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Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company) Box set, Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (9 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set, Extra tracks
  • Label: Avid
  • ASIN: B0001E5U8C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. CD 1: HMS Pinafore
2. CD 2: Ruddigore
3. CD 3: Patience & The Mikado (Overture)
4. CD 4: The Mikado (Remainder) - Arthur Sullivan
5. CD 5: Trial By Jury & The Pirates Of Penzance (Act 1) - Arthur Sullivan
6. CD 6: The Pirates Of Penzance (Act 2) & Iolanthe (First Part)
7. CD 7: Iolanthe (Remainder) & The Gondoliers (First Part)
8. CD 8: The Gondaliers (Remainder)
9. CD 9: The Yeoman Of The Guard (First Part)

Product Description

Operas Of Gilbert & Sullivan (10CD) Artist: D'Oyle Carte Opera Company / Isodore Godfrey 5022810213826 Disc 1 HMS Pinafore Disc 2 Ruddigore Disc 3 Patience and the Mikado (Overture) Disc 4 Patience and the Mikado (Remainder) Disc 5 Trial by jury & the pirates of Penzance (Act 1) Disc 6 The pirates of Penzance (Act 2) & Iolanthe (First Part) Disc 7 Iolanthe (Remainder) & the gondoliers (First Part) Disc 8 The gondoliers (Remainder) Disc 9 The Yeoman of the guard (First Part) Disc 10 The Yeomen of the guard (Remainder)

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221 of 222 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Rhodes on 31 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
For G&S buffs, this is a first class treat. The D'Oyly Carte 1949-51 'Isadore Godfrey Mono Recordings' skillfuly remastered onto CD - and what a box of delights this turns out to be.
The first thing that strikes you about this is just how good the recordings themselves sound. Undrstandably, where there is heavy bass in the orchestra, they can be a little 'boomy' at times but, considering how relatively primitive recording techniques were in 1950, the overall result of this remaster is nothing short of miraculous.
Preserved here, in doubtless better reproductive condition than when they were originally issued, are performances by some of the great 'legends' of D'Oyly Carte. Martyn Green, Darrell Fancourt, Leonard Osborn and Ella Halman all featuring heavily along with others like Peter Pratt and Joyce Wright, who were yet to become great stars with the company.
Of the performances themselves, the main thing that you notice is how 'terribly terribly' correct the English diction is. Most of the time this is of little consequence but just occasionally it intrudes. Muriel Harding's Elsie Maynard in 'Yeoman', for instance, sounds as if she has just stepped out of the hallowed halls of RADA rather than having been on the road as a touring sidekick to a two-bit comic for the past 'whoknowshowmany' years! Incongruous, too, is the use of Ann Drummond-Grant in several roles, including Phoebe Meryll in 'Yeoman', which she never played on stage. Perhaps the fact that she was Mrs Isadore Godfrey at the time had something to do with it!
These, however are but small blemishes in what is otherwise a fascinating twelve hour feast of G&S - a series which shows us just how good many of the stars of yesteryear were.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ih Thain on 4 May 2008
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I agree wholeheartedly with the review by J.J.Rhodes, but feel I should make the point that the whole set is recorded in full glorious MONO! Once you have got over the shock of the sound stage collapsing into a point source however, the music really is delightful, and takes me back to the days when I used to pay 9d to sit up in the gods at the Golders Green Hippodrome to hear the D'Oyly Carte company sing their way through all those charming numbers. This set has a distinctly dated feel about it, and makes one realise just how much performing styles, as well as recording techniques, have changed in half a century (and some of the artists were clearly chosen for their ability to act rather than their ability to sing!). But for all that, I'm glad I bought it. This is authentic G&S in its heyday as it really was, and any musical director of a modern production of one of the Savoy Operas should have this set in his collection.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Dewhurst on 8 Jan 2009
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Overshadowed by the prewar D'Oyly Carte electric recordings and the later stereo records of the late '50s and the '60s, and ignored now by Decca themselves, this nevertheless is a set every G and S fan should own. The transfers are excellent with only the very slightest distortion in a few of the loudest passages with chorus (remember, Avid did not have access to the original tapes) and the included literature is well done. Nine operas, musicaly complete, and some additional material, all cleverly squeezed onto ten CDs at a bargain price. One reservation over the performance of 'Pirates' - it drags! Certainly Isidore Godfrey luxuriates in the first-time freedom of the LP medium throughout this series but this opera is really slow and unexciting. This, coupled with poor Leonard Osborn's obvious voice problem (he actually sounds as if he has a throat infection on this recording) and Muriel Harding's difficulties with the top notes of 'Poor Wandering One', spoil it for me. However there are eight others to enjoy, especially 'Yeomen' with Martyn Green's definitive Jack Point. All told, a must-have!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Angela VINE VOICE on 6 Jan 2010
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I bought this box set for my (elderly) mother. She does not hear well and uses hearing aids so the fact that it was mono was completely irrelevant to her. I have to say that the disks were a huge success. She told me I couldn't have bought her a better gift which was most sattisfying!! I've listened to them along with her and we both found the music wonderful (as expected) and I also found that the quality was not at all bad. A thoroughly enjoyable collection and (to my mum) PERFECT.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kev on 7 Sep 2010
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I was brought up on G&S and I still have a complete collection of the Ace of Clubs recordings. They are so scratched that when I copied them to CD's using "modern technology", the end product was - shall we say - dodgy. O.K. so the English is VERY English and the top notes here and there are a bit iffy, but these recordings take me back to my youth, and the many happy hours I sung along to them while restoring my old house. Perhaps now you see why the LPs are so battered! A Joy. A Real Joy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GeoffD on 22 July 2011
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This is a boxed set of historical recordings. The quality of the recordings is a bit variable (not surprising in view of the age) but is always acceptable. The singing is excellent and I liked this set very much. So much so that I bought another set for a friend who is also a G&S fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Inkpen on 6 Mar 2011
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Just the ticket. Listened to about 60% already and looking forward to the remainder.
Nice to have the timings of each song on the sleeve.
Well worth the price!
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