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The Grand Duke

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  • Conductor: J. Lynn Thompson
  • Composer: Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Audio CD (1 Dec. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Albany Records
  • ASIN: B0000YTPKM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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TROY 631; TROY - Stati Uniti; Classica contemporanea operistica

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By A Customer on 30 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have to say that as a record of a live production of an operetta which (judging by the applause at the end of each of the acts) was enthusiastically received, this is an excellent recording. As a representation of Gilbert and Sullivan's GRAND DUKE it falls somewhat short. Such a pity as many of the criticisms I had of the same company's PRINCESS IDA have been addressed as indeed they were in UTOPIA LIMITED.
To the British ear the most unpalatable aspect of any recording of a G & S Opera, or indeed any European work, made in America is the accent. In IDA this was a real problem, in UTOPIA it was almost conquered, here in GRAND DUKE it is almost non-existent although the word 'can't' still defeats the performers.
The real gripe with this recording is the amount of totally unnecessary musical (and some of the dialogue) cuts, and the disc break - why oh why does the break come in the middle of the act one finale during the "Oh horror" sequence? With disc one timed at 63:27 and the second half of the finale timed at just 8:19, left on disc one this would have made a disc length of just 71:46. With some discs lasting for 80 or more these days
this disc break is totally unacceptable. Even with a multi deck player, the playout of disc one and the playin of disc two time at 0:10 making it impossible to hear the finale without a break.
Ohio bill the opera as a "Romantic comic opera" and play it very much as they play Kalman or Strauss. Why? This is Gilbert and Sullivan. It may not be their best work (I don't know anyone who would claim that it is), but a well played and paced GRAND DUKE can, and does, sparkle like champagne. Here we have a very good white wine but there is not a bubble in sight.
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