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

Release Date: 8/8/2000
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: SMK89248
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Number of Discs: 1

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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 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.
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
2. HMS Pinafore: We sail the ocean blue by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor: John Owen Edwards
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; England
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
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
5. Yeomen of the Guard: Here's a man of jollity by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor: John Owen Edwards
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888 ; England
6. Iolanthe: Tripping hither, tripping thither by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: Madeleine [soprano] Mitchell (Soprano), Yvonne Patrick (Voice)
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; England
7. Iolanthe: The law is the true embodiment by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: Richard Suart (Bass)
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; England
8. Iolanthe: Strephon's a member of Parliament! by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; England
9. Iolanthe: When Britain really ruled the waves by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: Lawrence Richard (Bass)
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; England
10. Iolanthe: Soon as we may by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; England
11. Pirates of Penzance: Poor wand'ring one by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: Marilyn Hill Smith (Soprano)
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; England
12. Pirates of Penzance: I am the very model of a modern Major General by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: Eric Roberts (Baritone), Eric Robertson (Baritone)
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; England
13. Pirates of Penzance: When the foeman bares his steel by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: Simon Masterson-Smith (Bass), Marilyn Hill Smith (Soprano), Eric Roberts (Baritone), Eric Robertson (Baritone), Patricia Cameron (Soprano)
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; England
14. Pirates of Penzance: With catlike tread by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: Gareth [baritone] Jones (Baritone)
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; England
15. Mikado: If you want to know who we are by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; England
16. Mikado: The flowers that bloom in the spring by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: Bonaventure Bottone (Tenor), Eric Roberts (Baritone), Deborah Rees (Soprano), Malcolm Rivers (Bass Baritone), Thora Ker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble: D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; England
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
18. Patience: The soldiers of our Queen by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: Donald Maxwell (Baritone)
Conductor: John Owen Edwards
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881 ; England
19. Patience: If you want receipt for that popular mystery by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: Donald Maxwell (Baritone)
Conductor: John Owen Edwards
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881 ; England
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
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
22. Gondoliers: We're called Gondolieri by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: David Fieldsend (Tenor), Alan Oke (Baritone)
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble: D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; England
23. Gondoliers: From the sunny Spanish shore by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: Philip Creasy (Tenor), Richard Suart (Bass), Elizabeth Woollett (Soprano), Jill Pert (Alto)
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble: D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; England
24. Gondoliers: For ev'ry one who feels inclined by Arthur Sullivan
Performer: David Fieldsend (Tenor), Alan Oke (Baritone)
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; England
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
26. Gondoliers: Dance a cachucha by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; England
27. Pirates of Penzance: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble: D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; England
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
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