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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado

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Product description GILBERT & SULLIVAN - MIKADO - CD Amazon.com Regarded by G & S fans as the best of the all the operettas, The Mikado is given a sizzling performance by Sir Charles Mackerras, who--by leaving off the overture (which isn't by Sullivan anyway)-- manages to squeeze the piece onto one CD. He also shortens the "list" song since Gilbert's original features a prominent use of the "N" word, which, not withstanding the fact that he's making fun of people who performed in black-face in the 19th century, isn't worth the trouble it would cause by leaving it in. The singers are real singers; that is, they treat the music with respect and make it sound great. Of course, it is. --David Hurwitz

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I hate that they cut the overture abd the dialogue-They could ...I hate that they cut the overture abd the dialogue-They could have abridged it if anyone hadt bothered-but this is the best I have heard of this everygreen. Frankly, I dislike Gilbert and sullivan mostlly, bot not Mikado, and not this recording. Felicity Palmer is the BEST Katisha One could ever hope to hear-they were wise to get her. A real pip of a CD -beatifully sing and FUN!!!!!!5Lush, but Misses Some HumorPlease note: I'm no expert in G & S, let alone light opera. Still, I grew up with "The Mikado," as my parents are big fans. The version I recall from childhood (one of the D'Oyly Carte recordings) perhaps influences me too much when I complain of the lack of punch, bite, and general emotion in the singing here. The singing is indeed beautiful, but is that what you really want from "The Mikado"? If it is, this is your recording for sure. If not, go for D'Oyly Carte. If you're on the fence, the quality of this modern recording might again make this right for you. Perhaps we owe it to G & S to buy *several* versions.4SUPERLATIVE PERFORMANCEIt has already been said, but I like to add my praise: this is certainly a magnificent performance to enjoy from beginning to end. Everything is perfect. So: Evviva Gilbert & Sullivan, evviva Mackerras and his cast, his chorus and his orchestra. What a joy to listen to operettas (or if you prefer comic operas) performed such as this. Tutti bravissimi!Ernesto - Genova/Italy5Superb voices!I'm with "Bunthorne" on this one. As we all know, "Hey Diddle Diddle would rank as an idyll if he pronounced it chaste" (and if you don't get the reference, you need to bone up on your G&S, so definitely buy this album, and maybe some others!). As a general rule, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas are performed by good comic actors with decent, but not top-notch, singing voices, and women's arias in particular are strangled by what the great Anna Russell described as the "piercing British soprano." So it's a real joy to hear Sullivan's lovely, infectious melodies sung by a cast of consistently excellent singers with operatic as well as operetta experience. Felicity Palmer was a special treat as Katisha; it's easy to forget that although the role was supposed to be comic, it was also written for a fine mezzo, and Sullivan graced her with a couple of beautiful arias. I didn't notice the poor diction that one reviewer complained about, but perhaps that's because I know the lyrics already. Fortunately, a full libretto is enclosed, which makes it easy for the novice to follow along.5FABULOUS !!This is a stunning recording!! Vocalists are spectacular, diction very precise (as material requires); and having the libretto included is an appreciated bonus along with the plot summary and descriptions of which characters are singing each selection. I played this recording at a gathering of G&S lovers, and everyone was singing along !!5Sir Arthur Sullivan is one of my favorite melodists and symphonic orchestrators of the last three centuriesSir Arthur Sullivan is one of my favorite melodists and symphonic orchestrators of the last three centuries, but since the passing of D'Oyly Carte I haven't acquired any music to replace their re-mastered CDs. Thanks to other Amazon reviewers, I ordered this. Wish I had been exposed to Sir Mackerras' before. The sound is awesome. Definitely a match for the late great D'Oyly. I don't miss the overture, (which to me seemed mostly a tedious wait for the "real" production) but I do miss the rest of the "List"; hence four stars. However, the orchestral sound, voices and dramatic quality were a definite five stars!4As good as it gets.This is good recording of The Mikado. I had a record of the Mikado that I loved for years, but I'm not listening to records anymore; don't even have a turntable anymore. I was worried that this might not be as good as the one I grew use to, but it is. The tenor is good, the soprano is good and the lord high executioner is good. Even the daughter-in-law-elect is good. They did as good a job as they could, and I'm happy with the recording.5Has all the songsHas all the songs, especially the one where she compares herself, not unfavorably, to the sun and moon.5Excellent Musicianship, Excellent ValueConductor Sir Charles Mackerras has always been a champion of the music of Arthur Sullivan. In the early '90's, he began to record the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas with Telarc. Like the Sargent recordings of the '50's, Mackerras uses mostly opera singers--veterans of Covent Garden and of the English and Welsh National Operas--but he secured the services of two veteran Savoyards, Richard Suart and the late Donald Adams. Mackerras planned to record at least seven of the Savoy operas, perhaps more, but was forced to suspend the series--due to lack of funding as I understand. This fine recording of The Mikado, fortunately, was one of the four he was able to complete.Musically, this is a superb album. It is good to have Adams' famous portrayal of the Mikado in a splendid digital recording, and Suart, D'Oyly Carte's "patter" specialist at that time, is a superb Ko-Ko. Anthony Rolfe Johnson is a marvelous Nanki-Poo, and the veteran Richard Van Allan is a capable Pooh-Bah. The other singers are less well-known, but generally very good. Nicholas Folwell stands out as Pish-Tush, with a ringing "Our great Mikado" and a rock-firm contribution to the "cheap and chippy chopper" trio. Mackerras conducts superbly, with generally brisk tempi, but able to relax the pace when the situation calls for it--e.g, in the last part of the "little list" song, where his pacing allows Suart to emphasize the "apologetic statesmen" segment.None of the dialogue is included, and there are a few cuts to the score, most notably the second verse of the "little list." The less than memorable overture is also eliminated. The plus side of these cuts is that the entire operetta fits onto a single CD--an excellent value.If your primary interest is in a well sung and played "Mikado," this recording is a likely first choice. Even if you are in the "must have the dialogue" camp, or you simply can't do without Ko-Ko's reference to "that singular anomaly, the lady novelist," you'll probably find this an enjoyable supplement to other recordings.5My favorite modern recording of The MikadoThis is by far the best recording of The Mikado made since 1928. Yes, it has been shortened a bit by omitting the Overture and removing one verse of the "List" song. But the Overture wasn't even written by Sullivan, so you're not missing that much.The reason this performance is so wonderful is that it harkens back to the original tempi and spirit of the old D'Oyly Carte Company. If you listen (as I have) to all of the famous recordings of The Mikado, you will notice that, over time, The Mikado has become stodgy. What started as a light, fun, musical entertainment has been transformed into "classical music." This is a shame, because the piece is so much fun.Sir Charles Mackerras has not only re-invigorated The Mikado, he has dug deeply into the score and found many examples of Sir Arthur Sullivan's wit and skill that are missed by most conductors. His rendition of the madrigal is particularly charming.Speaking as a man who is about to conduct this wonderful work himself, I whole-heartedly recommend you buy it and give it a careful listen.5
Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado

Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado

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