Gilbert & Sullivan - Operettas  (Sargent, Dunn & Groves, Mackerras)  (16-EMI 74468)
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Gilbert & Sullivan - Operettas  (Sargent, Dunn & Groves, Mackerras)  (16-EMI 74468)
OP0207. GILBERT & SULLIVAN Operettas, recorded 1956-62, (Gondoliers, Pinafore, Iolanthe, Patience, Pirates of Penzance, Ruddigore,Trial by Jury, Yeomen of the Guard), w. Sargent, Dunn & Groves Cond. Glyndebourne Ensemble; Monica Sinclair, George Baker, Heather Harper, Elizabeth Harwood, Owen Brannigan, etc.; Mackerras Cond. London S.O., w.Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello): Cello Concerto in D; Sir Vivian Dunn Cond. City of Birmingham S.O.: THE TEMPEST- Incidental Music (all Sullivan). (UK) 16-EMI 74468, in Boxed Set with Elaborate 63pp. Brochure. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 724357446822


“Malcolm Sargent began serving as an accompanist for amateur productions of Gilbert & Sullivan when he was 14, was musical director for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company from 1926 to 1928, and made complete recordings of several of the operettas with the company, so he clearly had the Gilbert & Sullivan tradition in his blood. During the late '50s and early '60s he recorded nine of the operettas (without the dialogue) with the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and the Pro Arte Orchestra using regular Glyndebourne soloists, including sopranos Elsie Morison and Heather Harper, contraltos Monica Sinclair and Marjorie Thomas, tenors Richard Lewis and Alexander Young, baritones John Cameron and George Baker, and bass Owen Brannigan. Each of Sargent's Glyndebourne versions of the operettas has been released individually, plus smaller works by Sullivan to fill out the discs, and this compilation includes all the previous releases. These performances under Sargent's leadership are uniformly at a musically high level.”