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Gilbert & Sullivan: Princess Ida
Arthur Sullivan, Malcolm Sargent, Charles Goulding
Gilbert & Sullivan: Princess Ida
Genre: Classical
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All Artists: Arthur Sullivan, Malcolm Sargent, Charles Goulding, Darrell Fancourt, Derek Oldham, Dorothy Gill, Edward Halland, George Baker, Nellie Briercliffe, Richard Watson, Stuart Robertson
Title: Gilbert & Sullivan: Princess Ida
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Pearl
Original Release Date: 1/1/1932
Re-Release Date: 11/20/2001
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 727031014423

CD Reviews

Vintage G&S
Paul A. Gerard | Australia | 10/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The sound quality is actually very good for the period (it is a thirties recording for goodness' sake). I bought this item in spite of the remarks from other reviewers and was very agreeably surprised. Not "modern" quality mind you, but very well re-mastered.

Sargent takes this fine score at a crackling pace - and emphasises the vigour and humour of the music rather than its lyrical beauty. In his later (1965) recording he reversed this interpretation - which is more satisfying is largely a matter of taste.

The play itself has dated in a way that the Mikado, for instance, has not - but many of the songs are very funny, and the music is Sullivan near his peak.

Especially if you don't mind listening to older recordings - snap this one up - as the chances of it being released again are probably slim! Otherwise hunt up a copy of the 1965 version - this is also well remastered (and is obviously much closer to modern sound quality) and gives Sullivan (as opposed to Gilbert) a slightly better go."
Quite enjoyable
Bingo Little | Brinkly court | 12/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To me, this is a very special cd. And of course it's scratchy, considering how old it is and how long it was probebly in some old damp storage room. It has a certain rustic charm very typical of the period. It's quite magical to hear all the old performers in one of my favorite G&S opera's. I recomend this to the g&s collector."