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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Gold Collection

Gilbert & Sullivan Audio CD
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  • Performer: Valerie Masterson, Peggy Ann Jones, Pauline Wales, Colin Wright
  • Orchestra: D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Royston Nash, Isidore Godfrey, Sir Malcolm Sargent
  • Composer: Sir Arthur Sullivan
  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000BCRO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sullivan: The Mikado - Three little maids from school are weValerie Masterson 1:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sullivan: The Mikado - A wand'ring minstrel IColin Wright 4:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sullivan: The Mikado - On a tree by a river a little tom titJohn Reed 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sullivan: 7. Behold the Lord High ExecutionerJohn Reed 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sullivan: The Mikado - As someday it may happen that a victim...John Reed 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sullivan: 22. The sun whose rays are all ablazeValerie Masterson 3:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sullivan: 24. Here's a how-de-do!John Reed 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sullivan: The Mikado - The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra laJohn Reed 1:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sullivan: 34. There is beauty in the bellow of the blastJohn Reed 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sullivan: 36. For he's gone and married Yum-YumJohn Reed 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore: I Am The Monarch Of The Sea (When I Was A Lad) (Snippet)Isidore Godfrey 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore: I'm Called Little ButtercupGillian Knight 1:46£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore: Never Mind The Why And WhereforeJohn Reed 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore: We Sail The Ocean BlueIsidore Godfrey 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore / Act 1 - My gallant crew...I am the Captain of the PinaforeIsidore Godfrey 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore / Act 2 - A joy! Oh rapture unforseenIsidore Godfrey 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Gilbert: Trial By Jury: When I, Good Friends, Was Called To The BarJohn Reed 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sullivan: The Sorcerer / Act 1 - 14. My name is John Wellington WellsIsidore Godfrey 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Sullivan: Patience / Act 1 - The soldiers of our QueenIsidore Godfrey0:53£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Sullivan: Patience / Act 1 - Am I alone and unobserved?Isidore Godfrey 1:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Gilbert: Patience: If You're Anxious To Shine (Act 1)Isidore Godfrey 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Sullivan: Patience / Act 2 - So go to him and say to him, with compliment ironicalIsidore Godfrey 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard - When our gallant Norman foesSir Malcolm Sargent 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard - I have a song to sing, oh!Sir Malcolm Sargent 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Sullivan: "When maiden loves"Sir Malcolm Sargent 3:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Sullivan: "Tower warders under orders"Sir Malcolm Sargent 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sullivan: 33. With cat-like treadIsidore Godfrey 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance - Poor wand'ring one!Isidore Godfrey 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gilbert: The Pirates Of Penzance: I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General (Act 1)Isidore Godfrey 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance - When the foeman bares his steelIsidore Godfrey 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance - . When a felon's not engaged in his employmentIsidore Godfrey 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sullivan: 4. I know a youth who loves a little maidIsidore Godfrey 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sullivan: 20. When the night wind howlsIsidore Godfrey 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sullivan: 23. My eyes are fully open to my awful situationIsidore Godfrey 1:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sullivan: Iolanthe - Loudly let the trumpet brayIsidore Godfrey 5:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gilbert: Iolanthe: Love UnrequitedIsidore Godfrey 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Gilbert: Iolanthe: If You Go In You're Sure To WinIsidore Godfrey 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sullivan: 16. When all night long a chap remainsIsidore Godfrey 4:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sullivan: 14. Said I to myself, said IIsidore Godfrey 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Gilbert: Iolanthe: When Britain Really Ruled The WavesIsidore Godfrey 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sullivan: The Gondoliers - We're called gondolieri, but that's a vagaryIsidore Godfrey 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sullivan: The Gondoliers - In enterprise of martial kindIsidore Godfrey 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Sullivan: The Gondoliers - Take a pair of sparkling eyesIsidore Godfrey 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sullivan: The Gondoliers or The King of Barataria - Act Two - Dance a cachucha, fandango, boleroIsidore Godfrey 1:51£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Sullivan: The Gondoliers or The King of Barataria - Act One - 10. From the sunny Spanish shoreIsidore Godfrey 1:47£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Sullivan: The Gondoliers or The King of Barataria - Act One - 14. I stole the PrinceIsidore Godfrey 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Sullivan: 21. Then one of us will be a QueenIsidore Godfrey 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Sullivan: 5. If you give me your attentionSir Malcolm Sargent 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Sullivan: 14. The woman of the wisest witSir Malcolm Sargent 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Sullivan: 21. I built upon a rockSir Malcolm Sargent 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Sullivan: 22. Whene'er I spoke sarcastic jokeSir Malcolm Sargent 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Sullivan: 24. This helmet I supposeSir Malcolm Sargent 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 

