The 1961 D'Oyly Carte Gondoliers
D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus
Recorded in September 1960
This recording continued the welcome trend started with the 1960 Pinafore and Iolanthe of including all the dialogue. It is the strongest recording of the opera in stereo and, like the legendary 1927 recording, belongs in every listener's collection.
At the time this recording was made, technology did not permit The Gondoliers with complete dialogue to fit on the usual four record sides. Consequently, the opera was issued on five sides, with the sixth given over to D'Oyly Carte's first-ever recording of Cox & Box. It was issued simultaneously on stereo on mono LPs and has been re-issued on CD and cassette (but not with Cox & Box, which had its CD re-issue with Ruddigore).
Belart 450 009-2
Decca Eloquence 450 009-2
|1961||Decca||Mono LP||LK 4402/4
|With 1961 Cox & Box The Decca catalog numbers containing 'A' are Australian pressings.|
|Stereo LP||SKL 4138/40|
|1965||Decca||Mono 45rpm||DFE 8633||Highlights|
|Late 1960s||Decca||Stereo LP||9BB 162/7||Six-LP set that also included the 1957 Mikado and the 1964 Yeomen|
|1986||Decca||Stereo LP||417 254-1||Digitally remastered|
|CD||450 009-2||Highlights. The Decca Eloquence label is a later NZ/Australia packaging under the same catalogue number.|
|2003||Decca||CD||473 631-2||24-CD set including the complete Decca G&S series on CD (13 G&S operas, plus Cox and Box and The Zoo).|