G&S-Mikado & Yeomen
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|1. The Yeomen Of The Guard, Act I: Ov|
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Now tenor Leonard Osborn never failed to please when he appeared on stage, but his nasal voice did not sit too well on recordings, especially to those of us used to the creamy tenor of Derek Oldham, who had appeared on most of the acoustic and electric sets. However, we now have as part of the Naxos "Great Operetta Recordings" series that very 1950 recording and what a wonder it is in all other respects.
We have the greatest Mikado of them all in Darrell Fancourt, and the most famous Ko-Ko in Martyn Green. The Katisha is contralto Ella Hallman, whose vocal abilities are matched by her acting, while the Pooh-Bah, for once on any recording, is a fabulous basso-profundo named Richard Watson. It would be difficult to better the Three Little Maids: Margaret Mitchell (Yum-Yum), Joan Gillingham (Pitti-Sing), and Joyce Wright (Peep-Bo). Alan Styler's Pish-Tush is stylish and clear as a bell. And need we say that the D'Oyly Carte chorus is deep in the tradition set by the masters about 75 years earlier.
I can find no fault in the tempos chosen by conductor Isidore Godfrey. Finally at the Naxos budget price, this is the buy of the season--until the next D'Oyly Carte set is issued. And, Naxos, please let us have them with as short a waiting time between releases as possible.
The 1950s FFRR mono sound was excellent for its time and not bad for ours.
Naxos has done its ususal wretched job in botching the supporting documentation. What little there is contains gross errors. Word on the G&S internet sites is that the identified Pish-Tush sings only "Our Great Mikado" in the first act. Apparently there was a Go-To (an optional singer used when a light baritone Pish-Tush cannot navigate the bass line of the second act madrigal) whose name is not even listed. (Even more esoterically, the sites say there was yet another unidentified Go-To on this recording--in "I am so Proud"--thus divding the role of Pish-Tush among three people!)
All that as it may be. This is a wonderful performance of the best of the G&S lot. I gave it a mere four stars only to protect those delicate souls whose ears cannot bear anything but DDD recordings. For you hardier individuals out there, get this one. It's a winner!
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on March 1 2011 by mcewin
I gave this recording four stars instead of five only because the strongest singers in this album are Valerie Masterson and John Reed. This album dates back from a 1973 LP album. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by Rudy Avila