duet. Were you not to Ko-Ko plighted
    15. 15Act 1. Dialogue. There she goes
    16. 16Act 1. Trio. I am so proud
    17. 17Act 1. Dialogue. This simply appalling
    18. 18Act 1. Finale. With aspect stern
    19. 19Act 2. Opening. Braid the raven hair
    20. 20Act 2. Dialogue/Song. Yes... The sun whose rays
    21. 21Act 2. Dialogue. Yes, everything seems
    22. 22Act 2. Madrigal. Brightly dawns
    23. 23Act 2. Dialogue. Go on, don't mind me
    24. 24Act 2. Trio. Here's a Howdy-do
    25. 25Act 2. Dialogue. My poor boy
    26. 26Act 2. Scene. Mya-a-sama
    27. 27Act 2. Scene. I am honored... The criminal
    28. 28Act 2. Dialogue. All this is very interesting
    29. 29Act 2. Quintet. See how the Fates
    30. 30Act 2. Dialogue. Well, a nice mess
    31. 31Act 2. Song. The flowers that bloom
    32. 32Act 2. Scene. Alone and yet alive
    33. 33Act 2. Dialogue. Katisha!
    34. 34Act 2. Song. Tit-willow
    35. 35Act 2. Dialogue/Duet. Did he really... There is beauty
    36. 36Act 2. Dialogue. Now then
    37. 37Act 2. Finale. For he's gone
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J. Lynn Thompson Primary Artist
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