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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Gondoliers [CD]

Isidore Godfrey Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00008LJEP
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sullivan: The Gondoliers or The King of Barataria - OvertureIsidore Godfrey 6:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. List and learnDawn Bradshaw 3:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Good morrow, pretty maidsDawn Bradshaw 1:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. For the merriest fellows are weIsidore Godfrey 1:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. See, see at last they come to make their choiceDawn Bradshaw0:340.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Buon' giorno, signorine!Isidore Godfrey 2:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. We're called gondolieri, but that's a vagaryIsidore Godfrey 2:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. And now to choose our brides!Isidore Godfrey 1:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Are you peeping?Dawn Bradshaw 1:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Thank you gallant gondolieriIsidore Godfrey 2:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. From the sunny Spanish shoreIsidore Godfrey 7:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. In enterprise of martial kindIsidore Godfrey 1:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. O rapture, when alone togetherIsidore Godfrey 4:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. There was a time, a time for ever goneIsidore Godfrey 5:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. I stole the PrinceIsidore Godfrey 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. But, bless my heart, consider my position!Isidore Godfrey0:570.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Try we life-long we can neverIsidore Godfrey 2:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Bride-groom and bride!Isidore Godfrey0:400.39  Buy MP3 
Listen19. When a merry maiden marriesIsidore Godfrey 8:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Kind sir, you cannot have the heartIsidore Godfrey 3:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Do not give way to this uncalled-for griefIsidore Godfrey0:470.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Sullivan: Then one of us will be a QueenIsidore Godfrey 2:280.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Now pray, what us the cause of thisIsidore Godfrey0:330.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Replying, we sing as one individualIsidore Godfrey0:540.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. For ev'ryone who feels inclinedIsidore Godfrey 2:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Come let's away - our island crown awaits meIsidore Godfrey0:540.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Now, Marco dear, my wishes hearIsidore Godfrey 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Then away they go to an island fairIsidore Godfrey 2:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Of happiness the very pithIsidore Godfrey 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rising early in the morningIsidore Godfrey 3:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Take a pair of sparkling eyesIsidore Godfrey 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Here we are, at the risk of our livesDawn Bradshaw 1:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. After sailing to this landIsidore Godfrey 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Dance a cachucha, fandango, boleroIsidore Godfrey 3:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. There lived a king, as I've been toldIsidore Godfrey 6:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. In a contemplative fashionIsidore Godfrey 2:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. With ducal pomp and ducal prideIsidore Godfrey0:550.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. This polite attentionIsidore Godfrey 2:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. On the day when I was weddedIsidore Godfrey 3:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. To help unhappy commonersIsidore Godfrey0:220.39  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Small titles and orders for mayors and recordersIsidore Godfrey 6:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. I am a courtier grave and seriousIsidore Godfrey 4:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Here is a case unprecedented!Isidore Godfrey 1:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Now let the loyal lieges gather roundIsidore Godfrey 1:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Speak woman speak, we're all attention!Isidore Godfrey0:230.39  Buy MP3 
Listen24. The royal prince was by the king entrustedIsidore Godfrey0:490.39  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Luiz! Casilda!Isidore Godfrey 1:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. One more, gondolieriIsidore Godfrey 1:380.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

2003 Decca release. Originally released 1961

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem from the D'Oyly Carte Silver Age 30 Dec 2003
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This recording of THE GONDOLIERS comes from 1960 when the old D'Oyly Carte Opera Company was at the height of it's post-war powers. This was also one of the first recordings of what was to become affectionatly known as the 'DECCA 2nd Series', first series having begun in 1949 with TRIAL BY JURY and ended in 1955 with PRINCESS IDA.
THE GONDOLIERS was also one of four recordings in this series to include complete dialogue, something that would spark endless debate. Some wanted the full dialogue with all recordings, some wanted none. I personally would say that Gilbert and Sullivan sparked off each other and as we want to hear every note of Sullivan we should hear every word of Gilbert. After all we expect ever word, spoken or sung, in a work by Offenbach, Lehar, Johann Strauss et al.
Certainly this recording has never been bettered as an all round representation of the piece as staged at that time by D'Oyly Carte and if to some the dialogue does seem stilted, well that is the way it was performed at that time, not just professionally, but by amateur companies worldwide, and in some cases still is.
But the glory here is that there could not be a happier show - one to raise the spirits and to fill the soul with italianate sunshine!
John Reed - who had just one year previously been playing Antonio/Annibale - already revealing the talent that was to make him one of the great G & S comedians, Gillian Knight a formidable Duchess, Mary Samson and Joyce Wright as Gianetta and Tessa, Kenneth Sandford, still a new comer, an excellent Don Alhambra, Alan Styler and Thomas Round imcomparable as Giuseppe and Marco. The whole supported by Isidore Godfrey conducting a superb chorus and orchestra.
The only quibble is the ridiculous side break right in the middle of the Act One finale. Surely DECCA could have done something about this as there is room on the first CD for the whole act and this is the second reissue of this particular recording.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A convincing rendition 14 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
A very good account of the Gondoliers, making the most of its rich orchestral accompaniment and operatic-style Italian singing. It is a pity that disc 1 ends mid-way through the Act I finale, giving a rather odd break, especially when the whole of Act I would have fitted on to one disc. The dialogue may not be to everybody's taste, with the actors' rather staid delivery. John Reed's performance, however, is to his usual excellent standard. All in a all, I can heartily recommend this recording.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gilbert and Sullivan classical production . 27 Dec 2012
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This is an excellent classical production with every word audible as well as excellent chorus and soloists . It reminds me of the Doyley Carte as it used to be
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 28 April 2014
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I'm not an expert in Gilbert & Sullivan, and I haven't listened to other versions of this opera, however, I love this CD. The recording is very good. Highly recommended. I have recently started to listen to Gilbert & Sullivan and this opera is really nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gondoliers - a Gilbert and Sullivan Delight 22 Jan 2014
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More or less anything performed by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company is going to be first rate, and this performance is no exception. The quality of the singing and the recording by Decca are excellent. A "must buy" for any G & S fans!
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