- Orchestra: New London Orchestra
- Conductor: Ronald Corp
- Composer: Sir Arthur Sullivan
- Audio CD (22 Oct. 2004)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Hyperion
- ASIN: B000667YPC
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,755 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Sullivan: The Contrabandista & The Foresters
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Not too much of a surprise then that Hyperion should record THE CONTRABANDISTA. It has to be stated that it is a pity that as much care has not been taken over this recording as was taken over the previous two - Certainly with all three copies that I have tried there is an annoying skip in the first two tracks which reappears at about track 9 - however this only occurs on one of my CD players so I guess the disc is just a little sensitive. The other gripe is that the principals are placed very forward in the Finale Act 1 making Donald Maxwell (Jose) over-prominent in the choral sections.
All this aside it has to be said that this is a magnificent recording and one which hopefully will persuade amateur companies to include the work in their repertoires. The disc filler, THE FORESTERS, is a revelatory bonus.
I can't help but feel this recording does far more harm than good for the reputation of a work already limited in popularity by appalling dialogue.