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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance Cast Recording

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This is the opera with THE patter song-"I am the very model of a modern major general." It's been quoted, parodied, rewritten, and recycled now to the point where, even if you don't know where it came from, you'll recognize the tune. And there's another tune you might find familiar: the original version of the song "Hail, hail, the gang's all here." In fact, Sullivan's gift for coming up with instantly memorable melodies was matched only by Gilbert's witty way with the lyrics. It's ironic that the two men actually disliked each other, and regarded these immortal pieces as a sideline. The Victorians weren't big on humor, which is a pity because as these operettas show, they had a lot to laugh about. --David Hurwitz

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pour, Oh Pour, The Pirate Sherry
  2. When Fred'ric Was A Little Lad
  3. Oh, Better Far To Live And Die
  4. You Have Deceived Me
  5. Climbing Over Rocky Mountain
  6. Stop, Ladies, Pray!
  7. Oh! Is There Not One Maiden Breast
  8. Poor Wand'ring One
  9. What Ought We To Do? Gentle Sisters, Say!
  10. How Beautifully Blue The Sky
  11. Stay, We Must Not Lose Our Senses
  12. Hold, Monsters!
  13. I Am The Very Pattern Of A Modern Major-General
  14. Oh! Men Of Dark And Dismal Fate
  15. Oh! Dry The Glist'ning Tear
  16. Now, Frederic, Let Your Escort Lion-Hearted
  17. When The Foeman Bares His Steel
  18. Now For The Pirates' Lair!
  19. When You Had Left Our Pirate Fold
  20. Away, Away, My Heart's On Fire!
  21. All Is Prepared! Your Gallant Crew Await You!
  22. Stay, Fredric, Stay!
  23. No, I'll Be Brave! Oh, Family Descent
  24. When A Felon's Not Engaged In His Employment
  25. A Rollicking Band Of Pirates We
  26. With Cat-Like Tread
  27. Hush! Hush! Not A Word
  28. Sighing Softly To The River


Product Details

  • Performer: John Mark Ainsley, Rebecca Evans, Richard Van Allan, Donald Adams, Richard Suart, et al.
  • Orchestra: Orchestra & Chorus of the Welsh National Opera
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Arthur Sullivan
  • Audio CD (July 9, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CZS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The success of the Mackerras/Telarc MIKADO prompted Mackerras to choose PIRATES as his second entry. And he gives it a fresh, imaginative performance with his first-class team of starry singers and dedicated, alert forces. Richard Suart's Major-General shows him easily surpassing John Reed. He finds more subtle nuances in this part, and he gives a delectable performance of his pater song that rarely sounds rushed. No doubt D'Oyly Carte experience has geared him up for this. Donald Adams, despite a hiatus after recording the part of the Pirate King with D'Oyly Carte, still shows himself in glorious voice, and continually keeping touch, even despite his age. The romantic edge of the opera is perfectly brought out by John-Mark Ainsley's heady-toned and lyrical Frederic and Rebecca Evans's creamy Mabel, who inject a certain magic into the Act Two duet, Ah leave me not to pine alone. And what should also be considered special are Gillian Knight's bright-toned and shining Ruth and Richard Van Allan's bumptuous Sergeant of Police. Run for your money, Owen Brannigan! Van Allan has managed to fit the character of the Sergeant a little more with his voice-shaping. And he certainly sounds a little bit more flattered and comical than you, incereasing the freshness in his portrayal until it surpasses yours. The chorus is superbly disciplined, the orchestral playing alert and imaginative, and Mackerras gives his own inimitable touch to the overall result. Telarc's recording is perfectly faultless, with nothing to gripe about, and it caps a performance that sparkles more than D'Oyly Carte's 1968 Decca recording.
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.
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While the D'Oyle Carte Production of "Pirates" (on London Records) may be the best of the bunch, the performers on this particular CD still have much to be proud of. There may not be any standout performances (like that of Owen Brannigan on the album mentioned above) but all of the singers here do a fine job. This is a fun, energetic production of one of G&S's finest operas and, best of all, it fits all the music, save the overture, onto a single CD. Recommended for both the curious and completists alike.
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I like everything Charles Mackerras conducted -- his performances are clear, spirited and distinctive. Yet, I don't enjoy this recording. In my opinion it is hurried and characterless. Spirited on the surface, but lacking the natural good-natured quality of older, classic recordings.
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Who the heck wants Gilbert & Sullivan without dialogue?

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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