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The Mikado (Part 1)
 
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The Mikado (Part 1)

1 Oct. 2008 | Format: MP3

£2.37 (VAT included if applicable)
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  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct. 2008
  • Release Date: 1 Oct. 2008
  • Label: Hallmark
  • Copyright: 2008 Hallmark
  • Total Length: 52:05
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  • ASIN: B002E59FAA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,079 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company made two recordings in the late 1950s with one of their strongest-ever ensembles - The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. Here you have Thomas Round as Nanki-Poo, Philip Potter (Ko-Ko), Kenneth Sandford (Pooh-Bah), Donald Adams (The Mikado), Jean Hindmarsh (Yum-Yum) and Ann Drummond-Grant as Katisha. The New Symphony Orchestra of London is conducted by Isidore Godfrey. The two separate downloads give you the overture and each act in two parts (NB any good MP3-splitter software will enable you to separate out the songs...) The picture is that of the original LP cover - to my knowledge,for some reason these two recordings have never been issued on CD. For an outlay of under £4 you will get one of the best D'Oyly Carte Mikados in stereo - snap it up while you can!

Amazon have also made available a download of the other recording, The Pirates of Penzance Gilbert, Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance. NB while it is even cheaper as one download, it is only in mono instead of the original stereo recording. Worth it though, especially for the opportunity to hear Kenneth Sandford's Sergeant of Police and Ann Drummond-Grant's Katisha (sadly she died witihin a year or so of these recordings). The sound is perfectly acceptable and one's ear quickly adjusts.

Postscript: my thanks to spadger for pointing out that Peter Pratt stars as Ko-Ko on this recording, as he does of course on the download of The Pirates of Penzance.
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Whilst I accept that this is probably the best Mikado on record, a couple of corrections to the earlier review. Ko-ko in this recording is sung by Peter Pratt and not Philip Potter as stated by the previous reviewer. Pratt took over from Martyn Green as the D'Oyly Carte chief comedian and was later succeeded by John Reed. Philip Potter was a leading tenor with the company in the 1960s but was not part of D'Oyly Carte at the time this recording was made in 1958.
Also excerpts from this recording have in fact been issued on CD before, though not the whole thing. These were on Decca's Belart label, though I think that it is some years since these have been available.
If you like The Mikado, snap this one up! It's a cracker.
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