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The Very Best Of Gilbert & Sullivan / D'oyly Carte Opera Company


Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001565902   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Peggy Ann JonesValerie MastersonPauline WalesColin [Tenor Vocal] Wright,   ... 
Conductor:  Royston NashIsidore GodfreySir Malcolm Sargent
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 23 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

29 May 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of W. S. [Sir William Schwenck] Gilbert – the librettist in what is one of the most famous musical partnerships [with Sir Arthur Sullivan] in music history. 29 May 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of W. S. [Sir William Schwenck] Gilbert – the librettist in what is one of the most famous musical partnerships [with Sir Arthur Sullivan] in music history. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Mikado: Three little maids from school by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Peggy Ann Jones (Voice), Valerie Masterson (Voice), Pauline Wales (Voice)
Conductor:  Royston Nash
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2. Mikado: A wandering minstrel I by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Colin [Tenor Vocal] Wright (Voice)
Conductor:  Royston Nash
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3. Mikado: On a tree by a river a little tom-tit "Tit Willow" by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Royston Nash
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4. Mikado: Behold the Lord High Executioner by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Royston Nash
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
5. Mikado: As some day it might happen "List Song" by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Royston Nash
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6. Mikado: The sun whose rays are all ablaze by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Valerie Masterson (Voice)
Conductor:  Royston Nash
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7. Mikado: Here's a how-de-do by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Colin [Tenor Vocal] Wright (Voice), John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice), Valerie Masterson (Voice)
Conductor:  Royston Nash
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8. Mikado: The flowers that bloom in the spring by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Colin [Tenor Vocal] Wright (Voice), John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Royston Nash
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9. Mikado: There is beauty in the bellow of the blast by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice), Lyndsie Holland (Voice)
Conductor:  Royston Nash
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
10. Mikado: For he's gone and married Yum-Yum by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Royston Nash
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
11. HMS Pinafore: When I was a lad by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice), Joyce Wright (Voice), Jeffrey Skitch (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
12. HMS Pinafore: I'm called little buttercup by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Gillian Knight (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
13. HMS Pinafore: Never mind the why and wherefore by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice), Jean Hindmarsh (Voice), Jeffrey Skitch (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
14. HMS Pinafore: We shall sail the ocean blue by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1878; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
15. HMS Pinafore: I am the Captain of the Pinafore by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Jeffrey Skitch (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
16. HMS Pinafore: Oh joy, oh rapture unforseen by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
17. Trial by Jury: When I, good friends, was called to the Bar (Judge's Aria) by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
18. Sorcerer: My name is John Wellington Wells by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877/1884; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
19. Patience: The soldiers of our Queen by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; England 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
20. Patience: Am I alone, and unobserved? I am! by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
21. Patience: If you're anxious for to shine by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
22. Patience: So go to him and say to him by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice), Gillian Knight (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
23. Yeomen of the Guard: When our gallant Norman foes by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Gillian Knight (Voice)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
24. Yeomen of the Guard: I have a song to sing by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice), Elizabeth Harwood (Voice)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
25. Yeomen of the Guard: When maiden loves she sits and sighs by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Ann Hood (Voice)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
26. Yeomen of the Guard: Tower warders, under orders by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Thomas Lawlor (Voice)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1888; United Kingdom 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
27. Pirates of Penzance: With catlike tread by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  George [Baritone Vocal] Cook (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
28. Pirates of Penzance: Poor wand'ring one by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Valerie Masterson (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
29. Pirates of Penzance: I am the very model of a modern Major General by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
30. Pirates of Penzance: When the foeman bares his steel by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Jean Allister (Voice), John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice), Owen Brannigan (Voice),
Valerie Masterson (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
31. Pirates of Penzance: When a felon's not engaged in his employment by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Owen Brannigan (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
32. Ruddigore: I know a youth by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice), Jean Hindmarsh (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1887; United Kingdom 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
