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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Gold Collection
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 29 November 2003
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2012
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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2013
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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2010
Very happy with the Cd. It's in excellent condition, arrived very quickly indeed, as a matter of fact several days earlier than the stipulated day, and we are now enjoying the lovely music in our car nearly daily, as we allways seem to come back ti it.
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on 3 July 2014
The CD is enjoyable, no complaints at all about quality of recording etc.However I know G&S is well known and well loved but I could have done with more specific information as to which pieces were actually included.There were many CDs of G&S to choose from and it was very hard to differentiate between them when faced with a bare bones description. This comment is not really specific to this CD but a request for more information for any music sold on Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed the album; the selection is broad enough for everyone to find something which they like and enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2013
I love this disc I carnt stop playing it, theres plenty of lovelly melodies and theres plenty of nice singing
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