The New D'Oyly Carte Gondoliers (1991)
|Duke of Plaza-Toro||Richard Suart|
|Don Alhambra||John Rath|
|Duchess of Plaza-Toro||Jill Pert|
|Gianetta||Lesley Echo Ross|
Chorus and Orchestra of the D'Oyly Carte Opera
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones
Koch 340 332
This Gondoliers was a recording of the infamous
production Tim Hopkins directed for the New D'Oyly Carte, featuring
corrugated yellow scenery and such atrocities as the Duchess
of Plaza-Toro eating a live rat on stage (or at least appearing to).
Mercifully, none of this is evident on the recording, except for
the production photographs reproduced on the accompanying
booklet. The orchestration is prepared from a critical edition by
David Lloyd-Jones (who also edited the Eulenberg Edition of the
score). Like all the New D'Oyly Carte recordings, the musical values
here are superb.
This recording has been issued on both CD (both by Sony and TER)
and cassette. The CD version on TER (but not on Sony)
also includes a new recording of Sullivan's Overture di Ballo,
with the traditional cuts opened for the first time on record. I am assuming
this was included on the cassette issue, but this is not certain.
Overture di Ballo|