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Operas Gondoliers/Ruddigore

Gilbert and Sullivan Audio CD

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Disc: 1
1. Gondoliers: Act I: Ov - Martyn Green/Henry Goodier/Richard Watson/Leonard Osborn/Alan Styler/Geoffrey Sanders/Tom Hancock...
2. Gondoliers: Act I: List And Learn - Martyn Green/Henry Goodier/Richard Watson/Leonard Osborn/Alan Styler/Geoffrey Sanders/Tom Hancock...
3. Gondoliers: Act I: Good Morrow, Pretty Maids - Martyn Green/Henry Goodier/Richard Watson/Leonard Osborn/Alan Styler/Geoffrey Sanders/Tom Hancock...
4. Gondoliers: Act I: For The Merriest Fellows Are We - Martyn Green/Henry Goodier/Richard Watson/Leonard Osborn/Alan Styler/Geoffrey Sanders/Tom Hancock...
5. Gondoliers: Act I: See, See At Last They Come - Martyn Green/Henry Goodier/Richard Watson/Leonard Osborn/Alan Styler/Geoffrey Sanders/Tom Hancock...
6. Gondoliers: Act I: Buon Giorno, Signorine - Martyn Green/Henry Goodier/Richard Watson/Leonard Osborn/Alan Styler/Geoffrey Sanders/Tom Hancock...
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Gondoliers: Act II: Of Happiness The Very Pith - Martyn Green/Henry Goodier/Richard Watson/Leonard Osborn/Alan Styler/Geoffrey Sanders/Tom Hancock...
2. Gondoliers: Act II: Rising Early In The Morning - Martyn Green/Henry Goodier/Richard Watson/Leonard Osborn/Alan Styler/Geoffrey Sanders/Tom Hancock...
3. Gondoliers: Act II: Take A Pair Of Sparkling Eyes - Martyn Green/Henry Goodier/Richard Watson/Leonard Osborn/Alan Styler/Geoffrey Sanders/Tom Hancock...
4. Gondoliers: Act II: Here We Are At The Risk Of Our Lives - Martyn Green/Henry Goodier/Richard Watson/Leonard Osborn/Alan Styler/Geoffrey Sanders/Tom Hancock...
5. Gondoliers: Act II: After Sailing To This Island - Martyn Green/Henry Goodier/Richard Watson/Leonard Osborn/Alan Styler/Geoffrey Sanders/Tom Hancock...
6. Gondoliers: Act II: Dance A Cachucha - Martyn Green/Henry Goodier/Richard Watson/Leonard Osborn/Alan Styler/Geoffrey Sanders/Tom Hancock...
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Ruddigore Act I: Ov - Martyn Green/Leonard Osborn/Richard Watson/Radley Flynn/Darrell Fancourt/Margaret Mitchell...
2. Ruddigore Act I: Fair Is Rose As Bright May-day - Martyn Green/Leonard Osborn/Richard Watson/Radley Flynn/Darrell Fancourt/Margaret Mitchell...
3. Ruddigore Act I: Everyday As The Days Roll On - Martyn Green/Leonard Osborn/Richard Watson/Radley Flynn/Darrell Fancourt/Margaret Mitchell...
4. Ruddigore Act I: Sir Rupert Murgatroyd - Martyn Green/Leonard Osborn/Richard Watson/Radley Flynn/Darrell Fancourt/Margaret Mitchell...
5. Ruddigore Act I: If Somebody There Chanced To Be - Martyn Green/Leonard Osborn/Richard Watson/Radley Flynn/Darrell Fancourt/Margaret Mitchell...
6. Ruddigore Act I: I Know Youth Who Loves A Little Maid - Martyn Green/Leonard Osborn/Richard Watson/Radley Flynn/Darrell Fancourt/Margaret Mitchell...
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company's postwar monophonic Gilbert and Sullivan recordings have largely fallen by the wayside, boasting neither the historical significance of the earlier, acoustic recordings nor the polish and outstanding stereo sound of the later remakes. Rehearing these 1950 recordings, though, renews one's appreciation for both the operas and the company. The star is Martyn Green, here a terrific Duke of Plaza-Toro in Gondoliers and an equally witty Robin Oakapple, in Ruddigore. But others contribute mightily as well--prime among them D'Oyly Carte's veteran bass Darrell Fancourt, whose 21st baronet in Ruddigore makes one wish he'd been available for Gondoliers as well.

Purists should be aware that the company makes little nips and tucks, conforming to the stage practice of the time; dialog is missing (not a bad thing for repeated hearings); and Pearl has cleaned up the original boxy sound about as well as can be expected. The recordings were made quickly, too (Gondoliers was recorded in one day), as the company rushed to get new recordings out before copyright expirations opened the floodgates to rival versions. That haste results in a raw quality to some of the singing that would otherwise have been redone. Finally, there's more subpar singing than anyone would want. But none of this will deter G&S fans, many of whom grew up with these recordings and have been impatient for their reissue. --Dan Davis


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