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Gilbert & Sullivan: Highlights from The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Yeomen of the Guard, Trial by Jury

Arthur Sullivan , Nicholas Folwell , Marie McLaughlin , Rebecca Evans , Anthony Rolfe Johnson , John Mark Ainsley , Alwyn Mellor , Anne Howells , Barry Banks , Eric Garrett Audio CD
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  • Performer: Nicholas Folwell, Marie McLaughlin, Rebecca Evans, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, John Mark Ainsley, et al.
  • Composer: Arthur Sullivan
  • Audio CD (January 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003D1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Wandering Minstrel I
2. Behold The Lord High Executioner!
3. Three Little Maids From School Are We
4. Braid The Raven Hair
5. The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring
6. On A Tree By A River, A Little Tom-tit Sang, 'Willow, Tit-willow'
7. For He's Gone And Married Yum-Yum
8. We Sail The Ocean Blue
9. I'm Called Little Buttercup
10. My Gallant Crew
11. When I Was A Lad
12. Things Are Seldom What They Seem
13. Never Mind The Why And Wherefore
14. Climbing Over Rocky Mountain
15. Poor Wand'ring One
16. How Beautifully Blue The Sky
17. I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General
18. When The Foeman Bares His Steel
19. Ah, Leave Me Not To Pine
20. With Cat-Like Tread
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Intro to G&S December 29, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the perfect CD for those who may not be familiar with G&S, or for the initiated who want a smattering but don't have the mother of all CD changers. The difficulty with any G&S Greatest Hits CD is determining which pieces to leave off; while one could easily point to any number equally good bits, it would be difficult to argue about the quality of the choices included. The only problem, such as it is, is that after listening to it I am usually induced to go back and listen to the whole opera anyway. The Mackerras recordings are uniformly excellent. I have read elsewhere the criticism that they are too 'operatic' for light opera. If by this it is meant that the singers are too good, then I leave it to the discretion of the listener when the singing becomes too good to be enjoyable.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of Gilbert And Sullivan March 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
At the end of the 19th century (1870's, 80's and 90's) the compatible duo of librettist and composer Gilbert and Sullivan popularized the pre-Broadway entertainment of Savoy opera. These were light operas or operettas whose content was satire and comedy, full of bouncy melodies and beautiful singing, highly entertaining theatrical works staged at London's Savoy theatre. Gilbert and Sullivan did not always get along and in fact there was a time when they ended their professional relationship because personal conflicts surfaced. But they managed to create the world's most beloved light operas, over 40 of them. Their most famous are what I call the Big Three- The H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates Of Penzance and The Mikado. Other works include their first hit Trial By Jury, The Yeomen Of The Guard, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers, Patience and several others. A standard signature of Gilbert and Sullivan was in the colorful cast- a comic actor with a special kind of baritone voice, a canary-like and sweet-voiced coloratura or lyric diva, a mezzo soprano with strong chest register and a lyric tenor as the romantic hero. On this album, English conductor Sir Charles Mackerras, a popular figure in the classical music scene and opera, guides the Chorus and Orchestra Of the Welsh National Opera in generally well-delivered performances of excerpts from the operas The Mikado, The H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates Of Penzance, Yeomen Of The Guard and Trial By Jury. Although I feel that the recordings made by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, with Isodore Godfrey conducting and starring the best cast of the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire- the singers of the 60's and 70's- tenor Phillip Potter, soprano Valerie Masterson, baritone John Reed, Donald Adams and mezzo soprano Christine Palmer. Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure delight August 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
--Gilbert & Sullivan--
William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were a match made in heaven, yet on earth their pairing seems even with hindsight a most unlikely coupling. Both were destined for other things, Gilbert in fact for decidedly non-musical careers. Introduced by a mutual friend, Fred Clay, the fledgling lyricist Gilbert met the military-band-leader's son Sullivan and together continued to conspire to inspire the delights of audiences from high Victorian times down to the present, as their work in musical theatre comedy continues to provide merriment throughout the English-speaking world and beyond.
--The Music--
This collection includes highlights from five of the most popular Gilbert & Sullivan operettas: The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Yeoman of the Guard, and Trial by Jury. The arrangements and orchestrations are delightfully energetic and clear; the characterisation and vocal qualities of the leads are perfect for their roles. The haughty if misplaced Lord of the Admiralty has the perfect combination of insecurity and pompous officiousness. The Plaintiff and the Defendant in the Trial are perfectly cast. This is a collection of highlights - at least three but no more than seven songs each, but this gives a good flavour of the music. The recordings on this collection come from complete performances by Mackerras and the WNO.
--Sir Charles Mackerras--
Mackerras is one of the geniuses of the twentieth century musical scene. Having a conducting career that includes the Hamburg Opera, the English National Opera (formerly Sadlers Wells Opera), and the Welsh National Opera (the performers for this piece), he has also conducted major orchestras on the continent of Europe and in the United States.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious G&S samplings abound here. May 6, 2003
By Yi-Peng
Format:Audio CD
The first thing I should be saying is "What an infectuous G&S CD." Indeed this is, with this fine sampling of the peppy and bright Mackerras series. I know I have praised its "Mercedes-Benz quality" elsewhere on these pages, but that doesn't stop me from saying that everyone is in fine voice. This generously filled CD may only focus on five operas, but at least you can savour a reasonable choice sampling of delights from each one. Of particular interest is Richard Suart's patter-baritone parts and the soaring lyric soprano of Rebecca Evans. The selection on this disc is filled with a mixture of familiar favourites and lesser-known gems such as the female choruses in Mikado and Pirates. Mackerras is a true G&S conductor, but one who always springs rhythms crisply, and adopts peppy tempo for the fast bits. The one drawback is that this selection is far too infectuous that you'll want to shell out money to buy the full 5-CD Mackerras cycle - an incredible bargain with most of the operas fitted onto one disc each. But still, this is at least a decent G&S sampling for beginners, capped with Steven Ledbetter's copious liner notes. It will leave you wanting to say "dammit I'm going to play it again."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as clear as I would like.
Don't care for it. The sound seems to get louder then softer causing the sound dial to be reset accordingly. Can't understand the words as well as I'd like.
Published 5 months ago by Sweet Marie
3.0 out of 5 stars samples leave something to be desired
was looking for more Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore. Some was there and was funny. So many other samples of G&S that most of the CD is uninteresting.
Published 9 months ago by kevin connors
4.0 out of 5 stars The CD is fine
The CD is fine. I would like the complete score for each play, which I am finding is hard to find.
Published 16 months ago by Daphyn Nordeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Energetic, rousing and toe tapping
Gilbert and Sullivan - Highlights - Telarc CD
I have always considered that many of the Gilbert and Sullivan signature songs were very energetic, rousing and toe tapping. Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by Paul Brooks
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I found it impossible to understand the words. Since G & S isn't much without words this album isn't much. I am sure I will never play it.
Published on December 5, 2011 by old guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to any GAS collection
If you already have the D'Oyly Carte Best of GAS, this should be your next purchase. Lovely vocals, it fills in some gaps.
Published on July 25, 2010 by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased as punch in Peoria, Arizona
Great musical stuff. Enjoyed the music very much. What is there left to say!!
Published on November 30, 2008 by Gerald P. Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Large collection
This is a nice selection of songs from 5 different G&S operas. The words were fairly easy to understand, which was one of my main questions before purchasing. Read more
Published on November 16, 2008 by Jared Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Gilbert & Sullivan CD
The music is, of course, wonderful -- Gilbert and Sullivan. I am really enjoying this CD.
Published on April 20, 2008 by Patricia M. Blair
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