Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Gilbert & Sullivan, Sargent, Pro Arte Orchestra|
HMS Pinafore / Trial By Jury
Genres: Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
If the captain scuttles the ship, then take him to court.
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I owned this recording on LP for many years. (D'you remember the LP?)While the playing and singing are for the most part extremely good, it's the tempi in "Pinafore" that really bogs things down. Of all the G&S scores, this is the freshest and saltiest, and should lift you off your seat, instead of keeping you couch-bound. "Trial by Jury" is a different matter entirely, a true joy, recorded as though it were a live performance, complete with chorus mutterings and madcap mayhem: you can almost see the staging. Why doesn't the rest of the series have this kind of life? "Trial" was the reason I saved this recording for so long, and the real reason to buy it, if you must. If not, stick to the old D'Oyly Carte. That one showed me how "Pinafore" is supposed to go."
Crisp, bright and breezy!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This recording, one of a series made by EMI to rival the D'Oyly Carte recordings, is fresh and bright as a coat of new paint on the hull of this delectable ship. Richard Lewis, as Ralph (pronounced as Rafe, a Victorian idiosyncracy!)is superbly refined as a singer and displays a 'fresh' approach to his arias. James Cameron as Capt Corcoran, is also equally robust and both are the stars of the production. The chorus and orchestra, both collected together for the recordings are disciplined and crisp. Sir Malcolm, is his usually precise self and conducts a superb rendition of the the opera. The omission of dialogue is felt, and one longs for the nuances of the D'Oyly carte cast in their portrayals. The 1959 recording with John Reed as Sir Joseph Porter K.C.B, conducted by Isidore Godfrey is still the finest on record. The coupling of Trial by Jury is superb and a rival to the D'Oyly Carte Company recordings. Of the series this is the best of them, with Iolanthe being a close second. The whole series is worth having if you are an avid collector of G&S."
A frienjd of many years
David Hunt | Oakland, CA | 01/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've loved the Sargent G&S series on EMI for years and owned them all on lp. It was in this one that I first encountered the singing of the great Welsh tenor, Richard Lewis. I recently found his recordings of Handel Arias--the best I've ever heard--on Dutton CD's and urge fans to get it. George Baker, the Joseph Porter in this recording is ideal for G&S comic roles--funny without being silly or effete."