Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance Cast Recording
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P.S. Some may gripe about the lack of dialogue. This recording only contains the music, except for the Overture, which could not be fitted onto a single disc.
And I am sorry there is not much to offer as alternative. The 1968 D'Oyly Carte set offers full dialogue, but John Reed as the Major General renders it unlistenable, in my opinion. The Sargent set on EMI has much better singing, but no dialogue. And no production on video is any good, I'm afraid.
Trust me, I'm as unhappy with this news as you are: there's just no recording of Pirates of Penzance out there worth listening to (as of 2014). Please correct me, because I'd sincerely like to know. (I am patiently awaiting Lamplighters' release ... awaiting and ahoping.)
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This production is equal in quality to the words and music...
It is "as good as it gets"...
The more you play it, the more you love it.
I bought this, in all honesty, since I was performing my first Mabel, and wanted to get a feel for the whole show. Plus, CD's work great for general memorization purposes. Read morePublished on November 12, 2006 by J. L. Graf