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Gilbert & Sullivan: Iolanthe [Original recording reissued]

Isidore Godfrey , The New Symphony Orchestra of London , The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Audio CD
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  • Performer: The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
  • Orchestra: The New Symphony Orchestra of London
  • Conductor: Isidore Godfrey
  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00008LJES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sullivan: Iolanthe or The Peer and The Peri - OvertureThe New Symphony Orchestra Of London 7:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tripping hither, tripping thitherJennifer Toye 7:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Iolanthe! From thy dark exileJennifer Toye 4:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Good morrow, good mother, Good mother, good morrowAlan Styler 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fare thee well, attractive strangerGillian Knight 1:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. ood morrow, good lover! Good lover, good morrow!Mary Sansom 1:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. None shall part us from each otherMary Sansom 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sullivan: Iolanthe - Loudly let the trumpet brayThe D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus 5:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Entrance of the Lord Chancellor tha'sThe New Symphony Orchestra Of London0:310.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The law is the embodimentJohn Reed 4:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. My well-beloved LordMary Sansom 4:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Nay, tempt me notMary Sansom0:280.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Spurn not the nobly bornMary Sansom 2:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Lords, it may not beMary Sansom 4:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sullivan: Said I to myself, said IJohn Reed 2:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. When darkly looms the dayMary Sansom19:05Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sullivan: When all night long a chap remainsKenneth Sandford 4:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Strephon's a member of ParliamentThe D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus 2:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. When Britain really ruled the wavesDonald Adams 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. In vain to us you pleadPauline Wales 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Oh, foolish fayGillian Knight 7:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Though p'r'aps I may incur your blameMary Sansom 2:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Love unrequitedJohn Reed 5:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. If you go in you're sure to winThomas Round 3:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. If you're weak enough to tarryMary Sansom 3:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. My Lord, a suppliant at your feetYvonne Newman 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. It may not beYvonne Newman 5:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Soon as we may, off and awayMary Sansom 1:590.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

One of the superlative "five". Quintessentially English. Gilbert and Sullivan at their literary and musical best - and still topical today.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect fairyland 6 Feb 2004
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I was first introduced to Gilbert and Sullivan by my mother who, when I was 13, took me to see D'Oyly Carte perform MIKADO in Plymouth in 1963. From that moment I was hooked. At that time we did not have a record player, but despite this, I was able to remember the majority of the music and lyrics and a good portion of the dialogue and the actual staging.
In 1965 we bought a record player and at the first opportunity I travelled into Exeter. MIKADO was not in stock at the only classical specialist of those days so I parted with three pounds five shillings (3.25) and bought this recording of IOLANTHE.
No doubt now that I was hooked, for despite the fact that this work is a very different work to MIKADO, within days I knew every note and every word.
This is to my mind, the ideal IOLANTHE presented by a vintage cast at the height of D'Oyly Carte's post-war powers. Others may feel that certain cast members are not as excellent as their illustrious predecessors, but certainly for me, in the recording studio, this is by far the best. Some may find the dialogue stilted, but this is how it was (and in some cases still is) delivered.
John Reed, always superb on stage, gives a classic performance as the Lord Chancellor. Donald Adams and Thomas Round are perfect as the two peers and Kenneth Sandford is a delightfull Willis. Gillian Knight, on the verge of a grand operatic career is a majestic Queen and Yvonne Newman a poignant Iolanthe. Mary Samson and Alan Styler are a delightful pair of lovers.
The whole is musically directed by dear Isadore Godfrey and there is the bonus of the band of the Grenadier Guards for the entrance of the Peers in Act One.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive 2 May 2003
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Here is arguably the best Iolanthe ever recorded. While there are better performances of some of the roles on other sets (Martyn Green and Margaret Mitchell on the 1950's recording), this one is uniformally excllent. It's only competition is the 1929 HMV recording under Sargent. This whole performance sparkles, without a weak spot in the casting.John Reed's Chancellor if not quite up to Martyn Green's 1950's recording is still pretty darned good.Donald Adams and Thomas Round are delightful as the two peers, Alan Styler's Strephon, Gillian Knight's Queen - the list goes on and on - are all marvellous examples of how G&S should be done. Decca have put aside their generic sleeve, and stopped calling themsleves "London", and have gone back to the original artwork. (Excpet on the LP the title was in blue not red). It is wonderful to have these designs back again. There is also a treat in that the CD's themsleves have been stamped with the old Decca LP label in magenta. To my ears these CD's have been improved from their initial release on CD in the 80's. Playing the discs side by side the newer ones sound as if thay have been enhanced. So, if you have the old set - there is a reason to buy them again ( as I have done) not only for the nostalgic album design but for the slightly superior sound.
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September 1960 studio recording made in London.

When new, the series of G&S recordings that includes this "Iolanthe" was generally regarded as being at the leading edge of commercial analogue stereo. The digital remastering carried out in the late 1990s was generally successful and the sound on these CDs will be perfectly satisfactory to anyone but hyper-finicky audiophiles.

Lord Chancellor - John Reed (patter baritone)
Earl Mountararat - Donald Adams (bass-baritone)
Earl Tolloller - Thomas Round (tenor)
Private Willis - Kenneth Sandford (bass-baritone)
Strephon - Alan Styler (baritone)
Queen of the Fairies - Gillian Knight (mezzo-soprano)
Iolanthe - Yvonne Newman (mezzo-soprano)
Celia - Jennifer Toye (soprano)
Leila - Pauline Wales (soprano)
Fleta - Dawn Bradshaw (speaking part)
Phyllis - Mary Sansom (soprano).

Isadore Godfrey with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, the New Symphony Orchestra of London and the Band of the Grenadier Guards.

With one significant exception, the text of this performance is the standard text adopted by the D'Oyly Carte Company early in the Twentieth Century and performed by them until the company's demise at the hands of the penny-pinching Thatcher government. The standard text contains one major cut from the opening night's score, a song for Strephon called "Fold Your Flapping Wings." The song was not recorded here, although it has been restored in the 1991 recording of the New D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.

The exception to the standard text in this performance arises from the fact that the original production of "Iolanthe" was offered to the London audience in an ultra-sumptuous form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Iolanthe 9 May 2013
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This stereo recording of Iolanthe dates from September 1960, wonderfully remastered by Decca for this CD release. The Doly-Carte Opera company were at the peak of their post war powers and how it shows on this recording! Principals, chorus, orchestera etc are clearly having a ball with this recording and enjoying every moment of it. Special mention should be made of the Orchestra, far larger than the travelling pit orchestra the Doly-Carte used to provide. I cannot pull out just one star of the cast - they are all just perfect,but special tribute should be made to the conductor, Isadore Godfrey. Godfrey was MD of the Doly-Carte for nearly 40 years and brought superb musicianship, experience and sheer love of Sullivan's music to everything he did - this shines through on the recording, over and over again, from the opening bars of the overture, the entry of the peers, the wonderful finale to Act 1 etc. Sullivan himself would not have conducted this music any better or brought such life and vitality to it.

It is over 50 years since this recording was made, it has never been bettered, even the sound, whilst clearly is not modern digital, it still first class. Like the other Doly-Carte/Godfrey recordings they are still the finest ever comitted to disc and have never been out of the catologue. Other versions are available, such as the Sargent series on HMV, which are particualaly lifeless and dull- so don't bother with them. So if you want a recording of Iolanthe, this is this the one. Don't hesitate.
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