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G&S-Mikado & Yeomen

D Fancourt , M Green , L Osborn , Etc Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. The Mikado, Act I: Ov
2. The Mikado, Act I: If You Want To Know Who We Are
3. The Mikado, Act I: Gentlemen, I Pray You Tell Me
4. The Mikado, Act I: A Wandering Minstrel I
5. The Mikado, Act I: Our Great Mikado
6. The Mikado, Act I: Young Man, Despair
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Disc: 2
1. The Mikado, Act II: Braid The Raven Hair
2. The Mikado, Act II: Sit With Downcast Eye
3. The Mikado, Act II: The Sun Whose Rays
4. The Mikado, Act II: Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day
5. The Mikado, Act II: Here's A How-De-Do
6. The Mikado, Act II: Miya Sama Miya Sama
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Disc: 3
1. The Yeomen Of The Guard, Act I: Ov
2. The Yeomen Of The Guard, Act I: When Maiden Loves
3. The Yeomen Of The Guard, Act I: Tower Warders, Under Orders
4. The Yeomen Of The Guard, Act I: This The Autumn Of Our Life
5. The Yeomen Of The Guard, Act I: When Our Gallant Norman Foes
6. The Yeomen Of The Guard, Act I: Alas I Waver To And Fro
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The Mikado, The Yeomen of the Guard , livret de William Gilbert - dir Isidore Godfrey - Darryl Fancourt, Martyn Green, Leonard Osborn, Muriel Harding, Ann Drummond-Grant, Ella Halman

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not the messy a Mikado March 1 2011
By mcewin TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Rudy Avila's thorough review notwithstanding, I think this is the best production of G&S' 'Mikado' currently available. John Reed alone is worth the price of admission. There are various ways to do Katisha, this is one of them, and her attempts to shout down the Chorus are worthy to stand alongside her left shoulder blade. Excellent 70s analog sound, and though it doesn't impress anyone anymore, my old MC tape copy is every bit as good as the CD disc.

For those who remain hesitant, the film 'Topsy Turvy' is an excellent introduction to the 19th century world of G&S and D'Oyly Carte, a visually stunning recreation of the origins and first production of Mikado. See the movie, then listen to the complete operetta.
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This is my favorite version of this appealing operetta, and strangely enough, I enjoy the absence of dialogue because it allows one to concentrate on the music, which is presented in a very ingratiating performance. All of these singers are G&S veterans (and I add that I find Leonard Osborn to be a perfectly fine G&S tenor) and, of course, Martyn Green's Ko-Ko is in a class by itself. Contrary to some reviews I've encountered regarding the Naxos re-mastering, I find it to be perfectly acceptable. One must remember that this recording was made in 1950, at the beginning of the L.P. era (stereo was still seven years into the future!), and that one must make allowances. The sound is definitely not state-of-the-art, but it is far superior to the sound of some live performances that have been routinely released by other companies. Give Naxos a break --- it's nice that they've re-issued this wonderful performance, and at a budget price to boot. What more could want?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not done justice July 8 2002
Format:Audio CD
This was my first "Mikado" heard at age 12 in 1959. In many ways this is my favourite. Why? Well the best ever KoKo in Martyn Green, and the best ever Mikado in Darryll Fancourt. Add to that the pretty well faultless YumYum of Margaret Mitchell and the even handsome-on-record Leonard Osborn. The conducting by Isidore Godfrey is definitive. But this transfer by Naxos is appalling. They make it sound like it was recorded in the 20's. I played the CD's side by side with the vinyl and it's hard to believe they are the same recording. There is a much better tranfser available from Sounds on CD in the UK. Why doesn't Amazon have that one on offer also?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Fidelity, recorded in 1950 Dec 23 2001
By E. Gray
Format:Audio CD
Although admirably serving the noble purpose of preserving for posterity the vocal performances of some incredibly famous G&S 'specialists'(eg, Darrell Fancourt), this CD [set] is not for the average G&S fan, among whose ranks I count myself. Unfortunately, the preservation of old recordings is a tough thing, and this version suffers from terrible fidelity overall and in many songs, completely unintelligible lyrics. Many fans know all the lyrics by heart, but hearing them distorted and fuzzy grossly distracts from the experience and certainly won't win over any new fans. I thought I was taking the reasonable and less expensive route with this version, but will have to buy the more recent recording to enjoy Mikado. Do yourself a favor, save up a little longer, and buy the more expensive (recent) recording.
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