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Sullivan: The Mikado/Iolanthe
Arthur Sullivan, Alexander Faris, Denis Dowling
Sullivan: The Mikado/Iolanthe
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (22) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (27) - Disc #2


      
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Mikado Overture Among It's Many Delights!
Peter Prainito | Lombard, IL USA | 09/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This complete version of The Mikado (plus Iolanthe highlights) by the Sadler's Wells Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Alexander Faris is a pure delight. The recording dates from the early 1960's and sounds great. I'm not as familiar with the artists on this recording as I am with the D'Oyly Carte company, but the solosits, chorus, and orchestra on this disc are all outstanding.
There is no dialog between the musical numbers, but this certainly is no big loss unless it's a matter of importannce to the listener. However, contained in the liner note booklet are comments under each music track that explains the action as it pertains to every song. I found this to be a nice touch. What really stands out in this recording is the very different Mikado overture as arranged by Dodgson. I love the way Dodgson incorporates many of the tunes from the operetta, which reminds me more of a typical Broadway overture. I would recommend this disc on the merits of this overture alone, but of course the entire disc is great. Highly recommended and at a bargain price!"