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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard


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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0016MJ3PY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Disc: 1
1. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Overture
2. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 1. When maiden loves
3. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 1. Tower warders, under orders
4. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 1. When our gallant Norman foes
5. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 1. Alas, I waver to and fro
6. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 1. Is life a boon?
7. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 1. Here's a man of jollity
8. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 1. I have a song to sing, O!
9. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 1. How say you maiden
10. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 1. I've jibe and joke
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Disc: 2
1. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 2. Night has spread her pall once more
2. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 2. A private buffoon is a light-hearted loon
3. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 2. Here-upon we're both agreed
4. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 2. Free from his fetters grim
5. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 2. Strange adventure!
6. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 2. Hark! What was that, sir?
7. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 2. A man who would woo a fair maid
8. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 2. When a wooer goes a-wooing
9. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 2. Rapture, rapture!
10. The Yeomen of the Guard (The Merryman and his Maid), operetta: Act 2. Comes the pretty young bride

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aronne VINE VOICE on December 1, 2008
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Sargent was famous for his slow tempi; this 1958 recording shows some of these tempi -- less than you would imagine, however. Compared to his 1964 with the D'Oyly Carte, this one is definitely slower. The only places where the slow tempi take away from the enjoyment is in "Here's a man of jollity" and "Rapture, rapture." Elsewhere, it is not much of an issue.

The greatest redeeming factors are Sargent's fresh conducting habits and fine singing from all of the soloists. ALL of the soloists. None of them are annoying to listen to or weak sounding. That said, some lack full characterization, but this can be overlooked to a great extent.

This recording contains what is, in my opinion, the best recorded "When maiden loves" ever. Among the five main stereo recordings, Marjorie Thomas' performance is the most gripping. Her characterization is superb.

I would rank Elsie Morison above Elizabeth Harwood in the part of Elsie Maynard, but perhaps below Sylvia McNair (but only perhaps: Morison is an excellent, if very operatic, soprano).

Owan Brannigan is his usual, excellent self. Geraint Evans' Jack Point is a matter of taste.

"Strange adventure" does not receive the lightness of touch in the D'Oyly Carte version, but makes up for it in that all four singers are very well matched.

Although it does not displace the fine versions put forth by the D'Oyly Carte on Decca or Sir Neville Marriner's forces on Phillips, this recording from Sargent and the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus is certainly an interesting addition to the discography, fully recommended to G&S fans willing to buy more than one recording. If you are going to invest in only one, the 1964 D'Oyly Carte recording with Sargent conducting is probably your best bet.
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