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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeoman of the Guard
Denis Dowling, Geraint Evans, John Cameron
Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeoman of the Guard
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #2


      
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Slower than Normal, but Still Good
Aronne | 12/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."