Marilyn Hill Smith trips through "Poor wandering one" with a delectable display of vocal agility, while the dotty exchanges between Simon Masterton-Smith's Sergeant of Police and his police force are sheer joy.
Philip Creasy is an engaging and vocally secure Frederic, and Marilyn Hill Smith trips through "Poor wandering one" with a delectable display of vocal ability and agility. The couple's interplay with the chorus in "How beautifully blue the sky" is quite enchanting, and their exchanges in "Stay, Frederic, stay" splendidly convincing. Moreover, Eric Roberts gives the Major-General a personality that is sadly missing from his Ko-Ko [Mikado], while the dotty exchanges betweenRead more Simon Masterton-Smith's Sergeant of Police and his police force are sheer joy. Even such details as the girls' screams at the appearance of the pirates in Act 1 have an effectiveness rarely to be heard. This new version (without dialogue) is certainly one to be recommended warmly alongside the Decca (which includes the dialogue) and the EMI (which has various overtures as fillers).
By chance I sat down to review these new recordings just a couple of days after receiving a copy of Kurt Ganzl's Blackwell Guide to the Musical Theatre on Record (Blackwell: 1990), a stimulating new survey of musical theatre LP recordings. Ganzl's opinions do not always coincide with mine, but on these two works we are reasonably in accord. Like me, he admires both the earlier versions of The Pirates of Penzance, to which I now add my recommendation for this new release.
Pirates of Penzanceby Arthur Sullivan Performer:
Patricia Cameron (Soprano),
Juliet Arthur (Soprano),
Gareth Jones (Baritone),
Philip Creasy (Tenor),
Eric Roberts (Baritone),
Simon Masterson-Smith (Bass),
Marilyn Hill Smith (Soprano),
Pauline Birchall (),
Malcolm Rivers (Bass Baritone),
Susan Gorton (Alto)
D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus,
D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1879; England Date of Recording: 1990 Language: English
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Excellent!January 16, 2014By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"A new generation of the great D'Oyly Carte Opera Company recorded Pirates of Penzance in 1990 with its own orchestra, and here it is. This SONY digital recording presents a fine interpretation of the classic Gilbert and Sullivan work, bringing back fond memories of the superb late 1960's version with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (also available through Arkivmusic). I can recommend this new version to anyone who prefers a modern digital recording (as opposed to the analog sound of the earlier D'Oyly Carte effort). Like the earlier recording, this Pirates is a rollicking story of duty as a legitimate virtue, class awareness, the call of romance, and above all a witty, humorous, tongue in cheek commentary on English social mores in the manner of HMS Pinafore."Report Abuse