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The Best Of Gilbert And Sullivan / D'oyly Carte Opera


Release Date: 08/08/2000 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89248   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Gordon SandisonYvonne BarclayTom McVayJanine Roebuck,   ... 
Conductor:  John Owen EdwardsJohn Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera OrchestraD'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The partnership of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan proved to be a potent force in the world of English comic opera. After an inauspicious start, the team produced many memorable, enduring masterworks during their 25-year collaboration such as 'Trial by Jury,' 'H.M.S. Pinafore,' 'The Pirates of Penzance,' and perhaps their most popular work, 'The Mikado.' The combination of Gilbert's brilliant wordplay, elaborate plot devices, and satirical bite with Sullivan's sympathetic, imaginative musical scores proved irresistible to audiences and their works continue to enchant, continually captivating listeners.
This collection offers selections from seven of their most popular works, brilliantly performed by the venerable D'Oyly Carte Opera
Read more Company whose history dates back to the original Gilbert and Sullivan productions. The troupe demonstrates an innate understanding and idiomatic command of the music and words and successfully conveys the sparkling charm of these works. A well-annotated booklet contributes to making this compilation an excellent introduction to Gilbert and Sullivan's "topsy-turvy" world. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
HMS Pinafore: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  John Owen Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
HMS Pinafore: We sail the ocean blue by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  John Owen Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
HMS Pinafore: Never mind the why and wherefore by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Gordon Sandison (Baritone), Yvonne Barclay (Soprano), Tom McVay (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Owen Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Yeomen of the Guard: When maiden loves she sits and sighs by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Janine Roebuck (Alto)
Conductor:  John Owen Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Yeomen of the Guard: Here's a man of jollity by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  John Owen Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Iolanthe: Tripping hither, tripping thither by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Madeleine Mitchell (Soprano), Yvonne Patrick (Voice)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Iolanthe: The law is the true embodiment by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Richard Suart (Bass)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Iolanthe: Strephon's a member of Parliament! by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Iolanthe: When Britain really ruled the waves by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Lawrence Richard (Bass)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Iolanthe: Soon as we may by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Pirates of Penzance: Poor wand'ring one by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Marilyn Hill Smith (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Pirates of Penzance: I am the very model of a modern Major General by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Eric Robertson (Baritone), Eric Roberts (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Pirates of Penzance: When the foeman bares his steel by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Marilyn Hill Smith (Soprano), Eric Robertson (Baritone), Patricia Cameron (Soprano),
Simon Masterson-Smith (Bass), Eric Roberts (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Pirates of Penzance: With catlike tread by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Gareth Jones (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Mikado: If you want to know who we are by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
Mikado: The flowers that bloom in the spring by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Deborah Rees (Soprano), Malcolm Rivers (Bass Baritone), Thora Ker (Mezzo Soprano),
Bonaventure Bottone (Tenor), Eric Roberts (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Mikado: On a tree by a river a little tom-tit "Tit Willow" by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Eric Roberts (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Patience: The soldiers of our Queen by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Donald Maxwell (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Owen Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 0 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Patience: If you want receipt for that popular mystery by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Donald Maxwell (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Owen Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
Patience: Am I alone, and unobserved? I am! by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Simon Butteriss (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Owen Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
21.
Patience: If you're anxious for to shine by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Simon Butteriss (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Owen Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
22.
Gondoliers: We're called Gondolieri by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Alan Oke (Baritone), David Fieldsend (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
23.
Gondoliers: From the sunny Spanish shore by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Philip Creasy (Tenor), Jill Pert (Alto), Elizabeth Woollett (Soprano),
Richard Suart (Bass)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
24.
Gondoliers: For ev'ry one who feels inclined by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Alan Oke (Baritone), David Fieldsend (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
25.
Gondoliers: Take a pair of sparkling eyes by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  David Fieldsend (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
26.
Gondoliers: Dance a cachucha by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
27.
Pirates of Penzance: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs. 
28.
Iolanthe: When I went to the Bar as a very young man by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Richard Suart (Bass)
Conductor:  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

H.M.S. Pinafore: Overture
We Sail The Ocean Blue from H.M.S. Pinafore
Never Mind The Why And Wherefore from H.M.S. Pinafore
When Maiden Loves She Sits And Sighs from The Yeomen of the Guard
Here's A Man Of Jollity from The Yeomen of the Guard
Tripping Hither, Tripping Thither from Iolanthe
The Law Is The True Embodiment from Iolanthe
When I Went To The Bar from Iolanthe
Strephon's A Member Of Parliament! from Iolanthe
When Britain Really Rul'd The Waves from Iolanthe
Finale Act Two: Soon As We May from Iolanthe
The Pirates of Penzance: Overture
Poor Wandr'ing One! from The Pirates of Penzance
I Am The Very Model from The Pirates of Penzance
When The Foeman Bares His Steel from The Pirates of Penzance
With Cat-Like Tread The Pirates of Penzance
If You Want To Know Who We Are from The Mikado
The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring from The Mikado
On A Tree By A River from The Mikado
The Soldiers Of Our Queen from Patience
If You Want a Receipt For That Popular Mystery from Patience
Am I Alone And Unobserved from Patience
If You're Anxious For To Shine from Patience
We're Called Gondolieri from The Gondoliers
From The Sunny Spanish Shore from The Gondoliers
For Ev'ry One Who Feels Inclined from The Gondoliers
Take A Pair Of Sparkling Eyes from The Gondoliers
Dance A Cachucha from The Gondoliers

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