Label: Decca - ACL 1054,Ace Of Clubs - ACL 1054,Decca - ACL 1055,Ace Of Clubs - ACL 1055 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP • Country: UK • Genre: Classical • Style: Opera
Fraser Goulding, assoc. David Mackie, assoc. It had become traditional for the Company to do something offbeat Delirio Mind (Club Mix) - Gollum & Yanny - Delirio Mind close its London seasons, but this was the King of Last Nights.
The program consists of selections from all the operas, in the order of composition, bracketed by the Yeomen overture to start the evening, and the finales of The Mikado and The Gondoliers to end it. Reviews of individual numbers are pointless here, so I'll just Monologue - Sophia (22) - Defiance the selections. Those items noted with an asterisk were omitted on the Castle Communications CD re-issue.
The Sounds on CD re-issue is complete. The number "Dole Queue" was mislabeled in the original liner notes as being from Utopia, Limited. In fact, it is an a capella take-off on "In a doleful train" from Patiencein which the ladies chorus sing about being "on the dole" after they lose their jobs.
Ian Bond has pointed out that the Company actually gave one more performance — the next evening on BBC This Very Night - Gilbert & Sullivan - DOyly Carte Opera Company - HMS Pinafore in Melvyn Bragg's South Bank Show, performing excerpts from Pinaforeand "bewailing their fate most eloquently.
What an occasion — the unfairly enforced very final performance of a magnificent old company with an unstained year history!! Emotions were high on This Very Night - Gilbert & Sullivan - DOyly Carte Opera Company - HMS Pinafore sides of the house, and the concert that took place on the evening of 27th February is one which will forever stay in the minds of those who were present. The evening was officially recorded, and most of it issued on LP but this CD issue enhanced from the production master tapes now offers a greatly improved quality of sound over the LP issue, though regrettably the slightly edited production master is now all that can be located —alas, it seems that only this version was saved, and the cut items mainly introductions and speeches may possibly be lost forever.
This set includes items from the entire canon, from CoxThespis and Trial to The Grand Dukeand comes with a page book giving full track and cast details, and which reproduces Dame Bridget D'Oyly Carte's accompanying note to the LP release, John Reed's splendid and emotional article 'Goodbye, dear D'Oyly Carte' written for the first American release, Anthony Williams' descriptive article of the events of the evening, and a newly commissioned article by Ian Belsey reflecting on the emotion of the evening from 'our' side of the footlights.
Mel Moratti described it as follows:. There are numerous omissions, detailed by Mel Moratti above, and not the same ones as indicated above for the Castle Communications CD. Marc Shepherd gasdisc oakapplepress. All Rights Reserved. Overview Complete Sets Abridged Sets. Overview D'Oyly Carte Miscellaneous.
Chronology s—s s—s s s s s—s. Intro Yeomen : 4 excerpts Sorcerer: 3 excerpts Trial: 1 excerpt. Iolanthe: 3 excerpts Grand Duke: 1 excerpt Utopia: 2 excerpts Ida: 4 excerpts.
Ruddigore: 3 excerpts Mikado: 3 excerpts including the Act 2 finale Gondoliers: 4 excerpts.