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Gilbert & Sullivan: Iolanthe
Richard Suart, Arthur Sullivan, John Pryce-Jones
Gilbert & Sullivan: Iolanthe
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (22) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #2


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Better without the dialogue
F. Behrens | Keene, NH USA | 09/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Now do not confuse this D'Oyly Carte IOLANTHE with the one on Decca, which contains the complete dialogue. That was wonderful at first hearing, but one yearned to program it out on repeated hearings--which Decca made impossible to do by not giving the dialogue separate trackings. The IOLANTHE at this website is the new D'Oyly Carte Company; and although it does omit the dialogue, it does restore Strephon's Act II song, which is musically not much but as satire it goes a long way. All in all, I find a lot more spirit in this version than in the earlier one. No new version will ever have the authenticity of the old electric 78 rpm recording that used to be available in HMV and RCA Red Seal discs. But since that is available only in cutout bins here or in Great Britain, this new version is certainly the one of choice for those who can live without the spoken bits."
Superb | Melbourne, Australia | 04/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Who cares that the dialogue is not included? With such a wealth of riches - from the fresh and vibrant conducting of John Pryce-Jones to the admirably disciplined chorus - this is first rate G&S. And for my money its the best that has yet been put on record, the worthy efforts of Mackerras and Telarc not excluded. Jill Pert is a wonderful Queen of the Fairies, Richard Suart continues a fine tradition; all in all its outstanding. Maybe the dialogue might have been a benefit, but with performance standards this high I'm happy with whatever D'Oyly Carte care to dole out!"
A Strange Opera; Good Performances Though
D. W. Casey | Sturbridge, MA United States | 11/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The production is fine, the performances are all good, but I find that this opera leaves me a little cold. It is too outlandish (if that is possible). I guess it is what it is; marrying Gilbert's interest in fairy stories with his satire of Parliament. What an odd mind Gilbert must have had to write this libretto. Like anything else, though, if one loves G&S, this is a good CD to have in the collection; and the patter song in this opera is perhaps the hardest in the entire G&S inventory, finely done by Richard Suart as the Lord Chancellor. Excellent performances; the score is excellent."