The Gondoliers

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  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943120927
  • Catalog Number: 8110209-10


Disc 1
  1. 1–37 The Gondoliers (The King of Barataria), operetta - Arthur Sullivan & D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus (89:44)
    Composed byArthur Sullivan
    Conducted byIsidore Godfrey
    Performed byD'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, Isidore Godfrey, Alan Styler, Yvonne Dean, Martyn Green, Ella Halman, Margaret Mitchell, Leonard Osborn, Muriel Harding, Caryl Fane, Henry Goodier, Tom Hancock, Geoffrey Sanders, Enid Walsh, Richard Watson, New Promenade Orchestra
    1. 1Act 1: Overture
    2. 2Act 1: List and learn
    3. 3Act 1: Good morrow pretty maids
    4. 4Act 1: For the merriest fellows are we
    5. 5Act 1: See see at last / Buongiorno, Signorine!
    6. 6Act 1: We're called gondolieri
    7. 7Act 1: And now to choose our brides
    8. 8Act 1: Thank you gallant gondolieri
    9. 9Act 1: From the sunny Spanish shore
    10. 10Act 1: In enterprise of marital kind
    11. 11Act 1: O rapture, when alone together
    12. 12Act 1: DUET: there was a time
    13. 13Act 1: I stole the prince
    14. 14Act 1: But bless my heart / QUINTET: Try we life long
    15. 15Act 1: Bridegroom and bride!
    16. 16Act 1: When a merry maiden marries
    17. 17Finale Act 1: Kind Sir you cannot have the heart
    18. 18Finale Act 1: Do not give way
    19. 19Finale Act 1: Then one of us will be a queen
    20. 20Finale Act 1: Replying we sing
    21. 21Finale Act 1: For everyone who feels inclined
    22. 22Finale Act 1: Come let's away
    23. 23Finale Act 1: Now Marco dear my wishes hear
    24. 24Finale Act 1: Then away we go
    25. 25Act 2: Of happiness the very pith
    26. 26Act 2: Rising early in the morning
    27. 27Act 2: Take a pair of sparkling eyes
    28. 28Act 2: Here we are, at the risk of our lives / After sailing to this island
    29. 29Act 2: Dance a Cachucha
    30. 30Act 2: There lived a king
    31. 31Act 2: In a contemplative fashion
    32. 32Act 2: With ducal pomp
    33. 33Act 2: On the day when I was wedded
    34. 34Act 2: To help unhappy commoners / Small titles and orders
    35. 35Act 2: I am a courtier grave and serious
    36. 36Act 2: Here is a case unprecedented!
    37. 37Act 2: Now let the loyal lieges gather round / FINALE
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    At long last, available again

    <The Gondoliers> Gilbert & Sullivan's ''The Gondoliers'' is the last of their great collaborations (although many of their contemporaries thought ''Utopia, Ltd.'' deserved that honor). It appeared more or less musically complete form on a 1919 acoustic version, more complete on an electric one in 1927 (still considered the best of them all), a 1950 mono LP, and in two stereo LP sets with dialogue. And those were just the D'Oyly Carte recordings. EMI issued a stereo version with the Glyndebourne forces and Sony had one with the ''new'' D'Oyly Carte Company. All but the 1950 set have been available on CDs over the past few years, but now Naxos has remedied that omission by issuing that elusive mono set on a 2-CD budget set (8.110209.10) to sit proudly next to their releases from the same series, ''HMS Pinafore,'' ''The Mikado,'' and ''The Pirates of Penzance/Trial By Jury.'' This is the so-called ''Martyn Green'' series, although he did not appear in the ''Trial,'' ''Princess Ida'' and ''Sorcerer,'' the last two of which I sincerely hope Naxos will get to release right soon. Although the Naxos notes are wrong in saying Green played the title role in the old ''Mikado'' film with Kenny Baker, it is good to hear his cultivated voice as the Duke of Plaza Toro, along with his Duchess, Ella Halman, the best of the D'Oyly Carte contraltos after Bertha Lewis. The soprano leads are good if less than outstanding: Margaret Mitchell (Casilda) and Muriel Harding (Gianetta). For once, the tenor voice of Leonard Osborne is just right for the role of the gondolier (Marco); and the set is blessed with that deepest of bassos, Richard Watson, as Don Alhambra del Bolero. G&S veteran Isidore Godfrey is on the podium. The overture ends with the ''Cachucha'' music, an addition of the conductor, not Sullivan. While not quite the best of the several versions available, this one is a must for those who lived through and cherish the memory of the D'Oyly Carte second and third generation singers in their glory days.

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