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At its best, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company preserved traditions of singing Gilbert and Sullivan which had developed over many years of performances--and employed some wonderful singers for its productions. This compilation comprises material recorded between 1960 and 1973, when the company was still very strong and is a glorious testament to its achievements. And the great singers are well represented-- John Reed, perhaps the most distinctive voice of the company for many years, can be heard displaying his comic genius as the Lord High Executioner, The Learned Judge, Sir Joseph Porter and others; a youthful Valerie Masterson shines as Yum-Yum and Mabel; and Gillian Knight and Lyndsie Holland give hilarious renditions of those terrible creatures known as Gilbertian Contraltos. Of course these are just highlights, so G&S fans will undoubtedly have a favourite moment which is not represented--but the two discs run very generously at 69 and 74 minutes respectively, so there is plenty to enjoy. (A one-disc compilation can be found on The World of Gilbert and Sullivan.) There is one minor drawback: the recording levels vary between tracks, so keep your finger on the volume control! --Warwick Thompson

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the whys and wherefores... 29 Nov 2003
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
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While not all your favourite G&S tunes have been captured here, this double CD collection certainly represents a fine selection of the duo's best ditties taken from their D'Oyly Carte repertoire and therefore good value for money. The performances are goodish, with one or two slightly below par.
This high quality production of songs recorded between 1961 and 73 emphasises clear vocal enunciation to allow the listener to enjoy Gilbert's witty libretto, slightly at the expense of the slightly muted orchestral sound. Still, credit to Decca for this release, which may help to restore their reputation and open the world of opera bouffe to a new generation.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gilbert & Sullivan: The Gold Collection 21 Sep 2009
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Being a lifelong fan of Gilbert & Sullivan Operettas,
I was delighted with this Double CD. I also saw The
D'oyley Carte Company many years ago and loved their
performances. I would happily recommend this CD to
any other G & S lovers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars D'oyly Carte at their best! 7 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
I was brought up on G and S comic opera, my parents both being keen devotees. I was humming G and S melodies at infant school age, while my classmates whistled the latest hits by the Osmonds and Slade. Love them or loathe them (in my experience few people are indifferent), their operas were utterly unique: a world of Lord Chancellors, Major Generals, Pirate Kings and Fairie Queens, where the patter baritone rules, along with the dame contralto!

This CD is an excellent sampler to the melodic genius of Sir Arthur Sullivan and the equally outstanding wordsmithery of Sir William Schwenck Gilbert. The recordings are from D'oyly Carte, mainly from the 1960s when the company was still in its prime. The singers are top quality, as are the songs, and importantly the orchestral accompaniment is second to none.

The selection is almost uniformly excellent, my only criticism being that Princess Ida (in my view a relatively drab work) is over-represented, with 5 songs. On the other hand, Trial By Jury has only one entry, with neither of its tenor ballads featured. That is my only quibble, and it is admittedly rather petty. If you have a passing interest in G and S, you cannot go wrong by purchasing this introductory selection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars G&S Gold 4 Oct 2013
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My G&S CD's promptly arrived, the content is good, and being DECCA and D'Oly Carte the sound should be good but disappointingly the soud quality is poor.
Male voices hiss like poor quality FM and female voices become distorted on high notes.
It gives the impression that the CD's are copied from a worn vinyl LP.
The songs are desperately in need of re-mastering.

I therefore would like to return the discs having been played only once and I will re-order a different version.

Footnote: the replacement remastered Malcom Sargeant disc whilst not D'Oly Carte, is much better quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening for pleasure 6 Jan 2013
By evelync
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Had this compitlaion on cassette. Finally found it on cd. Gorgeous recording. A must for any savoyoid. All the great song and quips. Great Gilbert & Sullivan collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Wolery
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From the moment I popped my new CD into the player, I fell in love again with G&S. A very worthwhile buy for someone who wants a bit of everything, and some extras. The recording is clear, and the list of songs substantial. What fun to listen again to all my old favourites and sing along (in private of course!!).
I would have perhaps enjoyed having the insert filled with the actual words, but the history of G&S was a nice touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good selection 15 Sep 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed the album; the selection is broad enough for everyone to find something which they like and enjoy.
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