G & S: H.M.S. Pinafore (Complete Operetta)

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G & S: H.M.S. Pinafore (Complete Operetta)
Richard Suart, Thomas Allen, Rebecca Evans, Donald Adams / Welsh National Opera, Charles MacKerras

[ Telarc Records / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 7 July 2000

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'Sir Charles Mackerras here gives an exuberant reading. The lyricism and transparency of Sullivan's inspiration shine out with winning freshness. The casting is not just starry but inspired. Vividly recorded.' Rosette (Highest Award) Penguin Stereo Guide.

"As always, Mackerras keeps the livelier numbers moving along comfortably without ever a hint of rushing, while giving full weight to the tender moments and, above all, caressing all the details of Sullivan's delicious orchestration." (Gramophone)

"Complete on one CD this is everything you could want in a Pinafore and more. The singing is very polished with most of the cast very familiar to the repertoire. The orchestral playing is breathtaking - sample the Butterfly/Corcoran duet in Act two. The Overture cracks a very fast pace. Richard Suart is an excellent as Sir Joseph and Donald Adams is well cast (as usual) as Deadeye. It's great to have the women's chorus actually sounding 'out at sea' in Act One." Mel@Marbecks


1. Overture

Act One:
2. Introduction and Opening Chorus - (Chorus of Sailors) We sail the ocean blue
3. Rectitative and Aria - (Buttercup) I'm called Little Buttercup
4. Recitative - (Buttercup and Boatswain) But tell me who's the youth
5. Madrigal - (Ralph and Chorus of Sailors) The nightingale
6. Ballad - (Ralph and Chorus of Sailors) A maiden fair to see
7. Recitative and Song - (Captain Corcoran and Chorus of Sailors) My gallant crew
8. Recitative - (Buttercup and Captain Corcoran) Sir, you are sad!
9. Ballad - (Josephine) Sorry her lot
10. Barcarolle - (Chorus of Sir Joseps's Female Relatives, off-stage) Over the bright blue sea
11. (Chorus of Sailors and Sir Joseph's Female Relatives) Sir Joseph's barge is seen
12. (Captain Corcoran, Sir Joseph, Cousin Hebe, and Chorus) Now give three cheers
13. Song - (Sir Joseph and Chorus) When I was a lad
14. (Sir Joseph, Cousin Hebe, Chorus of Female Relatives, and Sailors) For I hold that on the seas
15. Glee - (Ralph, Boatswain, Carpenter and Chorus of Sailors) A British tar
16. Duet - (Josephine and Ralph) Refrain, audacious tar
17. Finale - Can I survive this overbearing?

18. Entr'Acte

Act Two - Same scene. Night - Moonlight
19. Song - (Captain Corcoran) Fair moon, to thee I sing
19. Song - (Captain Corcoran) Fair moon, to thee I sing
20. Duet - (Buttercup and Captain Corcoran) Fair moon, to thee I sing
21. Scena - (Josephine) The hours creep on apace
22. Trio - (Joshephine, Captain Corcoran and Sir Joseph) Never mind the why and wherefore
23. Duet - (Captain Corcoran and Dick Deadeye) Kind Captain, I've important information
24. (Soli and Chorus) Carefully on tiptoe stealing
25. (Octet and Chorus) Farewell, my own!
26. Song - (Buttercup and Chorus) A many years ago
27. Finale - O joy, oh rapture unforeseen!

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