- Performer: Marilyn Hill Smith, Gareth Jones, Juliet Arthur, Patricia Cameron, Pauline Birchall, et al.
- Orchestra: D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
- Conductor: John Pryce Jones, John Pryce-Jones
- Composer: Arthur Sullivan
- Audio CD (October 19, 1993)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B0000029KG
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Pirates of Penzance
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Marilyn Hill Smith makes a pretty good Mabel, though the high E-flat at the end of "Poor wand'ring one" is really pushing her range. She takes about every high note possible, even hitting the E-flat again at the end. She does well in the bit of dialogue included ("Sargent, approach")
Perhaps the biggest distinction of this set is the added materials of the finale. Originally, a form of Captain Corcoran's "Hardly ever" line was applied to the pirates in the Act II finale ("What all?").
The Sargent's accent is an acquired taste, which you may or may not acquire. I thought it sounded a bit forced, but that may be just me.
John Pryce-Jones' tempi are more believable here than in other issues he conducted. The track division for the opening chorus is strange. Rather than tracking to the beginning of the Act 1 music, Sony placed the division a few seconds before the chorus begins singing, leaving some of the piece attached to the Overture.
In short, this recording is probably best purchased in addition to, rather than in place of, the fine 1968 D'Oyly Carte recording with dialogue. The latter is also less expensive.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is honestly a poor recording; it sounds scratchy and the singers seem to lack the enthusiasm which makes the music so captivating. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andrew Patterson
I've never heard such a beautifully tight vibrato as she has! I'm definitely going to get more of her music.Published 21 months ago by Joe McGrady
This is a vintage recording by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. It is probably the best Penzance I've ever heard. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by Ralph