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Gilbert and Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore [Recorded 1948] [CD]

Isidore Godfrey , Leslie Rands , Martyn Green , Arthur Sullivan , Isidore Godfrey , et al. Audio CD

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1948 version with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.

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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1948 Pinafore Sails Again--An Excellent Value! 13 Dec 2001
By Larry Cantrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the English D'Oyly Carte Company's 1948 go at HMS Pinafore. It was originally recorded in the old FFRR standard, and for its time has quite sumptuous mono sound, although some might find the voices placed a bit too much to the fore. The CD sound is good, only a little compressed by the standards of the DDD-era.
Pinafore is much the shortest of the G&S full-length comic operas. Without dialogue, its 68 minutes of music fit comfortably on a single disk, overture and all.
The value of this set (ignoring the remarkably low price) is the cast, the best that D'Oyly Carte has put on record. Martyn Green, as Sir Joseph Porter, was a fine singer, something his predecessor, Sir Henry Lytton conspicuously was not. He was also a fine comic actor, as opposed to his two immediate successors on records, Peter Pratt and John Reed, who were merely clowns. Leonard Osborne, a more than adequate singer, is surely the best G&S tenor-actor ever recorded. The rest of the cast of singer-actors are in good voice (save for a rather pushed high note from the soprano in "The Hours Creep on Apace".) Their diction is extraordinarily good, particularly considering the fairly brisk pace chosen by Conductor Godfrey.
All D'Oyly Carte recordings are characterized by fine chorus work. On this disk, diction and rhythmic precision are outstanding even by the high standards of that venerable organization. To my ear, however, the chorus sounds a little smaller than those used in later versions, but that might be an artifact of the recording.
The one real weakness of the set is in the slovenly documentation grudgingly supplied by Naxos. Biographies are provided for only three performers and those are jammed with error. No, Dear Naxos, Martyn Green DID NOT play the Mikado in the prewar movie of that comic opera. This slovenliness has been justly savaged by writers on the G&S websites.
All in all--a great performance at a very attractive price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, But I Love It 11 Feb 2007
By Theseus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What a curious recording. I love it and I hate it.

Whoever or whatever is to blame, the sound is certainly...vintage. This means that one is forced to work very hard to catch the lyrics. If you're looking for your first *Pinafore*, don't get this one.

However, there's a lot of charm on display here. Martyn Green's Sir Joseph is an utter delight. Here we have an aristocrat who sounds so bored by the proceedings that be barely has the energy to keep up with the tempo. Brilliant. Leslie Rand as the Captain and Darrell Fancourt also distinguish themselves.

The musicality here is, at times, just sloppy. Singers out of step with singers; singers out of step with the orchestra; odd tempi; many a dramatic moment neglected. I felt like they were all required to record the whole thing in 3 hours and didn't have time for retakes.

Yet that is part of the brilliance of this recording. It is a breezy sort of sing-through by cast members who are wholly comfortable with the style of G&S and with their roles. In that way, it probably captures more of mid-century G&S in performance, than a carefully-crafted, lovingly engineered recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars H.M.S. PINAFORE 6 Dec 2012
By Bob Blake - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
THIS IS ONE OF D'OYLY CARTE'S BEST RECORDINGS, WITH A FINE CAST. MONAURAL ONLY, BUT BETTER THAN MANY OF THE STEREO VERSIONS.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all G & S lovers! 31 July 2014
By Analog Al - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this performance back in the day, and I really like it now. Sure, I wished it had been released in stereo but it is the performance that counts. There are a couple of bobbles here and there but this way it kinda resembles a live performance. And the whole thing is worth it to hear Martyn Green! My only petty gripe is the 78 rpm sudden cut-off method on most numbers. Seems that could have been fixed by a good sound engineer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great performance - terrible mastering 15 Nov 2005
By J. Kauffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Great performance - terrible mastering, November 15, 2005

Reviewer: J. Kauffman (Haddonfield, NJ USA) - See all my reviews

I don't know what Naxos is thinking (or hearing) but yhey are doing a really awful job on their remasterings of the early 50s Gilbert and Sullivan recordings. Thin sounding and cramped - little surface noise but a whole layer of life is gone from the recordings. A comparison with the incomparably better Sounds on CD mastering is telling - the Naxos is cheaper and they sound it - in this case, you get what you pay for.
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