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?