33. Ruddigore: When the night wind howls in the chimney cowls by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Donald [Bass Vocal] Adams (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1887; United Kingdom 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
34. Ruddigore: My eyes are fully open by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Jean Allister (Voice), John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice), Kenneth Sandford (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
35. Iolanthe: Loudly let the trumpet bray! "March of the Peers" by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
36. Iolanthe: Love, unrequited, robs me of my rest by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
37. Iolanthe: If you go in "Faint heart never won fair lady" by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Donald [Bass Vocal] Adams (Voice), John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice), Thomas Round (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
38. Iolanthe: When all night long a chap remains "Sentry Song" by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Kenneth Sandford (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
39. Iolanthe: Said I to Myself, Said I by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1882; United Kingdom 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
40. Iolanthe: When Britain really ruled the waves by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Donald [Bass Vocal] Adams (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
41. Gondoliers: We're called Gondolieri by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Alan Styler (Voice), Thomas Round (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
42. Gondoliers: In enterprise of martial kind by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Jennifer Toye (Voice), John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice), Jeffrey Skitch (Voice),
Gillian Knight (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
43. Gondoliers: Take a pair of sparkling eyes by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Thomas Round (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
44. Gondoliers: Dance a cachucha by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
45. Gondoliers: From the sunny Spanish shore by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Gillian Knight (Voice), Jeffrey Skitch (Voice), Jennifer Toye (Voice),
John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
46. Gondoliers: I stole the prince and brought him here by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Jennifer Toye (Voice), John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice), Gillian Knight (Voice),
Jeffrey Skitch (Voice), Kenneth Sandford (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
47. Gondoliers: Then one of us by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Mary Sansom (Voice), Thomas Round (Voice), Alan Styler (Voice),
Joyce Wright (Voice)
Conductor:  Isidore Godfrey
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
48. Princess Ida: If you give me your attention by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
49. Princess Ida: The woman of the wisest wit by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  David [D'Oyly Carte] Palmer (Voice), Philip Potter (Voice), Ann Hood (Voice),
Jeffrey Skitch (Voice), Valerie Masterson (Voice)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1884; United Kingdom 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
50. Princess Ida: I built upon a rock by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Elizabeth Harwood (Voice)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1884; United Kingdom 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
51. Princess Ida: Whene'er I spoke by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  John [Baritone Vocal] Reed (Voice)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
52. Princess Ida: This helmet I suppose by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  George [Baritone Vocal] Cook (Voice), Donald [Bass Vocal] Adams (Voice), Anthony Raffell (Voice)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1884; United Kingdom 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Mikado: Three little maids from school are we
The Mikado: A wand'ring minstrel I
The Mikado: On A Tree By A River A Little Tom Tit
Behold the Lord High Executioner
The Mikado: As someday it may happen that a victim...
The sun whose rays are all ablaze
Here's a how-de-do!
The Mikado: The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring, Tra La
There is beauty in the bellow of the blast
For he's gone and married Yum-Yum
H.M.S. Pinafore / Act 1: I Am The Monarch Of The Sea (When I Was A Lad)
H.M.S. Pinafore / Act 1: I'm Called Little Buttercup
H.M.S. Pinafore / Act 2: Never Mind The Why And Wherefore
H.M.S. Pinafore / Act 1: We Shall Sail The Ocean Blue
H.M.S. Pinafore / Act 1: My gallant crew...I am the Captain of the Pinafore
H.M.S. Pinafore / Act 2: A joy! Oh rapture unforseen
Trial by Jury: When I good friends was called to the Bar
The Sorcerer / Act 1: My name is John Wellington Wells
Patience / Act 1: The soldiers of our Queen
Patience / Act 1: Am I alone and unobserved?
Patience / Act 1: If you're anxious for to shine in the high aesthetic..
Patience / Act 2: So go to him and say to him, with compliment ironical
The Yeomen of the Guard: When our gallant Norman foes
The Yeomen of the Guard: I have a song to sing, oh!
"When maiden loves"
"Tower warders under orders"
With cat-like tread
The Pirates of Penzance: Poor wand'ring one!
The Pirates of Penzance or The Slave of Duty / Act 1: I am the very model of a modern Major-General
The Pirates of Penzance: When the foeman bares his steel
The Pirates of Penzance: When a felon's not engaged in his employment
I know a youth who loves a little maid
When the night wind howls
My eyes are fully open to my awful situation
Iolanthe: Loudly let the trumpet bray
Iolanthe or The Peer and The Peri / Act 2: Love unrequited
Iolanthe or The Peer and The Peri / Act 2: If you go in you're sure to win
When all night long a chap remains
Said I to myself, said I
Iolanthe or The Peer and The Peri / Act 2: When Britain really ruled the waves
The Gondoliers: We're called gondolieri, but that's a vagary
The Gondoliers: In enterprise of martial kind
The Gondoliers: Take a pair of sparkling eyes
The Gondoliers or The King of Barataria - Act Two: Dance a cachucha, fandango, bolero
The Gondoliers or The King of Barataria - Act One: From the sunny Spanish shore
The Gondoliers or The King of Barataria - Act One: I stole the Prince
Then one of us will be a Queen
If you give me your attention
The woman of the wisest wit
I built upon a rock
Whene'er I spoke sarcastic joke
This helmet I suppose

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