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Gilbert & Sullivan - The Mikado / ENO · Robison [Highlights] [Cast Recording]

Arthur Sullivan , W.S. Gilbert , Peter Robinson , Eric Idle , Lesley Garrett , English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus , Richard Angas , Bonaventure Bottone Audio CD
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listen  1. If You Want To Know Who We AreMen Chorus 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. A Wandering Minstrel IBonaventura Bottone, Men Chorus 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Our Great MikadoMark Richardson, Men Chorus 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Young Man DespairRichard Van Allan, Bonaventura Bottone, Mark Richardson 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Behold The Lord High ExecutionerMen Chorus 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I've Got A Little ListEric Idle, Men Chorus 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Comes A Train Of Little LadiesLadies Chorus 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Three Little MaidsLesley Garrett, Susan Bullock, Jean Rigby 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. So Please You SirLesley Garrett, Susan Bullock, Jean Rigby, Richard Van Allan, Mark Richardson, Ladies Chorus 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Were You Not To Ko-Ko PlightedLesley Garrett, Bonaventura Bottone 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Threatened Cloud Has Passed Away (Finale Act One)Felicity Palmer, Leslie Garrett, Bonaventura Bottone, Richard Van Allen, Company13:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Braid the Raven HairJean Rigby, Ladies Chorus 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Sun Whose RaysLesley Garrett 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Here's A How-De-DoLesley Garrett, Bonaventura Bottone, Eric Idle 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. A More Humane MikadoRichard Angas, Company 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Flowers That Bloom In The SpringLesley Garrett, Eric Idle, Bonaventura Bottone, Richard Van Allan 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Alone, And Yet AliveFelicity Palmer 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. On A Tree By A River (Tit Willow)Eric Idle, Felicity Palmer 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. There Is The Beauty In The Bellow Of The BlastFelicity Palmer, Eric Idle 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Arthur Sullivan, W.S. Gilbert, Peter Robinson, Eric Idle, Lesley Garrett, et al.
  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Jay Records
  • ASIN: B00000J7XS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

We can only thank Mike Leigh and his 1999 film Topsy-Turvy for generating renewed interest in the work of Gilbert & Sullivan, who produced a string of wildly popular operettas in the late 19th century. Of these, The Mikado may be the most cherished (along with H.M.S. Pinafore). As Leigh brilliantly showed, composer Sullivan wanted to abandon the partnership and focus on more serious music when lyricist Gilbert came up with the idea to write a piece set in Japan. So much for serious intentions: the team delivered a breathless, extremely funny whirlwind of hijinks and harebrained situations set in the kind of Japan that exists only in the imagination of Victorian operetta composers. This 1986 English National Opera production provocatively transposed the action to 1920s England and starred Monty Python's Eric Idle as Ko-Ko. Even more daringly, some of the lyrics were tinkered with, so that Ko-Ko's "I've Got a Little List" was rewritten to use contemporary references--and drew outraged reactions from G&S purists. Not a definitive recording, but a good choice for those who already have a complete Mikado in their collections. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The simple fact is that all the music of G&S's "The Mikado" cannot be squeezed onto a single, traditional CD.

This recording admittedly shoehorns in most of the score. Nevertheless, there are gaping omissions which are, to put the best possible face on it, misleading to the casual listener and acutely painful to a G&S fan. Among them are the missing overture, the trio, "I am so proud;" the madrigal, "Brightly dawns our wedding day" and the entrance of the Mikado with his Daughter-in-Law Elect treading right on his heels.

The performance is a perfectly competent one. If you want neither more nor less than a sound recording of this particular cast and you are indifferent to the disappearance of bleeding hunks, then this is the recording for you. If you want what is essentially this cast in the complete comic opera, than acquire the DVD; it's a very good and visually impressive performance.

If you want a single-CD sound recording of almost the complete show (sans overture, alas), that's available here on Amazon, too, with the Welsh National Opera Chorus--if memory serves--and soloists at the very least equal to those on this recording.

Otherwise, go for one of the two-disk versions. There are several available, dating from the first electronic recordings of about 1930 and reaching forward almost to the present day. All of them are good. A couple are superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Innocent merriment indeed. July 1, 2006
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This is actually a wonderful recording. Its only drawback is that it isn't a complete recording. This cast's performance of "Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day" was strikingly beautiful, and I would've liked to have it on this recording. Also, "I Am So Proud" is mysteriously absent, which was upsetting because Richard Van Allan is absolutely stunning when he performs this. One more song that is MIA is "The Criminal Cried," which this cast also performed to perfection.

Bonaventura Bottone is a superb Nanki-Poo. He has a lovely, smooth voice and is extremely entertaining to listen to. His performance on "A Wand'ring Minstrel I" is flawless (especially at "but if patriotic sentiment is wanted..."), and he is generally a very good performer. He even manages to sing louder than the deafening Lesley Garrett sometimes. And I LOVE his accent.

You might not have expected Eric Idle to make a very good Ko-Ko. He isn't exactly famous for his singing voice, and this recording kind of shows why. His range seems to be about one octave. However, he is stunning in this performance. His diction is absolutely perfect, and his voice is generally very charming. The role of Ko-Ko is traditionally given to a comic actor who has a passable singing voice, so it makes sense for Idle to take this part. His voice could've been more refined, but I think he's wonderful.

Lesley Garrett is wonderful as Yum-Yum. She has a slightly shrill, very pretty voice that fits her role quite well. Her "The Sun, Whose Rays" is flawless. However, she tends to stand out when she sings with a group. Her voice is always far louder than everyone else's, and while I really like her, I would prefer to be able to hear the entire ensemble instead of just Lesley.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I want more! June 9, 2005
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I love the movie of the ENO Mikado, and I was slightly disappointed that this is not a live recording. I think the casting is perfect. The girls don't sound like they are over fifty which is unusual, but amazing. I love Pish-Tush in the movie, but he sang better there. The worst thing about this recording is that it does not have "To sit in solemn silence" on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was shocked. That is my favorite song, and I really want the recording of Idle, Van Allen, and Richardson singing it. They do the best job of it in my opinion. But, like I said, it isn't on the cd.

This is a studio recording, and in my opinion fairly lifeless. It is a big disappointment after the movie, but still worth getting if you are like me and really want to hear this cast singing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love this version! November 6, 2013
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I absolutely love this version of The Mikado with Eric Idle of Monty Python as the Lord High Executioner. He brings his considerable comedic talents to the show and it at its best in, "I've got a little list."

The entire cast is top notch and with the English National Opera Orchestra as the orchestra this recording is a gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Operetta February 16, 2013
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I love Eric Idle and he is great in this operetta. It is updated to the 1930's, but then they could include some tap dancing. It takes nothing away from the story or the music to make it more modern. Even the song about the "list" is funnier because it includes now-a-day types. I recommend this to Gilbert and Sullivan fans, and Eric Idle fans.
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