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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Introduction or Complimentary Selection, 2 July 2008
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B. Munro (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gilbert & Sullivan: Operettas /Charles Mackerras /5CD BOX SET (Audio CD)
You really can't loose either way if you buy this box set. For those used to the EMI/DECCA recordings of the 60s it is a real treat to hear this new take on some old classics, and for collectors coming to this music for the first time, these discs immediately bring the wit and invention of this great partnership to life.

The musicianship of the soloists and orchestra are first rate on every disc [there are 5 of them]. You may consider the D'Oyly Carte recordings to be definitive because they were mainly recorded after a lengthy run of stage performances, but when you have Royal Opera House soloists being accompanied by a top class orchestra and chorus, you really can't go far wrong. Listen to Richard Suart as the Major General in 'Pirates' or Sir Thomas Allen as Captain Corcoran in 'Pinafore' and the days of those dry mono recordings will be left far behind.

It is only a shame that the 'big four' plus Trial by Jury are presented here, as I would have liked to have heard Mackerras conducting a new version of Ruddigore and Patience, but I suppose I will have to make do with these for the time being!
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you are a G&S freak you have to have this!, 3 Nov. 2013
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Ivor Phillips "Unk Grumps" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gilbert & Sullivan: Operettas /Charles Mackerras /5CD BOX SET (Audio CD)
If you are a G&S freak you have to have this! Not quite the complete collection, but it has the most popular and loved G&S operettas.Nice collector's item.
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