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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Sorcerer


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  • Performer: Arthur Sullivan, Steven Byess, Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, The Ohio Light Opera 2005 Festival Orchestra, Ted Christopher, et al.
  • Audio CD (December 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Albany Records
  • ASIN: B000C6NODC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Sorcerer - Sullivan, Arthur

Editorial Reviews

Eager to capitalize on the 1875 success of Trial By Jury, impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte organized the Comedy Opera Company, Ltd., and commissioned Gilbert and Sullivan to write a comic operetta. Drawing upon various sources, Gilbert fashioned a plot dealing with the effects of a love potion on an English village. Though Gilbert finished his libretto by April 1877, Sullivan, despondent over the death of his brother Fred, finished the score barely in time for the mid-November premiere at London's Opera Comique. The Sorcerer, satirizing both Victorian customs and theatrical devices, was a success and ran for 175 performances; this was to lead to the next collaboration, H.M.S. Pinafore. Once again, Albany is proud to present another wonderfully sparkling performance by the renowned Ohio Light Opera Company, the first complete CD set incorporating Gilbert's hilarious spoken dialogue. Those who have come to know and love the acclaimed series by this group are in for! an absolute treat!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on March 12, 2014
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I received this today and I'm a bit disappointed in the voices. The gentleman singing Dr. Daly has a vibrato that is a mile wide and it's disconcerting. What makes this recording special is that the dialogue is included on the discs... but the voices are technically flawed.
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By David Cellitti on November 13, 2014
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Out of all The Ohio recordings I have heard this is the one I have enjoyed most. Maybe it's because I have always had very low expectations of "The Sorcerer". The stock players that were the hallmark of later operas are just embryonic at this stage. If you are planning on doing a production of this piece with this recording or the George Walker TV production are indispensable.
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By Jim D on June 3, 2014
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Not only are the signing voices "meh", several are positively painful to listen to.
Negatives:
* Dr. Daily's wobble is wide enough to drive a truck through and is distracting. He cheats at several points and not only doesn't take optional high notes, at one point he drops an octave, ruining the song.
* Aline is consistently sharp. Ick!
* Mrs. Partlet's interpretation lacks intensity.
* Instrumentation is thin at times.
* the additional "gong" parts at the end of Act 2 are distracting filler.

Positives:
* dialog well done;
* strict faithfulness to the rhythm as written in the score
* John Wellington Wells is well done
* Constance and Sir Marmaduke are solid
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One of the best Gilbert & Sullivan recordings I've ever heard.
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